With over thirty years’ experience in arranging UK Cricket Tours we know what a privilege it is to be given the honour of ‘tour manager’, ‘head tourist’, ‘tour secretary’, or ‘tour captain’, or whatever it maybe… you get the idea. They all boil down to the same thing; you’re trusted by your peers; you’re seen as a true stalwart of the club; you’re reliable and dependable.
As the self-proclaimed tour ‘King’ or ‘Queen’ your most stressful and biggest decision of all is undoubtedly the very first decision you have to make, your cricket tour location! You’ll find yourself asking these sorts of questions, ‘how can I possibly please all tourists?’, ‘what if one person wants to do this and one person wants to do that?’, ‘what cricket tour reviews can I really trust?’.
Before it all gets too much, your fellow cricket enthusiasts at Sports Travel South West have taken the time to share with you the very best, top 5 to be precise, UK cricket tour destinations! We’re pretty sure you’ll have a clearer idea of your ideal UK cricket tour destination than you did five minutes ago!
1. London – the hot bed of English cricketing history
Nestled amongst the hustle and bustle of city life (as it has done since 1814) lies Lord’s Cricket Ground, otherwise known as the ‘The Home of Cricket.’ As well as a visit to the famous MCC Museum – where the collection includes the original Ashes Urn, visitors can experience a guided behind the scenes tour at one of the world’s most historic sporting grounds, including a visit to perhaps the most iconic and most recognised cricket pavilion in the world.
Just over five miles away and back over the Thames you will find The Kia Oval, or just The Oval as it’s more commonly known. Like Lord’s the legendary cricket ground also boasts its own impressive history – the Oval hosted the first ever Test Match on English soil in 1880 and was the place the Ashes were created in 1882. Back to the present day and The Oval is home to Surrey CCC – winners of the County Championship nineteen times. As is the case with Lords, Oval visitors can take a tour of the ground and its facilities, including the Players’ Dressing Rooms and the new state of the art training centre.
After a day’s sightseeing where you will have taken enough photographs to last a life time we recommend unwinding in one of the capitals many restaurants or theatres, or if you fancy picking the pace up a comedy club or live gig is never too far away. Whatever your fancy, London by night never disappoints!
2. Newquay – swap your whites for your wetsuit
City life doesn’t appeal to your cricket tour party? After more of a relaxed and free spirited cricket tour?… We give you Newquay! Get some sea air into your lungs and head to the Cornish north coast and experience the Newquay buzz!
We’re pretty sure you and your tour buddies will never get bored here, activities are aplenty – with surfing, wind surfing, kayaking, go-carting, paintballing, zip wiring, the list goes on and on…! With the sheer variety of activities on offer, Newquay is the perfect destination for a team building focused cricket tour!
A Newquay cricket tour caters for all – if you’re not one of those thrill seeking junkies and looking for something a little more relaxed then be sure to pack your swimming costume and beach towel – pick your sun-bathing spot on one of Newquay’s eleven beaches, stretching over an impressive seven miles. Personally our pick of the bunch is Fistral Beach (pictured below), you’ll see why when you get there…
With our extensive contacts throughout the Cornish cricketing community finish your Newquay cricket tour off with a friendly cricket game against a Cornish village team, at Sports Travel South West we will match both your age and playing standards to your opponents – after all, you need to make sure all that team building has really worked!
3. Yorkshire – the world’s most passionate cricketing county
Established over 150 years ago, the history, tradition and passion of Yorkshire cricket is renowned throughout the world. Darren Cough, Geoffrey Boycott, Leonard Hutton, and Tim Bresnan, are just a few world famous cricketing names to have come from this proud county!
Last year Yorkshire County Cricket Club celebrated their 150th anniversary, a legacy which has seen the club win more trophies and produce more England cricketers than any other. Headingly Cricket Ground in Leeds is where all Yorkshire cricket fans call home, as they have since 1890. The ground is stepped in history, being a Test Match venue since 1899, since then 73 Tests have been played on Headingly’s turf. Guided tours of Headingly can be arranged to truly get a feel for this great club and what it means to be a Yorkshire cricket player.
A Yorkshire cricket tour would not be complete without experiencing Headingly on match day, both LV= County Championship matches and NatWest T20 Blast games are scheduled throughout the summer of 2014 and should be included on all tourist’s itineraries!
4. Brighton – ‘London by the sea’
If your perfect cricket tour is a mixture of culture, the city, and beach life then look no further than Brighton! Brighton sits on the Sussex coastline, a passionate cricketing county in its own right – a short trip to Eaton Road (Sussex CCC HQ) in Hove reveals all.
Sussex CCC was the first First-Class County formed in 1839, and supports an impressive trophy cabinet that spans over the past forty years, including County Championship success as well as Pro40 and Twenty20 titles. With several tasty LV= County Championship and NatWest Twienty20 Blast matches scheduled at Eaton Road a day out watching Sussex CCC cannot be missed!
Once you’ve watched all the cricket you can feast your eyes on its time to experience the charm of Brighton. To really experience what Brighton has to offer we recommend a Brighton bike tour and get up close and personal to the city’s culture and free-spirit! Activities are endless, from golf to sailing, and boat trips to horse racing. Simply put, on a Brighton cricket tour you will never get bored…
5. Somerset – get lost in West Country
The cricketing heart-beat of the West Country, Somerset has it all. The rural location offers the perfect backdrop for a relaxing stress-free UK cricket tour.
The two gems of Somerset are undoubtedly the historic town of Taunton and the stunning city of Bath, both equally fascinating in their own rights. Taunton, home to Somerset CCC and their County Ground, is a must-do for any cricketing enthusiast! Plan your trip around match day and make the most out of your visit, we recommend taking a look at the very reasonable Match Day Hospitality Packages.
And then there’s Bath, what can we say about this city that hasn’t been said already? Well, not an awful lot, other than make sure there is plenty of free memory on your camera! The city is simply stunning, around every street corner you get smacked in the face with more and more architectural beauty, even better than the last. Bath really is that that impressive!
Oh and we’ve also awarded Bath the accolade of ‘the best city to play hide and seek, ever!’ Go explore guys and girls…
And there you have it, your top 5 UK cricket tour destinations! As you can see we’ve tried to cover all angles and cricketing interests within our guide, now the decision is in your hands…
Once you’ve picked your perfect cricket tour destination it’s time to get hold of your friendly cricket tour operators at Sports Travel South West. Our outstanding customer service really is second to none, and as we have done for the last thirty years, we continue to offer our customers the most competitive prices on accommodation and travel arrangements for all of the cricket tour destinations listed above.
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