May diary

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1: May Day. Basketball, Carlsberg Championships begin, Wembley. Horse Racing, 2,000 Guineas, Newmarket. Rugby League, Challenge Cup final, Wembley. Rugby Union, Pilkington Cup final, Twickenham. Bedfordshire Spring Craft Show begins, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire. Canalway Festival begins, Little Venice, London W9. 2: Third Sunday after Easter. Cricket, Lavinia, Duchess of Norfolk's XI v Australians, Arundel, West Sussex. Hockey, HA Cup final and HA Club Trophy final, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire. Bexhill One Hundred Festival of Motoring, Bexhill-on-Sea, East Sussex.

3: Bank Holiday. Horse Racing, Jubilee Handicap, Kempton Park. May Day Festival and Fireworks, Lampton Park, Hounslow, Middlesex.

4: Horse Racing, Chester Vase, Chester. British Antique Dealers' Association Antiques Fair, Duke of York's Headquarters, London SW3.

5: Boxing, ABA finals, Birmingham. Cricket, MCC v MCC Young Cricketer's, Lord's.

6: Royal Caledonian Ball, Grosvenor House Hotel, London W1. Badminton Horse Trials begin, Badminton, Avon. Golf, Benson and Hedges International Tournament begins, St Mellion, Cornwall. Horse Racing, Carlisle Racecourse, Cumbria. Harrogate Spring Music Festival begins, Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Living Crafts Exhibition 1993 begins, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire.

7: Rallying, International Rally of the Lakes, Killarney, County Kerry. Annual inspection and gallop past of the King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery, Regent's Park, London NW1. Brighton International Festival begins, Brighton, East Sussex. Nottinghamshire County Show begins, Newark and Notts Show Ground, Winthorpe, Nottinghamshire.

8: Football, FA Vase final, Wembley.

Rugby Union: Welsh Cup final, Cardiff Arms Park; Middlesex Sevens match, Twickenham. Chatsworth International Angling Fair takes place, Chatsworth, Derbyshire. Dulwich Craft Fair, Dulwich Village, London SE22. South Suffolk Show 1993 takes place, Ingham, Suffolk. Solihull Arts Festival begins, Solihull, West Midlands. Buxton Antiques Fair begins, Buxton, Derbyshire.

9: Fourth Sunday after Easter. Football, FA Trophy final, Wembley. Sailing, Royal Lymington Cup begins, Lymington, Hampshire. Combined Cavalry 'Old Comrades' Parade and Memorial Service, Hyde Park, London W2. Scots Guards Regimental Remembrance Service in the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, and march to the Guards Memorial, Horse Guards Parade, London SW1. Manchester Air Show, Barton Aerodrome, Greater Manchester. Bristol Proms Festival begins.

12: Royal Windsor Horse Show begins, Home Park, Windsor, Berkshire. Football, European Cup Winners' Cup final. National Trust 'Free Entry Day' (free entry to 170 National Trust properties). Gala Performance of Don Quixote in aid of the Royal Opera House Trust and the Royal Academy of Dancing, at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London WC2.

13: Real Tennis, Masters invitation tournament begins, Queens' Club, London W14. Gala Charity Concert in aid of the Council for Music in Hospitals, at St John's, Smith Square, London SW1.

15: Football, FA Cup final, Wembley. Horse Racing, Irish 2,000 Guineas, The Curragh. Rugby Union, British Columbia v England, Victoria, Canada. Motor Racing, Le Mans 24 Hour Race begins. Chelmsford Cathedral Festival begins.

16: Rogation Sunday - fifth Sunday after Easter. Rugby League, Stones Bitter Premiership final, Old Trafford. Coldstream Guards Regimental Remembrance Service in the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, and march to the Guards Memorial, Horse Guards Parade, London SW1. Antique and Collectors' Fair, Alexandra Palace, Wood Green, London N22. Woburn Horse Show, Woburn Abbey, Bedfordshire.

17: Tennis, Mens World Team Cup begins, Dusseldorf, Germany. Horse Racing, Lansdown Racecourse, Bath, Avon.

18: Polo, Queen's Cup, Guards Club. Horse Racing, Beverley Racecourse, Beverley, Humberside.

19: 1993 British Sports Ball, Grosvenor House Hotel, London W1. Cricket, England v Australia, Old Trafford.

20: Ascension Day. Show Jumping, British Nations Cup and Grand Prix International Championships, Hickstead, West Sussex. Rugby Union, Romania v Wales, Bucharest, Romania. Devon County Show begins, Westpoint Showground, Clyst St Mary, Devon. Keswick Jazz Festival begins, Keswick, Cumbria.

21: Cricket, England v Australia, Edgbaston. Bath International Festival begins. Shropshire and West Midland Agricultural Show, The Showground, Shrewsbury.

22: Canoeing, Nottingham International, Holme Pierrepont, Nottinghamshire. Horse Racing, Irish 1,000 Guineas, The Curragh. Rugby Union: North Auckland v British Isles, Whangerei, New Zealand; United States v England XV, San Francisco, USA. Malvern Festival begins, Winter Gardens Complex, Malvern, Hereford and Worcester.

23: Sunday after Ascension Day. Cricket, England v Australia, Lord's. Motor Racing, Monaco Grand Prix, Monaco. Grenadier Guards Regimental Remembrance Service in the Guards Chapel, Wellington Barracks, and march to the Guards Memorial, Horse Guards Parade, SW1. 'Tribute to Joe Loss' Charity Concert in aid of Outreach, Free Trade Hall, Manchester. Minack Theatre Summer Festival begins, Minack Theatre and Exhibition Centre, Porthcurno, Cornwall.

25: Badminton, World Championship begins, Birmingham, West Midlands. Chelsea Flower Show begins, Royal Hospital, London SW3. Air Fete 1993 begins, RAF Mildenhall, Suffolk.

26: Rugby Union: North Harbour v British Isles, Auckland, New Zealand; Pacific Coast XV v England XV, San Francisco, USA. Julian Lloyd Webber, and the Halle Orchestra perform in aid of the York Minster Restoration Fund, at York Minster.

27: Show Jumping, Windsor Horse Trials, Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire. Shooting, Pistol '93, Bisley.

28: Golf, Volvo PGA Championship, Wentworth Golf Club, Virginia Water, Surrey. Kensington Fashion Fair begins, Kensington Town Hall, London W8. Chippenham Folk Festival begins, Chippenham, Wiltshire.

29: Trooping the Colour, Horse Guards Parade, London SW1. Rugby Union: New Zealand Maoris v British Isles, Wellington, New Zealand; Canada v England XV, Vancouver, Canada; Fiji v Scotland.

30: Pentecost - Whitsunday. Cycling, Milk Race begins. Football, Barclays League Second Division play-off final, Wembley.

31: Bank Holiday. Motorcycling, Isle of Man TT race, Isle of Man. Tennis, Direct Line Insurance Women's Championships, Beckenham. Northumberland County Agricultural Show, Corbridge. Surrey County Agricultural Show, Stoke Park. Weymouth Trawler Race takes place in aid of the RNLI, Weymouth, Dorset.