Find out about events taking place in the UK – what, when and where.
The Rugby Union World Cup
September – October 2015
Rugby Union is not played all over the world, but is popular in many English-speaking countries such as Australia, New Zealand, England, Wales, Scotland, Ireland, South Africa, some Pacific Islands, the USA and Canada. It is also big in France and Japan.
The Rugby World Cup takes place every 4 years. On this occasion it is taking place in Britain. The final is on 31 October 2015 at Twickenham, London, the home of English rugby.
It is thought that the game was born in 1823 at Rugby School when a boy called William Webb Ellis was playing football but picked up the ball and ran with it. Unlike modern football, rugby is a game for people of all shapes and sizes. There is also a World Cup for women’s teams from around the world.
The current men’s world champions are New Zealand (known as the All Blacks). The current women’s world champions are England.
2016 – a big year for William Shakespeare
April 23 2016 will be the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. There will be many events and performances of his plays all across the UK to celebrate England’s greatest playwright.
To find out more about events in 2016, visit the Shakespeare’s England website.