Top Sporting Events in 2018

2018 will be another huge year of sporting events. This year, Newcastle will again host the family-friendly Dacia Magic Weekend and – for the first time ever – Glasgow will co-host the European Championships along with Berlin. You can also join us to watch FIFA World Cup games live in any of our Euro Hostel bars.

Find out more about all the upcoming sports action across our cities...

European Championships Glasgow 2018

It’s no surprise that Glasgow – along with Berlin – has been chosen to host the European Championships for the very first time. Glasgow is considered one of the world’s top 5 sporting locations and with the event promising to be a new era in world sport – 2018 will be an extremely exciting one for the city. The 10-day prestigious event boasts a multi-sport programme of Aquatics, Cycling, Golf, Gymnastics, Rowing and Triathlon. Be part of history by getting your hands on tickets for this first time ever event which runs from 2nd-12th August.

The Championships have invested £750,000 in Scotland’s artists and cultural organisations, with Festival 2018 set to run alongside the sporting event. Find out more.

Artist impression of the European Championships Glasgow 2018

Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle

St. James’ Park, the spiritual home of the Geordies, welcomes back the Dacia Magic Weekend in May 2018. From Saturday to Sunday, the stands will be packed with rugby fans to experience three huge fixtures, plus live music and fancy dress. The event is perfect for groups, with a 40% discount for bookings of 15 tickets or more. Plus, food vendors and fab entertainment for families and friends. Speaking of which, Euro Hostel Newcastle is the ultimate residence for cheap group accommodation and only a 14-minute walk from the stadium.

The event is huge in the city’s sporting calendar and gets bigger and better each year. It’ll be a class weekend to visit, with a carnival atmosphere and fans filling some of the city’s favourite bars and restaurants. What with Magic Weekend and the Great Exhibition of the North in 2018 – this is the year to visit Newcastle!

Fans celebrate at the Dacia Magic Weekend in Newcastle

Grand National 2018 in Liverpool

The opening day will include live music and entertainment, plus The Aintree Hurdle and the Randox Health Foxhunters' Steeple Chase. The beauties take centre stage on Ladies Day. #FabulousFriday will be in full effect on the 13th April 2018 as the most glam get their hands on the coveted Style Award, plus a big car prize! The races include The JLT Melling Steeple Chase and the Randox Health Topham Steeple Chase, resulting in a day of fierce competition - both on and off the track!

The biggie takes place on 14th April 2018, Grand National Day at Aintree Racecourse, a pinnacle sporting event. So, be prepared to bet on the name that sounds best (unless you've done your research) and get stuck in the festival zone - or sit on the edge of the fancy seats! And enjoy the ride, it's a day like no other.

Great North Run in Newcastle

Near the end of the sporting season, Newcastle will once again host the Great North Run 2018. This year, the world’s biggest half marathon will take place on Sunday 9th September. With over 57,000 runners taking part in the 13.1mile race – including Sir Mo Farah – it is one of the most compelling and innovative running events in the world.

Football including the 2018 FIFA World Cup

We’d be surprised if you needed to be told that 2018 is the year of the FIFA World Cup. That’s right, it’s been four years since Brazil hosted the 20th World Cup and this year’s takes place in Russia from 14th June til the 15th July. It’ll be a summer of back-to-back football on the TVs of your favourite boozers, with England vs Tunisia kicking off at 19:00 on 18th June

If you’re joining us any time during the tournament, book a bench or booth in advance at our Mint & Lime Bar in Glasgow, Hatch Bar in Liverpool or The Ware Rooms in Newcastle. We’ve got the Full Sky Sports and BT Sports Packages so you won’t miss any of the games and you’re guaranteed a great view, with multiple large screen TVs all around the bar.

The EFL Cup Final will kick off at 16:30 on 25th February 2018. Arsenal and Manchester City will meet in the Carabao Cup Final at Wembley Stadium in a fight to get their hands on the first piece of silverware of the season. The FA Cup Final and Scottish Cup Final will take place on Saturday 19th May.

2018 Wimbledon Championships

Get the strawberries and cream at the ready, this year’s Wimbledon Championships will begin on 2nd July and end the on 15th. It’ll be two weeks of Pimms, British pride and nail-biting points. With Roger Federer breaking records at this year’s Australian Open to win his 20th Grand Slam title, 4 more than any other male tennis player in history – this promises to be a tournament filled with surprises.


Countdown to Carnoustie is on, with 147th The Open taking place from 15th-22nd July 2018. The historic championship golf course is based in Angus, Scotland and is considered one of the toughest golf destinations in the world, with Tiger Woods referring to it as “brutal”. He will return to Carnoustie this year with ambitions of a third Open Championship victory in Scotland.

Later on in the year, the Ryder Cup will take place in Paris from 25th-30th September.


Watch the Six Nations Championship matches live at all Euro Hostel bars from February 3rd til March 17th. Round one sees Wales vs Scotland go head to head and England will be hoping to become the first nation to win three times in a row after being victorious in both 2016 and 2017.

Gold Coast 2018

Also known at the Commonwealth Games, April will be packed with 12 days of competitive sporting events with athletes at the top of their game. There’ll be everything from gymnastics to cycling, swimming and table tennis. Comprising of 18 sports and 7 para-sports, over 6,600 athletes will take part from 70 Commonwealth nations. Held in Australia, sip on a Pina Colada in one of our bars and dream of the beach.

If you're visiting any of our city-centre hostels this year, join us for a healthy dose of competition, plus cracking food and drink offers in any of our bars.

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