Royal Ascot is the highlight of the racing year at this world-famous course, and for many, with the chance to spot some famous faces, royal owners, and flamboyant headwear amongst the superb racing, this is certainly a pivotal moment in the social season too.
The Royal Ascot draws in large crowds every year
The racecourse dates back to the early 18th century and since that time has enjoyed strong royal ties, with the Queen having attended every year of her reign, and also winning the Gold Cup with her own horse Estimate in 2013.
Running over 5 days from Tuesday June 20th to Saturday June 24th this year come early to enjoy a full day out. With the gates opening at 10.30am enjoy a leisurely breakfast as you study the form before the afternoon races, or explore the lawns or browse one of the new Ascot shops.
The Queen has attended the Royal Ascot every year of her reign
With prize money totalling £6,665,000 there is much at stake, literally – and with an increase of £1m last year this year’s increased prize money sets is a new record. The coveted Gold Cup is a focus for many but there are numerous Group 1 races to enjoy including the 10-furlong Prince of Wales’ Stakes with a higher purse to go for.
Food this year will play as big a role as ever. This year a highlight is celebrity chef James Tanner’s new pop-up restaurant in the Queen Anne Enclosure. Tanner’s ‘The Queen Anne Kitchen’ will be a walk in, no reservations affair, so if you want to make sure you eat in style plan ahead.
Afternoon tea will also be available
There are 12 restaurants to choose from, with many headed up by Michelin-starred chefs. From the formal Parade Restaurant to the more buzzing atmosphere of Villiers – with its resident DJ – there is much to choose from.
Another choice to make is which enclosure to opt for. This year sees the first new enclosure to open for over 100 years, right in the centre of the track. The new Village Enclosure will be open on the busiest race days, Thursday to Saturday, and will stay open till 9pm with music after the races.
The Queen Anne enclosure
With a capacity of 4,500 organisers expect to ease some of the congestion and to make for a more comfortable day out for all, wherever you choose to spend the day. Along with the Village Enclosure there is the Queen Anne Enclosure, and of course the Royal Enclosure.
Once reserved for King George III, his household, and guests, now if you do not get an invitation a VIP dining package will get you a guest day badge so all the frills and fanfare of this finest of areas can be yours.
The Royal Enclosure
Remember that in the Royal Enclosure the dress code is at its most strict. If you remain unsure, just download the Ascot style guide for a little inspiration.
With style a-plenty, fine food and an array of world-class racing, this year venture to Royal Ascot for a thrilling day out – and if you’re feeling lucky see whether you can join in the winners’ celebrations with a little punt of your own. We suggest flying into Farnborough airport, just 25 minutes from the action, and enjoying all that Ascot has to offer.
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