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All you need to know about Royal Ascot – 14th to 18th June 2016

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Ascot Racecourse  is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting almost a third of the prestigious Group 1 races. The course is closely associated with the British Royal Family, being located only six miles from Windsor Castle. The Royal Family through the Crown Estate is also involved in the ownership of the racecourse.

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The Royal Meeting, held in June is one of Britain’s most famous race meetings and dates  back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne . For many years the Royal meeting was the only racing meeting  at Ascot.

 Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £5.5milllion in prize money. There are  eighteen Group races, eight of them in Group One. Although no Classic Races are run , there is top class racing, the most famous being the Ascot Gold Cup. Other major races are St James’s Palace Stakes and Coronation Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes.

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Part of the tradition of Royal Ascot is the Royal Procession, on every day of the meeting  just before racing HM Elizabeth II and various members of the British Royal Family go down the course in a horse-drawn carriage.

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Royal Ascot  has for centuries been considered  a major event in the British social calendar, however in more recent times it has become considered as much for its fashion and style than for its racing.  There is extensive media coverage of  who is attending  and what they are wearing .

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For those who wish to attend  there are three main enclosures available for Royal Ascot week.

The Royal Enclosure is the most prestigious of the three enclosures, frequented by the  Queen and Royal Family members. Access to the Royal Enclosure is restricted, with high security on the day. First-time applicants must apply to the Royal Enclosure Office and gain membership from someone who has attended the enclosure for at least four years.

In the Royal Enclosure there are a wide range of  options for dining and hospitality, and a selection of bars.

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The next enclosure is the Queen Anne Enclosure which is the premier public area for  racegoers , a wide range of facilities and access to the paddock and winning circle.

Finally is the less formal Windsor Enclosure and in the middle of the course the Heath Enclosure. Less expensive but no access to the rest of the enclosures and no access to the paddock and winning enclosure. Facilities are as not as extensive as the other two options.

What really sets Royal Ascot apart from most of the other race meetings is its very strict dress code, if you are going into the Royal Enclosure or the Grandstand the code is strictly enforced.

So if you are thinking about attending, read the codes very carefully:

DRESS CODE

Royal Enclosure

Queen Anne Enclosure

Windsor Enclosure

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ROYAL ENCLOSURE

The dress code set out below is designed to help racegoers dress appropriately for the occasion.

Ladies

Ladies are kindly reminded that formal daywear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:

Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer.

Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater.

Jackets and pashminas may be worn, but the dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.

Trouser suits are welcome. They should be full length and of matching material and colour.

Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.

Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:

Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.

Midriffs must be covered.

Fascinators are no longer permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm).

Gentlemen

Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear black or grey morning dress, which must include.

A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)

A black or grey top hat

A gentleman may remove his hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden. The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.

Black shoes

Girls

Girls (aged 10-16) should dress for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory.

Boys

Boys (aged 10-16) should dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s dress code, or may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie (no hat required).

Overseas visitors

Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal National Dress of their country or Service Dress.

Serving military personnel

Serving military personnel are welcome to wear Service Dress or equivalent.

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Queen Anne Enclosure 

Queen Anne Enclosure racegoers have the choice to follow the dress code for the Grandstand or that of the Royal Enclosure.

Ladies

Ladies within the main Grandstand Enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion.

Ladies are kindly asked to take particular note of the following:

A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.

Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted.

Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted).

Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code.

Midriffs must be covered.

Shorts are not permitted.

Gentlemen

Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

Girls

Girls (17 or under) should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory.

Boys

Boys aged (13-17) should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and a tie. Younger boys (12 or under) should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie.

Windsor Enclosure & Heath Enclosure

Although no formal dress code applies in the Windsor Enclosure and Heath Enclosure, racegoers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.

Please note that bare chests are not permitted at any time.

Travelling to Ascot

By Car: From London and the North:- M4 Junction 6 onto A332 Windsor by-pass and follow signs to Ascot. From the West:- M4 Junction 10 onto A329(M) signed Bracknell and follow signs to Ascot. From the South and East:- M3 Junction 3 onto A332 signed Bracknell and follow signs to Ascot M25 Junction 13 onto the A30 (signed Bagshot), then join the A329 and follow the signs to Ascot. From the Midlands:- M40 southbound, Junction 4. Take A404 towards M4 (Junction 8/9). On the M4 head towards Heathrow/London. Leave M4 at Junction 6 and follow A332 Windsor by-pass to Ascot.

By Rail: There is a frequent train service to Ascot from both Reading and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 46 minutes from Waterloo. Regular services also run from Guildford. The Racecourse, which is clearly sign posted, is a short 5 to 10 minute walk from the station.

For further  information and tickets, visit the Royal Ascot website here 

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The King George VI Weekend at Ascot – 24th and 25th July 2015

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The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes is one of richest horse races in Britain, it is a Group 1 flat horse race open to horses aged three years or older run at Ascot over a distance of 1 mile and 4 furlongs. It is Britain’s most prestigious open-age flat race which was first run in 1951 and some of the most famous racehorses in racing history have won the race including Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Dahlia, Grundy, Shergar, Dancing Brave, Montjeu and Galileo.

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The King George VI Weekend is after Royal Ascot, one of Ascot’s most prestigious race meetings and offers top class racing and  a English Garden party atmosphere.

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On the Friday, the Premier Admission and Grandstand enclosures will be open, whilst on Saturday there is a couple of special enclosures.

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King George VI Enclosure

Guests will  enjoy access to exclusive bars and restaurants across spacious fourth floor of the Grandstand. Fourth-floor capacity has been reduced from 4,500 to 1,700, to ensure that guests will enjoy a more relaxed environment.

There a wide range of food and drink options and Guests will also have access to private cocktail and Champagne bars.
A strict dress code will apply and ladies are encouraged to wear hats.

The King George VI Enclosure admission includes:

Balcony seating (unallocated)
Private balcony overlooking the Parade Ring
Priority booking access to the historic Car Park 1, a short walk to the enclosure (Car Park 1 can be accessed throughout the day should you wish to picnic)
Exclusive access to fourth floor bars and restaurants with extended opening hours
Full access to Winning Post Enclosure and Grandstand Enclosure facilities

£75 per person

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Winning Post Enclosure

Located on the west end of the Grandstand’s ground-floor, the Winning Post Enclosure offers guests a private enclave within the Grandstand.

With exclusive use of the viewing lawn immediately adjacent to the Winning Post, Guests will also have access to a second viewing lawn where they are welcome to enjoy a picnic. Picnics can be pre-booked or selected on the day at the Brigadier Gerrard Deli, other lunch options will be available.

Winning Post admission includes:

Race viewing from private lawns or raised steppings adjacent to Winning Post
Convenient access to Pre-Parade Ring and Parade Ring
Access to private south facing terrace
Exclusive use of a private track-facing picnic enclosure
Live music throughout the day and after racing
Exclusive access to bars and restaurants with extended opening hours
Full access to all Grandstand Enclosure facilities, Priority booking access to the historic Car Park 1, a short walk to the enclosure. Car Park 1 can be accessed throughout the day should you wish to picnic.

*Please note King George VI enclosure guests will also have access to the Winning Post Enclosure.

£40 per person

 

Grandstand

Ascot Grandstand visitors can enjoy elevated and covered viewing or watch the action unfold from the trackside lawns or by the rails. With plenty of  restaurants and bars options

£30 per person on the day ( £ 25 advance)

For more information or to book tickets, visit the Ascot website here

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A Short Guide to Ascot Racecourse

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Ascot Racecourse:  Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX

Ascot Racecourse  is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting almost a third of the prestigious Group 1 races. The course is closely associated with the British Royal Family, being located only six miles from Windsor Castle. The Royal Family through the Crown Estate is also involved in the ownership of the racecourse.

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Royal Ascot

The Royal Meeting, held in June is one of Britain’s most famous race meetings and dates  back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne . For many years the Royal meeting was the only racing meeting held  at Ascot.

Although no Classic Races are run , there is top class racing, the most famous being the Ascot Gold Cup. Other major races are St James’s Palace Stakes , Coronation Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes and King’s Stand Stakes.

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Part of the tradition of Royal Ascot is the Royal Procession, on every day of the meeting  just before racing HM Elizabeth II and various members of the British Royal Family go down the course in a horse-drawn carriage.

Royal Ascot  was considered  a major event in the British social calendar, however in more recent times it has become considered as much for its fashion than for its racing.  There is extensive press coverage of  who is attending  and what they are wearing .

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For those who wish to attend  there are three main enclosures available for Royal Ascot week.

The Royal Enclosure is the most prestigious of the three enclosures, frequented by the  Queen and Royal Family members. Access to the Royal Enclosure is restricted, with high security on the day. First-time applicants must apply to the Royal Enclosure Office and gain membership from someone who has attended the enclosure for at least four years. In the Royal Enclosure  there are a wide range of  options for dining and hospitality, and a selection of bars.

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The next enclosure is the Grandstand which is the premier public area for racegoers , a wide range of facilities and access to the paddock and winning circle.

Finally is the less formal Silver Ring and in the middle of the course the Heath Enclosure. Less expensive but no access to the rest of the enclosures and no access to the paddock and winning enclosure. Facilities are not as extensive as the other two options.

What really sets Royal Ascot apart from most of the other race meetings is its very strict dress code, if you are going into the Royal Enclosure or the Grandstand the code is strictly enforced

Non Royal Ascot Meetings

Premier Admission: gives you access to all the best viewing areas and facilities on the course. These are located on Level 4 of the Grandstand and the viewing areas by the Winning Post, both of which are exclusive to Premier Admission badge holders. A Premier Admission badge also allows access to the General Admission area and to the steppings around the Parade Ring.

Premier Admission Dress Code: Both ladies and gentlemen are asked to dress in a manner appropriate to a smart occasion. Many gentlemen wear a shirt and tie with a jacket or suit. Please note that jeans, shorts, t-shirts and sports attire (including football and rugby shirts, sweatshirts and trainers) are not permitted.

General Admission: General Admission provides excellent facilities and viewing areas at ground level. There is a wide variety of places to eat and drink. Customers in this area do not have access to any of the levels on the upper floors. However, there is the opportunity to upgrade your ticket on the race day if you would prefer to use the facilities that are on Level 4.

General Admission Dress Code
Whilst Ascot encourage racegoers to wear smart clothes no formal dress code applies except that bare chests are not permitted at any time.

Directions

By Car: From London and the North:- M4 Junction 6 onto A332 Windsor by-pass and follow signs to Ascot.

By Rail: There is a frequent train service to Ascot from both Reading and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 46 minutes from Waterloo. Regular services also run from Guildford. The Racecourse is a short 5 to 10 minute walk from the station.

If you would like further information , visit the Ascot racecourse website here

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Since our launch in 2014, we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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All you need to know about Royal Ascot – 16th to 20th June 2015

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Ascot Racecourse  is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting almost a third of the prestigious Group 1 races. The course is closely associated with the British Royal Family, being located only six miles from Windsor Castle. The Royal Family through the Crown Estate is also involved in the ownership of the racecourse.

The Royal Meeting, held in June is one of Britain’s most famous race meetings and dates  back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne . For many years the Royal meeting was the only racing meeting  at Ascot.

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Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £5.5milllion in prize money. There are  eighteen Group races, eight of them in Group One. Although no Classic Races are run , there is top class racing, the most famous being the Ascot Gold Cup. Other major races are St James’s Palace Stakes and Coronation Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes.

Part of the tradition of Royal Ascot is the Royal Procession, on every day of the meeting  just before racing HM Elizabeth II and various members of the British Royal Family go down the course in a horse-drawn carriage.

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Royal Ascot  has for centuries been considered  a major event in the British social calendar, however in more recent times it has become considered as much for its fashion and style than for its racing.  There is extensive media coverage of  who is attending  and what they are wearing .

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For those who wish to attend  there are three main enclosures available for Royal Ascot week.

The Royal Enclosure is the most prestigious of the three enclosures, frequented by the  Queen and Royal Family members. Access to the Royal Enclosure is restricted, with high security on the day. First-time applicants must apply to the Royal Enclosure Office and gain membership from someone who has attended the enclosure for at least four years.

In the Royal Enclosure  there are a wide range of  options for dining and hospitality, and a selection of bars.

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The next enclosure is the Grandstand which is the premier public area for racegoers , a wide range of facilities and access to the paddock and winning circle.

Finally is the less formal Silver Ring and in the middle of the course the Heath Enclosure. Less expensive but no access to the rest of the enclosures and no access to the paddock and winning enclosure. Facilities are as not as extensive as the other two options.

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What really sets Royal Ascot apart from most of the other race meetings is its very strict dress code, if you are going into the Royal Enclosure or the Grandstand the code is strictly enforced.

So if you are thinking about attending, read the codes very carefully:

DRESS CODE

Royal Enclosure
Grandstand Admission
Silver Ring and Heath

ROYAL ENCLOSURE

The dress code set out below is designed to help racegoers dress appropriately for the occasion.

Ladies

Ladies are kindly reminded that formal daywear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:

Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer.

Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater.

Jackets and pashminas may be worn, but the dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.

Trouser suits are welcome. They should be full length and of matching material and colour.

Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.

Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:

Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.

Midriffs must be covered.

Fascinators are no longer permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm).
Gentlemen

Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear black or grey morning dress, which must include.
A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
A black or grey top hat
A gentleman may remove his hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden. The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.
Black shoes

Girls

Girls (aged 10-16) should dress for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory.

Boys

Boys (aged 10-16) should dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s dress code, or may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie (no hat required).

Overseas visitors

Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal National Dress of their country or Service Dress.

Serving military personnel

Serving military personnel are welcome to wear Service Dress or equivalent.

GRANDSTAND ADMISSION

Grandstand Admission racegoers have the choice to follow the dress code for the Grandstand or that of the Royal Enclosure.

Ladies

Ladies within the main Grandstand Enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion.

Ladies are kindly asked to take particular note of the following:

A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.

Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted.

Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted).

Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code.

Midriffs must be covered.

Shorts are not permitted.

Gentlemen

Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

Girls

Girls (17 or under) should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory.

Boys

Boys aged (13-17) should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and a tie. Younger boys (12 or under) should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie.

SILVER RING & HEATH ENCLOSURE

Although no formal dress code applies in the Silver Ring Enclosure and Heath Enclosure, racegoers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.

Please note that bare chests are not permitted at any time.

Travelling to Ascot

By Car: From London and the North:- M4 Junction 6 onto A332 Windsor by-pass and follow signs to Ascot. From the West:- M4 Junction 10 onto A329(M) signed Bracknell and follow signs to Ascot. From the South and East:- M3 Junction 3 onto A332 signed Bracknell and follow signs to Ascot M25 Junction 13 onto the A30 (signed Bagshot), then join the A329 and follow the signs to Ascot. From the Midlands:- M40 southbound, Junction 4. Take A404 towards M4 (Junction 8/9). On the M4 head towards Heathrow/London. Leave M4 at Junction 6 and follow A332 Windsor by-pass to Ascot.

By Rail: There is a frequent train service to Ascot from both Reading and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 46 minutes from Waterloo. Regular services also run from Guildford. The Racecourse, which is clearly sign posted, is a short 5 to 10 minute walk from the station.

 For further  information and tickets ,visit the Ascot website here

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Since our launch , we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
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Horse Racing : Ascot May Meeting – 8th and 9th May 2015

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Ascot Racecourse is one of England’s top racecourses and is located in Berkshire. The course is closely associated with the Royal Family from its origins, the race course was founded by Queen Anne in 1711.
Ascot Racecourse offers a large amount of facilities with large grandstands and seating outside. There is plenty of food and drink options and plenty of space to enjoy the various events.

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The Ascot Flat season continues with its May Meeting on Friday 8th – Saturday 9th May 2015, the Friday meeting is Ascot’s only evening meeting of the year and offers an evening which consists of six competitive races over distances from five furlongs to two miles.

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The Friday programme begins when the Gates Open at 3.00, First Race at 5:35 and the Last Race at 8.15
As well as the usual extensive food and drink options, there will be a street food market.

The Saturday meeting features The Totepool Victoria Cup, a seven-furlong sprint, which is often used as a launch pad to the Royal Hunt Cup at Royal Ascot.  Also on the card is the Listed Carey Group Buckhounds Stakes.

The Street Food market and a Bollywood Live dance group add to the excitement. The Saturday programme begins when the Gates Open at 11.00, First Race at 2:00  and Last Race at 4:55

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Enclosures

Premier Admission

Premier Admission is the premium ticket on all racedays outside of Royal Ascot providing racegoers exclusive access to Level 4 of the Grandstand. From the balconies on Level 4, racegoers can enjoy spectacular views of both the action on the track and the Winners Enclosure in the Parade Ring.

Racegoers will also be able to enjoy an even wider selection of bars and restaurants, on  premier racedays, racegoers will also have exclusive access to the lawns in front of the Winning Post.

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Grandstand Admission

Grandstand Admission provides excellent facilities and viewing areas at ground level. The Parade Ring and track are both within a short walking distance, reached by crossing the Concourse of the main Grandstand. There are a variety of places to eat and drink, with betting available from the bookmakers in the betting ring, totepool kiosks, and betting shops in the main Grandstand.
Please note: Racegoers in this area do not have access to Level 4 of the Grandstand. The opportunity to upgrade to Premier Admission is subject to availability on the day.

Children under 18 years are allowed into the racecourse free of charge on all racedays, when accompanied by a paying adult.

Ticket Prices

Friday 8th May

£13  Grandstand  – £18  Premier Enclosure –  Children Free

Saturday 9th May

£21  Grandstand – £30  Premier  Enclosure – Children Free

Dress Code

Premier Enclosure

Ladies should dress as for a smart occasion, Gentlemen are required to wear a jacket with collared shirt and tie. Trainers are not allowed.

Grandstand Enclosure

There is no formal dress code in the Grandstand during the Flat season.

Getting to the Course

By Rail

South West Trains also runs a frequent service to Ascot from both Reading and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 52 minutes from Waterloo. Regular services also run from Guildford. The railway station is a seven-minute walk from the racecourse.

By Car

Roughly a 50 min drive from London

Coach

Coach travel direct to Ascot is available from a number of Coach Operators. Please call +44 (0)844 346 3000 for more information.

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Considered one of the great race courses of the world, a visit to Ascot for  general meetings is very good value for money. The racecourse  usually attracts the top jockeys and trainers  and the meetings are popular with London racegoers.

Visiting London Guide Rating – Highly Recommended

If you would like further information or book tickets, visit the Ascot Racecourse website here

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Since our launch , we have attracted thousands of readers each month, the site is constantly updated.
We have sections on Museums and Art Galleries, Transport, Food and Drink, Places to Stay, Security, Music, Sport, Books and many more.
There are also hundreds of links to interesting articles on our blog.
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All you need to know about Royal Ascot – 17th June – 21st June 2014

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Ascot Racecourse  is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom, hosting almost a third of the prestigious Group 1 races. The course is closely associated with the British Royal Family, being located only six miles from Windsor Castle. The Royal Famiily through the Crown Estate is also involved in the ownership of the racecourse.

The Royal Meeting, held in June is one of Britain’s most famous race meetings and dates  back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne . For many years the Royal meeting was the only racing meeting  at Ascot.

Although no Classic Races are run , there is top class racing, the most famous being the Ascot Gold Cup. Other major races are St James’s Palace Stakes and Coronation Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes

royal process

Part of the tradition of Royal Ascot is the Royal Procession, on every day of the meeting  just before racing HM Elizabeth II and various members of the British Royal Family go down the course in a horse-drawn carriage.

Royal Ascot  was considered  a major event in the British social calendar, however in more recent times it has become considered as much for its fashion than for its racing.  There is extensive press coverage of  who is attending  and what they are wearing .

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For those who wish to attend  there are three main enclosures available for Royal Ascot week.

The Royal Enclosure is the most prestigious of the three enclosures, frequented by the  Queen and Royal Family members. Access to the Royal Enclosure is restricted, with high security on the day. First-time applicants must apply to the Royal Enclosure Office and gain membership from someone who has attended the enclosure for at least four years.

In the Royal Enclosure  there are a wide range of  options for dining and hospitality, and a selection of bars.

The next enclosure is the Grandstand which is the premier public area for racegoers , a wide range of facilities and access to the paddock and winning circle.

Finally is the less formal Silver Ring and in the middle of the course the Heath Enclosure. Less expensive but no access to the rest of the enclosures and no access to the paddock and winning enclosure. Facilities are as not as extensive as the other two options.

What really sets Royal Ascot apart from most of the other race meetings is its very strict dress code, if you are going into the Royal Enclosure or the Grandstand the code is strictly enforced.

So if you are thinking about attending, read the codes very carefully:

DRESS CODE

Royal Enclosure
Grandstand Admission
Silver Ring and Heath

ROYAL ENCLOSURE

The dress code set out below is designed to help racegoers dress appropriately for the occasion.

Ladies

Ladies are kindly reminded that formal daywear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:

Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer.

Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater.

Jackets and pashminas may be worn, but the dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code.

Trouser suits are welcome. They should be full length and of matching material and colour.

Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.

Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:

Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck and spaghetti straps are not permitted.

Midriffs must be covered.

Fascinators are no longer permitted; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm).
Gentlemen

Royal Enclosure

Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear black or grey morning dress, which must include.
A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
A black or grey top hat
A gentleman may remove his hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden. The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.
Black shoes
Girls

Girls (aged 10-16) should dress for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory.

Boys

Boys (aged 10-16) should dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s dress code, or may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie (no hat required).

Overseas visitors

Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal National Dress of their country or Service Dress.

Serving military personnel

Serving military personnel are welcome to wear Service Dress or equivalent.

GRANDSTAND ADMISSION

Grandstand Admission racegoers have the choice to follow the dress code for the Grandstand or that of the Royal Enclosure.

Ladies

Ladies within the main Grandstand Enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion.

Ladies are kindly asked to take particular note of the following:

A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times.

Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted.

Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted).

Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code.

Midriffs must be covered.

Shorts are not permitted.

Gentlemen

Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.

Girls

Girls (17 or under) should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces and fascinators may be worn but are not compulsory.

Boys

Boys aged (13-17) should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and a tie. Younger boys (12 or under) should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie.

SILVER RING & HEATH ENCLOSURE

Although no formal dress code applies in the Silver Ring Enclosure and Heath Enclosure, racegoers are encouraged to wear smart clothes.

Please note that bare chests are not permitted at any time.

FANCY DRESS

In addition to the dress code advice, please note that fancy dress, novelty and branded or promotional clothing is not allowed within the racecourse during Royal Ascot. There may be instances where a degree of discretion is required in determining compliance with the Royal Ascot dress code. In such instances, reasonable judgement will be exercised.

 For further  information and tickets ,visit the Ascot website here

Horse Racing: A Day at the Races at the Ascot May Meeting 9th and 10 May

Racing
Ascot Racecourse  offers a mixture of Live Music and top class racing  at its May Meeting on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th May.

Friday 9th May is Ascot’s only evening meeting whilst Saturday’s main feature race is the Victoria Cup.  But that is only part of the fun as a number of Live music acts will taking to the stage during and after racing include leading tribute acts representing The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Adele, Elton John and Elvis.

As a added treat, The National Theatre will be bringing the magical puppetry of ‘Joey’ from the widely acclaimed London’s National Theatre production Warhorse to Ascot. Joey will make a special appearance in the paddock ahead of the second race before parading in front of the grandstands.

Ascot Races
It is worth buying  tickets in advance,  Prices for the Friday start from just £13 for Grandstand tickets and £18 for Premier tickets with gates opening at 3pm and the first race at 5.35pm. Tickets on the day will be £15 for Grandstand and £20 for Premier.

On the Saturday, Grandstand tickets booked in advance will cost just £20 with Premier tickets on sale for £27. Ticket prices on the day will be £25 for Grandstand and £30 for Premier, Gates open at 11am and the first race is a 2.05pm.
Accompanied children under 18 years of age gain free entry.

To London visitors who have perhaps have not been Horse Racing before Ascot is one of the top racecourses  in the UK  and has a huge range of restaurants, bars and other concessions situated throughout the course, catering for an array of different food and drink options.

To Buy Tickets , Visit the Ascot Website here