Royal Ascot

June 18th - 22nd 2019 Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire

Royal Ascot is the world's most famous race meet. Highlights include the Queen’s parade and this year there will be some superstars of the racing world battling it out on the track.

What to expect at Royal Ascot

The gates at the event are open from 11am but many people arrive at Royal Ascot earlier to picnic in the carpark, with a bottle of bubbly. The opening of the meet is signalled by the Queen’s parade and crowds gather to watch her grand arrival. The first race starts shortly afterwards at the beginning of the afternoon. There is a different feature race each day and the racing is over by late afternoon. Lunch is available at any time and many people chose to enjoy a bite to eat during the early races. If you want to avoid the crowds at the end, we recommend leaving before the last race.

Famous faces

If you are doing some celeb spotting, keep an eye out for members of the Royal Family, including HM The Queen, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Prince Harry, as well as the likes of Liz Hurley and Gary Liniker. Top jockeys such as Ryan Moore will be racing the stars of the equine world.

Event hotspots and hospitality

The Royal Enclosure is the most prestigious area of the racecourse. Access to the Royal Enclosure is restricted and by invitation only. First-time applicants can apply to the Royal Enclosure Office and gain membership from someone who has attended the enclosure for at least four years. For existing badgeholders, an invitation is sent out every year by Her Majesty’s Representative to request badges. The colours of the badges vary each day for one-day applicants.

The Bollinger Bar within the Royal Enclosure attracts many high profile guests. Meanwhile, the Parade Ring is also among the places to be seen. Although access to this is strictly controlled and reserved for owners and trainers, the surrounding area can be accessed by all. Many people head to Brinkleys in Chelsea to continue the party afterwards.

We have a number of excellent hospitality packages available. The Fine Dining restaurants offer a wide-selection of options and there are several to enjoy. Of particular note is Panoramic in the Royal Enclosure. This is headed up by Raymond Blanc OBE and the sixth-floor restaurant has uninterrupted views overlooking the Winning Post.  Meanwhile, the Queen Anne Enclosure is the award-winning, fifth-floor restaurant that also has a private outdoor terrace offering panoramic views of the racecourse.

Did you know

There are 18 Group races at Royal Ascot and eight of them are categorised in Group One, which is the best. The term ‘Group One‘ is used for the highest level of Thoroughbred and Standardbred stakes races in many countries. In the United States, Canada, Japan, South Africa, and British National Hunt racing, the term “Grade I” is used instead. It means the same thing and these races have the richest prize money and attract the best horses.

Many previous Ascot winners have become legends and include the finest thoroughbreds. Some of the best-known horses are Black Caviar, Frankel and Yeats. All of these Royal Ascot winners have turned into household names.

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