Royal Ascot by numbers: Mind-boggling stats about the top race meet

Swot up on the world's top flat racing fixture with the help of our mind-boggling number stats...

The countdown to one of the most iconic summer events of the British sporting and social calendar has begun. Ascot Racecourse will open its gates for five days of world-class racing, pageantry, high fashion and Fine Dining from Tuesday 19th – Saturday 23rd June 2018. To add to the buildup we have some fascinating facts to share about the numbers involved at Royal Ascot. Get ready for some mind-blowing stats…

The grass is cut to a regulation 4 inches for the Flat season and 3 miles of bunting is to be installed. There will be 240,000 hand-crafted afternoon tea cakes, 120,000 buttermilk scones and 60,000 finger sandwiches served. More than 12 million user engagements are expected across Ascot’s social media channels. The racing is set to be broadcast in 200 countries around the globe with a reach of 650 million households.

Royal Ascot will feature 19 Group races, including eight Group Ones, with total prize money across the five days in excess of £7.3m. Around 300,000 guests are expected to attend the Royal Meeting this year to witness the spectacle with 70,000 racegoers attending Thursday’s Gold Cup Day.

35,000 guests alone will enjoy Fine Dining or lunch service in a Private Box during the event and world-renowned chefs Raymond Blanc OBE, Phil Howard, Simon Rogan, Adam Handling and James Tanner are all involved this year, boasting five Michelin stars and 13 AA Rosettes between them. Fine Dining has always been an important ingredient of the Royal Ascot experience with 330 chefs, covering 12 restaurants, 17 private dining facilities and more than 200 private boxes. During the event 5,000kg of salmon, 5,000 Angus steaks and 2,400kg of beef sirloin, 7,000 rumps of English lamb, 3,500 fresh lobsters and 8,000 Cornish crabs will be served to guests.

Synonymous with Afternoon Tea, the Royal Meeting will also serve 240,000 hand-crafted cakes, 120,000 buttermilk scones, 80,000 cups of tea, 60,000 finger sandwiches, 7,000 punnets of mixed berries and 1,200kg of Cornish clotted cream are served across all enclosures.

Ascot’s dedicated grounds team will cultivate and bed-in more than 13,000 flowers and plants across the 179-acre racecourse especially for the event.

Approximately 400 helicopters and 1,000 limousines will descend on Royal Ascot with an average of 60,000 racegoers each day who will be greeted by the racecourse’s 163 full-time personnel and 6,500 temporary staff.

There are Tickets available from £37 to £88. Please note the Village and Windsor Enclosures have now SOLD OUT for Saturday 23rd June.

For further information about booking please call 0344 346 3000 or email

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