What's On

Sun 25 Mar 2018

Spring Family Raceday

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Our first family raceday of 2018 is free for under 18s and offers a thrilling combination of top class racing and activities for racegoers of all ages. With spring in full swing, and Easter closing in, there are few better ways to spend a Sunday together.

Ascot’s final fixture of the 2017-18 Jumps season takes centre stage, with a mix of hurdles and chases for novices right through to veterans, attended by most of the UK’s leading jockeys and trainers.

Sections of the racecourse are split into zones, with each one providing children with fun attractions and hands-on activities. You can try your hand at some traditional crafts including basket making or wood turning, get up close to some furry friends in our petting zoo or enjoy a free pony ride - all included in the price of your ticket.

Wed 02 May 2018

Sagaro Stakes Raceday

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Enjoy the first day of the Flat season at the world’s most famous racecourse as the summer is just around the corner.

For racing enthusiasts, this is the curtain raiser for the Flat season. Featured is the £60,000 Group 3 Longines Sagaro Stakes, one of the most important trial races for The Gold Cup, which takes place on the third day of Royal Ascot.

Fri 11 May 2018

May Racenight

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Join us for Ascot’s only evening fixture of the year, as our May Racing Weekend gets underway amid a relaxed Friday night atmosphere featuring live tribute bands playing music from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. With free racecourse tours, a host of food and drink options, including fine dining, and reduced pricing on tickets, it’s an after-work treat that shouldn’t be missed.

As well as a competitive six-race card, featuring races from five furlongs up to two miles, racegoers will be treated to entertainment and live music to get their weekends off to a memorable start under the lengthening late-spring daylight.

Sat 12 May 2018

Victoria Cup Raceday

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Our May Raceday Weekend culminates with the Victoria Cup Raceday, which represents the final chance for racegoers to visit Ascot before the Royal Meeting starts in mid-June.

The feature race itself is in part a nod to Royal Ascot, albeit also a prestigious prize in its own right. Many of the participants in the Victoria Cup, a seven-furlong handicap, will return to contest major handicaps at around a mile at the Royal Meeting.

But with prize money well in excess of £100,000, it’s a race that every trainer and jockey wants to win.

Tue 19 Jun 2018

Royal Ascot Tuesday

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Royal Ascot kicks off on a Tuesday each year with 6 races, 4 of which are Group 1 races, Queen Anne Stakes, Coventry Stakes, King's Stand Stakes and St James's Palace Stakes. 5 of the 6 races are run over 5 furlongs to 1 mile so it's a day for the sprinters and always proves to be a day full of excitement.

Wed 20 Jun 2018

Royal Ascot Wednesday

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The second day of Royal Ascot plays host to a further 4 of the 6 races on the day being Group races. All are run between 5 furlongs and 1 mile 1 furlong so it's another day for sprint races.

Thu 21 Jun 2018

Royal Ascot Ladies Day

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Ladies Day is held on the Thursday of Royal Ascot each year and is one of the most elegant and glamorous days in the racing calendar. Each year this day sells out so be sure to purchase your tickets early.

Fri 22 Jun 2018

Royal Ascot Friday

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Friday of the Royal meeting plays host to 5 Group races and last year it was the Commonwealth Cup and the Coronation Stakes.

Sat 23 Jun 2018

Royal Ascot Saturday

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Royal Ascot wraps up on a Saturday now since the event was extended from 4 days to 5 days in 2005.

Fri 13 Jul 2018

Property Raceday

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Friday's annual Property Raceday is a well-established fundraising occasion for the property industry in aid of children's charities. It's a relaxed and stylish day of Flat racing and to date has raised more than £1m for charities including LandAid, WellChild and Wherever the Need.

It's followed by the Summer Mile Raceday on Saturday featuring the Group 2, Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile. Racegoers can look forward to an exciting seven race card combined with Champagne and picnics on Ascot's elegant lawns and a Family Enclosure for our younger visitors.

Sat 14 Jul 2018

Summer Mile Raceday

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The Summer Mile Raceday on Saturday 15th July is the perfect opportunity to enjoy a relaxed, summer day out at the races.

Featuring the £110,000 Group 2 Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile and the £100,000 Totepool Heritage Handicap you can look forward to an excellent afternoon of Flat racing.

Enjoy the Champagne bars and a picnic on Ascot's elegant lawns.

Fri 27 Jul 2018

King George VI Weekend - Friday

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Enjoy a competitive six-race card, including the John Guest Brown Jack Stakes. This race commemorates the racing legend who won at no less than seven different Royal Meetings. Also on the card is the Carraig Insurance EBF Stallions Valiant Stakes.

Sat 28 Jul 2018

King George VI Weekend - Saturday

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The King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) is the feature race on Saturday and the European mid-season middle distance championship. Off-track a wonderful array of bars and sublime entertainment are available.

Sat 11 Aug 2018

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup

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The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is one of the most unique fixtures in the global racing calendar and, combined with a post-racing concert, is one of the highlights of our year.

While live music post-racing is one of the most popular features of Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup day, there is plenty more to keep racegoers entertained throughout the day.

An on-site fairground adds to the day’s unique charm, and, with champagne and cocktail bars spread across the racecourse, Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup day has become synonymous with late-summer fun and top class sporting action.

Fri 07 Sep 2018

Festival of Food & Wine Racing Weekend - Friday

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Enjoy mouth-watering action, on and off the track, at one of summer’s most popular racing weekends combined with a fabulous food and wine festival, in association with delicious. magazine, making it a four-day feasting extravaganza.

With Flat racing on Friday and Saturday only, you can also savour and sip top-quality food and drink from over 100 stalls on the Food Avenue with live chef demonstrations and tastings across all four days.

Sat 08 Sep 2018

Festival of Food & Wine Racing Weekend - Saturday

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Enjoy mouth-watering action, on and off the track, at one of summer’s most popular racing weekends combined with a fabulous food and wine festival, in association with delicious magazine, making it a four-day feasting extravaganza.

With Flat racing on Friday and Saturday only, you can also savour and sip top-quality food and drink from over 100 stalls on the Food Avenue with live chef demonstrations and tastings across all four days.

Fri 05 Oct 2018

Autumn Racing Weekend & Ascot Beer Festival - Friday

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You can expect much more than just exciting Flat racing on the opening day of the Autumn Racing Weekend featuring the Ascot Beer Festival.

Alongside the Listed LondonMetric Noel Murless Stakes, which is run over a mile and six furlongs, you’ll be able to sip on an array of more than 240 real ales, ciders and perries.

The Beer Festival continues on Saturday alongside the running of the UK’s joint most valuable seven-furlong handicap, the Totescoop6 Challenge Cup.

Sat 06 Oct 2018

Autumn Racing Weekend & Ascot Beer Festival - Saturday

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The Totescoop6 Challenge Cup, the UK's joint most valuable seven-furlong handicap at £180,000, is the big betting race on a quality Flat card.

Away from the track Ascot’s annual CAMRA Beer Festival returns for its 12th year. With more than 240 real ales, ciders and perries to sample as well as traditional pub games, a quiz and live music, Ascot will transform into the ultimate local.

Also the Ascot Bier Haus returns and will open its doors to bring Oktoberfest to Ascot.

Sat 20 Oct 2018

Qipco British Champions Day

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QIPCO British Champions Day, now in its eighth year, is the finale of the European Flat racing season. It's the richest raceday in the British calendar and the chance to see the World's finest horses and jockeys battle it out for their slice of history. As the culmination of the QIPCO British Champions Series, this raceday features the end-of-season championship races for Ten-furlong horses (The Champion Stakes), Milers (The Queen Elizabeth II Stakes), Sprinters (six furlongs), Long distance horses (two miles) and Fillies and Mares (one mile and four furlongs).

Sat 03 Nov 2018

Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday

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Gather friends and family to enjoy Ascot's first meeting of the Jumps season, featuring the £100,000 Sodexo Gold Cup Chase over three miles.

Racing is followed by one of the region's largest Fireworks Spectaculars. Plus the Plaza Lawns will come alive throughout the afternoon with free fairground rides until 4pm, £1 per ride thereafter. All proceeds go to local charities.

The day is a designated family day and entry is free for children under 18.


Where to be for the best views


Situated within the magnificent woodland next to the Windsor Great Park, Queen Anne Enclosure is the perfect place to enjoy all that Ascot has to offer. Just a short walking distance from the Parade Ring, Winners Enclosure and Track which can be reached by crossing the Concourse of the main Grandstand, the enclosure provides a host of excellent facilities, with fantastic views of the racing both from elevated seating and at the trackside lawns at ground level. Each day before the racing, a military band will perform in the Parade Ring and guests will be able to witness Her Majesty The Queen arrive in the Royal Procession. There are also a range of places to eat and drink, and betting is possible at totepool kiosks, betting shops in the main grandstand and with bookmakers in the betting ring. After the racing is over, it is traditional for guests to head to the Bandstand to join in with a sing along. It is important to remember that ticket holders for this area do not have access to Level 4 of the Grandstand, which can only be accessed via the Edward VII Enclosure.


Ascot’s King Edward VII enclosure is the ideal place for the devoted racing enthusiasts to experience the excellence of Ascot. The exclusive fourth floor’s seated balconies overlook both the Parade Ring and track and are sure to provide unparalleled views, covering all the action of beforehand, the race itself and the aftermath. Fourth floor capacity has been reduced from 4,500 to 1,700, now providing guests with a more relaxed atmosphere and a guaranteed balcony seat with unsurpassed views of the racing. Whilst watching the breathtaking spectacle unfold, guests will be able to enjoy a wonderful selection of bars and dining options. And the benefits of staying at the King Edward IV enclosure don't stop after the racing is finished either… Guests attending the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup will also have a priority period in which they can secure stage-side viewing of the music concert after the racing.


Whilst fundamentally being a private area, Ascot’s Winning Post Enclosure is by no means separate from the action. Situated on the West end of the Grandstand ground floor, from private viewing lawns guests will be able to witness first-hand the nail biting moments as they see which horse bustles their way to the Winning Post first. A second viewing lawn is also available to guests, perfect for enjoying an evening drink or picnic. For those interested in sophisticated lunch options, a three-course a la carte menu is available in The Smokehouse and shellfish platters at the Seafood Terrace. A range of cakes and sandwiches are also on offer at the Deli.


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

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Travel Information

How to find us


Ascot Racecourse is ideally situated only 50 minutes away from London, both by car and train. Located close to the M3, M4, M40 & M25 motorways and to London Heathrow for international visitors, Ascot offers easy access for all racegoers wherever their departure point.


When travelling from London and the North, take the M4 Junction 6 onto the A332 Windsor road and follow signs to Ascot.

For those coming from the West, take the M4 Junction 10 to the A329(M) signed to Bracknell and follow signs to Ascot.

If arriving from the South and East, take the M3 Junction 3 onto the A332 signed to Bracknell and follow signs to Ascot.

Finally, those coming from the Midlands should take the M40 southbound, Junction 4 and then follow the A404 towards the M4 (Junction 8/9). Once on the M4, head towards Heathrow/London. Leave M4 at Junction 6 and follow the A332 Windsor by-pass to Ascot.


South West Trains runs a direct frequent service to Ascot from Reading, London Waterloo and Guildford, with average journey times of 27 minutes, 52 minutes and 1 hour respectively. Ascot station is conveniently only a seven-minute walk from the racecourse.


A helicopter landing facility is situated close to the racecourse. It is not suitable for fixed-wing private aircrafts. Please call Helicopter and Aviation Services on +44 (0)1427 718 800 or fax +44 (0)1427 718 811 for more information.

Ascots two nearest airfields are both approximately 9 miles away - Fairoaks, Chobham (+44 (0)1276 857 300) and White Waltham, Maidenhead (+44 (0)1628 823 272).



Parking prices for Royal Ascot vary depending on how near the car park is to the festival. Car Park 1 costs £20 and car park 5 costs £6, whilst car park 6 is free.

Dress Codes

What to wear


Royal Ascot has always been synonymous with both elegance and style. Ladies are required to wear a dress suitable for a formal occasion, and of course, as is conventionally known at Ascot, must wear a hat at all times. Girls aged 17 or under, should be dressed for a formal occasion also, and a summer dress is recommended, although hats are not compulsory. Gentleman must wear a matching suit with a shirt and tie. Similarly, boys under 17 should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and tie. Boys under 13 are not required to wear a jacket or tie but should dress appropriately.

Racecourse Information

The History

Now over 300 years old, Ascot Racecourse has certainly seen more than its fair share of both racing and social history over the years - year after year records have been smashed, fashion has become both increasingly elegant and seemingly more daring and festival numbers have grown considerably. This has all contributed towards Ascot’s stand out spectacle - Royal Ascot, establishing itself as one of sport's greatest events - both a highlight of the British social calendar and the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world. One thing that hasn’t changed however, is the unwavering presence of The Queen at Royal Ascot. Few could have envisaged what Ascot would become when Queen Anne first came across the once area of heath whilst riding out near Windsor Castle in 1711. In her words, the racecourse was “ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch”. Today, Ascot stages 26 days of racing over the year, including 18 flat meetings between May and October and several important jump races during the winter months. A colossal total of more than £6.58 million in prize money is up for grabs during Ascot week, making it the Britain's most valuable race meeting.

Interestingly, the origins of racing at Ascot started many miles from where it is today. The first meeting in September 11 August 1711, was open to any horse and there was a prize worth 100 guineas for the victor of the seven English hunters. The nature of the race itself was also extremely different from seeing the speedy thoroughbreds we now come to expect. Instead, the race focused on stamina; each horse was required to carry a weight of 12 stone, whilst the track consisted of three four mile heats - roughly the length of the Grand National course today. However, with the Queen Anne Enclosure named in honour of Her Majesty, Queen Anne’s contribution to the world of racing certainly hasn’t gone unrecognised, and today the opening of Royal Ascot is marked by the traditional Queen Anne Stakes.

For many, the pinnacle of Ascot week is the Gold Cup, which saw the Queen triumph with her horse ‘Estimate’ in 2013 and takes place on ‘Ladies Day’ - the third and traditionally busiest day of the week. Other highlights during the week include the Queen Anne Stakes, King's Stand Stakes and the St James’ Stakes on Tuesday, the 1862 Founded Prince of Wales Stakes on Wednesday, the Coronation Stakes and Commonwealth Cup on Friday and the closing Diamond Jubilee Stakes on Saturday.

Ascot is also home to many nearby attractions including Thorpe Park, Legoland and Windsor Castle. For the golf lover, a host of prestigious courses are also close - these include Sunningdale, Wentworth, Royal Berkshire, Swinley Forest and The Royal Ascot Golf Club.