Prince's Countryside Fund Friday RacedayFeatured Event
Begin your festive countdown at this free race day with a six-race Jumps card complemented by Country Living Magazine’s Christmas Shopping Fair.
A wealth of independent pop-ups to enjoy offering seasonal delicacies, hand-crafted gifts, charming stocking fillers that are not available on the high street. A complimentary shop-and-drop service is available so you can enjoy a glass of champagne or two or perhaps with a decadent afternoon tea.
Prince's Countryside Fund Saturday RacedayFeatured Event
A raceday that appeals to seasoned racegoers and novices with a six-race Jumps card complemented by Country Living Magazine’s Christmas Shopping Fair.
A wealth of independent pop-ups to enjoy offering seasonal delicacies, hand-crafted gifts, charming stocking fillers that are not available on the high street. A complimentary shop-and-drop service is available so that you can get your Festive shopping off to a flying start.
Christmas Friday RacedayFeatured Event
The equine stars of the future contest a pair of Grade 2 races. The Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle and the Mitie Novices’ Chase are prestigious prizes that often prove to be seasonal stepping-stones.
Christmas Family RacedayFeatured Event
Simply an unmissable date in the diaries for our regular racegoers. The most valuable racecard of Ascot’s jumps season, visits from Father Christmas and his reindeer, story-telling from Mrs Christmas, pony rides, huskies, a carol singing concert, festive cocktails, fine dining, Christmas classics at an open-air screening (Elf… anyone?) and free fairground rides. Children can attend and eat for free too at this family day. Truly an elegant and uplifting day to celebrate with loved ones.
Royal Ascot TuesdayFeatured Event
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.
Royal Ascot WednesdayFeatured Event
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.
Royal Ascot Ladies DayFeatured Event
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.
Royal Ascot FridayFeatured Event
Friday of the Royal meeting plays host to 5 Group races and last year it was the Commonwealth Cup and the Coronation Stakes.
Royal Ascot SaturdayFeatured Event
Royal Ascot wraps up on a Saturday now since the event was extended from 4 days to 5 days in 2005.
Where to be for the best views
QUEEN ANNE ENCLOSURE (PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS THE GRANDSTAND ENCLOSURE)
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.
KING EDWARD VII ENCLOSURE (PREVIOUSLY KNOWN AS PREMIER ADMISSION)
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.
WINNING POST ENCLOSURE (AVAILABLE ON KING GEORGE VI SATURDAY AND QIPCO BRITISH CHAMPIONS DAY)
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.
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.
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.
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.