July Racing Weekend - FridayFeatured Event
July Racing Weekend - SaturdayFeatured Event
QIPCO King George Diamond Weekend - FridayFeatured Event
The opening day is a relaxed yet elegant occasion at which racegoers can relax and socialise on the racecourse’s pristine lawns, sample the many Champagne and cocktail bars on offer, and enjoy a glorious afternoon’s racing. Although less formal than the Royal Meeting, QIPCO King George Diamond Weekend has become a showcase of contemporary summer style, with Ladies encouraged to wear hats.
One of the most famous horses to have raced at Ascot is Brown Jack, who won at the Royal Meeting a remarkable seven times between 1928 and 1934. He is honoured with a race in his name on an afternoon that also features the Listed Valiant Stakes.
QIPCO King George Diamond Weekend - SaturdayFeatured Event
The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth QIPCO Stakes is Europe’s indisputable midsummer middle-distance showpiece. A race won by countless legendary names including Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Dancing Brave and Nashwan was no less exciting last year as we welcomed back the much-loved defending champion Enable, with the extraordinary mare winning a record third King George title.
Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup – Team Racing & Tribute ActsFeatured Event
A perfect blend of thrilling entertainment on and off the track, on one of our most popular racedays of the year.
The Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup is a unique fixture in the global racing calendar that sees the world’s top jockeys compete for points to lift racing’s ultimate team prize, with four teams battling it out across a thrilling six-race contest.
Hayley Turner's team were the victors last time the competition was held in 2019, and some of the world's top jockeys are set to return to Ascot in 2021.
QIPCO British Champions DayFeatured Event
As the culmination of the QIPCO British Champions Series, the nation’s richest raceday has been graced by countless heavyweights of the international Flat racing scene over the years, and the 11th anniversary of ‘the Ultimate Raceday’ will once again stage a star-studded card to satisfy both racing enthusiasts and newcomers to the sport.
Don’t miss the thrilling finale to the British Flat season as the leading horses and jockeys from Europe and beyond descend on Ascot in their quest to be crowned the champions of 2021.
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 GALLERY (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.