Royal Ascot: Horse racing fanatics head to the races in their best outfits

 

Ascot

A racecourse rich in history and heritage, hosting one of the world’s most prestigious race meetings, Royal Ascot, as well as 21 race days and numerous non-racing events each year. Founded in 1711 by Queen Anne who, when riding out from Windsor Castle, came across a piece of land “ideal for horses to gallop at full stretch” and thus Ascot Racecourse was born. In the 300 years since, we’ve seen champions crowned and legends made, and are delighted to now welcome hundreds of thousands of racegoers each year.

Ascot Racecourse Schedule

Ascot Racecourse is a dual-purpose British racecourse, located in Ascot, Berkshire, England, which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. It hosts 13 of Britain’s 36 annual Flat Group 1 horse races and three Grade 1 Jumps races. Ascot Racecourse is visited by approximately 600,000 people a year, accounting for 10% of all UK racegoers

Ascot Cuisine

Royal Ascot presents a range of beautiful restaurants and stunning fine dining experiences. From à la carte menus by Michelin-starred chefs to informal, flexible dining options in club environments, guests can tailor a Royal meeting hospitality experience to suit their taste and budget. Make an exciting occasion unforgettable with Fine Dining hospitality packages at any of our 26 race days. Whether you choose à la carte in our contemporary On5 Restaurant or the traditional Parade Ring Restaurant, the privacy of a box or a bespoke dining experience, it is a chance to socialise over the finest dishes with the backdrop of world-class racing.

Trained through the Raymond Blanc Service Academy programme, our staff will ensure you are impeccably looked after throughout your day at Ascot. Packages include a three or four-course lunch, our award-winning Afternoon Tea and a selection of complimentary fine wines, beers and soft drinks. Browse our restaurants below and choose your ideal race day.

 

 

 

Royal Ascot

Experience the seasonal event of the year at Royal Ascot. Take part in all the vast racecourse has to offer and be part of the most popular luxury event. From Tuesday 17th – Saturday 21nd June 2025, thrill seekers and racegoers will come together to escape the ordinary and indulge in a week of celebration at Royal Ascot. Steeped in history, the illustrious event sets the stage for world-class horse racing in all its joy, igniting passions and inspiring new generations to leave their everyday at the door.

Royal Ascot is one of the biggest and most prestigious events of the year. It promises an elegant experience that encompasses luxury food, drink and entertainment. We are proud to provide a whole host of fine dining options, upgrades and enclosures into your experience. This summer, the longest running drama returns. Royal Ascot presents a spellbinding explosion of the senses, featuring an all-star cast, unparalleled racing and exquisite Fine Dining.

Revered across the globe, Royal Ascot attracts many of racing’s finest horses. It is also equally synonymous with sartorial elegance, being awash with exquisite fashion and magnificent millinery creations. From the arrival of the Royal Procession as the clock strikes two, to the communal singing around Ascot’s Bandstand, each of the five days is an event which must be seen to be believed. As part of a long-term ambition and following feedback from racegoers attending the smaller scale Royal Ascot in 2021, capacity numbers will be reduced across the Royal Enclosure, Queen Anne Enclosure and Windsor Enclosure for all five days of the Royal Meeting.

Royal Ascot Tuesday

At precisely 2pm the Royal Procession arrives ahead of an afternoon of world- class racing. The stage is set for an extraordinary five days. For the racing purist, this is undeniably the most unmissable day of the whole week, and is spearheaded by three impeccable Group 1 contests – The Queen Anne Stakes, King’s Stand Stakes and St James’s Palace Stakes.

  • 3:05 Coventry Stakes
  • 3:45 King Charles III Stakes
  • 4:25 St James’s Palace Takes
  • 5:05 Ascot Stakes
  • 5:40 Wolferton Stakes
  • 6:15 Copper Horse Handicap

Royal Ascot Wednesday

Whether strolling around the pristine lawns or enjoying a leisurely afternoon tea, those in the know adore this day – one that is both relaxed off the track and intense on it, with the highlight of a competitive card the prestigious Group 1 Prince of Wales’s Stakes. The Wednesday tends to be a more gently-paced occasion than the opening day of the Royal Meeting, yet there is no compromise on quality in terms of both the racing and the enjoyment away from the track.

  • 2:30 Queen Mary Stakes
  • 3:05 Queen’s Vase
  • 3:45 Duke Of Cambridge Stakes
  • 4:25 Prince Of Wales’s Stakes
  • 5:05 Royal Hunt Cup
  • 5:40 Kensington Palace Stakes
  • 6:15 Windsor Castle Stakes

Royal Ascot Thursday

Vibrant, celebratory and steeped in tradition, the third day of Royal Ascot, colloquially known as Ladies Day, is a day to see and be seen. It is a glorious occasion when high fashion and millinery masterpieces take centre stage alongside Flat racing’s most elite stayers locking horns in the historic Gold Cup.

  • 2:30 Norfolk Stakes
  • 3:05 King George V Stakes
  • 3:45 Ribblesdale Stakes
  • 4:25 Gold Cup
  • 5:05 Britannia Stakes
  • 5:40 Hampton Court Stakes
  • 6:15 Buckingham Palace Stakes

Royal Ascot Friday

The penultimate day of Royal Ascot features two Group 1 races, as Europe’s finest three-year-old fillies do battle in the Coronation Stakes and a field of hugely exciting young sprinters contest the Commonwealth Cup. It’s the perfect start to a memorable long weekend. The Friday has a personality all of its own, guaranteeing plenty of drama for the racing enthusiast as well as a wonderfully sociable occasion for all.

  • 2:30 Albany Stakes
  • 3:05 Commonwealth Cup
  • 3:45 Coronation Stakes
  • 4:25 Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes
  • 5:05 Sandringham Stakes
  • 5:40 King Edward VII Stakes
  • 6:15 Palace Of Holyrood House Stakes

Royal Ascot Saturday

Amidst the unique whirlwind of excitement and colour that makes Royal Ascot so special, an exceptional card featuring the £m Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes, one of the world’s greatest international sprints, ensures a fitting finale to an unforgettable week. 2020 saw history in the making as Nando Parrado and Adam Kirby became the biggest-priced Royal Ascot winners, with a 150-1 shot for trainer Clive Cox in The Coventry Stakes, a race usually staged on the Tuesday of the Royal Meeting.

  • 2:30 Chesham Stakes
  • 3:05 Hardwicke Stakes

 

 

Credit: images from Ascot Racing 

 

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