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When: Tuesday 16th June to Saturday 20th June 2015
Where: Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, SL5 7JX
Memorable Moments: 1982 – Pope John Paul II arrived and was greeted by 250,000 people
1955 - Divorcees were allowed to enter the Royal Enclosure having been previously banned
1807 – The oldest race, the Gold Cup is first run and won by Master Jackey
1711 – The first ever race took place at Ascot
Royal Ascot is known to many as one of Europe's most famous race meetings and dates back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne. Over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week and you could be among them with our range of coach trip packages to Ascot where you can experience all the excitement, pageantry and fashion that the greatest race meeting in the world has to offer.
Tuesday is the official start date and you'll want to make sure you get there early on your Ascot coach trip so you don't miss the first Royal Procession of this popular race meeting. The Queen and various members of the Royal Family arrive in a horse-drawn carriage, take a tour of the racecourse before taking to their seats in the prestigious Royal Enclosure. Wednesday is the perfect day for groups of friends to enjoy the Royal Ascot experience at a slightly more gentle pace. Thursday is Gold Cup Day or 'Ladies Day' as it's more affectionately known where style and elegance is the order of the day and the crowds wait with baited breath as the gruelling long distance world championship race takes place. Will 2014 be the year that the Queen's horse, Estimate, makes it two years in a row by winning the Gold Cup?
One of the featured races on Friday is the Coronation Stakes which brings together the best 3 year old fillies in Europe. This is penultimate race day at Royal Ascot and for many is the perfect start to the weekend. Saturday is the final day of the Royal Meeting and always provides a dramatic climax featuring The Diamond Jubilee Stakes, one of the world's most important sprint races. Fashion, as always, is elaborate on this day and throughout Royal Ascot but on Saturdays, there is a more relaxed family feel to the day.
Tours start from only £125.00 per person and each package to Royal Ascot tends to include: return coach travel (except self-drive), overnight accommodation in a quality hotel with breakfast, hotel-to-venue transfers plus ticket to the event. There could also be the option to upgrade your Ascot tickets, depending on availability.
2014 Ascot Gold Cup Result
1st Place: Leading Light ridden by J O'Brien
2nd Place: Estimate ridden by R Moore
The Norfolk Stakes Result
1st Place: Baitha Alga ridden by F Dettori
2nd Place: Mind of Madness ridden by R Moore
The Ribblesdale Stakes Result
1st Place: Bracelet ridden by J O'Brien
2nd Place: Lustrous ridden by R Hughes
The Britannia Stakes Result
1st Place: Born In Bombay ridden by D Probert
2nd Place: Bow Creek ridden by R Moore
The Tencentenary Stakes Result
1st Place: Cannock Chase ridden by R Moore
2nd Place: Mutakayyef ridden by P Hanagan
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A few essentials for Royal Ascot.
What do I wear?
In the Grandstand, ladies must wear formal attire and gentlemen must wear a suit with tie. For the Silver Ring, there is no formal dress code, however race-goers are encouraged to dress smartly.
Ascot fashion faux-pas!
No fancy dress, novelty, branded or promotional clothing are allowed on the site. Bare chests and midriffs are not permitted at any time. Hats with a diameter less than 10cm. No strappy or sheer strap dresses or tops.
What is there in The Grandstand?
Over 1,000 free seats to view the racing. You can watch the Royal Procession & racing action from the lawns. A variety of places to eat, drink and bet. Big screen TV’s. Military band performing in the Parade Ring.
What is there in the Silver Ring Enclosure?
Over 2,000 free seats to view the racing, Big screen TV’s. Live music entertainment each day. Lawn area with many bars and food outlets including Pizza Express.
Are children allowed?
Children are admitted on the Friday and Saturday only. Girls should be formally dressed. Boys should be smartly dressed wearing a dark coloured lounge suit with shirt and tie. Hats, headpieces or a fascinator may be worn but are not compulsory.
The Royal Procession will begin at 2pm so allow yourself plenty of time to get to your admission area. The first race is at 2.30pm with the last race at 5.35pm. Car and coach parks close at 9pm.
Can we bring a picnic?
You can picnic in your car or coach park area. Hot food and barbecues are not permitted. Customers in the Silver Ring can bring a picnic into the enclosure as long as it is in a hamper or coolbox. No drinks, food or snacks are permitted in the Grandstand.
Are there cash machines at the racecourse?
There are lots of ATM cash machines located in both the Grandstand and Silver Ring. Queues can be long so it is advisable to bring some cash with you on the day. Some cash machines have a £2.95 service charge.
Can I see the Parade Ring?
Only those who have Grandstand or Royal Enclosure tickets can access the Parade Ring. There is no access available for anyone with Silver Ring Enclosure tickets. Drinks are not permitted.
Can I bring a camera?
Yes but pictures must be for personal use only and photography is not allowed in the Parade Ring or on the Royal Enclosure lawns. No flash photography near the horses.
How much money do I need for betting?
The minimum bet at the Tote is £2 and there are 6 races each day. You’ll find lots of Tote kiosks at the racecourse and the staff are always happy to help. Minimum bets with the bookmakers range from £2 to £5.
Should I buy a race card?
This is an essential tool to guide you through the day. It provides details on all of the races, horses and jockeys as well as information about Royal Ascot. It costs £3.50 and is available in all enclosures.
What can I do after the racing?
In the Grandstand, traditional singing around the Bandstand begins at 6pm for half an hour. A live band plays in the Silver Ring until 7pm. There are also lots of pubs and bars along Ascot High Street but they do get very busy and close at 10pm.
What if I’m in a wheelchair?
There are dedicated disabled viewing areas in each of the enclosures. Only one person or carer is allowed to accompany a customer using these viewing areas. Wheelchairs maybe available to hire on the day. There are disabled toilet facilities.
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Address: Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, SL5 7JX
How to get there: All coach packages will include transfers directly to the venue. Ascot is located just outside of Bracknell and the nearest train station is Ascot (Berks) station where there is an easy walk up to the high street and beyond to reach the venue. If driving to the racecourse, it is advisable to prebook your car parking and to follow the AA colour coded route signage to your selected car park on the day.