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When: Tuesday 19th - Saturday 23rd June 2018
Where: Ascot Racecourse, Berkshire, SL5 7JX
Ascot Highlights: 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 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.
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 £165 per person and each package to Royal Ascot tends to include: return coach travel, 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.
Standard tickets included in a Royal Ascot coach package are for the Windsor Enclosure, upgrades are available for an additional supplement into the Queen Anne Enclosure.
2017 Ascot Gold Cup Result
1st Place: Big Orange ridden by James Doyle
2nd Place: Order of St George ridden by Ryan Moore
The Norfolk Stakes Result
1st Place: Sioux Nation ridden by Ryan Moore
2nd Place: Santry ridden by Jim Crowley
The Ribblesdale Stakes Result
1st Place: Coronet ridden by Olivier Peslier
2nd Place:Mori ridden by Pat Smullen
The Britannia Stakes Result
1st Place: Bless Him ridden by Martin Harley
2nd Place: Ronald R ridden by Daniel Tudhope
Hold Onto Your Hats!
A few essentials for Royal Ascot.
What do I wear?
In the Queen Anne Enclosure, ladies must wear formal attire including a hat or headpiece and gentlemen must wear a suit with tie. For the Windsor Enclosure, 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 are permitted.
What is there in the Queen Anne Enclosure?
The Queen Anne enclosure allows guests access to the Parade Ring, the entire ground floor of the Grandstand and access to the lawns which feature bars and restaurants. There is a variety of bars and restaurants with the chance to enjoy a sit down meal or something on the go. After the racing has finished there is a live military band performing in the Parade Ring.
What is there in the Windsor Enclosure?
There is a vibrant atmosphere to be enjoyed in the Windsor Enclosure. The enclosure has plenty of food outlets, bars and betting facilities. Live music plays into the early evening from Thursday to Saturday. Those in the Windsor Enclosure will not have access to the Parade Ring.
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?
Picnics are only permitted in the Windsor Enclosure, guests are permitted to bring one regular bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne with them. No other alcoholic drinks (including Pimms, wine, beer, cider etc) will be permitted and all picnics will be searched on entry. Picnics must be brought in a hamper or cool bag/box. Guests in the Queen Anne enclosure can picnic in the car and coach parks but no food can be taken into the enclosure.
Are there cash machines at the racecourse?
There are cash machines located in both the Queen Anne and Windsor Enclosures. Queues can be long so it is advisable to bring some cash with you on the day. Some cash machines will also operate using a service charge.
Can I see the Parade Ring?
Only those who have Queen Anne or Royal Enclosure tickets can access the Parade Ring. There is no access available for anyone with Windsor Enclosure tickets.
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?
A racecard is 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 and can be purchased from any of the enclosures.
What can I do after the racing?
In the Queen Anne Enclosure traditional singing around the Bandstand begins at 6pm for half an hour. A live band plays in the Windsor Enclosure 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.
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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.