The countdown to Royal Ascot – one of the most iconic summer events of the British sporting and social calendar – has begun. On Tuesday 19th June, Ascot Racecourse will open its gates for five days of world-class racing, pageantry, high fashion and fine dining. The Racecourse was established at the behest of Queen Anne in 1711. The centrepiece of Ascot’s racing calendar, Royal Ascot is first thought to have taken place at Ascot in 1768 and is now arguably the world’s most famous race meeting. It has been attended by British Monarchs ever since its inception and at 2pm each day, the Royal Procession in which HM The Queen, along with her family and guests, parade up the Straight Mile into the Parade Ring in landaus led by four Windsor greys. Increasingly in recent years, the Royal Meeting attracts some of the best horses from around the globe, with horses from as far as the USA and Australia set to be in the line-up across the 30 races. The Luxury Channel will be in attendance on Gold Cup Day, but ahead of this most famous meeting, we bring you Royal Ascot in numbers….
Royal Ascot will feature 19 Group Races, including eight Group Ones, with total prize money across the 5 days in excess of £7.3m. Around 300,000 guests are expected to attend the Royal Meeting this year to witness the spectacle, with 70,000 racegoers attending Thursday’s Gold Cup Day, all of whom will be greeted by the racecourse’s 163 full-time personnel and 6,500 temporary staff.
Ascot’s dedicated grounds team will cultivate and bed-in more than 13,000 flowers and plants across the 179-acre racecourse especially for the event. Grass is cut to a regulation 4 inches for the Flat Season and 3 miles of bunting is to be installed.
35,000 guests alone will enjoy fine dining or lunch service in a private box during the event and world-renowned chefs Raymond Blanc OBE, Phil Howard, Simon Rogan, Adam Handling and James Tanner are all involved this year, boasting 5 Michelin stars and 13 AA Rosettes between them. Fine dining has always been an important ingredient of the Royal Ascot experience with 330 chefs covering 12 restaurants, 17 private dining facilities and more than 200 private boxes. During the event, 5000kg of salmon, 5000 Angus steaks and 2400kg of beef sirloin, 7000 rumps of English lamb, 3500 fresh lobsters and 8000 Cornish crabs will be served to guests. Synonymous with Afternoon Tea, the Royal Meeting will also serve 240,000 hand-crafted cakes, 120,000 buttermilk scones, 80,000 cups of tea, 60,000 finger sandwiches, 7,000 punnets of mixed berries and 1,200kg of Cornish clotted cream, served across all enclosures.
Tickets are available from £37 to £88. Please note the Village and Windsor Enclosures have now SOLD OUT for Saturday 23rd June.
Please visit www.ascot.co.uk/royalascot, or call +44 (0)344 346 3000.