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Style Guide

As the sun sets the film will begin under the stars in the Old Paddock.

It can get chilly after sunset even if the weather is fine, so we advise bringing a jumper or something warm to put over you.

PARKING AT ASCOT

Parking prices for Luna Cinema

Car Park 1 Cars FREE

Car park opens at 6:00pm
Car park closes at 11:30pm

Car Parking is not pre-bookable, please turn up on the day.

Disabled Parking

Dedicated parking facilities are available for disabled customers displaying a Blue Badge. Customers are advised to pre-book their car parking space. For more information, please email enquiries@ascot.co.uk or call

+44 (0)844 346 3000

Coach Drivers

Coach drivers can obtain a free Grandstand Admission ticket on production of their PCV or PSV licence and their work docket to any Ticket Office.

RACECOURSE FACILITIES

Ascot Racecourse Facilities
  • Viewing the Horses

    Where to Watch

    Tips on where the horses will be on course throughout the day and the best places to see them.

  • Runners & Riders

    Reading the Racecard

    Racecards provide a list of riders for each race. Five day entries are available online five days before each event, and final declarations 24 hours in advance.

  • Placing A Bet

    How to Bet

    Learn how to enjoy a 'flutter' during your day at Ascot, from understanding the terminology to knowing where to place a bet.

NEW RACEGOER

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS


1. What should we wear?

A day at Ascot Racecourse is very special. Most racegoers dress up for the occasion and this is an important part of the Ascot raceday experience. Style Guides are available for the Royal Enclosure and the Grandstand Admission enclosure, bringing to life some examples of the kind of outfits worn at Royal Ascot. Browse the Style Guide. For other Ascot racedays, view our Dress Code advice section for more information.

2. What time should we arrive during Royal Ascot?

9:00am - Gates to car and coach parks open
10:30am - Gates open
2:00pm - Royal Procession
2:30pm - First race
5:35pm - Last race
6:00pm-6:30pm - Bandstand singing (Grandstand Admission enclosure only)
7:00pm - Silver Ring band finishes
9:00pm - Car and coach parks close

Throughout Royal Ascot, a traffic management plan will be in place. You are advised to follow the AA route signage to your selected car park on the day, rather than use your Satellite Navigation. For the fastest route to your car park please follow the coloured routes as shown on your car park label.

Gates open at 10.30am so please arrive as early as possible, and before midday to get the best view for Her Majesty The Queen's arrival. Please note these routes may differ from previous years in order to reduce traffic congestion.

Course crossings from the Coach Park and Heath will close at 1:40pm every day, with a limited service thereafter.

3. What time should we arrive on other Ascot racedays?

9:00am: Car parks open
10:45am: Gates open during Jumps season
11:00am: Gates open during Flat season
9:00pm: Car parks close

Visitors travelling by car should be aware that the roads around the racecourse can become congested on the busier racedays, and a one-way system may be in operation. On those days, drivers are strongly advised to follow the designated routes using AA signage.

4. Can we bring a picnic during Royal Ascot?

ROYAL ASCOT PICNICS

Furniture

During Royal Ascot we allow blankets and fold away chairs into the Silver Ring and Heath Enclosure only.
For all other areas, if you have a need to bring a fold away chair due to a specific medical requirement, please contact our access manager Frances.Stewart@ascot.co.uk

Picnics

In the Silver Ring and Heath Enclosure Only - Picnics are allowed.  However, they must be brought to the racecourse in a picnic hamper or cool bag/box.  Please see alcohol allowance.  Picnics must be brought in at the time of entry to the enclosure and not on re-entry.  Food or drinks of any description will not be allowed in with customers coming in on a re-entry ticket.

If you are coming with a large group and your picnic and Sparkling Wine or Champagne is divided among your hampers, please all arrive together for searching or split the alcohol evenly across the party.  Otherwise individuals arriving with more alcohol than food will have to dispose of the excess alcohol.

Sharp bladed kitchen knives will not be permitted.

No food, drinks or snacks are permitted to be brought into the Royal Enclosure or Grandstand Enclosure.

Alcohol

In the Silver Ring and Heath Enclosure Only – To embrace the celebratory nature of Royal Ascot, each customer (over the age of 18) is permitted to bring with them 1 bottle of sparkling wine or champagne to accompany their picnic.  No other type of alcoholic drink will be permitted into the racecourse grounds and all picnics will be searched on entry.  Please note that soft drinks will only be permitted into the enclosure with seals intact.

There are a substantial number of bars available inside the enclosures and a link to their menus is attached.  We will even be offering bars on the move bringing drinks directly to you to enhance your day with us.

For clarity, bottles of Beer, Cider, Spirits, fortified wines and bottles of Pimm’s or similar will not be allowed onto the racecourse.

Alcoholic or soft drinks are not permitted to be brought into the Royal Enclosure or Grandstand Enclosure.

Ascot Racecourse Ltd has a behavioural management policy and to help us in providing all of our customers with an outstanding experience; no customer deemed to be intoxicated will be permitted onto the Racecourse grounds.

Picnicing in Car and Coach Parks

Informal picnics are permitted into the car parks, however, formal entertaining is prohibited.  We do not allow barbecues or hot food to be brought onto racecourse property.  This includes all enclosures, coach and car parks.
Ascot Racecourse Ltd regrets it is not possible to provide additional space for gazebos or awnings. Any gazebos or awnings erected within a car parking space in Car Parks 1 and 2 must be within the confines of that berth (and not overlap into neighbouring berths). Gazebos and awnings that have been erected within 50 metres of the racecourse must be taken down before racing commences.  It is recommended that gazebos and awnings are taken down before racing commences as Ascot Racecourse Ltd is not responsible for any loss or damage to them; and customers will be liable for any damage caused by them to other customers or their cars.

Customers are not permitted to bring in external caterers to cater for their picnics in Car Parks 1, 2 and 7. Commercial vehicles will not be admitted.

Drunkenness, rowdy behaviour or intimidating other customers will not be tolerated.

5. Can we bring a picnic on other Ascot racedays?

ASCOT RACEDAYS

Furniture

Throughout the year we have a picnic blanket only policy; no other furniture is permitted onto the racecourse.

If you have a need to bring a fold away chair due to a specific medical requirement, please contact our access manager Frances.Stewart@ascot.co.uk

Picnics

Customers are welcome to bring a picnic as long as it is brought to the racecourse in a picnic hamper or cool bag/box. The designated picnic areas are situated on the East Trackside Lawn, the Old Paddock and the external East End of the Grandstand. Occasionally some of the Plaza Lawns maybe made available to customers for the use of picnicking.

Any customers who picnic in other areas of the grounds or in the Grandstand will be asked to move and, in extreme circumstances, may be asked to leave the site altogether.

Picnics are not permitted in the Premier Admission Areas or inside the Grandstand.

Informal picnics are permitted into the car parks; however, formal entertaining will be stopped. We do not allow barbecues or hot food to be brought onto racecourse property; this includes all enclosures, coach and car parks.

If you are coming with a large group and your picnic and alcohol is divided among your hampers please all arrive together for searching, or split the alcohol evenly across the party. Otherwise individuals arriving with more alcohol than food will have the alcohol taken away at on entry.

Alcohol

To embrace the celebratory nature of racing at Ascot, each customer (over the age of 18) is permitted to bring with them 1 bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne to accompany their picnic. No other type of alcoholic drink will be permitted into the racecourse grounds and all picnics will be searched on entry. There are a substantial number of bars available inside the Grandstand and surrounding lawns. For clarity, bottles of Beer, Cider, Spirits, fortified wines and bottles of Pimm’s or similar will not be allowed onto the racecourse.

Dubai Duty Free Shergar Meeting

Some customers choose to bring a lunch and a supper picnic due to the concert after racing. This race meeting is the only time that re-admission with food and drink is permitted. The same rules to picnics and alcohol apply on this raceday.

The area immediately in front of the stage will be designated a no-picnic/blanket zone to give space to those customers wanting to dance.

Folding chairs may be brought onto site after the last race only to be used during the concert.

Ascot Racecourse Ltd has a behavioural management policy and to help us in providing all of our customers with an outstanding experience; no customer deemed to be intoxicated will be permitted onto the Racecourse grounds.

6. During Royal Ascot, how long should we allow to get to our admission area before the Royal Procession?

Allow yourself plenty of time to get to your admission area, as walking times vary depending on your car or coach park. The Royal Procession begins at 2:00pm each day.

Please allow enough time for possible queues at the bag searching stations.

7. Where can I park?

We advise that you pre-book your car parking ticket in advance as there will be limited availability on each day, especially during Royal Ascot. For prices please visit the raceday event page that you wish to attend. Please call the Sales Team on +44 (0)844 346 3000 for further information.

Please ensure that your parking label is clearly displayed in the windscreen of your vehicle prior to your arrival at the racecourse.

Note that vehicles are not permitted to park on or along any of the public highways in the vicinity of the racecourse, and enforcement officers will be on patrol.

8. What are the food and drink options in my admission area?

There are many food and drink outlets to choose from in all enclosures. Please visit our Food and Drink section for more information.

9. Are there cash machines at the racecourse?

There are many ATM cash machines located in Grandstand Admission, and the Silver Ring during Royal Ascot. Be aware queues can be long, so it is always advisable to bring some cash with you on the day. A number of tote kiosks offer a cash-back service.

Please note some cash machines have a £2.95 service charge.

Racegoers are welcome to use our cash machines with no service charge. These are located at Cores 2 and 3 of the Grandstand Concourse.

10. Are there plenty of toilets during Royal Ascot?

Throughout the meeting we have additional temporary toilets located in all admission areas, car and coach parks.

11. Where can I stay locally?

We have a number of preferred hotels to choose from which offer exclusive discounts to Ascot Racecourse customers. View the online brochure for more information.

12. May I transfer between enclosures?

During Royal Ascot you may be able to upgrade from the Heath to the Silver Ring, and from the Silver Ring to Grandstand Admission, subject to availability and meeting the dress code requirements. Please note that upgrades to the Royal Enclosure are not permitted.

On other Ascot racedays, subject to availability on the day, you may be able to upgrade from Grandstand Admission to Premier Admission, provided the dress code requirements are met.

13. May I visit the Parade Ring?

During Royal Ascot, Royal Enclosure and Grandstand Admission ticket holders can visit the Parade Ring. There is no access to the Parade Ring from the Silver Ring or Heath Enclosure.

On other Ascot racedays, both Premier and Grandstand Admission racegoers can visit the Parade Ring.

Please note that drinks are not permitted around the Parade Ring.

14. What additional entertainment is there during the day and after racing?

On some racedays there will be entertainment after racing, such as music and fireworks. Please visit the event page for your chosen raceday to see what will be on.

During Royal Ascot, there is entertainment in both the Grandstand and Silver Ring enclosures.

  • Grandstand Admission: Traditional singing around the Bandstand begins at 6pm and lasts for half an hour.
  • Silver Ring: There is a live band playing throughout the day until 7pm.

15. Is there a Cloakroom?

During Royal Ascot, cloakrooms are available in the Royal Enclosure and the Grandstand Admission enclosure, but space is limited. Visitors should therefore keep personal effects to a minimum, and alternative storage arrangements should be made wherever possible. Any bags left will be thoroughly searched. The Silver Ring and Heath Enclosures have no cloakroom facilities.

On other Ascot racedays, there is a cloakroom located in Ticket Office West, which is open to everyone. During our busier meetings - the Betfair Weekend King George Day, Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup and QIPCO British Champions Day - an additional cloakroom is located in Stewards House near Ascot Reception. Please note that space is limited in the cloakrooms and visitors should therefore keep personal effects to a minimum, and alternative storage arrangements should be made wherever possible. The cloakroom will remain open for an hour after the last race.

16. Should I buy a Racecard?

A Racecard is an essential tool to guide you through your day. It provides details on the races, horses and jockeys, as well as what is happening on the raceday. A Racecard costs £4.50 at Royal Ascot and £3.50 at all other meetings and is available on the day from blue Racecard kiosks in all enclosures. If you would like to pre-order your Racecard, please call +44 (0)844 346 3000 or purchase one online.

17. How much do we need for betting?

The minimum bet at the tote is £2 and there are six races each day during Royal Ascot, and up to eight races on each other Ascot raceday. There are many tote kiosks in all admission areas, and the tote staff are always happy to help, should you have any questions.

You can also place a bet with bookmakers in all enclosures. The minimum bet varies between £2 and £5.

18. Is seating available?

Yes. Although limited, seating is available in all enclosures, from benches to tables and chairs, to tiered seating.

19. Can I bring furniture?

We have a blanket only policy throughout the year, and no other furniture is permitted on the racecourse. During Royal Ascot we allow blankets and fold away chairs into the Silver Ring and Heath Enclosures only.

If you are coming to an enclosure other than the Silver Ring or The Heath and need to bring a fold away chair due to a specific medical requirement, please contact our Access Officer on +44 (0)844 346 3610, or email access.officer@ascot.co.uk.

20. May I take photographs?

Yes, but please note that photography is not permitted in the Parade Ring, or in the Royal Enclosure during Royal Ascot. You are welcome to take photographs in all public areas for personal and non-commercial use only, but please no flash photography near the horses.

21. May we have a party in the car or coach parks after racing?

To minimise disturbance to local residents, discos, barbeques, parties and the playing of loud music in the car and coach parks are not permitted at any time.

22. May I leave my car overnight?

Cars are not permitted to be left in car parks overnight. Any cars left after 9:00pm are likely to be removed.

23. Where can I find more information?

In advance of your visit, please check this website for the latest news and regular updates on Royal Ascot. You can also follow Ascot Racecourse on Facebook: http://facebook.com and Twitter: http://twitter.com/AscotInsider Once inside the racecourse, you can get further information from any of the blue kiosks located around the Grandstand or ask one of the Stewards.

24. How can I add my details to the mailing list?

Should you wish to receive information from Ascot Racecourse, please email your name, telephone number, postal or e-mail address to enquiries@ascot.co.uk or call the Sales Team on +44 (0)844 346 3000.

25. Where can I find information on Helicopter and Aviation services?

There is a helicopter landing facility close to the racecourse. It is not suitable for fixed wing private aircrafts. Please call Helicopter and Aviation Services on +44 (0)1427 718800 or fax +44 (0)1427 718811. The two nearest airfields are Fairoaks, Chobham +44 (0)1276 857 300) and White Waltham, Maidenhead +44 (0)1628 823 272), which are both approximately nine miles away.

26. Is there access to Wi-Fi?

Yes, a Wi-Fi code can be purchased from the Queen Anne Reception for £10, which will last for the raceday.

27. Can I use my mobile phone?

Yes. Mobiles are allowed in all enclosures, although please note that usage for betting purposes is not permitted.

28. Any further questions?

If your question has not been answered above, please call the Sales Team on +44 (0)844 346 3000 or email enquiries@ascot.co.uk.