For more than 300 years Ascot Racecourse has been at the heart of the British sporting and social calendar. 2015 will be no exception.
The centrepiece of Ascot’s year is Royal Ascot. Held from Tuesday 16th – Saturday 20th June 2015 the Royal Meeting promises five days of world-class racing, high fashion, pageantry and Fine Dining as the racecourse opens its gates to more than 300,000 visitors from across the globe. From the arrival of the Royal procession at 2pm, to the communal singing around the Bandstand after the last race, each day is a truly remarkable occasion.
Beyond the Royal Meeting, Ascot hosts 21 significant race meetings, at least one in every month of the year. 2015 highlights include:
Two of Britain’s most important Flat meetings, the King George Weekend in late July featuring the £1,000,000 King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) and QIPCO British Champions Day in mid-October, the richest day in British racing.
Four family days including the inaugural Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday in March, the Summer Mile Saturday in mid-July (in 2015 this family day has been brought forward from late July), the Halloween Raceday and Firework Spectacular in November and the Christmas Racing Weekend in December. Each of these days feature quality racing and include free entertainment for the whole family such as fairground rides, craft areas, animal displays, pony rides and seasonal activities. Children under 18 enter for free at all Ascot racedays.
The annual and always popular Dubai Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup in August, featuring the World’s premier international jockeys’ competition on the track followed by an evening concert.
A selection of food focused racedays including an international street food festival at the May Racing Weekend, the Festival of Food and Wine in September, the Autumn Racing Weekend featuring the ninth CAMRA Beer Festival in October and the November Racing Weekend featuring seasonal delicacies at the Country Living Christmas Shopping Fair.
The UK-leg of the Red Bull Air Race World Championship, the fastest motorsport series in the world, will return to Ascot in August for the second year running.
Two free racedays. On Valentine’s Day Ascot is offering complimentary Grandstand Admission at the Ascot Chase Raceday as part of celebrations to mark 50 years of Jumps racing at the course. As part of Ascot’s commitment to introducing newcomers to racing, Grandstand Admission will also be complimentary at the Discover Ascot Raceday in late April.
Once again, Ascot will champion British gastronomy throughout the year, with a special Fine Dining offer at each meeting, including twice Michelin starred chefs Michael Caines and Phil Howard each hosting a restaurant during Royal Ascot. Due to its popularity the Food and Wine Festival Racing Weekend has been extended to two days (Friday and Saturday) in 2015.
Head of Communications at Ascot Racecourse, Nick Smith said, “As people look forward to 2015 and start to plan their year ahead, we want to make sure a day out at Ascot is in everyone's diary. We have a hugely diverse programme that we hope racegoers will agree really does have something for everyone, both on and away from the track.”
Grandstand Admission at Ascot Racedays starts from £13. Premier Admission starts from £15 for groups of 10+ and £20 for individual tickets. Fine Dining starts from £85 per person + VAT.
To book tickets or for further information visit ascot.co.uk or call 0844 346 3000