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In 2014 we commissioned a report in to the the economic impact of Ascot Racecourse in terms of its contribution to the national UK economy. To download the report, please click here.


  • Britain’s most popular race meeting, welcoming approximately 300,000 visitors across the five days

  • The most valuable race meeting in Britain, with £5.5 million in prize money

  • Features eight Group One races and 18 Group races in total

  • Viewed in over 200 countries

  • Approximately 400 helicopters and 1,000 limos descend on Royal Ascot every year.

  • There are 2,400 cleaners working on a 24-hour cycle during the week and there are 300 mobile toilet facilities installed temporarily for the week.

  • 16,700 items of temporary furniture are hired in for the Royal Meeting.

  • 25,000 people signed into Ascot’s free wifi at last year’s Royal Meeting and 100,000 tweets were logged using the #RoyalAscot or Royal Ascot.

During the five days, racegoers consume:

  • 51,000 bottles of champagne

  • 160,000 glasses of Pimm's

  • 131,000 pints of beer

  • 42,000 bottles of wine.

  • 5,000 kilos of salmon

  • 7,000 Cornish and Folkestone crabs

  •  2,900 lobsters

  •  2,400 kilos of beef sirloin

  • 3,700 rumps of English lamb

  • 10,000 Angus steaks

  • 1000kg of Cornish clotted cream

  • 35,000 spears of English asparagus

  • 50,000 macaroons

  •  7,000 punnets of berries

  • 30,000 chocolate choux éclairs

  • 89,000 bottles of mineral water.


  • Ascot Racecourse is visited by just under 600,000 racegoers a year, accounting for 10% of all UK racegoers

  • It was the first racecourse in Europe to reach the 500,000 racegoer milestone

The Course

  • The two tracks – Flat and Jumps (for Chase and Hurdles) – allow racing throughout the year

  • The first Jumps fixture was in 1965

  • Ascot is a right handed course, slightly in excess of 1 mile, 6 furlongs

  • Famed for being a tough course, especially over fences, it is a 73-foot climb from the lowest point (Swinley Bottom) up to the highest (Winning Post)

The Grounds

  • The ground is maintained by 12 regular ground staff

  • Grass is cut to a regulation 4 inches for flat racing and 5 inches for Jumps racing

  • The Racecourse covers 179 acres

  • The reservoirs in the middle of the track collect rain water from the Grandstand roof, and the Winkfield and Heath tunnels, as part of Ascot’s ‘Green’ policy

  • The land on which Ascot Racecourse sits is leased from the Crown Estate, adjacent to Windsor Great Park

The Facilities

  • The new Ascot Grandstand opened its doors in June 2006, opened by Her Majesty The Queen after an 18-month redevelopment.

  • Ascot’s facilities are available for hire throughout the year for a variety of purposes: conferences, banqueting, exhibitions, dinner dances, product launches and weddings

  • Sodexo Prestige, operating as Ascot Hospitality has been the sole catering contractor at Ascot since 1998

  • There are 70 full-time staff, which increases by more than 6,000 temporary staff during Royal Ascot

  • There are more than 100 bars and food outlets around the racecourse, and 247 private boxes

  • 39 kitchens operate during Royal Ascot: 25 in the Grandstand, plus one for every two boxes

  • 25,000 people signed into Ascot’s free wifi at last year’s Royal Meeting and 100,000 tweets were logged using #RoyalAscot or Royal Ascot.

  • In 2014, Ascot Racecourse recycled 622 tonnes of waste during the year as part of its commitment to being a green and sustainable environment by reducing its impact on the carbon footprint.