The Royal Meeting’s spectacular heritage, unlike any other, has made the event anticipated and revered the world over. From the arrival of the Royal Procession at 2pm sharp to the communal singing around the Bandstand, with six top-class races between, each of the five days is unforgettable. A choice of four enclosures each with an individual character or numerous hospitality packages allow you to curate your own truly special occasion.
Royal Ascot is Britain’s most valuable race meeting, attracting many of the world’s finest racehorses to compete for more than £7.3m in prize money. Our eighteen Group races, eight of them Group One, have made household names of Royal Ascot winners like Black Caviar, Frankel and Yeats. Each year the meeting is broadcast to audiences around the globe, yet to experience it in person is something altogether more special.
Gates open at 10.30am, with the first race at 2.30pm.
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A Day at Royal Ascot
Gates Open 10.30am
Our Greencoats open the gates to the public, and the day begins. Enjoy breakfast and a coffee as the enclosures fill up.
Royal Procession 2pm
At 2pm sharp of each day The Royal Landaus, led by four Windsor Greys, approach along the famous Straight Mile. It’s a short but spectacular journey that since 1825 has signalled the start of the Royal Meeting.
First Race 2.30pm
After the Royal Procession passes through the Parade Ring, it's time for the horses and jockeys to take centre stage, with the first of six races taking place at 2.30pm.
The final of six top quality flat races gets underway at 5.35pm.
Singing Around the Bandstand 6pm
An unforgettable, uplifting crescendo to the day. Racegoers gather as a joyous choir led by the Royal Welsh Guards run through a songbook of well-loved hits, past and present.
The day closes 8pm/9pm
An unforgettable day at a place Like Nowhere Else draws to a close at 8pm in the Royal, Queen Anne and Windsor Enclosures, while on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, the party in the Village Enclosure continues until 9pm.
Royal Ascot has 12 exclusive restaurants across three enclosures offering private tables for the day, dishes by Michelin-starred chefs, impeccable service and unsurpassed racing views. From £199 to £1929 plus VAT.
Queen Anne and Village Enclosure guests can upgrade to also access private bar terrace, The Deck; secure a private Gazebo in the Village for up to 16 guests or enjoy the club atmosphere and innovative bowl food in Villiers.