While it shares the same unique blend of style, tradition and pageantry as the rest of the week, the penultimate day of Royal Ascot has its own distinct personality and presents an irresistible lead-in to a memorable long weekend.
Unsurprisingly therefore, the Friday is a popular choice for groups of family, friends and colleagues alike, offering an opportunity to celebrate together at this extraordinary event and start the weekend in unquestionable style.
Another exceptional card features two Group 1 contests, as Europe’s finest three-year old fillies lock horns in The Coronation Stakes and a field of supremely talented young sprinters battle it out in The Commonwealth Cup. The card also includes the Group 2 King Edward VII Stakes, won by many a middle-distance specialist to have subsequently made an impact at the very highest level, the Group 3 Albany Stakes for juvenile fillies, and a pair of fiercely competitive handicaps in The Sandringham and Duke of Edinburgh Stakes.
Off the track, this is a wonderful occasion for socialising, with each enclosure being home to an abundance of casual and formal dining options made for enjoying collectively as a group, including a number of ticket upgrades for those looking to elevate their Royal Ascot experience.
Whether you are planning a day out of the office with colleagues, a get-together with your closest friends or a celebratory family gathering, you will find plenty of time between racing to enjoy a bite to eat, relax sharing a bottle of Champagne, or simply explore and soak up the whirlwind of exquisite fashion on show.
Queen Anne Enclosure
New for 2020, both the Trackside Tables and Queen Anne Benches provide a perfect base for a memorable day at the Royal Meeting. Situated within a private picket-fenced area along the home straight, they afford guests an excellent view of the Royal Procession and the thrill of the horses thundering past. With close proximity to a bar and private toilet facilities, packages include a table or bench reserved solely for your group, guaranteeing everyone a seat for the day as well as the flexibility to explore the delights of Royal Ascot’s premier public enclosure. (From £180 per table/bench plus admission)
Discover a vibrant yet exclusive destination hidden within the Village Enclosure. Located just a short stroll away from all the excitement on the track and a host of eclectic entertainment, much of which is being enhanced for 2020, the Villiers Club is one of the Royal Meeting’s best kept secrets. It offers guests a flexible tapas-style menu, drinks package, afternoon tea and post-racing barbeque – and with live music until 9pm, is an understandably popular choice for groups looking to enjoy the very best of an enclosure renowned for its unfailingly celebratory vibe. (£239 + VAT per person plus admission)
Windsor Enclosure guests bringing a group to Royal Ascot may wish to consider booking one of our Picnic Benches for the day. Positioned on a sociable trackside lawn with its own bar, each bench seats up to six people and grants easy access to the rails where guests can enjoy breathtaking proximity to the Royal Procession and each race. Groups are welcome to bring a picnic or alternatively may pre-order an Ascot Picnic Hamper to collect on arrival. (£180 per bench plus admission)
Book now for best-priced tickets
With Earlybird Tickets available until Tuesday 31st March, now is the best time to book for groups of 15 or more. Groups of 15-48 can save up to £16 on the price of each ticket, while larger groups of 49+ can benefit from savings of up to £18 per ticket.
From Wednesday 1st April, groups of 15 plus will still be able to buy discounted tickets until the end of the month, with savings marginally reduced to up to £6 (previously £7) per ticket.
Customers are advised to take advantage of the early booking window, and purchase tickets while availability lasts.