The King George Weekend, held on Friday 27th and Saturday 28th July at Ascot Racecourse, celebrates the best of British summertime as one of the most prestigious race meetings outside of the Royal Meeting.
Combining world-class Flat racing with a quintessential English garden party experience, it is an unmissable event steeped in history and synonymous with style. Here are the top 5 reasons to attend this year’s colourful King George Weekend at Ascot Racecourse…
Expect to see some familiar faces at this race meeting as some of the world’s top horses, jockeys, owners and trainers descend on Berkshire. With a prize of £1.25m, all eyes will be on Saturday's feature race – the King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes, sponsored by QIPCO – which has been won previously by the likes of Enable and Highland Reel. Who will reign supreme this year as Ascot welcomes Coronet, Crystal Ocean and Kew Gardens, amongst others, to the track?
A Journey Through Time
This year's King George Weekend will celebrate past winners of the feature race from decades gone by since the meeting first took place in 1951. This will be reflected on Ascot’s famous Lawns as they are transformed with colourful theming, entertainment and food to represent the different eras and their celebrated horses. Enjoy an eclectic line-up of live music on Saturday, spanning from the 50s through to the noughties, and an array of retro entertainment with an interactive graffiti wall and aerial artists performing between racing.
You Bring the Colour
Following the fashion delights of the Royal Meeting, Ascot invites racegoers to ‘Bring the Colour’ to the King George Weekend. Less formal than its Royal counterpart, this fixture has long been a showcase of contemporary summer style. Complete with a retro VW campervan photobooth, this race meeting is the perfect opportunity for a selfie with friends, family and colleagues.
Food for Thought
As always at Ascot, there will be plenty of food and drink options available throughout your day. From building your own Afternoon Tea on the 50s-themed tea lawn to retro cocktails and takeaway dishes from the 60s and 70s to chill-out vibes on the day beds of the Marquee Club and classic dishes from the Best of British Lawn, there’s something to tempt all taste buds.
A Perfect Summer's Day
With the best British summer since 1976, the King George Weekend at Ascot is the quintessentially British garden party of the alternative social season. With a range of Enclosures to choose from and free entry for under 18s there’s no better way to spend a summer’s day enjoying the atmosphere of Berkshire’s historic Royal racecourse.
Tickets start from just £28 per person if booked in advance for Queen Anne Enclosure with VIP picnic benches available to reserve for up six people for just £100.