• Grass is cut to a regulation 4 inches for the Flat season and 3 miles of bunting is to be installed
• More than a quarter of a million finger sandwiches, 240,000 hand-crafted afternoon tea cakes and 120,000 buttermilk scones to be served
• More than 12 million user engagements expected across Ascot’s social media channels
• Set to be broadcast in 201 countries around the globe with a reach of 531 million households
Ascot Racecourse is almost set to open its gates for five days of world-class racing, pageantry, high fashion and Fine Dining from Tuesday 18th to Saturday 22nd June 2019.
Royal Ascot will feature 19 Group races, including eight Group Ones, with total prize money across the five days in excess of £7.3m. Around 300,000 guests are expected to attend the Royal Meeting this year to witness the spectacle with 70,000 racegoers attending Thursday’s Gold Cup Day.
35,000 guests alone will enjoy Fine Dining or lunch service in a Private Box during the event and renowned chefs Raymond Blanc OBE, Phil Howard, Simon Rogan, Ollie Dabbous, James Tanner, Eric Lanlard and Neil Rankin are all involved this year, boasting eight Michelin stars and 21 AA Rosettes between them. Fine Dining has always been an important ingredient of the Royal Ascot experience with 350 chefs serving 35,000 spears of English asparagus, more than 10,000 steaks, 8,000 Cornish crabs, 7,000 rumps of English lamb, 5,000kg of salmon and 3,500 fresh lobsters throughout the week.
Synonymous with Afternoon Tea, the Royal Meeting will also serve more than a quarter of a million finger sandwiches, 240,000 hand-crafted cakes, 120,000 buttermilk scones, 110,000 cups of tea, 7,000 punnets of mixed berries and 1,200kg of Cornish clotted cream.
Ascot’s dedicated grounds team will cultivate and bed-in more than 20,000 flowers and shrubs across the 179-acre racecourse especially for the event.
Approximately 400 helicopters and 1,000 limousines will descend on Royal Ascot with an average of 60,000 racegoers each day who will be greeted by the racecourse’s 215 full-time personnel and 6,500 temporary staff.
Ascot Racecourse was established at the behest of Queen Anne in 1711. The centrepiece of Ascot’s racing calendar, Royal Ascot is first thought to have taken place at Ascot in 1768 and is now arguably the world’s most famous race meeting. It has been attended by British Monarchs ever since its inception and at 2pm each day the Royal Procession, in which The Queen, along with her family and guests, parade up the Straight Mile into the Parade Ring in landaus led by four Windsor greys.
Royal Ascot will be held from Tuesday 18th – Saturday 22nd June 2019. Tickets start from £37 per person with Saturday in the Windsor and Village Enclosures now SOLD OUT.
Fine Dining Packages starting from £339+VAT per person and Private Boxes from £810+VAT per person.