With winter stubbornly refusing to relinquish its grip, the prospect of Royal Ascot starting in 100 days is just the summer tonic we all need.
The world’s greatest celebration of Flat racing is almost here again and it’s bigger and better than ever with record prize money on offer across 30 unforgettable contests between June 16-20.
Royal Ascot really is a meeting like no other, with elite racing going hand in hand with world-leading Fine Dining, pageantry and fashion and all under the watchful eye of Her Majesty the Queen.
By happy coincidence the 100-day Countdown to the 2020 Royal Meeting is also International Women’s Day, and thoughts immediately turn to 21st June 2019 when Hayley Turner became only the second female jockey to secure a Royal Ascot victory.
Turner and Thanks Be stormed through the field to clinch victory in The Sandringham Stakes, 32 years after Gaye Kelleway had become the first female jockey to ride a winner at the Royal Meeting.
“I don’t think I celebrated massively when I crossed the line in front because I was thinking ‘Did that actually just happen?’” she said. Watch the full interview here.
There’s still the opportunity to steal a march on the competition by booking early at a reduced price, with our Early Bird Discount window closing on March 31st.
Having the world’s best horses is a given at Royal Ascot, but so is the very best of food and fashion.
There will be chefs boasting a total of 10 Michelin Stars on site during the week, including Raymond Blanc OBE, with all of our four Enclosures boasting invigorating updates.
The Royal Enclosure has two new restaurants – Holyroodhouse and The Veranda - the former being a botanically inspired concept masterminded by Ollie Dabbous of London’s acclaimed HIDE restaurant.
The main public enclosure, the Queen Anne, offers the only place where you can see the horses up close in the Parade Ring, and where the Royal Procession reaches the end of its journey shortly after 2pm each day. New for 2020, both the Trackside Tables and Queen Anne Benches provide a perfect base for a memorable day.
The Village Enclosure has a vibe of its own with an impressive full-service bar on the trackside rails a new addition this year and a sensational DJ roster in the evening.
The Windsor Enclosure boasts an array of casual dining options with Kricket by Will Bowlby, an unmissable Indian tapas and cocktail offering from one of London’s hottest restaurant collections, joining the line-up.
So 100 days may sound like a long time but it will fly by, and to make sure you’ll Be Part of the Drama in 2020, book ahead and count down the days with us.