Picnic Policy

Overview

Enhance your Ascot experience

If you would like to enhance your experience at Ascot Racecourse, settling down for a picnic is a popular way to do so. 

For Ascot racedays areas of the grounds have been set aside for families and groups of friends to enjoy their own picnic.

Please follow our guidelines below if you intend on bringing your own picnic to Ascot Racecourse.

Visitors are advised that picnics are not permitted at the Ascot Spring Garden Show.

ASCOT RACEDAYS Excluding Royal Ascot

Customers are welcome to bring a picnic as long as it is brought to the racecourse in a picnic hamper or cool bag/box.  The designated picnic areas are situated on the East Trackside Lawn, the Old Paddock and the external East End of the Grandstand.  Occasionally some of the Plaza Lawns maybe made available to customers for the use of picnicking.

Picnics are not permitted in King Edward VII Enclosure or inside the Grandstand. Informal picnics are permitted in the car parks; however, formal entertaining will be stopped.  We do not allow barbecues or hot food to be brought onto racecourse property; this includes all enclosures, coach and car parks.

If you are coming with a large group and your picnic and alcohol is divided among your hampers please all arrive together for searching, or split the alcohol evenly across the party.  Otherwise individuals arriving with more alcohol than food will have the alcohol taken away at on entry.

Alcohol and furniture Ascot Racedays

To embrace the celebratory nature of racing at Ascot, each customer (over the age of 18) is permitted to bring with them one regular bottle of sparkling wine or Champagne to accompany their picnic.  No other type of alcoholic drink will be permitted into the racecourse grounds and all picnics will be searched on entry.  There are a substantial number of bars available inside the Grandstand and surrounding lawns.  For clarity, bottles of Beer, Cider, Spirits, Wine, Pimms or similar will not be allowed onto the racecourse.

Throughout the year we have a picnic blanket only policy; no other furniture is permitted onto the racecourse. If you have a need to bring a fold away chair due to a specific medical requirement, please contact our access officer - [email protected]

Royal Ascot

Please note that picnics are permitted in the Windsor and Heath Enclosures only. Queen Anne Enclosure, Village Enclosure and Royal Enclosure guests are welcome to enjoy a picnic in car and coach parks (see below).

If you purchase a picnic from Ascot Racecourse, the price of our picnics do not include admission to the racecourse - picnics have to be collected from inside the racecourse, therefore, you will need to also have an admission ticket.  Please do not purchase a picnic ticket unless you have an admission ticket, as picnics tickets are non-refundable and admission sells out prior to the event on most days.

Picnics must be brought to the racecourse in a picnic hamper or cool bag/box. Picnics must be brought in at the time of entry to the enclosure and not on re-entry.

If you are coming with a large group and your picnic and Sparkling Wine or Champagne is divided among your hampers, please all arrive together (please see our alcohol policy below).  Otherwise individuals arriving with more alcohol than food will have to dispose of the excess alcohol. Sharp bladed kitchen knives will not be permitted.

No food, drinks or snacks are permitted to be brought into the Royal Enclosure, Queen Anne Enclosure or Village Enclosure. 

Alcohol at Royal Ascot

In the Windsor and Heath Enclosures Only – To embrace the celebratory nature of Royal Ascot, each customer (over the age of 18) is permitted to bring with them one regular bottle of sparkling wine or champagne to accompany their picnic, with the exception of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup when no alcohol is permitted to be brought on site.  No other type of alcoholic drink will be permitted into the racecourse grounds and all picnics will be searched on entry.  Our premises license permits the sale of alcohol for consumption on the premises only and may not leave the Racecourse. Please note that soft drinks will only be permitted into the enclosure with seals intact.

There are a substantial number of bars available inside the enclosures.  We will even be offering bars on the move bringing drinks directly to you to enhance your day with us. For clarity, bottles of Beer, Cider, Spirits, fortified wines and bottles of Pimm’s or similar will not be allowed onto the racecourse. Alcoholic or soft drinks are not permitted to be brought into the Royal Enclosure, Queen Anne Enclosure or Village Enclosure.

DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP

We have amended our picnic policy for the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup in 2018 and beyond. While we encourage racegoers to bring a picnic to enjoy, racegoers will no longer be allowed to bring alcohol into the venue for this raceday. With long operating hours on this raceday due to the post-racing concert, we have taken this decision as part of our Drink Responsibly initiative to help ensure an enjoyable experience for all our guests.

Racegoers are welcome to re-enter the Racecourse with a second picnic, scanning your ticket on exit and arrival. 

Picnics in car or coach parks at Royal Ascot

Informal picnics are permitted in the car parks, however, formal entertaining is prohibited.  We do not allow barbecues or hot food to be brought onto racecourse property.  This includes all enclosures, coach and car parks.

Ascot Racecourse Ltd regrets it is not possible to provide additional space for gazebos or awnings. Any gazebos or awnings erected within a car parking space in Car Parks 1 and 2 must be within the confines of that berth (and not overlap into neighbouring berths). Gazebos and awnings that have been erected within 50 metres of the racecourse must be taken down before racing commences. Customers are not permitted to bring in external caterers to cater for their picnics in Car Parks 1, 2 and 7. Commercial vehicles will not be admitted.

Drunkenness, rowdy behaviour or intimidating other customers will not be tolerated.