Fascinators and bowler hats at the ready – Royal Ascot has cemented its reputation as the one of the grandest events in British racing, and, bearing in mind its historic refined dress code, nothing but the most extravagant outfits will do. Of course, it’s not all about peacocking: the five days of racing that constitute Royal Ascot are the highlight of the racing calendar, drawing thousands each year – not to mention the actual royals – for almost a week of exhilarating performances and centuries-old traditions.
Six world-class races are run every afternoon of Royal Ascot’s duration by some of the world’s finest horses and jockeys. As in other racing festivals, Royal Ascot has designated themes, and no day is the same. Look our for the unmissable Royal Procession – at two in teh afternoon and not a moment’s before – the historic Gold Cup, Royal Ascot’s oldest race, the famous Coronation Stakes on the Friday and Saturday’s prestigious Diamond Jubilee stakes.
It’s a staple of the social calendar for a reason; aside from the dressing up, Royal Ascot offers ample choice of fine dining and plenty of opportunity to socialise while soaking up the incredible atmoshere. Plan your perfect day at the races by choosing from Ascot’s broad range of enclosures – The Queen Anne Enclosure, the Village Enclosure, Windsor Enclosure and Royal Enclosure – each coming with its own distinct atmosphere, dining and viewing options.
Tuesday 16 – Saturday 20 June 2020
Ascot Racecourse, High St, Ascot SL5 7JX
Tickets from £26; for more information and prices visit ascot.co.uk
The only British hotel with the distinction of holding not one but two professional polo fields, Coworth Park is the Dorchester’s bucolic countryside cousin. An 18th century country house set in acres of glorious parkland, it boasts a luxurious spa and countless fine dining opportunities, with executive chef Adam Smith having garnered a Michelin star. After all the excitement of the races at Royal Ascot, unwind by the tranquil lake at the edge of the grand estate’s fine grounds and home to resident swan, Chukka.
Doubles from £405; book via dorchestercollection.com