Will you be joining us at Royal Ascot this year? We have put together a handy event guide.

Royal Ascot

A quintessential summer event, Royal Ascot is one of the World’s most prestigious race meetings and a staple of the British flat racing. VIP racegoers will be in great company as the best of British society attend this event year-on-year whilst all enjoying a fabulous day of pageantry, time-honoured tradition and first class racing at Ascot Racecourse. Stunning fashion, gourmet dining, exhilarating racing along with the customary champagne and Pimms, all combine to make this famous British summer event the perfect day out.

Dating back to 1786 Royal Ascot is a time-honoured tradition that welcomes 300,000 visitors over the race meeting. Across the five days, guests are treated to 33 live music acts in-between the races in which 509 horses will run.

As well as a highlight of the horse racing calendar Royal Ascot provides incredible hospitality for VIP guests. With 5 Michelin stars and 13 AA Rosettes combined Ascot guests will be treated to 56,000 bottles of Champagne, 21,000 jugs of Pimm’s, 240,000 hand-crafted afternoon tea cakes, 3,500 fresh lobsters and 3,000 kilos of beef sirloin over the five days.           

Example Itinerary 

Royal Ascot 

Gates Open

Drinks reception

Lunch is served

Royal Procession

Racing begins

Traditional singing around the Bandstand
(Bar closes)

The Ascot Shop closes

Car parks close



Example Menu

Smoked Salmon & Potted Shrimp Roulade
Kohlrabi, Gherkins, Parsley Salad, Squid Ink Bisque, Kombu Powder
Bourbon Glazed Beef Brisket Pave
Mustard & Dill Slaw, Pineapple
and Chilli Ketchup, Pickled Watermelon
Vanilla Cheesecake
Fresh Strawberry, Strawberry Milkshake Crumb

Chocolate & Passion Fruit Ganache
Pineapple Carpaccio, Ginger Biscuit (VE)

Guinness Cake
Cassis Curd, Fresh Blackberries & Dill.

Lemon Meringue Tart

Apricot, Vanilla & Sea Salt Dome
with a Raspberry Centre

Afternoon Tea

Tikka sausage rolls,
Lancashire cheese toastie,
Smoked British ham and mustard mayonnaise,
Coronation chicken and spinach,
Severn & Wye smoked salmon
and lemon dill cream cheese,
Free Range egg mayonnaise and cress

Salted Caramel Canele,
Pastel De Nata,
Rhubarb & Custard Victoria Sponge,
Tiramisu Bar,
Key Lime Pie Cones,
Matcha & Cherry Dome,
Chocolate Orange Delice,
Cardamom and Lemon Basboura,
Lime and Mango Slice


Dress Code

Ladies within the Queen Anne Enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion

Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with jacket and trousers of the same colour and pattern with a shirt and tie. Gentlemen are kindly asked to wear a tie at all times and to note that bow ties and cravats are not allowed. Socks must be worn.


Travel Options

Ascot Racecourse offers easy access for all racegoers, wherever their departure point. It is located close to the M3, M4, M40 and M25. If you are arriving by car, please note that roads around the racecourse may be congested and journey times may be up to 40% longer due to the high number of visitors. Peak travel times are between 11am and 1pm.

For an easier drive to your car park, it is important that you follow the designated colour-coded travel signs, which match your car park label (rather than follow satellite navigation).

Ascot train station is a 10-minute walk from the racecourse. Should you wish to travel by train from London, you may be interested in The Ascot Express. The Ascot Express, which runs on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, is a direct Royal Ascot train service from London Waterloo with a guaranteed seat.

Discover more about Royal Ascot hospitality packages here
You can also view our other horse racing hospitality packages including our Grand National packages.
If you have any questions about the event please visit our FAQ page

Please note the menus and itineraries are examples. Please contact your account manager if you have made a booking and would like further details.