Getting Ready For Ladies’ Day at Ascot

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There have been so many sporting events lately that have captured the public’s imagination. We only need to look across the pond to see the fanfare that’s accompanied American racing as of late. However, with the excitement of the Kentucky Derby over for another year, it’s time to look forward to a summer of British racing. 

We might only be halfway through May, but Royal Ascot is already creeping up on us. If you’ve managed to snag yourself a ticket for Ladies Day at Ascot, this guide will help you arrive looking the part part and leave feeling as though you’ve had the best day’s racing of your life.

What to Wear

While wearing jeans and trainers to your local point-to-point might be fine, Ladies’ Day at Ascot is an altogether more formal affair. There are dress codes in place for all the different enclosures, so it’s worth looking into exactly what’s expected before you arrive. 

We will advise on outfits for the Village Enclosure and the Windsor Enclosure, as these are by far the most popular options.

The Windsor Enclosure prides itself on having no strict dress code but does recommend that ladies wear a hat or fascinator and appear smartly dressed. The Village Enclosure is more specific and requires smart clothing and a headpiece. 

As well as this, it’s important not to wear sheer fabrics, off-the-shoulder styles, or show your midriff. Generally speaking, a modest cocktail dress or jumpsuit is the preferred option. You can go as loud as you like with colours and patterns and really go to town with your hat. 

This day is all about dressing your best, and there will be photographers around, so it’s worth making an effort. 

Arriving At The Course

Having a transport plan in place cannot be underestimated. Driving isn’t recommended because it gets incredibly busy around Ascot during the festival. Thankfully, Ascot is close to London and has excellent transport links. 

Direct trains run from London Waterloo to Ascot station, which take just under an hour. From there, it’s just a ten-minute walk to the racecourse, which will be far more pleasant than sitting in stand-still traffic. 

On the way home from the races, the train often has a bit of a party atmosphere, so you can continue to enjoy that festival feeling.

Place Your Bets

There are plenty of elements to enjoy about a day at the races, including placing bets on a horse or two. Watching the winner thunder past the winning post is undoubtedly exciting, whether you’ve made a wager or not, but there’s something extra special about seeing your predictions come true. 

If you’ve snagged yourself a good spot in the grandstand and don’t want to lose it, you don’t even need to visit the on-course bookmakers to place a bet. Instead, you can log on to one of the many online sites that are offering an Ascot free bet at the moment. These deals mean you won’t have to wager your own money, allowing you to splash out on that afternoon tea instead.

Food and Drink Options

Ascot is almost as famous for its horse racing as it is for its hospitality. For some, there’s joy to be found in a greasy burger and a cold lemonade to accompany the racing. While you’ll be able to find both on the course, there are more traditional food and drink options to discover. 

To really enjoy the festival, a glass of Pimms or champagne is the order of the day. Combine them with a smoked salmon sandwich or a slice of Victoria Sponge, and you’ll feel every inch the Royal.

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Lee Clarke
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