Royal Ascot Ladies Day 2016
Every year for the last 4 years, my Mum and I have been to Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. So this year I thought I’d take my new camera and get some awesome pictures to show off just how great the day is, and why we go back year on year. So welcome to my Royal Ascot Ladies Day 2016 post!
If you’ve never been to Royal Ascot’s Ladies Day, I’m going to do a quick run through of the day and how everything works; I hope you enjoy it and maybe we’ll see you there next year!?
Royal Ascot Ladies Day 2016 – The Day
We travel to Ascot from Chesterfield which takes around 3 hours+ by coach. It usually means an early start so we can arrive before 12pm and have plenty of time to get dressed on the coach to make sure our outfits are looking fresh. The Queen doesn’t arrive until 2pm with the first race around 2.30pm, so there’s always plenty of time to get in, get your champagne and racecards and pick your winners if you aim to arrive around 12pm. We always book our tickets for The Queen Anne Enclosure (formerly the Grandstand), but there is a cheaper option ‘The Windsor Enclosure’ (formerly The Silver Ring), which offers guests the chance to watch the racing in a more relaxed environment with ‘less rules’ and the ability to take in your own sparkling wine. Personally, I prefer the pomp and circumstance of The Queen Anne Enclosure but there’s the option there if you just want to watch the racing.
The Queen Anne Enclosure also offers the best views to welcome The Queen and The Royal Party in the Paddock. You can also watch the jockeys mount, watch the presentations and the horse owners cheering on their horses, plus there’s loads of bars and eateries; my Mum and I opted this year for Afternoon Tea in the Queen Anne Enclosure, but there’s also champagne bars, fine dining, fish and chips, pizza… something to suit all palettes.
Racing starts at 2.30pm and there are 6 races every 30 minutes or so. To place a bet, buy a race card or find all the horses online (I like a race card and keep it as a momentum), and if you’re new to betting, head to the Bet Tote stands (you’ll find them pretty much everywhere). You can either fill in a card a little like how you manually do the lottery, or you can just hand them your sheet you’ve written down your horses on and tell them what you want to bet. Remember how much you want to spend and there is the option for each way betting to minimise risk if you’re not ok with losing money!
So after you’ve got your bets, it’s time to drink! There’s loads of places you can watch the racing; we usually watch from the Paddock, but there’s the Grandstand so you can watch the horses running down the straight to the finish. I find the Paddock less crowded and enjoy people watching on the horse owners so this is usually where we are. There’s screens all around too though, so if you wanted to go for a coffee or prop up the bar you can watch the racing from there.
If you’re lucky enough to win on a bet, take your slips to the booths where you purchased the tickets from and present your slips to the cashier. They will check them and give you your winnings. I’d recommend getting these every couple of races because one year, we were queuing for ages to get our winnings and the cashier ran out of cash!!!
So in short, Ascot Ladies Day is a brilliant day and Royal Ascot Ladies Day 2016 was EPIC.
I’ve written a few short, bullet point top tips below. Let me know if you’re thinking of going in 2017… I’m planning my outfit already!
My Top Tips – Royal Ascot Ladies Day – Queen Anne Enclosure
- Keep your outfit demure – classy hat, classy dress, and non-skyscraper shoes! You’re on your feet a lot of the day and high heels all day + alcohol = very unlady like
- Plan your day a little to not miss the best bits – Queen arrives at 2pm, Gold Cup is the 4th race, fine dining and afternoon tea options, etc
- Betting – place to win or place to place (Each Way betting) – remember if you place £5 each way that’s £10 on a bet – it can get confusing so do a bit of brushing up before you go!
- Buy a racecard – it’s a great way to keep track of the day, find all the best dining places, pick your horses and keep as a reminder of the day
- Brollies and suncream – every year we’ve been we’ve been very lucky with the weather… but I feel this may run out soon!
- Enjoy the day for what it is – an over-the-top, pomp and circumstance celebration… when else will you be able to dress up in such classy outfits!? Go wild!
For more information on Ascot, visit their website here.