Ascot Sports & Outdoors

  • the stands
    the stands
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  • Silver Ring, June 23rd, 1995.
    Silver Ring, June 23rd, 1995.
    by mwe
  • Silver Ring, Ascot. June 23rd, 1995.
    Silver Ring, Ascot. June 23rd, 1995.
    by mwe

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    The big day out!

    by iaint Updated Jun 24, 2008

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    the stands

    The Royal Ascot race meeting takes place every June over 5 days. Starts Tuesday - finishes Saturday. Its called "Royal" because its the Queen's meeting and every day she does a royal parade along the front of the stands in an open horse drawn carriage. Its at 2pm - don't miss it!

    The meeting is what the English call a "society" event - all the great and the good want to be there, as do all the wannabees. If you are in the Royal Enclosure (sounds very exclusive, but there are thousands in there) men must wear "morning dress" - top hat and tails. Women must dress up too (high heels and hats but no boobs hanging out).

    In racing terms, you will see top horses from all over the world from leading trainers and owners, with top jockeys on the back.

    The facility is only a couple of years old (the old buildings having been replaced) so it is almost brand new - escalators to get to the top levels etc. The parade ring offers great close up access. The day we were there it was a record 70k+ crowd - good for atmosphere but it made everything too busy whether is was bars, food outlets, the walking areas, the betting places or the course viewing areas.

    We managed 2 winners in 6 races, so it was fun. We got to see the Queen and Royal Family as well as Margaret Thatcher. It was £60 each for an adult in the general admission enclosure, which gives good access (parade ring, but not the finishing line) with my 14 y/o getting in free. That meant I had to wear a suit, but not fancy dress (oops, sorry, I meant morning dress). Car parking was £15. Like many others we had a picnic in the car park before the racing started, so we didn't try any of the racecourse catering. Probably very expensive (which I don't mind on the right occasion) but I draw the line at standing in a long queue for something very expensive!

    All in all, a tremendous experience.

    Equipment: An umbrella (it may be June, but its British weather).

    A change of shoes for women (all day in high heels seems to be tricky for them - you do a lot of walking)

    A picnic (food outlets are very busy).

    Lots of money - betting required!

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    The Silver Ring.

    by mwe Updated Feb 5, 2007
    Silver Ring, June 23rd, 1995.
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    This is the Silver Ring, one of the less expensive places to watch the horseracing.

    Equipment: If you're not going in the grandstand, bring a towel/blanket/deckchair to sit on.
    Binoculars & camera/camcorder to take souvenirs of your day out are a good idea.

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    Horse Racing

    by iris2002 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Watching Horses race round and around and around ........

    Equipment: binoculars and good shoes AND

    FANCY HAT!!

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