The Festival of Racing returns to Brighton Racecourse next month in one of the country’s biggest equestrian events of the summer.

The annual festival, which runs from Wed 3 – Fri 5 Aug this year, is both the place to be and be seen in August, in a three-day extravaganza packed full of attractions and activities that provide something for everyone to enjoy – regardless of their level of interest in horseracing.

Boasting an unusual horseshoe-shaped course with a spectacular view of the city and out to sea, the iconic Brighton Racecourse is one of the most exciting tracks in the south, drawing continuous comparison to the world-famous course at Epsom. In celebration of Brighton Racecourse’s status as one of the best venues to experience the sport of kings in the UK, the festival offers the perfect excuse for first-time and returning visitors to head up to the racecourse.

Keeping with true Festival of Racing tradition, the event opens with John Smith’s Raceday playing host to seven sensational races, including Brighton Racecourse’s richest race of the year: the Brighton Mile. The eyes of fashionistas are fixed firmly on Thursday’s races, with the hugely popular Frosts Ladies Day being the perfect excuse for punters to dress up in their finest wares in competition for some excellent prizes while enjoying the Brighton Challenge Cup race. Thundering through to the very end, the famous Brighton Bullet race closes the Festival at Friday’s CheckATrade Festival Finale.

“Ladies Day is the ultimate opportunity for ladies to pull out all the stops and give our judges a really hard time choosing the winner of the Best Dressed Competition,” said Brighton Racecourse marketing manager Grainne Bartholomew. “With Brighton’s reputation for style and sassiness, we’re expecting to be wowed! There are some fabulous prizes to be won, including a beautiful piece of jewellery from James Ross Jewellers.”

Aside from the races, the festival is also set to serve up premium entertainment, music and fabulous food and drink available all day long to make it a day out to remember, whether visiting casually with friends and family or in a private suite with corporate clients. Racegoers planning to dine at the Racecourse are recommended to book a table at Silks Restaurant in advance to avoid missing out, however there will be Champagne and cocktails flowing at the bars to tie visitors over. A free shuttle bus from Brighton station also means no-one needs to draw the short straw of being the designated driver, although there’s plenty of free parking on site too.

Ticket prices for the Festival of Racing start at £16 when bought in advance. Children under 18 go free. Gates open at midday.

Brighton Racecourse, Race Hill, Freshfield Road, Brighton BN2 9XZ

www.brighton-racecourse.co.uk