Planning the key to making the most of Royal Ascot

Planning the key to making the most of Royal Ascot

Whether you are an experienced racegoer or someone who is going for a day out to enjoy the experience, planning is essential for any trip to Royal Ascot.

The five-day meeting in the middle of June is the highlight of the Flat racing calendar, not just for what the horses will do on the track, but for the atmosphere and ceremony which accompanies the prestigious week.

While the Cheltenham Festival dominates the National Hunt scene, coming towards the end of the season, Royal Ascot is staged before the Flat season has even reached its halfway point and offers the perfect mix of high-class racing and a high-class atmosphere and environment in which to watch the action.

Book in advance

For the more seasoned racegoer, much of the pre-Royal Ascot planning will be focused on which horses they are going to bet on. Ante-post bets may already have been placed ahead of the day, while special bets will usually be available on the morning of the meeting. There will be options such as best odds and extra places when you bet on Royal Ascot. However you decide to bet, Royal Ascot attendees will be checking the horse racing results to see where their selection finished, win or lose.

King Charles III and Queen Camilla lead the Royal Procession on Day 1 of #RoyalAscot! @Ascot— At The Races (@AtTheRaces) June 20, 2023

But, while researching which horses you will want to back when you get to the course could be considered essential to your chances of success, research on what is required to get to the course is absolutely essential.

Booking tickets in advance is generally recommended as, the closer you get to the day, the more limited availability there is regarding tickets, especially when it comes to being able to go into specific enclosures. Deciding to go to Royal Ascot is not often a last-minute decision and is something that has been months in the planning.

The enclosure you have your ticket for will also impact on your choice of attire for the day out, too. While Royal Ascot is not quite as formal as it used to be, it is very much an occasion to get dressed up for and casual styles are not going to cut much ice when you get there, even in the Windsor Enclosure, where there is no official dress code. Other enclosures will require the wearing of a tie or a hat, or a certain style of dress, for instance.

Be there in time for the Royal Procession

The King and Queen have arrived at #RoyalAscot 🏇

The Royal Family have a longstanding relationship with the races at @Ascot – dating back to Queen Anne in 1711!— The Royal Family (@RoyalFamily) June 20, 2023

Planning your journey is also essential, especially if you want to ensure your arrival before the Royal Procession heads down the track, which usually tends to be in the half-hour leading up to the first race of the day, which starts at 2.30 pm.

Travelling to Ascot by train from Brighton generally requires just over two hours and a couple of changes, but there is at least only a short walk to the course from Ascot station. But timing your arrival is key to ensuring there is no mad dash to your enclosure in the lead-up to the first race.

While planning may not seem to be the most fun task in the world, it really is vital to guarantee you have the most fun on a trip to Royal Ascot.

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