The most glamorous race meeting in the world!
Ascot Racecourse is a British racecourse, located in Ascot, Berkshire, England, which is used for thoroughbred horse racing. It is one of the leading racecourses in the United Kingdom. The course, enjoys close associations with the British Royal Family, being approximately 6 miles (9.7 km) from Windsor Castle. Ascot currently stages 26 days of racing over the course of the year, comprising 18 flat meetings held between the months of May and October inclusive. It also stages important jump racing throughout the winter months. The Royal Meeting held each June, remains a major draw.
The Royal Ascot is the centrepiece of Ascot’s year and dates back to 1711 when it was founded by Queen Anne. Every year Royal Ascot is attended by members of the British Royal Family, arriving each day in a horse-drawn carriage with the Royal procession taking place at the start of each race day and the raising of the Queen’s Royal Standard. It is a major event in the British social calendar, and press coverage of the attendees and their attire often exceeds coverage of the actual racing. Over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week, making this Europe’s best-attended race meeting.
To complete the challenge and fully immerse yourself in this amazing race meeting, you need to complete the following tasks:
- Visit Ascot Racecourse over the Royal Ascot dates!
- Upload a photo in your best dress attire!
- Place a bet on a race!
- Have a drink from one of the Champagne and Pimm’s bars!
While completing the challenge tag @travelmedals on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter on each picture. Royal Ascot is a spectacular atmosphere therefore it’s a great opportunity to share photos of the experience you have, the people you meet and the overall atmosphere!
After you complete the challenge you can purchase the Royal Ascot themed travel medal.
The best place to start your research is on the Ascot Racecourse site. The Ascot Wikipedia page has some great information as well. For those interested in just diving into the races with the help of an experienced firm with well over 20 years experience, take a look at PP Travel. They have 3 tours available for Ladies Day Gold Cup on the Thursday, Coronation Stakes on the Friday and the Finale Day on Saturday. All of their tours include luxury return coach transport from London, buffet lunch on arrival with bubbly, white/red wines, beer and cider and a choice of entrance tickets for Windsor Enclosure or Queen Anne Enclosure. For those already going, have a quick read of their 6 Survival Tips for Royal Ascot!
Royal Ascot 2017 | Highlights
For a glimpse into what’s in store at Royal Ascot this video looks back over another unforgettable week from the greatest Flat meeting in the world. The video is published by AscotRacecourse and covers the event in 2017.