While many racecourses can rightly claim a proud heritage, and a spot among the most prestigious venues of British sport, none can quite hold a candle to Ascot Racecourse. Located just north of London, and started by Queen Anne in 1711, this racecourse, and its most famous event, the Royal Ascot, hold a special place in the lives of the Royal Family. The eponymous race was held in August of its opening year, with seven horses running three 4-mile heats, carrying a weight of around 76kg, all for a prize of 100 guineas, around £12,000 nowadays.
Ascot Racecourse remains a uniquely independent icon of British sport. In a time where many other tracks and meetings are subject to sponsorship and corporate interest, the course remains in public ownership. 102 years after Queen Anne opened the course for the first time, Parliament signed it into law that the course must remain in public ownership. Further laws were also put in place in 1913 to establish the Ascot Authority, the entity that manages the racecourse to this day.
Such an incredible venue demands incredible hospitality and Ascot Racecourse certainly delivers. With a variety of enclosures available during Royal Ascot, you're sure to find a package that's right for you.
The Royal Enclosure comes with all the prestige that name imbues, with admittance coming at invitation only. Named for the courses founder,the lawns and terraces of the Queen Anne Enclosure let you and your guests enjoy the atmosphere of the crowd , as well as giving you the option to relax in one of the venues many restaurants and bars. Fine dining is available all across the site, sure to add a touch of decadent elegance to your day at this storied racecourse.
Continuing the royal theme, the Windsor Enclosure is the most vibrant and exciting way to experience Ascot Hospitality, with the crowd cheering the horses as they come down the final straight.
Royal Ascot also isn’t the only event held at Ascot, with a jumps racing series with events like the Clarence House Raceday and the Betfair Ascot Chase Raceday taking place the rest of the year.
The other feather in the cap of Ascot racecourse is the QIPCO Champions Day in October. Pegged as the richest race meet in the UK calendar, this meet is a fine send-off to the flats season - attracting some of the finest Group One horses to race in the fabled QIPCO Champions Stakes.
Ascot Racecourse sees an average of 500,000 racegoers pass through its gates every year, amounting a staggering 10% of the national total.
Ascot has a style all its own, with classic pageantry and ceremony exemplified in events like Ladies Day and the Diamond Jubilee Stakes. Combine this with its varied racing calendar, and some of the best horse racing hospitality on offer, and a day out at Ascot is sure to impress both you and your valued clients.