Royal Ascot - The most glamorous race meeting in the world.
Royal Ascot is without doubt one of the most glamorous race meeting in the world. The Royal event is definitely one of the most social and colourful occasions on the British calendar. The three major days are the Gold Cup on Thursday - better known as Ladies Day - with its quality of fashions, racing and pageantry that makes it an occasion not to be missed, along with Friday's Coronation Stakes and Saturday's fantastic Finale Day. Join PP for a great value, fun day.
Summary of Tour Options for Royal Ascot (2018)
Thursday, 21st June 2018
Friday, 22nd June 2018
Saturday, 23rd June 2018
Event and PP Tour Information
The world's most glamorous race meeting is definitely at Royal Ascot, a fantastic facility set in beautiful Berkshire. Described by critics and pundits alike as 'The Greatest Race Meeting in the World', the five day Royal meeting held in June each year is definitely one of the premier race meetings on the planet and certainly the most important flat race meeting in the UK.
The three key days are "Ladies Day", the Gold Cup meeting on the Thursday, the Coronation Stakes meeting on the Friday and the Finale Day on the Saturday with the running of the Diamond Jubilee stakes.
Outstanding fashions and high stakes make these meetings a great day out. They are one of the major events on the British social calendar. Look at the value inclusions in the PP Travel day tour packages:
- Return coach transport to Royal Ascot from London.
- Bubbly provided on journey to racecourse.
- Large buffet lunch upon arrival, served with excellent varities of quality red and white wine - along with more bubbly!
- BBQ sausage and bacon rolls also provided
- Entrance provided to the Windsor Enclosure (formerly known as Silver Ring)
- Queen Anne Enclosure (formerly known as Grandstand upgrade options and meet there packages
- Tour leader for the day.
- Typically great fun and organisation.
Royal Ascot 2018 will run from the 19th of June to the 23rd of June 2018.
Queen Anne Stakes: Tuesday 19th of June 2018
Prince Of Wales Stakes: Wednesday 20th of June 2018
Ladies Day: Thursday 21st of June 2018
Coronation Stakes: Friday 22nd of June 2018
Finale Day: Saturday 23rd of June 2018
Ascot's racetrack is one of the most modern and spectacular in the world since being totally rebuilt in 2006. It is only during the 5-day June meeting that the huge Berkshire racetrack becomes officially known as "Royal" - and a regal stamp on this occasion is clearly defined by the magnificent horse drawn procession at the beginning of each day that brings members of the family from Windsor Castle down the main straight to their own "Royal Enclosure".
The meeting is steeped in history dating back to 1711 when it was begun by Queen Anne. Now well over 300,000 people make the annual visit to Berkshire during Royal Ascot week, making it Europe's best-attended race meeting. With 16 Group races on offer and with at least one Group One event on each of the five days, it is an amazing sporting event. However it is arguably more famous for its amazing 300 years of social tradition and pageantry - something that continues to this very day.
Queen Anne Enclosure Upgrade
You also have the option of choosing to upgrade to Ascot's fabulous Queen Anne Enclosure (formerly known as Grandstand) on any of PP's Royal Ascot tours. It costs an extra £45 for a Queen Anne ticket on Ladies Day (Thurs) and Finale Day (Sat). On Coronation Stakes Day it is an extra £35 entry.
The Queen Anne offers viewing from ground and lawn levels and allows you access to the main parade ring as well as it's excellent facilities. Please note that Queen Anne upgrades must be requested and paid for at the time of your booking and is subject to availability. Your lunch and drinks will be served in the coach park along with all our guests. You will be issued with a separate entry ticket. Please check out our FAQ section on PP Royal Ascot tours for further infomation on the difference areas at Royal Ascot.
Meet at Ascot Option:
If you are travelling from other parts of the UK or not from central London, it may be easier for you to make your own way to Ascot and join us at our lunch/party zone before entering the races. We offer a no transport option for £20 less than coach tours - your get everything that a normal package includes, except the journey from central London to Ascot and back.
At Royal Ascot our large cold buffet lunch is served in the very social parking area, inside the straight six home straight. PP Travel has the largest marquee area in this coach park, an ideal place for a picnic before the races. The Royal Procession travels past this area about a half an hour before the first race which is usually around 2:30pm. Either cross over into the main course proper beforehand or give the Royals a wave from here.
All our tours include entrance to the Windsor Enclosure. There is a more relaxed atmosphere here than the main stand (althought upgrade options to the Queen Anne are available). The Windsor Enclosure (formerly Silver Ring) also has excellent facilities. There are free seats on in its stand or cheer the horses as they enter the home straight by the rails. While the racing is undeniably first class, it is often the action off the track that is the main attraction. The colourful style, pageantry and range of outfits on display at this amazingly social outing make the whole event much more than just an amazing race meeting.
Lunch is provided in the Coach Park 10 (Red) upon arrival for all PP passengers. As you will be allocated your entry ticket on the coach journey to Ascot, you are then free to make your own way into the course proper at your leisure after lunch.
Frequently Asked Questions about Royal AscotWhat tours do we offer?
PP Travel offers a complete day return coach package from London to Royal Ascot for the last three days of the Royal Meeting Thursday June 21st, Coronation Stakes Day - Friday June 22nd and the Final Day - Saturday June 23rd, 2018.
Royal Ascot tours Thursday, Friday and Saturday depart from Victoria Coach Station.
Ladies Day: Thursday 21 June 2018: 2 departure times - 10am or 10:30am.
Coronation Stakes Day: Friday 22 June 2018: 10am.
Finale Day: Saturday 23 June 2018: 10am.
Coaches cannot wait past their departure times so please plan to arrive at Victoria Coach Station at least 30 minutes before departure. Coaches will be there for loading 30 minutes prior to your departure time. It will not be possible to wait past the allotted departure time.
Victoria Coach Station is a 5 minute walk (heels dependant) from Victoria mainline and underground stations.
Click here for our VICTORIA COACH STATION departure point on Google Maps
There are no other departure points either in London, en-route to Royal Ascot, nor from anywhere else in the UK. However we do have an option for those who want to make their own way to Ascot to meet us at our lunch/party zone and join the tour there for £20 off the normal coach price.
If you have choosen our package without the transport to and from London, you will need to make your own way there. Please click on the following link for details of how to travel by road and public transport. http://www.ascot.co.uk/pdf/directions_carpark.pdf
Lunch will be served in coach park 10 (Red), where you need to meet us.
Our full coach tour packages for all three Royal Ascot tours includes return executive coach from London to Ascot, bubbly on the coach, buffet style lunch, red or white wine with lunch, along with more bubbles or beer/ale/cider. Windsor Enclosure or Queen Anne Enclosure entrance ticket to Royal Ascot racecourse, and, as always, an experienced PP Travel Tour Guide.
Book 15 people for any Royal Ascot tour and a 16th person goes free! We offer this discount for groups of 16+ booked and paid by the same person on one invoice at the same time. Please use the promotional code GROUPDISCOUNT when booking online. You will not see a change in price online but the discount will be applied at when the PP Travel office staff process your booking.
The general public area during the Royal Ascot meeting is known as the Windsor Enclosure. All our packages include entry to the Windsor. This section is along the home straight in a large lawn area stretching from the 200metre mark (1 furlong) to the home turn, about 400 metre mark. It is 200 metres at least from the finishing post. During the Royal week, massive marquees are set up, temporary grandstands, bandstands, bars etc.It really is impressive, but not close to the finishing post.
The Queen Anne Enclosure has excellent facilities, you can be opposite the finishing post, plus have full access to the parade ring at the rear of the stand. Strict dress codes are in force for this area. Please note, that during the Royal meeting, your entry ticket will only give you access to the lower sections - mainly the ground floor areas, NOT up in the grandstand itself. This is known as the Royal enclosure during this meeting and is all reserved seating.
Lunch is provided in the Coach Park 10 (Red) upon arrival for all PP passengers. As you will be allocated your entry ticket on the coach journey to Ascot, you are then free to make your own way into the course proper at your leisure after lunch.
Click here for a map of the Royal Ascot enclosures
All our coaches are equipped with TV/video or DVD, stereo, toilets and air conditioning. Refreshments will be available on the coach but you are unable to bring your own alcohol on board. All our coaches are non-smoking. Each coach has an experienced PP representative to assist passengers.
Ascot racecourse is situated in the heart of Berkshire in the town of Ascot. Normally it would take about 90-120 minutes from central London, however on race day this can vary due to traffic. We depart at 7.00pm, about 90 minutes after the last race (which is around 5:30pm) is finished, and aim to have you back in London around 9.00pm depending on traffic. Your PP rep will give you instructions on the day.
The buffet luncheon PP Travel provides on all our Royal Ascot tours is simple yet extensive. It is a cold, picnic style buffet and there are plenty of vegetarian options. We can also provide limited gluten free and dairy free options when requested. There is also a sausage sizzle and bacon roll run provided just before heading to the races. If you have any special dietary requirements please inform us upon booking as options cannot be guaranteed on the day of you tour without prior notice. We will take any and all suggestions on board as we continually strive to improve our food offerings. Typically we provide the following types of foods although all may not be available: sausage rolls, pork pies, meatballs, mini sausages, ham, salami, chicken, pizza, quiche, salad, cheese, fruits, sandwiches (various options), nuts, crackers, cakes, slices, biscuits
Lunch is served in the Coach Park 10 (Red). The area is grassed and we recommend you bring a pinic blanket to sit on. You can bring fold up chairs for both lunch and for the Windsor Enclosure or you can leave your chair on the coach during the day. If you are making your own way to the racecourse, it is your responsiblity to make your own way to Coach Park 10 (Red) for lunch.
After lunch, you are to walk from coach park 10, under the racetrack and into the Windsor or Queen Anne entrances. To the Windsor Enclosure entrance it is about 500 metres walk. For the Queen Anne, it is a further 300 metre walk past the Windsor Enclosure.
Racing at Royal Ascot on Ladies Day is not only the most fashionable day out of the year day out, it is also, a BIG PARTY EVENT - so it would certainly be amiss not to provide drinks with lunch. You have the choice of quality red or white wine with your meal - and there will be plenty provided. We also serve bubbly on the coach journey out to Ascot in the morning and along with lunch.
As well as sparkling wine being served on the coach on the journey to Royal Ascot, you have the choice of sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, rose, merlot, shiraz, rioja. As well as more bubbly and cider and beer. Free non-alcoholic drinks are also available both on the coach journey and throughout lunch at the track.
Yes, but it is at the discretion of Ascot Racecourse. Alcohol can be taken In the Windsor Enclosure only - Alcohol can only be brought in with a substantial picnic carried in a picnic hamper or cool box and it is limited to 1 bottle of wine or Champagne per person. No other forms of alcohol is allowed. All bottles must have the seals intact and any bottles of alcohol or soft drinks that have been opened will be confiscated and discarded at the entrance to the Windsor Enclosure. Spirits, fortified wines and Pimm's or similar will not be allowed onto the racecourse. No alcohol is allowed in the Queen Anne Enclosure.
Royal Ascot is synonymous with sartorial elegance. This is upheld by their dress code, which invites guests to contribute to an occasion heralded as a major fashion event in its own right. Please note that fancy dress, novelty and branded / promotional clothing are not allowed on site.
Windsor Enclosure Dress Code
Whilst there are no actual dress regulations for the Windsor Enclosure (previously known as The Silver Ring) almost everyone makes an attempt to 'dress up to the nines' so to speak. Royal Ascot is considered the premiere event on Britain's social calendar so dust off that party dress/frock/gown, choose a hat and get involved, it is all part of the fun. Replica sports shirts are not permitted.
Queen Anne Enclosure including Furlong Club
Ladies in the Queen Anne Enclosure are encouraged to dress in the manner as befits a formal occasion and ladies are kindly asked to take note of the following;
 A hat, headpiece of fascinator should be worn at all times.
 Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted.
 Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above.
 Midriffs must be covered.
 Shorts are not permitted.
Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.
Please visit Ascot's Royal Ascot Dress Code and Style Guide for the most up to date information.
During the Royal Ascot meetings there are a number of Bookmakers in the Windsor and Queen Anne Enclosures, as well as numerous TOTE outlets. All of them will be able to provide you with the necessary betting assistance and tools to have a flutter.
We encourage all passengers to have adequate travel insurance on our tours as there is always the possibility for injury or loss. If you do not have your own travel insurance at the time of booking A PP Travel tour you will be offered the option to take out a travel insurance policy for the day.
As all deposits are non-refundable you will lose at least this amount if you cancel. Please note that bookings and names are not transferable. If you have paid in full you may lose more than the deposit depending upon when we receive your written cancellation instructions.
The PP Royal Ascot Experience
Royal Ascot is one of the most important race meetings in the world and PP Travel have been successfully running tours to Royal Ascot for well over two decades, making us one of the most experienced and largest operators to the event.
PP Travel has the largest exclusive picnic area inside the main coach park (no 10), for all to enjoy upon arriving at Royal Ascot. Situated inside the main 1 mile straight, this is our lunch/party zone for your to enjoy before crossing underneath the main straight at your leisure to enter either the Windsor Enclosure (previously Silver Ring) or Queen Anne Enclosure (previously Grandstand Enclosure). We are the largest operator in our field to Royal Ascot. We took over 1200 passengers over the 3 days in 2015.
Our buffet lunch has over 20 different choices of food from meats and cheeses to salads, bread, freshly made sandwiches, cakes and fruits, there are options to suit everyone. We also operate a BBQ to provide bacon and sausage rolls, ideal after a glass or two of bubbly. The lunch is served with an excellent choice of red or white wine which has been carefully selected for its quality. We provide plenty of bubbly onboard our coaches for the journey from London to Berkshire - and there is always plenty more to go around during lunch, along with a selection of lagers, beers and cider. And like our buffet lunch, the PP bar at Royal Ascot is renowned for its very generous drink proportions!
Naturally entrance to Royal Ascot is included and you can make your way to the Windsor Enclosure (previously Silver Ring) or Queen Anne Enclosure (previously Grandstand Enclosure) at your leisure any time from the very social car park area, where your luncheon is served.
At the time of booking you are able to choose which entrance ticket you would like for your day at Royal Ascot. Choose from either the Windsor Enclosure (previously Silver Ring) or Queen Anne Enclosure (previously Grandstand Enclosure) plus the option to add on a Furlong Club badge to your Queen Anne Enclosure ticket.
Windsor Enclosure (previously known as The Silver Ring)
Enjoy close-up views of the Royal Procession as it journeys past the stylish lawns of the Windsor Enclosure. This is the enclosure the horses past first on their way down the home straight when racing begins. It is here that the roar of the crowd starts in earnest, creating an unforgettable atmosphere. The atmosphere in the Windsor Enclosure is always vibrant with guests enjoying betting facilities, artisan food stalls, Champagne and Pimm's bars, and picnics on the lawn. From Thursday onwards, live music plays into the early evening.
Queen Anne Enclosure (previously known as The Grandstand Enclosure)
Grandstand Admission is a premier public enclosure and provides excellent facilities with access to the Pre-Parade Ring, Winners' Enclosure and Parade Ring. On the lawns and terraces of the Queen Anne Enclosure, you can enjoy first-rate views of the day's six races, joining the jubilant crowds as they cheers each winner home. Here you'll be at the heart of the day's activity. Close to the runners and riders in the Pre-Parade and Parade Ring and front row as the Royal Procession passes by the Grandstand.
You will be well served by our tour leaders and staff throughout the lunch as we provide you all with the best information, food, drink and services that will endeavour to make the day as enjoyable as possible for you and all your friends.
Our coaches depart Royal Ascot at 7.00pm - approximately 90 minutes after the last race at 5.30pm - ensuring you can make the most of your day and enjoy the bands, the party and sing-a-longs that continue well after the racing has finished.
We always aim to provide an excellent value tour, that is relaxed and most importantly fun. We look forward to have you on board with us for Royal Ascot 2016.
You would be hard pressed to find a sporting venue that can come close to matching the history and rich heritage of Ascot Racecourse. For almost 300 years Royal Ascot, with it's indebted links to the monarchy, has been at the centre of Britain's social calendar and has proved to be one of the highest stages for the test of the worlds greatest race horses.
Ascot Racecourse and races were founded by Queen Anne in 1711 after she identified an area of open heath that looked an ideal place for "horses to gallop at full stretch" during an afternoon ride on the open heath outside Windsor Castle.
The very first race at the venue was held on the 11th of August 1711 with the feature race being named as "Her Majesty's Plate".
The racecourse proper itself was not laid out until around 1790 by William Lowen with the first building being erected on the site in 1794 through a joint venture of works by builder - George Slingsby, carpenter - William Erlybrown, painter - Benjamin Clichett and official Royal Ascot race administrator - John Grape. The original building at Ascot was used up until 1838.
Although Ascot Heath itself was, and still is, property of the Crown, a sitting of Parliament in 1813 passed an "Act of Enclosure" bill ensuring that Ascot racing was secure and available to the entire British pubic and remains so until today.
Whilst the Ascot Racecourse and Races were founded by the Queen and located on Crown property, all administration has always been handled on behalf of the Crown through a representative appointed by the Monarchy. The Master of the Royal Buckhounds was the appointed representative on behalf of the Sovereign until 1901 when Lord Churchill was appointed and made responsible for the running of the course and security of the Royal Enclosure.
Another ACT of Parliament in 1913, formed the Ascot Authority and proclaimed that His Majesty's Representative become the Chairman of the Authority. He or she has always been assisted in the Ascot Racecourse administration by the Clerk of the Course. Today the racing body at Ascot is named the Ascot Authority (Holdings) Limited and continues to retain both of those original positions, however they themselves are now assisted by the extra appointments of trustees, a Chief Executive, non-executive directors and departmental directors. The Clerk of the Course and the Racing Director are now one in the same position.
Right up until 2001 Ascot Racecourse was a private company thus no accounts were ever required to be were published. In January 2002, during redevelopment of the racecourse, the company was incorporated and renamed Ascot Racecourse Ltd and is now firmly established as the official organisation responsible for running Ascot Racecourse and its associated race meetings including the Royal Ascot Race meeting.
Up until 1939 the Royal Ascot meeting was the only race meeting held at Ascot Racecourse. Although the exact origin of the Royal Meeting is unclear it is generally accepted that it evolved over time with the first recorded Royal Ascot meeting taking place in 1768. It has been suggested by some historians, however, that it was not really considered a Royal Ascot race meeting until 1807 when the Gold Cup was introduced.
Other race meetings held in the Berkshire racecourse through the year are known as just "Ascot". The 5-day June meeting is the only time it is known as "Royal Ascot".
The Gold Cup still remains the feature race of the now extended, five day Royal Ascot Race meeting and is traditionally run on Ladies Day which is always held on the Thursday of the Royal Ascot race meeting and is 'colloquially' known as "Ladies Day at Royal Ascot" It has always been the day of the race meeting that has attracted the largest crowds and although Ascot Racecourse Limited have, in recent years, tried to distance themselves from a 'Ladies Day' as such, it has remained the most popular of the race days at the Royal Ascot meeting.
Her Majesty, the Queen, traditionally presents the Gold Cup each Ladies Day at Royal Ascot. The trophy is uniquely designed and produced each year and is not perpetual but is kept by the Gold Cup race winning connections. This is also the case with Saturday's Golden Jubilee states, the Royal Hunt Cup and The Queen's Vase. There are 27 races at the Royal Ascot race meeting have perpetual trophies, many of them now valuable antiques, and are required to be returned after each year to be re-presented to the new winning race connections.
Saturday's Finale Day is the other major day of the meeting, with the group 1 Jubilee States run. This race is the UK's leg of the world horse racing challenge. Being on the weekend this day is always hugely attended.
The Queen, as an avid owner and breeder of racehorse takes a keen interest in the Royal Ascot race meeting and has indeed, had great success with her own horses in recent years. The Jockeys riding Her Majesty's horses have worn the same colours as those of King Edward the 7th and Prince Regent George the 4th. They are purple body, gold braid, scarlet sleeves and a black velvet cap with gold fringe.
In memory of the founder, the Queen Anne Stakes is also run at the meeting although this is not held on Ladies Day of the Royal Ascot race meeting and is usually run on the first day of the Royal meeting.
In a strictly adhered to tradition, members of the Royal Family usually attend the Royal Ascot race meeting on all five days arriving by horse and carriage procession from Windsor Castle itself. The Royal Enclosure has a strict dress code were male attendees must wear full morning dress including a top hat, whilst ladies must not show bare midriffs or shoulders and must wear hats. Outside the Royal Enclosure the dress code is less severe, but many people choose to wear formal dress anyway. To be admitted to the Royal Enclosure for the first time one must either be a guest of a member or be sponsored for membership by a member who has attended at least four times. This continues to maintain a socially exclusive character to the Enclosure.
Royal Ascot, Ladies Day and Finale Day in particular, continues to be a magnificent spectacle of fashion, tradition and pageantry that one should not miss.