Created in partnership with ASCOT RACECOURSE
QIPCO King George Diamond Day combines world-class flat racing with the atmosphere of a quintessentially British summertime occasion. Steeped in history, this is a more relaxed occasion than Royal Ascot. In fact, it’s the ideal event to book if you’re looking for a fun and varied day out – as well as the races, Ascot has a huge range of restaurants and bars, shopping experiences, and live music and dancing as the sun starts to set. While there’s no formal dress code in the Queen Anne Enclosure and racegoers are advised to dress smartly in the other hospitality areas, it’s a great excuse to get dressed up. What’s more, it’s easy to get to from both London and the Home Counties.
This is Ascot’s most prestigious midsummer event. Its showpiece race – The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes – has long been regarded as Europe’s premier midseason middle-distance championship race, attracting the very best from across the continent. It is a race that has crowned some famous champions including Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Brigadier Gerard, Shergar, Nashwan, Galileo and the mighty Enable, the only three-time winner.
The Queen Anne Enclosure
At the centre of the action – with access to the Grandstand, Pre-Parade Ring, Parade Ring and Trackside Lawns – The Queen Anne Enclosure is packed with cocktail bars, street food vans and casual seating. This year, the Trackside Lawns will offer a contemporary festival vibe, allowing racegoers to enjoy an eclectic mix of entertainment. Guests can watch all the racing action from the raised covered terraces of the Ascot Grandstand.
Winning Post Enclosure
Guests in the Winning Post Enclosure have exclusive access to private viewing lawns and terraces immediately next to the Winning Post – the closest guests can get to the thrilling final moments of each race. Informal al fresco dining, refined cocktail bars, live music and soft seating set the scene for a day of garden party-style socialising. Add to this the uninterrupted views from the trackside rail, and this is an enclosure that mixes relaxation with the full Ascot experience for those who don’t want to miss a moment of the racing.
King Edward VII Enclosure
The King Edward VII Enclosure is the one to book for serious racing enthusiasts. The enclosure provides exclusive fourth-floor covered seating with excellent views over the racecourse, and access to a private trackside viewing lawn by the Winning Post. Guests can watch the horses before each race in the Parade Ring and make their selections before heading to the panoramic level four balconies or trackside lawns to see the final moments of each race.
The Parade Ring
The Parade Ring restaurant offers some of the best produce, wine and champagne at the racecourse and has two exclusive private viewing areas, one overlooking the Parade Ring and another with a great view of the racing action.
Contemporary fine-dining restaurant ON5 offers a private balcony, roof terrace, spacious bar and striking views over the track from its panoramic window on level five of the Grandstand – the perfect place to watch the racing along the Straight Mile.
A private box gives you the chance to fill your own corner of the racecourse with friends, family or clients. Luxuriously designed boxes come with a range of views and vary in capacity from 10 people up to 72. Each one comes with its own bar and dining area. Fitted with balconies and large televisions, guests won’t miss a second of the action on the track, and betting facilities are within easy access.
The loges offer private viewing over the track. Close to the Parade Ring and Grandstand facilities, they make an ideal base for a day at the races. Each one seats up to 15 guests, with a wide selection of food and drink available. A tipster service and decorations are available as extras.
The Post-Race Party
Saturday’s racing will be brought to a close as the sun goes down with live music around the bandstand and a DJ set from radio presenter, singer-songwriter and TV personality Fleur East, who’ll be spinning a mix of R&B, pop and some of the biggest tracks of recent years.
Ascot Racecourse, Ascot, Berkshire, SL5 7JX; 23rd July
For more information and to book tickets for the QIPCO King George Diamond Day, visit Ascot.com
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