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It's odds-on you think the famous race meeting is a pricey day out... here's our guide to making the going good on a budget

As Britain's best-known race meeting, dating back more than 300 years, Royal Ascot is steeped in tradition. Attended by the Queen each June, it is the highlight of the racing year, featuring a daily horse-drawn procession led by royal carriages from Windsor Castle to Ascot Racecourse. The Berkshire course is also famous for head-turning outfits and hats, particularly on Ladies' Day - June 19 this year.

But Ascot isn't just for high society and royals. It can be a fun, affordable day out for us ordinary folk too. The flat season started on April 30 and Royal Ascot runs from June 17 to 21.


Adult tickets start at PS17 (PS13 if you are in a group of 10 or more). During Royal Ascot, Silver Ring tickets cost from PS25 (PS17 for larger groups). These do not include access to the Parade Ring or the main Grandstand but there is no formal dress code and you can take a picnic and one bottle of wine per person. Grandstand tickets cost PS65.

Under-18s are allowed into the racecourse free on all race days when accompanied by a paying adult.


Race times are available online before each race meeting but the Racecard, which costs PS3.50 (PS4.50 during Royal Ascot), lists the times of each race, the runners and the riders. The minimum bet at the Tote is PS2 (there are Totepool kiosks around the racecourse), and from PS2 to PS5 elsewhere.


One night at the four-star Beaumont Estate in Windsor, five miles from the racecourse, costs from PS84 per person room only with free wifi and parking on June 21. For more information and to book see or call 0330 123 1235.

The four-star Macdonald Berystede Hotel and Spa in Sunninghill is one mile from the course with free parking in its attractive landscaped grounds and full coverage of the racing in the new AA rosette Hyperion restaurant.

rooms, an 18-metre swimming pool, rock and infra red saunas and an outdoor hydropool with views of the countryside. Double rooms cost from PS225 over the racing period with champagne breakfasts for PS25 and lunches for PS45. See macdonald or call 0844 879 9104.

The hotel also offers the Royal Ascot Pamper Day (available Mondays to Thursdays for PS165pp, Fridays to Sundays PS185pp) which includes a bento box lunch with a glass of sparkling wine, two 60-minute treatments and use of spa facilities. Door2Tour offers a trip to Ladies' Day from PS129pp.

The price covers coach travel, one night's B&B in a three-star hotel on June 18 and admission to the Silver Ring Enclosure (upgrades available).

You also get a visit to central London with free time for shopping or sightseeing, usually close to Oxford Street, the London Eye or Covent Garden, and the services of a tour manager. For details or to book royal ascot coach trips call 0845 956 9686 or It also has a state-of-the-art thermal spa with six treatment
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Geographic Code:4EUUK
Date:May 18, 2014
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