Royal Ascot 2015 - tickets and what’s on

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 January 2015

Royal Ascot, one of the iconic summer highlights of the British sporting and social calendar opens its gates on Tuesday 16 June 2015 for five days of world class racing, pageantry, high fashion and Fine Dining.

The centrepiece of Ascot’s year, Royal Ascot, is arguably the world’s most famous race meeting. First organised in 1711 at the behest of Queen Anne, and attended by British Monarchs ever since, each day of Royal Ascot traditionally begins with the Royal Procession in which The Queen along with her family and guests parade in front of the packed grandstands in their horse-drawn carriages.

The five-day meeting attracts some of the best horses from around the globe. With the introduction of an additional Group One race next year Royal Ascot 2015 promises to be an equally important and impressive racing occasion.

Ascot’s Head of Communications and International Racing, Nick Smith said: ““Royal Ascot is Britain’s most important race meeting and the country’s window to the world for the sport. Next year it’ll be bigger and better still with the addition of the new Group One sprint for three year olds. We’re expecting the hugely exciting Tiggy Wiggy to headline that, with possibly Wesley Ward’s Hootenanny, who won this year’s Windsor Castle Stakes for the USA, making a second Royal Ascot appearance in the new event. With eight Group One races, defining early season two-year-old championship races and amongst the most historic handicaps on the calendar, there is simply nothing in the world to rival the sustained quality on the track over the week.”

Off the track, the Royal Meeting will as ever draw eyes from the international world of fashion. The hats, shoes and dresses at Royal Ascot are as colourful and creative as the jockeys’ silks. At Royal Ascot everywhere one turns there is an outfit to admire. Gentlemen in the Royal Enclosure are required to wear black or grey morning dress with a waistcoat and tie and their incredibly smart, attire serves as the perfect foil for the ladies who, within certain guidelines, get a much freer remit for expression.

Fine Dining has always been an important ingredient of the Royal Ascot experience and 2015 is no exception, working with some of the world’s most prestigious partners. Twice Michelin starred chefs, Michael Caines and Phil Howard will headline next year’s hospitality, alongside Ascot’s Executive Chef, Steve Golding. Ascot Racecourse has also partnered with world-renowned tea connoisseur Henrietta Lovell, owner of the Rare Tea Company, to create a bespoke Royal Ascot blend of loose-leaf tea. The unique blend will be served exclusively in restaurants and boxes at Royal Ascot 2015, to celebrate the elegant British tradition of afternoon tea.

Royal Ascot 2015 will feature 18 Group races, including eight Group Ones, with total prize money across five days in excess of £5.3million. The minimum value of any race at Royal Ascot remains £60,000. All races throughout the week will be televised live on Channel 4.

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Royal Ascot tickets are from £20 - £80. Fine Dining starts from £250 per person + VAT.

To book tickets visit www.ascot.co.uk/royal-ascot-2014 or call 0844 346 3000.

To book Fine Dining email hospitality@ascot.co.uk or call 0844 346 0346.

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