Royal Ascot – Ladies Day 2019
Royal Ascot is a unique event in the summer social calendar, steeped in tradition, heritage and pageantry dating back to 1711. The jewel in Ascot’s crown, Royal Ascot attracts over 300,000 racegoers each year, to view the splendour and colour of five days of the finest racing, fashion and glamour. The quality of the horse racing at the Royal Meeting is simply outstanding. It is an essential date for your diary.
This year as with previous years,Unity Fitness & Dance [UFD] have decided to give our clients the choice of purchasing tickets for both the Queen Ann and Windsor Enclosures. The dress code is the same for bothareas. Ladies; a hats, headpiece or fascinators must 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. Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath must still comply with the dress code. Midriffs must be covered. Gentlemen; a smart suit with shirt and tie or top hats and tails; traditional dress is welcomed. Sports attire, jeans and shorts are strictly forbidden.
Do remember that UFD will be supplying our own scrumptious buffet lunch with lots of Champagne, Pimms and more than just a few extras – free of charge! However feel free to bring a bottle of your own favourite bubbly!!
Queen Anne Enclosure. The Queen Ann Enclosure (formally the Grandstand), provides excellent facilities and viewing areas at ground level and lawn level; here you can watch the Royal Procession and the racing action from the lawns in front of the Queen Ann Enc. The Pre-Parade Ring, Parade Ring and track are both within a short walking distance,by crossing the Concourse in the main Grandstand. There are a variety of places to eat, drink and bet – from the bookmakers in the betting ring to the totepool and betting shops in the main Grandstand; however, you do not have access to the upper levels of the Queen Ann Enclosure.
Other highlights of a Queen Ann Admission ticket include:
- Over 1,000 free seats are available from which to view the racing.
- Big Screen TVs on the Plaza Lawn.
- Military Bands performing in the Parade Ring before the Royal Procession each day.
- Traditional sing-along around the Bandstand after racing on each day. Free song books provided.
- Food outlets selling a variety of value for money cuisine options.
Windsor Enclosure (formally the Silver Ring) at Ascot is a separate admission area that provides an excellent position to watch the Royal Procession and the racing action. It does not provide access to the Queen Ann Enc or the Parade Ring and track. Although less formal, the Windsor is a lively area with bars, live band and DJ music.
Other highlights of a Silver Ring ticket include:
- Over 2,000 free seats available from which to view the racing.
- Big Screen TVs.
- Live music entertainment each day.
- Lawned area with many bars and food outlets.
Experience a UFD day at the races
Please be aware that Blake Hall Sports Club is now under new ownership and has changed name to Swaminarayan Sports World. They have a strict policy of no meat, fish or alcohol on the premises. However, although we have had to make some adjustments to the breakfast this will not affect its enjoyment and what we provide once at Ascot Racecourse.
Your day on Thursday 20th June begins with a scrumptious Breakfast & Fizz Reception at the Swaminarayan Sports World, Blake Hall Road, Wanstead, London E11 2QW, where you’ll rendezvous with our executive coaches which are fully equipped with DVD screen, WC, air conditioning, PA system, etc.
There is plenty of free parking within the grounds but please park your vehicle away from the main entrance and along the nearby streets to allow easy access for the coaches and those entering or leaving.
The coaches leave Swaminarayan Sports World at 8:30am sharp therefore please allow extra time for traffic delays; you are advised to plan your journey so as to arrive at the Swaminarayan Sports World no later than 7:15am, as everyone needs to be registered and seated in good time before leaving. The breakfast & fizz will be served between 06:30am – 07:45am; prior to boarding the coaches, so please do not miss out by arriving late. You are advised to start arrive from 06:30am.
Tickets and security wristbands will be issued at Swaminarayan Sports World.
If you are unfortunate enough to miss the coach, then please make your own way to Ascot racecourse where you can join the group. Call Bob on 07886 884573; you will be given details of where to meet us.
Once all are onboard we shall leisurely cruise through the morning rush hour in style whilst listening to some good grooves and enjoying the UFD non-competitive (yeah, right!) quiz and word search – prizes will be given to the winners!
Our catering crew shall serve you a light ‘Caribbean-Continental’ style breakfast inside the Swaminarayan Sports World prior to boarding the coach, which will comprise; hot and cold drinks accompanied with Sparkling Fizz and scrumptious Caribbean canapés, pastries and exotic fruit salad.
The expected time of arrival at Ascot racecourse is approximately 11am.
Once at the racecourse you will not have far to walk to the admission areas, as the coaches will be parked in one of the favoured car parks nearest to the main entrance.
Our talented master chefs, has created a mouth-watering menu of,
Caribbean & European style picnic lunch, served hot with baked whole salmon, chicken, beef, ham, vegetarian curry, salads and seasonal fruits, just to name a few items. The picnic will be held on the green by ourcoaches. You’ll be kept entertained by DJ Nigel B of Special Touch playing all your favourite tunes.
Complementary Champagne, rum punch, wine, beer, spirits and soft drinks will accompany your lunch. Feel free to bring some bubbly of your own!
Afternoon tea is served from 4:30pm. There will be a selection of cakes, pastries, extra food, cheeseboard, fruits, hot & cold beverages, etc.
Coaches depart from Ascot at around 7pm and are expected to arrive back at the Swaminarayan Sports World at approximately 9:30pm. Remember you have all inclusive free parking at Swaminarayan Sports World.
Hints & tips
- Royal Procession takes place at 2pm
- Racing begins at 2:30pm
- Last Race 5:35pm
Upon arrival at the racecourse at approximately 11:00am, the UFD team will quickly setup our picnic area on the green by our coaches; we hope to start serving lunch from 11:45am and finish by 1:15pm, giving you enough time to be in place for the Royal Procession, however, refreshments will be served during this time.
If you would like to watch the Royal Procession, you’ll need to find a viewing position by 1.40pm in order to be able to view the procession at approximately 2pm.
Once inside your admission area, you will find plenty of bars and food outlets to choose from - not that you’ll want to eat anything else! Feel free to move around and explore for the best position to view the action.
Things to bring & some tips
- A pair of binoculars
- Ladies bring some[additional] comfortable shoes
- An umbrella and/or raincoat or poncho
- A light blanket for the picnic lunch to be placed on the ground
- A small fold up chair if you prefer to be seated i.e. ‘chair in a bag’. Please label your chair and bag to make them easily identifiable.
- Your watch!
- Personal effects can be left on the coach but please don’t bring the crown jewels!
- Extra funds for your bets – please do bet sensibly, do not bet more than you can afford to lose.
- Collect your winnings as soon as possible to avoid long delays
- London Crew: Meet at Swaminarayan Sports World from 06:45am
- You can park your car for free at the Swaminarayan Sports World but please car share where possible.
- Book your taxi and plan your journey well in advance
- Why not avoid rushing around by saying overnight in a local guesthouse/hotel? Call the UFD office on 07886 884573 for details
- Don’t forget your camera for those memorable snaps
- Purchase a racing or national newspaper for tips and form guide
- If you wish to find out more about horseracing and betting please visit: www.britishhorseracing.com