There are numerous world-famous horse racing events, think the Grand National, the Melbourne Cup or Kentucky Derby. However, Royal Ascot is surely also up there as one of the biggest on the calendar! This five day racing extravaganza is known for its fancy hats, Royal guests and amazing equine athletes. Fans of horse racing, fashion and all things patriotic might find this annual gathering a mecca for British heritage and tradition, with horse-drawn processions and high-octane racing on show. At The Insurance Emporium, we can’t wait for another magical Royal Ascot to get underway, so we’ve put together a few essential things that you need to know before you go!
1. It’s over 300 years old!
The festival was originally started by Queen Anne in 1711! That’s over 300 years of horse racing! It still retains many of the original traditions such as the daily procession, led by the Royal Carriage, from Windsor Castle!
2. Forget the lie-in!
If you are heading to the festival, it could be a good idea to get there nice and early. Gates open at 10:30am and the Royal procession arrives at 2pm, there is plenty to explore and, of course, you don’t want to miss the racing from 2:30pm!
3. Life’s a picnic…
A typically British event means a typically British tradition – the picnic! If you are planning on having your own, remember that you can take food into the Windsor and Heath enclosures but only on first entry! Alternatively, you can purchase a picnic put together by Fortnum and Mason onsite!
4. Busy busy busy!
Over the course of the five days there are expected to be over 300,000 racegoers in attendance. 70,000 of those attend on the day of the famous Gold Cup on the Thursday.
5. Plenty of prize money!
There are 19 group races in total and £7.3 million in prize money to be won over the course of the event, there’ll certainly be more than just the jockeys riding on these races!
6. It’s fashion, darling…
Royal Ascot describes its dress code as “traditional, woven into the very fabric of our history”. Each enclosure has its own set of rules for attire, which can be found in their style guide! Basically, get yourself scrubbed up!
7. Travel in style
Every year there are approximately 400 helicopters and 1,000 limos at the festival. No need to worry though, if you’re arriving in a slightly less glamorous fashion, there’s plenty of parking available!
8. Food, glorious food!
If you find yourself getting peckish at the festival, then fear not, your needs should be well catered for! It’s expected that up to 40,000 scones, 1,500 lobsters, 8,000 spears of asparagus and 11,500 punnets of strawberries will be consumed!
9. The big one!
The Gold Cup is surely the biggest race on the agenda at Royal Ascot, often being referred to as ‘the greatest flat race in Britain’. It’ll take place on the Thursday and will be one you don’t want to miss!
10. Gamble responsibly!
While many people will head to Royal Ascot with the intention to have a flutter, it might be important not to get carried away. With 509 horses running over five days, there is certainly plenty of opportunity for a wager. Head to Be Gamble Aware to find out more!
With so much history and culture, not to mention some truly outstanding equine expertise, Royal Ascot could be the ultimate horse racing experience! If your passion for all things equine goes beyond watching horse riding and into the saddle, you might want to consider some Horse Rider Insurance. At The Insurance Emporium, our new Rider Insurance policies include a 15% Introductory Discount* and cover Personal Accident up to £22,500^. Head down to The Insurance Emporium today to find out more!
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