A weekend at the horse racing: Ascot

Many people choose to attend racecourses throughout the year as many of the greatest horse racing festivals take place in Great Britain. Tens of thousands of people bear down on events such as the Aintree Grand National, Cheltenham Festival and other major meetings as they bid to beat the bookmakers and witness some of the best racehorses on the planet in action. The Royal Ascot meeting remains one of the top rated events on the sporting calendar and the greatest trainers, jockeys and owners descend on the famous racecourse to battle it out for some of racing’s greatest trophies. We take a look at just why you should visit Ascot racecourse and discuss a few of the other activities that you can enjoy in the surrounding area.


Ascot hosts many meetings throughout the year and plenty of punters choose to travel to the course on a regular race day rather than the major events. The course is beautiful and is located near to major transport lines – meaning that Ascot is accessible for those travelling via car or public transport. There are a number of excellent restaurants in the surrounding area that cater for all dietary requirements and, with specialist cuisines, it’s a perfect place to attend and check out the local nightlife after a prosperous day at the races. Furthermore, if you miss any of the races, you can keep up to date with all news and results here.


For those who are travelling long distances, there are plenty of impressive hotels that are located within walking distance of the track – meaning that race goers can enjoy a few drinks and are in no real rush to vacate the premises. Many of these establishments are spoilt with phenomenal views of the local scenery and grounds, allowing punters to relax after a day at the races. Some of the venues are even lucky enough to have a spaon their grounds and people can take advantage of these fantastic features throughout the weekend.


The venue is renowned for its beautiful location and breathtaking scenes, but it’s also very well known for its phenomenal racing – particularly at Royal Ascot. Of the 32 Group One races in Great Britain, eight of them take place at the famous meeting and it isn’t a surprise to see the greatest trainers in the sport attend the meeting on a yearly basis as they pit their wits against one another.