The renowned Ascot Racecourse is primarily known for hosting the fabulous Royal Ascot each year. However, Ascot Racecourse also has plenty to offer horse racing enthusiasts throughout the entire year. With a total of twenty-six racedays in the Ascot Racecourse calendar, there is much to look forward to in 2021. Starting with the Matchbook Clarence House Chase Raceday in late January and culminating with the Christmas Racing Weekend in December, Ascot fans can look forward to an array of exciting racedays in between.
We’ve put together this handy guide so you know just what to expect and anticipate at the UK’s beloved Ascot Racecourse.
Highlighted Racedays at Ascot Racecourse
Royal Ascot 2021
Tuesday 15th June – Saturday 19th June 2021
Royal Ascot is without a doubt the highlight of the year at Ascot Racecourse. The prestigious event is a firm favourite amongst racegoers and is always a memorable event in the social summer season. Enjoy the 2pm Royal Procession each day and a total of eight group one races! This dazzling event promises thrilling horse racing fixtures, royalty and a splendid social atmosphere.
QIPCO British Champions Day
QIPCO British Champions Day is another fan favourite at Ascot Racecourse. A raceday when the most esteemed horses, jockeys and trainers from Europe and beyond gather for the supreme finale of the flat racing season! As one of the richest days in British racing, racegoers are sure to enjoy world class horse racing.
Racedays Throughout the Year
Matchbook Clarence House Chase Raceday 2021
The year at Ascot Racecourse begins with the first National Hunt fixture! The Matchbook Clarence House Chase sees Europe’s best chase horses contest at this exciting raceday. National Hunt jockey Colin Brown also conducts a course walk starting at 11am on the day.
Betfair Ascot Chase Raceday 2021
Another exciting jump fixture at Ascot, this raceday has a prestigious grade one race at its centrepiece. Racegoers can whet their appetite for the popular Cheltenham Festival and see some of the most established names in jump racing.
Spring Family Raceday 2021
The first family raceday of the year provides free entry for under 18s and boasts an exciting combination of top class racing and free countryside themed activities for racegoers of all ages. From building a den, to dog agility displays, younger ones are spoilt with much to do. Perfect for the whole family to enjoy!
Sagaro Stakes Raceday 2021
The first fixture of the flat season begins in May and is always a popular date for corporate entertainment. The Group 3 Longines Sagaro Stakes is the anticipated highlight of the day and often provides clues for Royal Ascot’s Gold Cup contenders.
May Racing Weekend 2021
Treat yourself to a weekend of racing in May with these two fine racedays. Enjoy a relaxed, fun atmosphere on the Friday with street-food pop-ups and eclectic bars! Whilst Saturday provides the Victoria Cup, another thrilling race in which many participants return to contest at Royal Ascot.
Summer Mile Racing Weekend 2021
Ascot Racecourse welcomes guests once again for the first time after the Royal Meeting with this special weekend of racing. With a dedicated family zone and fairground and ‘Clip Clop Pony’ rides, this weekend is perfect for the whole family to enjoy.
King George Weekend 2021
This glorious midsummer raceday is less formal than the Royal Meeting yet still boasts much glamour! The King George VI and Queen Elizabeth Stakes are fixtures not to be missed by horse racing fans. Lawns at the stunning racecourse are also themed around every decade since the 1950s-2000s, providing that added tier of entertainment.
Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup & Concert 2021
At this raceday, exciting horse racing action is paired with phenomenal entertainment off the track. The post-racing concert on the Old Paddock Lawns is one not to be missed! With performers such as Rita Ora and Craig David in previous years, guests are sure to be entertained throughout.
Festival of Food & Wine Racing Weekend 2021
This two day Italian Tourist Board Festival of Food and Wine Weekend is a real treat for food lovers! Racegoers can entertain with top class flat racing and indulge in the finest culinary experience with over 40 stalls to choose from.
Autumn Racing Weekend & Ascot Beer Festival 2021
Spoilt with a choice of almost 200 real ales, ciders and perries, this annual Ascot Beer Festival is like no other raceday! The Challenge Cup is the highlight race of the weekend as the UK’s richest seven furlong handicap!
Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday 2021
The jump season kicks off in November with a bang! Enjoy a memorable start to the National Hunt season with one of the region’s largest firework displays. With fairground rides and attractions sure to boost your adrenaline, there is much to enjoy throughout the entire day!
November Racing Weekend 2021
Begin the countdown to the festive season with this exciting weekend of racing in November. Seasonal treats are available, along with a number of hand-crafted gifts, stocking fillers and more. The weekend also supports The Prince’s Countryside Fund, allowing them to continue the important work of funding projects to support the people who live and work in the countryside.
Christmas Racing Weekend 2021
Lastly, the Christmas Racing Weekend provides two unmissable racedays at Ascot Racecourse. The weekend is the perfect way to begin the Christmas celebrations with a number of festive activities for all the family. Racing highlights include the competitive Betfair Exchange Trophy and the Grade 1 JLT Hurdle Race – one of the most prestigious long-distance hurdle races in Britain. End the year in style at this well loved jump racing weekend.
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