about 45 minutes from London
is an annual display of royal pageantry and high stakes horse racing known as Ascot.
More famously, it's a convenient excuse to dress up, don outrageous hats (especially on
Ladies Day) and rub shoulders with the upper crust at one of THE events of the British summer social calendar.
This year, the races and festivities take place at the Ascot Racecourse from Tuesday, June 19th through Saturday, June 23rd. Ladies Day -- with its most famous hat extravaganza -- is scheduled for Thursday, June 21, 2018.
Ascot Week 2018 Television Schedule
As part of a multi-year deal with Ascot h US broadcaster NBC will provide coverage each day from Tuesday to Saturday for a total of 15 hours of programming, covered by NBC Sports Live Extra, the live streaming service for desktops, mobile devices, tablets, and connected TVs.
All races are televised live in the UK on Channel 4 and Racing UK TV, and in Australia on Channel 7.
All about Ascot
The history of the Royal Ascot races date back to the days of Queen Anne, when the first royal Ascot racecourse was laid out by decree for "horses to gallop at a stretch." This first ever royal race took place on Saturday, August 11, 1711 as jockeys vied for The Queens Plate - worth a staggering £100!
Today, the royal romp continues as Queen Elizabeth II and her family attend the week-long race each year. Meanwhile, money has skyrocketed into the millions of pounds at a newly revamped Ascot racecourse (in 2006) that made way for new restaurants, bars, and corporate suites.
At the gate, group
and priority admission tickets for Ascot Week are on sale in early
autumn of the previous year, with general admission tickets open
to the public later in November. Tickets go fast for the UK's hottest
horse racing event, as do London and Windsor area
For the lucky few who make it into the Royal Enclosure, Ascot dress and conduct codes are strictly enforced during Ascot Week. These include morning coats and top hats for the gentlemen, and hats and day dresses for the ladies (no bare shoulders or midriffs, please.)
At Ascot, it's all about the hats...
to London can watch the Royal retinue leave Windsor Castle during the festive week by standing in the Long Walk (access
via Park Street) at approximately 1:30 pm each day.
Catch a glimpse as the fleet of cars carrying the Royals emerge from the castle
to regally join the traffic on the way to Ascot.
On the Web,
discover more history and hats, pictures, results & updates
on the annual rite of conspicuous hobnobbing, heraldry &
horse racing during Ascot Week .... .
to Ascot Racecourse - The official site of the horse racing
track with current news & information, pictures, feature stories,
ticket info & complete fixture schedule.
Royal Ascot - Featuring a purported secret route map to the Ascot racecourse, with driving directions to help avoid the traditional traffic jams on race days - plus lots of interesting pictures, history and factoids, weather info and recommended nearby hotels.
Royal Ascot History & Cartoon Fun - Interesting & detailed history of the famous race with a picture of the Gold Cup, facts on the extravagant hats worn on Ladies Day, the Royal Enclosure, and related Royal Ascot customs and traditions.
Royal Ascot Fashion Dos and Don'ts - Hats for the ladies, morning coats for the gentlemen, and no gum chewing, thank you. Plus more on social etiquette observed at Ascot week from this archived report from BBC...