British Garden Party at King George VI weekend

Ascot’s King George VI Weekend (Friday 24th to Saturday 25th July) is amongst the UK’s most important Flat meetings and this year’s event will be no exception with an attractive line up both on and off the track.

The highlight of the racing programme is Saturday’s feature race, the Group One King George VI & Queen Elizabeth Stakes (sponsored by QIPCO) commemorating Her Majesty The Queen’s late parents. It is Britain’s most prestigious all-aged mile-and-a-half race and the European mid-season middle distance championship, boasting prize money of £1,150,000.

The fondly remembered victory for Grundy over Bustino in 1975 was dubbed “the race of the century” and, 40 years on, the racecourse will be showing this renewal on the big screens and reminding racegoers of what was so special about the protracted battles the Derby winning Grundy had with Bustino, who was using two pacemakers to stretch the three-year-old’s stamina to its limits. 

Nick Smith, Head of Communications and International Racing at Ascot, said: “This year the King George VI Weekend is set to be truly vintage with this year’s Derby winner, Golden Horn, looking to add the country’s most important all aged mile and a half race to his unbeaten record.

“There will be fantastic entertainment off the track too with the garden party in full swing.”

Our two new enclosures for this year, the King George VI Enclosure and the Winning Post Enclosure,  have already sold out due to popular demand.

However,  for the first time, racegoers can also enjoy the delights of the Furlong Club. A hugely successful addition to Royal Ascot,  the Furlong Club is a private marquee with its own exclusive trackside viewing balcony and seating areas. Racegoers can look forward to a grazing menu throughout the day (included within the price), an exclusive cash bar, Grandstand Admission and private Totepool betting facilities for £140.

Away from the track, crowds will enjoy an English Garden Party atmosphere with entertainment including old fashioned swing bands, champagne cocktails and traditional afternoon teas. There will be a selection of bars and restaurants for guests to choose from including Bangers and Bubbles and The Front Runner Grill. Fine Dining packages are also available in Ascot’s flagship On5 restaurant.

Tickets for the King George VI Weekend can be purchased in advance. Prices on Friday start from just £15 for Grandstand Admission and £20 for Premier Admission. Prices on Saturday start from £25 for Grandstand Admission and £140 Furlong Club (including Grandstand Admission).

Accompanied children under 18 years of age gain free entry at all Ascot race meetings.

To book tickets and for further information, please call on 0844 346 3000 or click here.