June 18, 2013 < BACK TO LIST
New Ascot Racecourse Dress Code 2013
The Royal Enclosure is at the heart of Royal Ascot. Entry to the enclosure is by sponsorship from an existing badgeholder who has attended for four previous years (these need not be consecutive).
Royal Enclosure Dress Code
Please note the dress code below is NEW for 2013.
A Royal Enclosure Style Guide has been produced for the first time this year and helps to bring to life some examples of the kind of outfits that are expected at Royal Ascot.
Ladies are kindly reminded that formal day wear is a requirement in the Royal Enclosure, defined as follows:
Dresses and skirts should be of modest length defined as falling just above the knee or longer
Dresses and tops should have straps of one inch or greater
Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Royal Enclosure dress code
Trouser suits are welcome. They should be of full length and of matching material and colour
Hats should be worn; a headpiece which has a base of 4 inches (10cm) or more in diameter is acceptable as an alternative to a hat.
Ladies are kindly asked to note the following:
Strapless, off the shoulder, halter neck, spaghetti straps and dresses with a strap of less than one inch (2.5cm) are not permitted
Midriffs must be covered
Fascinators are no longer permitted in the Royal Enclosure; neither are headpieces which do not have a base covering a sufficient area of the head (4 inches / 10cm).
Gentlemen are kindly reminded that it is a requirement to wear either black or grey morning dress which must include:
A waistcoat and tie (no cravats)
A black or grey top hat
A gentleman may remove his top hat within a restaurant, a private box, a private club or that facility’s terrace, balcony or garden. Hats may also be removed within any enclosed external seating area within the Royal Enclosure Garden.
The customisation of top hats (with, for example, coloured ribbons or bands) is not permitted in the Royal Enclosure.
Children (admitted on Friday and Saturday only)
Girls (aged 10-16) should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces or a fascinator may be worn but are not compulsory.
Boys (aged 10-16) should either dress in accordance with the gentlemen’s dress code (as set out above); or alternatively may wear a dark-coloured lounge suit with a shirt and tie (whereupon no hat is required).
Overseas visitors are welcome to wear the formal National Dress of their country or Service Dress.
Serving Military Personnel
Serving military personnel are welcome to wear Service Dress or equivalent.
The Grandstand Admission ticket at Royal Ascot provides similar access facilities to those offered throughout the year. It provides excellent facilities and viewing areas at Ground Level and Lawn Level.
Grandstand Admission customers can watch the Royal Procession and the racing action from the lawns in front of the Grandstand. The Pre-Parade Ring, Parade Ring and track are both within a short walking distance, by crossing the Concourse in the main Grandstand.
Grandstand Admission Dress Code
Please note: The dress code below is new for 2013.
A Grandstand Admission Style Guide has been produced for the first time this year and helps to bring to life some examples of the kind of outfits that are expected at Royal Ascot.
Ladies within the main Grandstand enclosure are encouraged to dress in a manner as befits a formal occasion.
Ladies are kindly asked to take particular note of the following:
A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times
Strapless or sheer strap dresses and tops are not permitted
Trousers must be full length and worn with a top that adheres to the guidelines above (i.e. strapless or sheer strap tops are not permitted)
Jackets and pashminas may be worn but dresses and tops underneath should still comply with the Grandstand Admission dress code
Midriffs must be covered
Shorts are not permitted.
Gentlemen are required to wear a suit with a shirt and tie.
Girls (17 or under) should be dressed for a formal occasion. Smart summer dresses are suggested. Hats, headpieces or a fascinator may be worn but are not compulsory.
Boys aged (13-17) should wear a suit or jacket with a shirt and a tie. Younger boys (12 or under) should be dressed smartly but are not required to wear a jacket or tie.
With a less formal atmosphere, the Silver Ring at Royal Ascot is a separate admission area that does not provide access to the Parade Ring or the main Grandstand. The Silver Ring still provides an excellent position to watch the Royal Procession and the racing action. There are a variety of places to eat, drink and place a bet.
Silver Ring Dress Code
Whilst we encourage racegoers to wear smart clothes no formal dress code applies except that bare chests are not permitted at any time.
In addition to the specific guidance in this document, please note that fancy dress, novelty and branded / promotional clothing are not allowed on site.
Ascot Racecourse recognises that there may be instances where a degree of discretion is required in determining compliance with our dress code. In such instances, reasonable judgement will be exercised.
Ascot Racecourse is proud of the high level of access it provides for all racegoers, including our more mature customers, those with disabilities and those with children. Any customer who has a specific issue they would like to discuss, please call Ascot Access Officer, Frances Stewart on 08707 227 227.