Ladies Day at York Races is an iconic event on the racing calendar. Featuring the most famous, the fastest, richest and oldest races at the grounds, this exciting four day event mixes sport with fashion and plenty of fun.
York Racecourse was voted ‘Best Racecourse in the North 2012’ by the Racegoers Club for the 23rd time. Horse racing has been popular in York since the Roman times, races often took place on the frozen river Ouse before Knavesmire became the home of the races in 1731.
York Races Ladies Day in particular calls for some serious attention to fashion. In the County Stand, men must wear a jacket, collared shirt and tie. There is no formal restriction on the wearing of jeans and trainers but most men opt for smart trousers and shoes with the required items. Women are not bound to any dress code but dressing up is very popular and hats are increasingly taking centre stage.
This occasion is special as the event draws in the best fillies due to the Group 1 Darley Yorkshire Oaks and the Group 2 Lowther Stakes are extremely coveted titles.
York Races offers a wide range of hospitality, so racegoers can really tailor their day. Boxes cater for different sized groups and cover a range of views.
- The Knavesmire Stand Boxes are on the fourth floor overlooking the final furlong and are ideal for hosting first time racegoers.
- With views over the Home Straight, the Melrose Stand boxes are popular with racehorse owners and many boxes are reserved as Annual Rentals. However, some boxes are available for daily usage giving racegoers chance to be at the heart of the action.
- Overlooking the final furlong and Winning Post, the Winning Post Pavilions boast flexibilty to cater for different sized parties, and a VIP route affords access to the Champagne Terrace, Parade Ring Viewing and County Stand facilities.
- Ebor Stand Boxes are the most modern of all, with a balcony over the Winning Post, and have limited numbers available.
In keeping with York Racecourse’s flexibility, racegoers at Ladies Day will appreciate the choice in dining. The Ebor and Voltigeur Restaurants offer the very best in ‘Dine and View’ experiences, with excellent views of the course. Both excel in combining luxurious dining with the sporting spectacle, in true gourmet style.
All-inclusive options are available in The Hospitality Club and the Knavesmire Marquee. The Hospitality Club is a very popular choice, as it has good access to the clock tower banking, affording excellent views of the key areas of the course, and is a short walk away from the Parade Ring. There are no restrictions on party sizes either. The Knavesmire Marquee has an exclusive decking area overlooking the track, and access to the Roberto Pavilion and the County Stand, including the Champagne Terrace.
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