Ladies’ Day at Redcar, 18 June 2011

The annual Ladies’ Day every June at Redcar Racecourse is one of the fashion and social highlights in the Tees Valley calendar. This year’s big occasion is on Saturday 23 June and, as always, thousands of ladies will get out their finery, dress up and join their partners or friends for an afternoon at the races.

It comes at the end of the week featuring Royal Ascot, the race meeting so associated with high fashion.

As is traditional at the racecourse’s Ladies’ Day, there are major prizes for the ‘best dressed lady’ and the ‘best hat’. The finalist spotters will be mingling with the crowds, so everyone is in with a chance of winning.

The judges are BBC Radio Tees presenter Lisa McCormick and the Evening Gazette’s lifestyle editors Maria Turbill and Sarah Dale.

Redcar Racecourse’s general manager Amy Fair enthused: “Flowers, bubbly and fancy hats . . . what more could a girl want? There’s certainly no need for Royal Ascot when there is Ladies’ Day at Redcar Races! Every lady should dress to impress because they’ll be in with the chance of some great prizes.”

The fabulous local designers Kate Fearnley and Chic Hats will be showcasing a ‘What To Wear At The Races’ fashion show after the second race at 2.45pm.

The lady judged to be the ‘best dressed’ will be invited to go on to the Yorkshire Racecourses Grand Final on Ladies’ Day during the St Leger meeting at Doncaster Racecourse in September, the winner of which receives a luxury prize of a pampering pyjama party at the Best Western Mount Pleasant Hotel in Doncaster.

Back at Redcar Races on Saturday 23 June, the judging will be in the Winners’ Enclosure, with prizes from Market Cross Jewellers, Kate Fearnley and Chic Hats.

The prizes for the ‘best dressed’ ladies are: (1st) 9 carat floral cluster diamond ring from Market Cross Jewellers, a Kate Fearnley dress, £50 in beauty vouchers to spend at Orange Kerr Hair & Beauty and a bouquet from Flowers by Hannah; (2nd) Ladies’ ice watch; (3rd) Guess pendant necklace.

The prizes for the ladies with the ‘best hat’ are: (1st) A bespoke hat by Chic Hats, a photoshoot and images from Capture Le Coeur Photography and a bouquet from Flowers by Hannah; (2nd) A DKNY bracelet; (3rd) Hot Diamond pendant necklace.

After Ladies’ Day, the highlights for the rest of the year at Redcar Racecourse include:

  • Sunday 22 July – Helps For Heroes Family Fun Day
  • Saturday 11 August – Caribbean Carnival day
  • Saturday 25 August – Ladies’ and Gents’ Evening
  • Saturday 6 October – Seasonal climax with the £150,000 Tote Two Year Old Trophy, the Listed Guisborough Stakes and the final of the John Smith’s Straight Mile Championship Series.

Ladies’ Day is the second of a two-day meeting at Redcar Racecourse which starts on Friday 22 June.

The first race on Friday is scheduled for 2.10pm, with admission gates open just after midday. On Saturday – Ladies’ Day – the first race of seven is at 2.15pm.

General admission

Grandstand £15 on Saturday 23 June (£12 on Friday 22 June); Course Enclosure £5 (£4). Accompanied children 16 always admitted free of charge. Seniors £12 Grandstand (£9) and £4 Course Enclosure (£3). Student discount rate on Friday – £10 Grandstand. More information at

Special packages

Punter’s package (Grandstand) £21-24: admission ticket; raceday programme; pint of beer, glass of wine, or soft drink; dish of the day or hot baguette; and £5 package discount off first return visit.

Punters’ package (Course Enclosure) £12.50-13.50: admission ticket; raceday programme; pint of beer, glass of wine, or soft drink; dish of the day.

Garden party package £24.50-£27.50 in the Grandstand Enclosure: admission ticket; raceday programme; glass of Champagne or Pimm’s; seafood sandwich; bowl of strawberries & cream; and £5 package discount off first return visit.

Curry & pint package £25 in the Grandstand Enclosure on feature days; admission ticket; raceday programme; pint of beer or lager; curry and rice; and £5 package discount off first return visit.

Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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