We take a look at the Ladies’ Days on offer at racecourses this summer – and some Gentlemen’s Days too!

Whichever enclosure you are visiting on a Ladies Day, you will feel underdressed if you don’t make an effort. Ladies Days have become the annual opportunity for many to show off a fabulous new dress, shoes or handbag, and one of the few chances in a lifetime to wear a stunning hat or headpiece. Don’t forget the important extras, including make-up, hair and possibly fake tan!

Most of your outfit will be suitable for reworking into outfits for other occasions – birthdays, weddings, Christmas parties, dinner parties – so although it might seem extravagant to go to all this trouble for one day, your efforts won’t be entirely frivolous.

If you hate the thought of your hat gathering dust on the top of your wardrobe, there are plenty of places to hire one for your big racing day out. And for the same price as buying a mass-produced high street hat, you’ll be able to stretch to a spectacular designer number if you loan it for the day. Some hat hire businesses even offer a racecourse collection and return service.

Alternatively, check out charity shops that often do a great line in raceday/wedding hats – and consider donating the hat back to them again afterwards. You can also spice up an older hat with new clip-on flowers or brooches, new ribbons, feather clip-on hair accessories, or a lovely silk scarf tied around the hatband, with a large floaty bow.

So, even if you’re in a picnic enclosure, take this chance to dress to impress and make a real day of it!

MAY

9th May –  EXETER RACECOURSE – Ladies Night

Be sure to wear your finest outfits as judges will walk around the racecourse to select the finalists for the Best Dressed Lady and Best Dressed Gentleman competitions. With fabulous prizes on offer, the first 200 ladies through the gate will also receive a free goody bag. The night will mark the end of the (Jump) season for Exeter Racecourse, so the meeting will also see the winner of our Exeter Racecourse intermediate series crowned – the culmination of ten qualifying races that have taken place across the Devon and Cornwall Area.

The evening will be rounded off with live music for a true end-of-season party.


12th May – LINGFIELD PARK – Spring Ladies Day

With a Best Dressed Competition and other events in store, this meeting also hosts a race for female jockeys only as part of the new Silk Series this summer. A donation from ticket sales goes directly Cancer Research UK.


13th May – NOTTINGHAM – Genting Casino Nottingham Ladies Day

The most popular fixture of the season for Nottingham Racecourse, Genting Casino Nottingham Ladies Day invites racegoers to compete for the array of prizes on offer for ‘Best Dressed Lady’. The day will be packed with exciting entertainment and will feature live music for all visitors after racing.


13th May – WARWICK – Think Pink Warwick Ladies Night

No Carnival is complete without a Ladies Day, so the twilight meeting of the Warwick’s May Racing Carnival is dedicated to this hugely popular theme. Enter Fashions-on-the-Field with great prizes, watch catwalk parades or enjoy the occasion in style by booking tickets to the Tickled Pink Party. The event will include live music after racing, make-up and nail stations, a cocktail bar and a magician!


14th May – PLUMPTON – Ladies Day

Enjoy racing and fashion in the lovely setting of Plumpton. The feature race of the day is the final of the Conditional Jockeys Handicap Hurdle.


18th May – PERTH – Ladies Day

Forget Flat racing: there are seven Jump races to enjoy, plus Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Male and Best Hat competitions. The Grandstand enclosure features fashion stalls, the Main Stage with Tay FM Radio Presenter Stuart Webster, and live music, as well as Gourmet Hot Dogs, Highland Beef Burgers and more!


23rd May – HUNTINGDON – Ladies Night Raceday

Huntingdon’s hugely popular Ladies Night is the most glamorous raceday of the season. It’s not just battle over the fences on the track, but in the fashion stakes too, with three competitions at the night’s Style Awards: Best Styled Lady, Best Styled Gentlemen and Best Styled Couple.


27th May – FFOS LAS – Ladies Night

Get the May bank holiday weekend off to a racing start with Totepool Ladies Night at Ffos Las. A highlight of the Carmarthenshire social calendar, this is a great occasion to get dressed up for the best dressed lady, hat and gent competitions. The last race at 9pm will be followed by live music from the local band ‘Raise Your Glass’.


28th May – KELSO – Ladies Day

Dress your best for this glamorous day out! The first race gets underway at 2.10pm.

JUNE

2nd June – MARKET RASEN – Ladies Day, Music & Racing Presented by The Jockey Club Live

Live music from Olly Murs will take place after racing on Ladies Day at Market Rasen.


4th June – FAKENHAM – Ladies Day

Enjoy an afternoon of racing and fashion at Fakenham Ladies Day. Afternoon tea is available in the Gallows Restaurant but be sure to pre-book.


6th June – WETHERBY – Ladies Day

Alongside an exciting seven-race card of Flat racing will be the Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat competitions with some fantastic prizes on offer. The Best Dressed winner will go forward to Go Racing In Yorkshire’s Grand Final at Doncaster on Saturday 28th October to compete with the other winners of the Yorkshire racecourses’ contests.


9th June – BRIGHTON – Genting Gentlemen’s Day

Once voted by The Telegraph as “one of the best places to watch sport” in the UK Brighton offers views of the sea, Brighton city and the South Downs as a spectacular backdrop to its Genting Casino Gentlemen’s day. So, if you want to stand out from the scenery, make sure you dress your best!


9th June – WOLVERHAMPTON – The EBC Group Gentleman’s Day

This Gentleman’s Day features all-weather racing action plus meet and take on darts legend John Lowe in the nine-dart challenge.


15th June – UTTOXETER – Ladies Night

With competitions for Best Dressed and Best Hat, it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase your favourite outfit – with some fantastic prizes to be won. After racing DJ Sara Cox will take to the stage.


17th June – MUSSELBURGH – Stobo Castle Ladies Day

Featuring Musselburgh’s most valuable race, the £100,000 William Hill Scottish Sprint Cup, this Ladies Day is hugely popular so book your tickets early.

There will be an award for the Queen of Style as well as many more great ‘fashion in the field’ prizes. After racing the fun continues with a party in the Ladies Day Stage Marquee.

If you’re considering hospitality options, racegoers who purchase the Picnic Pavilion package will automatically be entered into a competition to WIN a lavish spa day at Stobo Castle for four people.


17th June – SUNDOWN PARK – Gentleman’s Day

The annual Gentleman’s Day at Sandown Park is a great day out packed full of top quality horseracing – and giving guys the chance to show off their sartorial style. Smart dress is not mandatory but there will be a ‘Best Dressed Group of Gents’ competition so round up the lads and strut your stuff.


22nd June – CHELMSFORD CITY RACECOURSE – Ladies Day

This new(ish) racecourse hosts its third annual Ladies Day in 2017, featuring a boutique shopping village, the racing action on site and big screens showing the racing at Royal Ascot. There will be a live concert by boyband Blue after racing.


22nd June – RIPON – Ladies’ Day: Royal Ascot Week

If you can’t make it to Ascot, enjoy the Royal Meeting via Ladies Day at Ripon instead! As always, two of the main events of Ladies’ Day are the ‘Best Dressed’ and ‘Best Hat’ competitions. The Best Dressed winner will go forward to Go Racing In Yorkshire’s Grand Final at Doncaster on Saturday 28th October to compete with the other winners of the Yorkshire racecourses’ contests.


23rd June – AYR  – Tennent’s Race Night 2017

Although this is not a dedicated Ladies Day, the evening sees the launch of the 2017 Ayr Best Dressed Ladies Competition when the Best Dressed Ladies on the night will receive a coin and a place in the final of William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Ladies Day on 22nd September.


24th June – AYR – Scottish Sun Raceday 2017

Another leg in the season-long 2017 Ayr Best Dressed Ladies Competition, there’s always a superb atmosphere and lots of glamour. More coins will be given to Best Dressed Ladies, winning them a place at the final of the competition at William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Ladies Day on 22nd September.


24th June – REDCAR – Ladies’ Day

Great racing meets glamour on Ladies’ Day at Redcar, which features a ‘Dress For Less’ Fashion Show fashion show with outfits sourced through the Teesside Hospice shops including the Saltburn vintage shop, brand boutique in Yarm and £1 shop in Redcar – proving you can look good without spending a fortune and supporting a worthy cause at the same time.

Alongside the seven races there will be Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat Competitions. ‘Spotters’ will be mingling through the crowds throughout the afternoon selecting 10 finalists for the competitions. The Best Dressed winner will go forward to Go Racing In Yorkshire’s Grand Final at Doncaster on Saturday 28th October to compete with the other winners of the Yorkshire racecourses’ contests.

For younger ladies, Page2Stage will be bringing heroines from our favourite stories to life, including Cinderella and friends, who will be swirling and twirling in their “best dress” on a day fit for a princess.


25th June – HEXHAM – Totepool Ladies Day

It’s the perfect opportunity to don your finery for a day of elegance and horseracing, with a host of competitions: Best Dressed Lady; Best Dressed Couple; Best Dressed Little Miss; and Best Hat.


30th June – CHESTER – Ladies Evening

It’s all about the glamour on Ladies’ Evening at Chester Racecourse!

JULY

1st July – WINDSOR – Gentlemen’s Day – Vernon Kay DJ Set

Gather your friends for the first day of Windsor’s Best of British Festival weekend – Gentlemen’s Day! Featuring a Best Dressed competition (for gents!) plus tons of boys toys celebrating the Best of British. After racing Vernon Kay will be hitting the decks with a DJ set.


7th July – SANDOWN – Ladies Day (Coral Eclipse next day)

Sandown Park’s Ladies’ Day is held on the day before the Eclipse Meeting, making it the perfect curtain-raiser for both the top class racing and fashion stakes. The popular Style Award once again returns.


8th July – LEICESTERLadies Day

Last year’s Ladies Day saw the biggest crowd Leicester Racecourse has seen for more than 60 years. This year they’re aiming for even bigger and better! Music will be headlined by All Saints, plus performances from Jaki Graham and Karen Harding, and a DJ set from former TOWIE star Mark Wright. Competitions will be held for the Best Dressed Lady and (new for 2017) the Best Dressed Gent.


14th July – CHEPSTOWLadies Evening With Rod Stewart Tribute

Chepstow’s popular Ladies Evening fixture will this year feature the fantastic Rod Stewart tribute act Paul Metcalfe and his band playing live after racing. There will also be cash prize of £1,000 for the Best Dressed Lady. The day will also host a race for female jockeys only, as part of the new Silk Series this summer which will be raising money for Cancer Research UK.


19th July – Great Yarmouth GREAT YARMOUTHLadies Night

This night is one of the racecourse’s highlights of the year and the perfect time to gather your friends and family and dress up for a fun evening of racing, followed by live music. The day will also host a race for female jockeys only, as part of the new Silk Series this summer which will be raising money for Cancer Research UK.


22 July – LINGFIELDHooves & Grooves Nights: Wannabe Spice Girls Tribute for Ladies’ Night

Aim for some serious fun at this Ladies’ Night as Wannabe, the Spice Girls tribute band, get you to ‘Stop Right Now’ and ‘Spice Up Your Life’ after the evening’s Flat racing. Say ‘You’ll Be There’?


29th July – NEWCASTLECollingwood Insurance Beeswing Ladies Day

Ladies Day is the perfect setting to enjoy a day out with your best friends and family. The most glamorous raceday of the Flat season at Newcastle combines an exciting day of fashion, fillies and of course a glass of fizz. The day will also host a race for female jockeys only, as part of the new Silk Series this summer which will be raising money for Cancer Research UK.


31st July – WINDSORLadies Night

Dress up to the nines for a great evening of racing followed by live music from The Take That Experience.

AUGUST

4th August – BANGOR-ON-DEELadies Day

It’s a day of fashion and flair at the Jump racecourse but mind the grassy car park if you’re wearing stilettos and bear in mind there is no grandstand at this racecourse so all viewing is from the hill that looks over the course – perhaps a good case for booking a table in one of the restaurants to use as a base for your day?


5 August – Hamilton Park HAMILTON PARKLadies’ Night

Style takes centre stage for this popular meeting, and dress to impress if you intend to enter the Best Dressed competition!


7th August – CARLISLE#AmazingMonday

Radio star Jo Whiley invites you to a ‘Party In The Paddock’ on #AmazingMonday – Carlisle Racecourse’s Ladies Day – with her special DJ set after racing. This is a day for Girls with Guts, as all the races are for female jockeys only – all day!


9th August – PONTEFRACTLadies Day

Ladies will be flocking to ‘Ponte Carlo’ all vying to win the coveted Best Dressed Lady Competition, which carries a prize of an all-inclusive week-long trip for two to the stunning RIU resort in Sri Lanka – including flights! The Best Dressed winner will go forward to Go Racing In Yorkshire’s Grand Final at Doncaster on Saturday 28th October to compete with the other winners of the Yorkshire racecourses’ contests.

To be in with a chance of winning, get there early: the Best Dressed Lady Competition will be judged before racing starts. The radio crew from Heart will allocate numbers to 100 lucky finalists and they’ll be on the lookout from the minutes that the gates open at midday. The 100 finalists will then gather in the Parade Ring at 1pm with the top three announced shortly after 1.30pm.

Another reason to arrive early: there’ll be a buttonhole and glass of bubbly for the first 500 ladies through the Premier Entrance.


10th August – BRIGHTONFrosts Ladies Day

Part of an action-packed three-day August ‘Festival of Racing’, Frosts Ladies Day at Brighton Racecourse is likely to be another sell-out so book your tickets early! The day will also host a race for female jockeys only, as part of the new Silk Series this summer which will be raising money for Cancer Research UK.


12th August – AYR – QTS Ladies Night

Ayr’s most glamorous night features glitz, glamour, top live entertainment and seven races, making this a truly spectacular evening.

Spotters will be out and about to pick the Best Dressed Ladies who will win a coin and a place in William Hill Ladies Day final on 22nd September. There are also fabulous prizes to be won on QTS Ladies Night, and after live music will take place in the Horseshoe Bar and a DJ will perform in the Ayrshire Suite.


12th August – HAYDOCKBetfred Rose of Lancaster Stakes – Ladies Day

One of Haydock Park’s most prestigious racedays is also one of its most stylish – Ladies Day features Jo Whiley live after racing.


16th August – BEVERLEYFlemingate Ladies’ Day

Flemingate Ladies’ Day on the Westwood will include a new format for the ‘Most Stylish Lady’ competition, giving attendees the chance to strut their stuff on the catwalk. There will also be a luxurious pamper marquee for racegoers to stay looking their best throughout the day. The Best Dressed winner will go forward to Go Racing In Yorkshire’s Grand Final at Doncaster on Saturday 28th October to compete with the other winners of the Yorkshire racecourses’ contests.


18th August – CATTERICK BRIDGELadies’ Evening

Dress to impress for an evening of glamour and racing. The Best Dressed winner will go forward to Go Racing In Yorkshire’s Grand Final at Doncaster on Saturday 28th October to compete with the other winners of the Yorkshire racecourses’ contests.


18th August – WOLVERHAMPTONQatar Airways Ladies Day

This evening of glitz and glamour at the races is proudly sponsored by Qatar Airways and Birmingham Airport. Featuring best dressed competitions, and live performance by A Summer Dreaming – Grease Tribute in the Ringside Suite after racing. Please note, Grandstand and Premier admission ticket holders will not have access to the live music after racing. The day will also host a race for female jockeys only, as part of the new Silk Series this summer which will be raising money for Cancer Research UK.


19th August – NEWBURYBetfred Ladies Day

There’s a fabulous day out in store as the day kicks off with an Arabian Race, features the Betfred Hungerford Stakes during the afternoon, and rounds up with Olly Murs performing on the Party in the Paddock stage after racing!


19th August – BATHLadies Day

Featuring a full card of evening racing, Ladies’ Day is the place to see and be seen. Enter the Best Dressed Competition to win a huge cash prize and a host of goodies! Ladies Day will also host a race for female jockeys only as part of the new Silk Series this summer, raising money for Cancer Research UK.


20th August – SOUTHWELLLadies Day

Dress to impress for a chance to win a plethora of prizes for Best Shoes, Best Hat and Best Dressed. Enjoy a fashion show on the main stage before the racing begins, and live music after racing will keep you entertained into the evening.


22nd August – NEWTON ABBOTLadies Evening

Enjoy a summer Ladies Evening watching horses race over Jumps at Newton Abbot. Compete for the coveted Best Dressed titles – the judges walk the entire course to select the finalists for the Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gent and Best Hat competitions.


24th August – FONTWELL PARKLadies Evening

Style will be on show at Fontwell Park’s Ladies Evening which includes live music from The Take That Experience after the Jump racing.


26th August – CHESTERLadies Day

Show off your style at Chester’s final Ladies Day for the season.


26th August – REDCARLadies’ & Gents’ Evening

Alongside the seven horse races there will be competitions for Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gent, and Best Couple, with some fantastic prizes up for grabs. ‘Spotters’ will be mingling through the crowds so make yourself known to them and if you’ve come dressed to impress you could be onto a winner.

The evening also features a Fun Casino in the Course Enclosure and local band The Persuaders performing in the Food Court.


26th August – WINDSORRoyal Windsor Season Finale

Although not a dedicated Ladies Day, Windsor’s 2017 Season Finale will host a race for female jockeys only, as part of the new Silk Series this summer which will be raising money for Cancer Research UK.


31st August – SEDGEFIELD – Roflow Ladies Evening With Dj Craig Charles Funk And Soul Show

Ladies and Gents are invited to go for gold with both a Best Dressed Ladies Competition – for the chance to win £500 – and the all-new Best Dressed Gents Competition – also with amazing prizes to be won! Racing will be followed by Radio DJ and Coronation Street Superstar Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Club so make sure your outfit is also suitable for some serious grooves.

SEPTEMBER

9th September – THIRSKLadies’ Day

Bring the family to Ladies’ Day at Thirsk, which features Best Dressed Gentleman, Lady and Best Hat Competitions, live music, children’s entertainment and great racing.


14th September – DONCASTERLadies Day (St Leger festival)

The Best Dressed winner will go forward to Go Racing In Yorkshire’s Grand Final at Doncaster on Saturday 28th October to compete with the other winners of the Yorkshire racecourses’ contests. The day will also host the final race in the new Silk Series for female jockeys only. The Tufnell Trophy will be presented at this meeting to the jockey who has won the most points across the nine races of the series, which raises money for Cancer Research UK.


22nd September – AYRLadies Day (Ayr Gold Cup Festival)

Day Two of the three-day William Hill Ayr Gold Cup Festival is Ladies Day where glamour dominates the day. The final of Ayr’s annual Best Dressed Ladies competition takes place during the afternoon and there are some fantastic prizes to be won – dictated by the big race. With finalists chosen throughout the summer season, and the last few selected by judges on the day, up to 25 Best Dressed Ladies will each draw a horse running in the William Hill Ayr Bronze Cup. The lady who draws the winner wins the star prize with second and third also winning big.

After racing there’s live entertainment in both the Horseshoe Bar within the Club Stand and the Ayrshire Suite in the Grandstand.

 

 

Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc. She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine. If you are reading this she would like to say THANK YOU! (And please spread the word about Eclipse...!!)

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