We take a look at the facts and figures behind one of the most popular events in the sporting and social calendar.

VISITORS

  • Attendance at Royal Ascot in 2014 was 285,831 (279,452 in 2013)
  • 300,00 people were expected at Royal Ascot in 2015

HORSES

  • There are 175 stable boxes at Ascot Racecourse to accommodate an average of 100 runners per day.  Runners for the next day’s racing (approximately 60) are also accommodated
  • 700 bales of shavings and 500 bales of paper are used for stable bedding over the week
  • This year California Chrome, dubbed “America’s Horse” has been entered in the Prince of Wales’s Stakes
  • Hailing from Hong Kong, Able Friend has travelled internationally for the first time to run in the Queen Anne Stakes
  • Closer to home, Solow and Karakontie, French champion milers, the first a recent Group One winner in Dubai, the latter the winner of the Breeders’ Cup Mile in the U.S. are entered into the Queen Anne Stakes too

Royal Ascot 2014 Day Five

FOOD & DRINK

  • This year the chefs responsible for the Royal Ascot’s fine dining experience include Michael Caines, Phil Howard, Raymond Blanc, Angela Hartnett and Henrietta Lovell. Between them they hold 7 Michelin stars
  • 330 chefs will work across 12 restaurants and the 222 private boxes at Royal Ascot 2015, providing 35,000 covers
  • At Royal Ascot 2014 racegoers enjoyed 51,000 bottles of champagne; 160,000 glasses of Pimms; 131,000 pints of beer; 5,000 kilos of salmon; 7,000 Cornish and Folkestone crabs; 2,900 lobsters; 2,400 kilos of beef sirloin; 3,700 rumps of English lamb; 10,000 Angus steaks; 89,000 bottles of mineral water and 42,000 bottles of wine
  • 45,000 guests taking afternoon tea last year consumed 1,000 kilos of clotted cream along with 50,000 macaroons, 30,000 chocolate éclairs and 7,000 punnets of berries
  • Across 88 bars and restaurants, a record 160,000 rounds of drinks were served in 2014.
  • The Cheese on Toast outlet on the Grandstand lawns sold the equivalent in height of the London Eye (135metres)

TRANSPORT

  • Approximately 400 helicopters and 1,000 limos descend on Royal Ascot every year
  • There are nearly 14,000 spaces for cars to park each day

Tickets for Royal Ascot start from £27. Fine Dining starts from £250 per person + VAT. For further information and to book visit ascot.co.uk or call 0844 346 3000.