Wednesday, 30 November 2016

Ascot Racecourse


Thanks for dropping by.

Ascot Racecourse was a great venue for a Christmas Fayre, especially as it enables non-race goers the chance for a look behind the fa├žade on the High Street, not inside the main building but round the back!

The front of the racecourse, rebuilt in 2007, looks very grand.

Some of the older buildings
To the right of the pavilion building on the High Street is the entrance to a tunnel which takes you under the course to  Ascot Heath, the circular area within the white fences of the racecourse.

This is the back on the grandstand, you might be able to make out the Royal Box where members of the Royal Family watch the races, The Queen is especially keen to see her horses race.

Looking towards the finishing line. 
There were, of course, no horses or ticket holders about but I could just imagine the excitement on race days with horses thundering along the turf, glamorous glitterati cheering on their favourites, bookmakers calling out the odds and picnickers drinking bottles of bubbly and clunking their glasses together.

Today, only dog walkers were pootling about enjoying the cool air as the sun struggled out from beneath the cloud.  We decided to walk the course and I regretted not bringing a plastic horse with me to recreate the buzz of raceday in an amusing perspective-altering photo.

Walking round we passed a couple of lakes/reservoirs in amongst the Autumn-leaved trees. Luckily there were no adders about as signs were up warning that a woman had been bitten by one in the Summer who could well have died. Three-quarters of the way round, near fence 6, a great chunk of the course was cut out to allow access to the road. Poor horses, what a dilemma.  Did they have to jump over the gap?

On the road were two wide tracks scoured in the concrete.

Turning to follow them in the opposite direction, we were surprised to see a great chunk of grass on wheels which must be pulled in position to fill the gap! Fancy that.

Back up by the grandstand with another glimpse of the Royal Box, we found the tunnel and followed it back to the High Street, our bag of cakes from the Fayre calling to us.

The Heath is open daily for the public to use.



  1. I had no idea you could just pop in for a visit! Interesting to see it without other people there or racing going on.

    1. A friend told me about the tunnel but it's still an eye opener that you can just waltz in with your dog. x

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    1. It was although I'm sure it's much more colourful on race days.

  3. How wonderful that you could walk the course and see where it all happens:)

    1. It would be fun to see the horses charging round, I wonder if you can go in when the races are on? I'll have to try it one day. x