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Over the past 300 years Royal Ascot has established itself as a national institution and the centrepiece of the British social calendar as well as being the ultimate stage for the best racehorses in the world.
It was Queen Anne who first saw the potential for a racecourse at Ascot, which in those days was called East Cote. Whilst out riding in 1711, she came upon an area of open heath, not far from Windsor Castle, that looked an ideal place for "horses to gallop at full stretch". Today the tradition does not change - the Queen Anne Stakes continues to be run in memory of the monarch who founded the course three centuries ago.
The Gold Cup remains the feature race of the third day of Royal Ascot and is traditionally the busiest day of the week. It is colloquially known as "Ladies' Day" as, in the formative years, it was the dominant day in terms of the racing, attracting the largest crowds and, it must be assumed from the emergence of the term "Ladies' Day," more ladies!
Royal Ascot is a national institution and the centrepiece of the British social calendar. Each year, for the third week in June, tradition, pageantry, fashion and style combine at one of the most beautiful settings in the country. Ascot Racecourse is visited by over 500,000 racegoers a year, accounting for 10% of all UK racegoers.
The quality of the racing at Royal Ascot is simply outstanding, with £4.5 million in prize money on offer and a total of eighteen "Group2 races (racing's term for the most prestigious races) over the five days.
The Queen generally leads a procession from Windsor Castle to the course and one of the most enduring images of the meeting is the colourful and extravagant array of hats worn by the ladies - ranging from the sublime to the ridiculous.
While the racing is at times overshadowed by the grandeur of the occasion, it remains of the highest quality. The best of the races is the Gold Cup, run on Ladies Day (Thursday). Keep an eye on the names of the owners on the race card as the Queen usually runs some of her best horses at this meeting.
Each day follows the same format with The Royal Procession making its way from the Golden Gates, along the racecourse and into the Parade Ring from 2.00pm each afternoon. The first race of six each day is at 2.30pm and the last race is at 5.35pm, after which racegoers are invited to celebrate their winnings as they sing traditional favourites, and a few new ones, around the bandstand.
Dress Code for Royal Ascot - Smart Elegance
So for starters, wave goodbye to fascinators and say hello to a headpiece that is 10cm or more in diameter, meaning a hat that covers the crown. Out goes the strap less, halter neck, and off the shoulder dresses. Two straps of one inch or more must be worn, which even includes pashminas or jackets. Dresses must be knee length or longer, and of course, midriffs must be covered. For those who wish to wear trouser suits, they must be full length and of matching material and colour.
For the Gentlemen attending ascot, there are rules for them too. They must wear a waistcoat and tie, not a cravat, a black or grey top hat and black shoes. The customisation of top hats (with, for instance, coloured ribbons or bands) is not allowed.
For an unforgettable day out, a hot air balloon flight is something everyone should experience. A unique combination of exhilaration and serenity, as you go up, up and away to drift gently across the UK's stunning landscapes at anything up to 5,000 feet. Floating on air, you'll take in magnificent views that will stay with you forever.
Taking a hot air balloon flight over the countryside will leave you in awe. A sunrise and sunset balloon flight is one of the most breathtaking of all, where you will see the light change and the whole landscape take on a completely different aura.
Share this experience with a loved one for a truly romantic time, celebrating an anniversary or birthday with a bubbly celebration and make it an experience you will never forget.
Treat family or friends or treat yourself to an indulgent in a hot air balloon flight over city and countryside spotting sights of nature that are normally hidden from view. Flights are available in London, Bristol, and also in the Counties of Kent and Sussex.
Wedding, birthday or anniversary are important celebrations. On these days you want to be in especially warm atmosphere. Digamma travel experts know just how important your important celebration day is and we are here to make sure that everything goes to plan.
Our experts not only have the knowledge in arranging weddings in Britain, they also have a genuine passion for making each wedding perfect. We will do everything from finding the perfect place, arranging all of the travel including any guest requirements, to organizing those little extras that will make such a big difference.
Wedding ceremony in England is not just a significant event in your life, it is a romantic adventure. Honeymoon in Scotland with its clean lakes and endless green valleys is full of mystery and romance.
If you already have your wedding planned and are looking for help with your honeymoon one of our travel experts will organize everything from start to finish. Our team has many years of experience in planning honeymoons and will be delighted to advise the best destinations to suit all budgets. We've got the widest choice, from total relaxation on a tropical beach to destinations with lots to see and do. We really have got something for everyone.
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The Chelsea Flower Show is often described as the world's biggest and best flower show. Put on by the UK's Royal Horticultural Society in 1922, the show has been held in the grounds of the Chelsea Hospital in London for nearly a century, attracting garden lovers from across the globe.
Chelsea Flower Show is the most prestigious event in garden design and horticulture in the world where you will find the latest flower selection, original decorations for the garden and, of course, the most incredible fantasies of garden designers.
Also known as the "Great Spring Show", the Chelsea Flower show is the world's largest and most fantastic celebration of gardening, with over 150,000 visitors each year from around the globe. The show features some of the most beautiful garden displays from across the globe, and is visited by over 150,000 people over the course of five days. Prestigious awards are given out to a range of gardening specialities.
Highlights of the Show include the avant-garde gardens designed by leading names, with the Floral Marquee as the centrepiece. The Show also features smaller gardens such as the Artisan and Urban Gardens. Despite its name, the Flower show is of course home to much more than just flowers. Speciality exhibits include floral displays, tree exhibits, vegetable and herb gardens, as well as floral photography, arrangements and floristry. In 2011 the Show also introduced a new artisan garden category, featuring beautiful artistic and natural gardens.
The show opens a series of summer secular entertainment in the UK - the so-called "London season". The flower exhibition is also visited by the Queen and her family. Other representatives of high society, celebrities and many show-business stars are among traditional guests at the show.
The unprecedented beauty of the flowers open the summer season at the Royal Gardens in May. Participation in the exhibition is considered the highest recognition of gardeners talent. The famous annual flower festival attracts thousands of visitors from all over the world.
The festival will include hundreds of exhibitions and flower shows and horticultural achievements of landscape designers. Its main target audience includes gardeners, gardening equipment wholesalers, florist retailers and event organizers. The main features of the show are: garden and landscape design, gardening technologies and innovation, trade stands and flower selection.
Digamma offers individual programs for flora fans who want to take pleasure of this beautiful event, and for professionals, looking for new impressions and contacts. For further details, please call us or fill in our contact form.
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