What You Need to Know for a Day at the Races

The bookies are finalising their odds, the champagne’s on ice, and the horses are chomping at the bit to run like the wind. The British horseracing season is well under way.

From the Qatar Goodwood Festival to Ebor Meeting, Newmarket July Festival and Sprint Cup. Supposedly everyone who’s anyone will be there. Horseracing’s Britain’s second biggest spectator sport, with over six million cheering from the side-lines last year.

Given the thundering hooves and your chance to win big on a flutter, it’s easy to get swept away with the glamour of the spectacle.

Dress to Impress


When eyes aren’t on the course, they’ll be admiring everyone’s outfit. Try not to overthink it. Your specific dress code depends on the horserace and the enclosure you have a ticket for. Some are more relaxed than others. But as a general rule jeans, miniskirts or anything sheer isn’t welcome. This is a special occasion after all.

King Edward VII described Glorious Goodwood as a “garden party with a race tacked on”, so that’s what you’re aiming for. Think informal elegance. A friend’s summer wedding – but where you can wear a white lace dress without upstaging the bride. Floral frocks with nude heels are a horserace staple. But whatever your style, long and short-sleeved dresses or skirts should fall as close to your knees as possible.

Low-ish or wedge type heels and sandals trump sky high stilettos when you’re standing around all afternoon.


You gents need to smarten up in a suit and tie, complete with a waistcoat in the high-end enclosures. Leave your cravats, collarless shirts, trainers and jeans at home for another day. Try something other than your 9-5 office get up.

Play it safe with a classic linen suit. Swap your plain fabrics for patterned. Or mix and match your jacket and trousers, into complementary combinations. Preppy looks are the bread and butter of the horseracing world. We’re talking dark blue or navy trousers worn with a grey jacket and a light blue shirt, or light beige trousers with a navy jacket and classic white shirt. Don’t forget that tie.

With Dubai holidays, among other prizes, up for grabs for the ‘best dressed’ winners at some races, it pays to make the extra effort! Dressing up is part of the excitement. Match your shoes with your belt, show a little shirt cuff, and get your suit inexpensively tailored. If your jacket has two buttons, fasten the top. Or the middle of three buttons.

Top it off with a Hat


You can go to town here, and really have fun with some outlandish headgear! Very, John Lewis and Next have a great selection! Bright coloured accessories will lift an otherwise neutral outfit.

Horserace venues are a sticklers for detail. When you’re in the Grandstand, they often ask that you wear your hat at all times. While private boxes give you the luxury of taking it off when you fancy. Traditionally, men’s Panama or top hats sit low over the brow on a slight tilt. While ladies’ wide brimmed hats or fascinators should go down to the right, up to the left.

Place Your Bets


Don’t waste your ‘Beginner’s Luck’ backing a slow horse! A ‘Swinger Bet’ is a good choice for a newbie. Have a little flutter on the two horses that you reckon will place in the first three. Or try a ‘Place Pot’, which allows you to pick a horse to place in the first six races – it’ll keep you on the edge of your seat all day.

Mother’s Day Out

We all have a lot to thank our mothers for and sometimes a simple box of chocolates or a bouquet of flowers just isn’t enough, no matter how big and beautiful they are.

Instead of breakfast in bed or a home-delivered bouquet, why not treat your mum to a grand day out this Mother’s Day? After all, your time is the greatest gift you can give and when was the last time you spent it on your dear old mother? There is a selection of websites out there where you can buy once in a lifetime experiences to really show your mum just how much she means to you, or perhaps a decadent afternoon tea or spa deal to share with your mother so you can both relax, catch up and be treated like royalty.


If you are looking for an affordable gift to spoil your mum with this Mother’s Day, then Groupon is a fantastic place to start. With deals on a range of day trips, beauty and spa days as well as gifts, Groupon is your one stop shop for a unique and personal gift for your mother. For example, the website offers deals on spa days in many of the major cities such as Liverpool, Manchester and London, many of which include treatments and a glass of fizz for you both to really spoil yourselves.

Another option is to treat you mum to a vineyard tour with wine tasting in Holmfirth, which includes either brunch, afternoon tea or a two-course dinner. What could be more sophisticated and relaxing for you dear mother? If your mum is more of an adventure gal who still has a flash of youthful excitement, why not opt for a supercar driving experience where she can get behind the wheel of some of the fastest and most elegant cars on the planet. Groupon has gifts to suit any mum this Mother’s Day that will show her just how much she means to you.

Mother’s Day Out

See Tickets

If you know that your mum loves to see a live performance then why not treat her to tickets to her favourite artist, a comedy gig or a theatre performance. You may want to get two tickets for you both to go or perhaps get tickets for the whole family so you can all spend time together, which is often what mothers want more than anything.

Visit See Tickets to book tickets to a range of performances from musicals, such as Wicked or Phantom of the Opera, or dramas like Woman in Black. With tickets to see all your mother’s favourite comedians and singers, See Tickets has something for every taste. You can also get tickets for some of the nation’s biggest events such as London Fashion Week and the Ideal Home Show to treat your mum to a full day out with the ones she loves the most.


GoGroopie is another website full of exciting gift ideas for your mother this Mother’s Day to suit any budget. With a range of exclusive deals and many gift ideas, this website is a real treasure trove. A quick tour of the website can have you finding bargain prices for city breaks in places such as Amsterdam or Milan; perfect for the jet-setting mothers out there.

If you are working on a slightly smaller budget then why not treat your mum to a beauty treatment such as a haircut and style or a manicure. Believe us- your mum will be very appreciative of the time to pamper themselves. GoGroopie also has a selection of exciting experiences, such as flying or scuba diving lessons, if you really want to go all out on your mum this Mother’s Day.