On Saturday 15th June, more than 6,000 racegoers will be heading to Bath Racecourse for its season highlight, Ladies’ Day, with a prize worth £1,500 on offer in the annual Style Competition.
Drawn by the racing, fashion, music, food and the popular Style Competition, this year the most stylish racegoer on the day will win a prize worth more than £1,500.
Stylish outfits and beautiful headwear will be in abundance as thousands of racegoers put their best shoes forward to impress the judges of the annual Style Competition, sponsored by SP Green jewellers of Bath.
This year the judges will be looking for those ladies who have the perfect ‘winning chic’ look, which is the theme for the event.
The event’s style guide encourages racegoers to stand out and have fun with their outfits. Up for grabs is a huge £500 cash prize, plus a pair of diamond earrings from sponsor SP Green Jewellers of Bath and a six-month membership to F45 Training Bath – worth more than £1,500 in total.
While there will be style aplenty off the track, racegoers will also be treated to seven exciting races on it, including an inspiring all-female jockey race, staged as part of The Silks Series.
Launched in 2017, The Silk Series looks to celebrate and promote the achievements of both professional and amateur female jockeys riding in Britain and is run across Ladies’ Days at fellow Arena Racing Company (ARC) racecourses and selected independent racecourses.
Jo Hall, Executive Director of Bath Racecourse, said: “Ladies’ Day is my favourite fixture of the year. I just love seeing the variety of beautiful outfits and individual style on show; I always feel proud of the effort our customers go to to ensure they look fantastic.
“This year, I’d love to see eye-catching outfits, which still feel timeless, and always love a statement headpiece!
“I’ll also be making sure I’m cheering on competitors in the all-female jockey race. I’ve worked in horseracing for more than 10 years and I’ve seen a notable increase in the number of female jockeys now competing alongside their male counterparts.
“The Silks Series is an inspiring initiative to celebrate the achievements of female jockeys whilst supporting an excellent charity.”
As part of hosting The Silk Series, Bath Racecourse and ARC are once again partnering with Cancer Research UK to raise money for the charity’s pioneering work into the prevention, diagnosis and treatment of cancer.
From the sale of each ticket sold for Bath Racecourse’s Ladies’ Day, £1 will be donated to the charity.
Cancer Research UK will have a presence on the day with racegoers having the opportunity to engage with and support the charity.
In the last two years, more than £100,000 has been raised for CRUK across The Silks Series.
Julie Byard, Director of Trading at Cancer Research UK, said: “Anyone who’s enjoyed a trip to the races knows how important it is to feel and look great, whatever your style, especially on Ladies’ Day.
“But if you’re on a budget or you’ve never been before, shopping the right outfit needn’t be intimidating.
“Much like independent boutiques, charity shops are great places to find unique looks and special pieces. At Cancer Research UK we trade to seasons, so many of our shops will have been keeping an eye out for occasion wear ahead of the race, wedding and summer party season.
“This means if you let the team know what you’re looking for, they might pop into the backroom and bring out the perfect outfit. Not only will you get your look for less but there’s the added benefit of funding a good cause at the same time!”
Advance tickets for the event start from £13 in the Centre Course picnic enclosure and £27 for general entry tickets into the Grandstand Enclosure. but there are a limited number of places remaining in the Vintage Afternoon Tea Hospitality package, which includes full ‘Bath Racecourse’ afternoon tea served in a vintage marquee.
Registration to enter the Ladies Day competition is free for all racegoers who simply attend a special area on the day to have their picture taken or enter in advance via Bath Racecourse’s Facebook and Instagram page.
The shortlist of 10 best outfits will then be invited to Parade Ring for the final judging panel to select the winning outfit.
For more information about Ladies Day and to book tickets, visit: www.bath-racecourse.co.uk.