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Royal Ascot-learn about horse racing & Luxury Nino Franco Prosecco

There are two tickets left, please email me. [masked]

Hello Tastourians!!

Royal Ascot has become a Tastour tradition. This is our 5th year!!! Several members join us every year, making it clear that this is a fantastic event and well worth the money.

Last year's addition of an exclusive lunch and Prosecco reception inside the inner racetrack was a huge hit.

And this year, it's going to be even better!

Picture of some of the group waiting for the Queen in the Parade Ring (the area where the give the trophies)


If you'd like to come, buy your tickets online. Early booking discount: ticket price will increase every month. Book early for the best price.

Tickets are limited to 15 Tastourians.

Depending on when the first minibus fills up, we may, like last year, take a second minibus.

Photos of 2012

Photos of 2011

Photos of 2010

2009 photos


What is Royal Ascot?

And why do 300,000 attend this festival each year?


* The most popular and prestigious horse racing event of the year
* A piece of British Heritage. This is the ultimate British experience
* A chance to see the Queen and rub shoulders with her friends
* A great day out and a good excuse to get dressed up
* An experience you will never forget
* The people and hat watching
* THE social gathering of the year!

Why come with the group

* You'll learn how to bet on the horseys & the history of hats
* We'll drink and learn about Nino Franco, the Pearl of Prosecco

* You'll receive inside tips on how to get the most of the day
* Our carefully arranged meeting points means you can explore and rejoin the group as you wish
* Your host will queue for an hour to reserve your spot so you won't miss afternoon tea
* Meet others with good taste and enjoy good company

About your ticket

The Grandstand Admission ticket at Royal Ascot provides similar access facilities around the racecourse as it does for those with Royal Enclosure tickets. (Silver Ring tickets are greatly restricted.)

The Grandstand Admission ticket provides excellent facilities and viewing areas at ground level and lawn level. Grandstand Admission customers can watch the Royal Procession and the racing action from the lawns in front of the Grandstand. The Pre-Parade Ring, Parade Ring and track are both within a short walking distance, by crossing the Concourse in the main Grandstand.

Other highlights of a Grandstand Admission ticket include:

* Over 1,000 free seats are available from which to view the racing.
* Big Screen TVs on the Plaza Lawn.
* Military Bands performing in the Parade Ring before the Royal Procession each day.
* Traditional sing-along around the Bandstand after racing on each day. Free song books provided.
* Food outlets selling a variety of value for money cuisine options.

*And the best part is, you get to mix with the Royal Enclosure. To obtain a ticket to the Royal Encloser you must be recommended by two people who have attended for more than four years.

Grandstand Admission Dress Code

Ladies with a Grandstand Admission ticket are required to dress in a manner appropriate to a smart occasion. (Garden Party or Wedding Wear) Many wear hats although this is not compulsory.

Gentlemen in the Grandstand Admission area must wear a shirt and tie, preferably with a suit or jacket. Sports attire, jeans and shorts are strictly forbidden.



Just a warning, if you don't wear a hat, you will wish you did! It is fun and all you really need is a simple feather from Accessorise.

We will be hosting a Pre-Ascot Hat hire party which will teach you the history of the British hat making industry and show you where to buy a £300 looking hat for £30!

Food on the day

Sandwiches, Salads and all the fixings will be available for purchase (next to the Champagne bar!) or you could pack your own.  We will have a light lunch and several glasses of Nino Franco before going into the betting area.

About Nino Franco Prosecco

Nino Franco Prosecco is one of the oldest wineries in the prestigious Valdobbiadene. It is highly regarded amongst wine experts with Robert Parker scoring the '08 Brut 93 points and other labels receiving 91, and 90points. And if you know Parker, he only scores this high for those wines that are truly exceptional. I can't think of a better way to start the day!


THE WINE ADVOCATE - Robert Parker-February 2011, ISSUE 193
• Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Rustico: 90 POINTS
• Grave di Stecca Brut 2008: 89 POINTS
THE WINE ADVOCATE - Robert Parker 2010 (Neil Martin)
• Grave di Stecca Brut 2008: 93 POINTS
• Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Vigneto della Riva di San Floriano 2009: 91 POINTS
• Valdobbiadene Prosecco Superiore DOCG Rustico: 90 POINTS


This is an experience to share. Please invite your friends, the more the merrier!

How to book


Attending on your own?  Don’t be nervous.  Most attendees will be on their own and our events are designed to make you feel like your one of the regulars as soon as you arrive.

ASCOT is proving to be credit crunch proof! They actually went up on their ticket price this year! Two years ago, they sold out Saturday with 89,000 people and tickets were selling on ebay for over £150.

What's included:

* Grandstand Admission (worth £80, see below)

* Tutorial on How To: Bet on the Horsey (worth £10)

* A guided Nino Franco Prosecco Tasting (worth £30 - bottles are £20-40 each retail)

* Canapés / light lunch to start your day inside the race track (worth £20)

* Return transport (worth £40)

* Organised meeting points (priceless)

* Booking & PayPal fee (worth £10)


Over the years, the cost of the ticket, food/wine and minibus hire has increased by nearly 35%.  This year, I thought I would try a sliding price scale based on when you buy your ticket. The price of the ticket will increase each month.

If booked by:

1st Jun - £160

15th Jun - £165
After the 15th June £170
Members discount: Please log in for your discount. 

Membership Information: Membership is on special offer for £70 per year, you can join as a Bon Vivant and attend all monthly social drinks for free, receive exclusive invites and save up to 70% off each event.  Apply to upgrade here

For all Tastour award-winning events, pre-booking early on is advised due to high demand.


** We will take a luxury minibus to Ascot, enjoy a glass of Champagne on the coach and several goodluck glass in tthe inner racetrack.   We will provide return tickets via train to Waterloo. This is best way to experience the picnic area and return party on the train. Allowing you to leave when you are ready. It really is the best of both worlds!

On the day

Meet fellow Tastourians at our coach pick-up location near Embankment on the south side, near the river.

Events Pre/Post Ascot

TBC Pre-Ascot Hat Party

Have you ever thought about the history of hats? We've put together a opportunity to learn about and try on hats which cost over £300, whilst having tea on the veranda!


If we are able to resell your ticket, we will offer a refund, with a £20 admin fee, if requested via email before the 13th May. However after the 13th May, we welcome your friend to take your place on this unforgettable experience.

Feedback from last year's Ascot Tastour
"It was the most British day I've had since moving here a year ago. I saw the queen and won a little cash and got totally swept up in the people watching. ” Lisa

"A mammoth feat of organisation by Kelly made for a great day out - thanks!" Amber

Note from the organiser

I realise that this is a large amount of money to commit, especially if you are new to the group.

As the upfront cost of this event are so high, I nearly didn't host this event in 2013, however, I've received several emails from past attendees and some from those who were unable to make it in previous years encouraging me to host this event. It is worth every penny and should be on every experience seekers 'list to do before the die'. There's horse racing... and there's Royal Ascot.  This event is truly special.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to phone me. Kelly[masked] or email [masked]




Ascot is only a few months away.  I hope you're as excited as I am!

I had an email this morning with a few questions and I thought you may be wondering the same.

(just in case, you don't scroll down, the price of Ascot will be increasing by £5 on the 1st of April, and every month thereafter)

Do I have to bet, or gamble to go to Ascot?

No... Personally I go for the hats.

But we have had a few big winners


It says no food on the website, where are you having your picnic?

Our picnic is held inside the race track car park (which is more expensive than the normal car park, and means we take two smaller coaches as larger coaches are not allowed) The atmosphere is wonderful and it's great to see the track from the inside, as when you're on the inside you wonder what's it like to be in the centre (or at least I did!). It's a unique experience.  This is also where we do the wine tasting.  The Ascot website is referring to the area where they sell their own food and drink (once you go past the ticket barriers and are effectively on the outside of the race track.)  Whereas our picnic is literally on the inside of the track.  I hope this makes sense!

What's included in the light lunch?

Last year we did sandwiches, canapés such as smoked salmon and beef with horseradish and various other things. Including VEGGIE options. If I'm allowed to say, a picnic lunch from the track cost £40 per person and this blew it away.  Each year we do something different, and I will not know what will be on the menu until a week before. However, I do know that I aim to please and you will not be disappointed. Although I should say that although there are tables table cloths & flowers it's clearly a picnic not a pop-up restaurant.

How much wine will be served?

This year we are tasting Nino Franco Prosecco.  It's an incredibly high-end Processo, with some bottles costing £35, which   There will be several small glasses of their amazing Rustico, which retails for £18 per bottle.  We're fairly generous as we want to kickstart the day :) In previous years people have complained there was too much, or at least more than they were expecting.


Once inside, will I be able to find the group?

Yes, I've carefully plotted out meeting points (which improve each year) and it's easy to find us through out the day.  This means you can wonder off and rejoin us.



What's the most traditional part of Ascot?

Either seeing the Queen


Or the singing at the Bandstand - at the end.


What's the after party like?

It's crazy.  It's fun.  Did I mention it's crazy?  It's about 1,000 people all having a blast - high on the air of Ascot.  Not to be missed.



How do I sign up?

Here's the link to buy your tickets:

To change your RSVP on meetup, click here


Is this a members only event? If so, how do we join?

Royal Ascot is not a members only event, however you do receive a discount, if you are a member. 

For non-members, the cost is £145 until 1st April, then it will increase to £150. On the 1st of May the price will increase to £155. And +5 each month after. The members price is £140. 

As a member you are able to attend all miniTASTINGs for free, and usually receive £10-30 discount on events.  Plus we give out free tickets to food festivals and arrange exclusive events for members only. Membership is currently on special offer for £70. For more information and to join visit

The Nino Franco tasting is going to be truly amazing and I'm looking forward to that just as much as the hat watching and horse racing!

Please let me know if you have any other questions!



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  • jade

    So excited ... On my way to the royal ascot now.

    June 22, 2013

  • Ann F.

    had holidays booked , next time, thank you for arranging.

    June 21, 2013

  • Kelly

    1 ticket left for Royal Ascot

    June 15, 2013

    • Oxana

      hi Kelly, I am looking for a ticket

      June 20, 2013

  • Oxana

    Hello if the tickets are still available ?

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Kelly please confirm my place, transferred amount as instructed
    thanks again

    1 · June 17, 2013

  • Penny

    So far, the weather forecast for Saturday is done rain and highest temp is 16 Celsius, plus factor in the the wind chill from the race track


    June 17, 2013

    • Kelly

      Thanks Penny! They can't predict that far out, but am glad I bought the jacket for my dress. I really hope I'm not in my mac! Let's all pray for sunshine for our picnic!

      June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Given this is the Saturday, what is the dress code for men?

    June 8, 2013

    • Kelly

      It's jacket and tie, but if you feel like going fancy wear tails, you won't be out of place

      June 10, 2013

  • Leticia

    Hey! Is there an option without the minibus ride?

    I know I would be missing all the fun, but it is easier for me to get to Ascot vs going into London and then back to Surrey! :)

    June 8, 2013

    • Kelly

      Sorry, makes it too difficult for me to keep the group together when trying to meet up with other people.

      1 · June 10, 2013

  • jade

    Bought my dress and hat. Cannot wait.

    June 3, 2013

  • Penny

    I got m outfit in the January sales <pokes tongue out>. I have a vintage hat that needs some sort of fastener or elastic added.

    Can anyone recommend a milliner who does alteration?

    May 12, 2013

  • Kelly

    Hello! I bought my dress today! Anyone fancy going hat shopping? And if you already have your hat, fancy just a glass of bubbles and giggle with the girls? Kelly

    April 25, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Really looking forward to dressing up, meeting new people at a fabulous event. Thanks for organising.

    1 · April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    In Russia

    March 29, 2013

  • Karen B

    Sounds absolutely fabulous! I'm gutted I have a family reunion that day! Must check the date for next year. Also as a new member check the rest of your upcoming events if this is anything to go by...

    1 · March 27, 2013

  • jade

    I am looking forward to it.
    Wearing hat. Nice!

    March 17, 2013

  • Niels B.

    Looking forward to a beautiful Ascot weekend with Melanie and Bas.

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Kelly

    Hello, Just a quick note to say that Ascot will be going up in price on Monday. I'm starting to get excited - and already thinking about my hat!!! Cheers,


    March 1, 2013

  • Kelly

    Just a quick note to say that we have a FABULOUS new Prosecco for the tasting at Ascot.

    Nino Franco Prosecco is one of the oldest wineries in the prestigious Valdobbiadene region. It is highly regarded amongst wine experts with Robert Parker scoring the Primo 91 points and other labels receiving 87, and 89 points. And if you know Parker, he only scores this high for those wines that are truly exceptional. I can't think of a better way to start the day!

    Thanks to those that I already booked, there are 12 spots left. On the 1st of March, the price will be going up (and then again each month until the date) so if you haven't already booked, you can buy your ticket here:

    February 17, 2013

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