Female guests arrive for Ladies Day at York Races

It’s Ladies Day at the Ascot of the North! Glamorous racegoers compete in the style stakes as they descend on a drizzly York for the Ebor festival

  • The high-profile race meeting, which is formally known as Yorkshire Ebor Festival, takes place this week
  • Thursday offers female guests a chance to showcase their outfits ahead of the Darley Yorkshire Oaks
  • The racecourse has installed new locks on disabled toilets in one enclosure in a bid to combat drug use
  • There is no formal dress code but men in the County Stand but wear an obligatory jacket, shirt and tie
  • Guests are reminded to dress ‘within the bounds of decency’ and take inspiration from ‘wedding attire’ 
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Ladies put on a glamorous display as they kicked off day two of the York Races on Thursday.

A host of guests donned their finery as they poured through the gates of York Racecourse for Ladies Day, one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar and a chance for racing fans to show off their best outfits.

The high-profile race meeting, which is formally known as Yorkshire Ebor Festival and runs over four days ending on Saturday, attracts racing enthusiasts from all over the country. 

Ladies Day offers female guests a chance to showcase their most flamboyant outfits as they compete in the style stakes, with eye-popping colours, plunging necklines and eye-catching headgear on display.

There is no formal dress code at the Ebor Festival – with the exception of an obligatory jacket, shirt and tie for men in the County Stand – but guests are reminded to dress ‘within the bounds of decency’ and take inspiration from ‘wedding attire’. 




Here come the girls! Women turned York Racecourse into a sea of colour on Thursday in eye-popping crimson hues (left and right). There is no formal dress code at the Ebor Festival, but guests are encouraged to dress ‘within the bounds of decency’


And they’re off! Glamorous racegoers descend on York on Thursday for the second day of the Ebor Festival, Yorkshire. The event is one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar and a chance for racing fans to show off their best outfits




Women don daring hemlines (left) and statement headgear (right) as Ladies Day gets underway at York on Thursday. A host of guests donned their finery this morning as they poured through the gates of York Racecourse for day two of the event


Feeling blue: One racegoer turns heads in an aquamarine sequinned number teamed with a towering netted fascinator. The high-profile race meeting, which is formally known as Yorkshire Ebor Festival and runs over four days

Women are, however, encouraged to sport ‘dresses, high heeled shoes together with hats or fascinators’ on the event’s official website – although organisers note that ‘it’s most important that you feel comfortable and enjoy your day’. 

Thursday will see guests gather for the much-anticipated Darley Yorkshire Oaks with some £350,000 in cash up for grabs as last year’s winners – English (Forever Together), Irish (Sea of Class) and French (Laurens) – go head to head. 

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SportsMail revealed this week how the racecourse has installed new locks on disabled toilets in its most expensive enclosure in a bid to combat recreational drug use. 

Drug ‘honesty boxes’ have also now been introduced on the racecourse throughout the festival dubbed ‘the Ascot of the north’ and sniffer dogs will once again be present at the gates.

Security stewards will also wear new ‘personalised’ high-visibility tabards saying ‘We are here to keep you safe’ in the hopes that it will deter guests from becoming embroiled in drunken brawls. 


Women pour through the gates of Yorkshire Racecourse on Thursday as Ladies Day gets underway. It is widely regarded as the most prestigious meeting at York in the calendar, and this year sees a record £5million in prize money up for grabs


Yorkshire Racecourse is transformed into a sea of colour as Ebor Festival Ladies Day kicks off on Thursday. Tickets start at just £12 for a spot in the Clocktower Enclosure, going up to £62 for the County Stand which operates the strictest dress code


Female guests don their finery on Ladies Day at the Ebor Festival in Yorkshire. Each day throughout the four-day festival, racegoers will have the opportunity to watch and participate in the Ebor Fashion Lawn, a catwalk culminating in the announcement of the ‘best dressed racegoer’ picked by a panel of judges


Lady in red! One racegoer at Ebor Festival turns heads in a crimson halterneck with an elaborate headpiece to match. Guests are encouraged to dress to impress, particularly for Ladies Day on Thursday – with a £500 prize for the best dressed




No shrinking violets here! Ladies showed off some seriously impressive headgear at the Yorkshire Ebor Festival on Thursday, from a fairytale-inspired flock of butterflies (left) to a netted number teamed with a masquerade-style mask (right)


Ladies are encouraged to dress to impress at Yorkshire Ebor Festival, and one guest took that quite literally with a purple netted number (pictured). The annual race meeting ends on Saturday, attracts racing enthusiasts from all over the country


One woman showcased an impressive titfer featuring bright coloured tiers centred around a yellow rose at Yorkshire Ebor Festival on Thursday. Ladies Day offers female guests a chance to showcase their most flamboyant outfits


Sky’s the limit! Women are encouraged to dress to impress at the Yorkshire Ebor Festival, and they certainly weren’t afraid to make a splash with one woman (pictured) teaming a vibrant bird-print dress with a towering feathered headpiece


Women form a glamorous line-up as they pose in front of a sign welcoming guests to Ebor Festival in York on Thursday. There was a vast array of eye-popping colours, plunging necklines and eye-catching headgear on display




Women dress to impress as they arrive at the Yorkshire Ebor Races on Thursday. The annual race meeting which kicked off on Wednesday, is sponsored by Sky Bet and features three Group One fixtures with £5million prize money up for grabs


Female racegoers compete for the title of Best Dressed, one of which is awarded every day at the Yorkshire Ebor Festival in York. The lucky winner will be awarded £500 in gift vouchers or a personal shopping experience, organisers said


Selfie time! Ladies are encouraged to dress to impress at Yorkshire Ebor Festival, and this gaggle of guests were only too happy to snap themselves in their finery. Thursday is also known as Darley Yorkshire Oaks, named after the major fixture


Pictured: Drug ‘honesty boxes’ have this year been introduced on York Racecourse to combat recreational drug use. There is no formal dress code at the Ebor Festival – with the exception of an obligatory jacket, shirt and tie for men in the County Stand


Safety first: Armed police were on patrol as female racegoers arrived at York Racecourse on Thursday. SportsMail revealed how the racecourse has installed new locks on disabled toilets in its most expensive enclosure in a bid to combat drug use

The Ebor Festival, which kicked off on Wednesday, is sponsored by Sky Bet and features three Group One fixtures. 

It is widely regarded as the most prestigious meeting at York in the calendar, and this year sees a record £5million in prize money up for grabs, according to the event’s official website.

Tickets start at just £12 for a spot in the Clocktower Enclosure, going up to £62 for the County Stand.

Each day throughout the four-day festival, racegoers will have the opportunity to watch and participate in the Ebor Fashion Lawn, a catwalk culminating in the announcement of the ‘best dressed racegoer’ picked by a panel of judges.

The lucky winner will be awarded £500 in gift vouchers or a personal shopping experience, organisers said.  

What is the dress code at the Yorkshire Ebor Festival?

THE COUNTY STAND

The County Stand is the racecourse’s premier enclosure, and has a formal dress code of collared shirt, jacket and tie for men. While there are no formal dress rules beyond this, a photo gallery on the event website serves as a guide to help guests assemble their raceday fashion statement.

Short-sleeved shirts, bow ties, and dress shorts are all also accepted within the dress code, according to bosses.

There is no formal dress code for ladies, however most choose to dress up for a day at the races – with ‘wedding guest attire’ suggested as inspiration. Most female racegoers do opt to wear dresses, high heeled shoes together with hats or fascinators, however organisers note that ‘it’s most important that you feel comfortable and enjoy your day’.

In the event of a heat wave, the dress code for gentlemen may be relaxed – subject to social media updates.

THE GRANDSTAND AND PADDOCK

The Grandstand and Paddock has no formal dress code and guests are free to dress as they wish and feel comfortable. However, taking a lead from the County Stand dress code, many racegoers in this enclosure do tend to use a day at the races as an excuse to get glammed up.

Fancy dress (within the bounds of decency) is not unusual but guests are urged to remember it is a ‘family friendly’ event.

THE CLOCKTOWER ENCLOSURE

The Clock Tower Enclosure is a relaxed area in which to enjoy picnics with family and friends whilst watching the racing.

This is the most relaxed enclosure, and organisers suggest comfortable, practical, weather appropriate clothing and footwear, as the area is outside and therefore exposed to the elements.

Source: yorkracecourse.co.uk 

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