My Faves

Click the bookmark icon to save all the stuff you love.

Be The First To Know

Your inside line on the new, unique and unmissable across Bucks & Oxon

Sign up to our newsletter

Reader Treats Just For You!

First-past-the-post style

And they're off! Make sure you're race day ready, and trot straight into the winners' enclosure – and there's not a fascinator in sight.

Love a Ladies Day? A fab excuse to get your gal pals together, have a few drinkies and a cheeky little flutter. Newbury Races isn’t doing anything by halves this year, Ladies Day (traditionally in August) has moved to Al Shaqab Lockinge Day on Sat 18 May. It’ll be kicking off a summer of social fun – first out of the fashion blocks, with Epsom Derby, Royal Ascot and Henley following, for the first time ever.

Ladies Day flooral arch and parkway garden deckchairs Newbury racecourse 2018

What can you expect? It’s gonna be huuuuuge! There’s cool garden party vibe with Sophie Ellie Bextor and her hubby Richard Jones providing the after party floor fillers. Waft about the Rhododendron Garden, rest among the blooms, knock back a couple of cocktails (I’ve got my eye on the Chase Rhubarb & Bramley Apple Gin) – there’s more pop-up bars and seating to soak up the sun and work on that tan.

And don’t worry about turning into a hot mess, the Photo Finish Marquee glam squad will be on hand to perk up tired feet, make up and hair. You’re going to want to look your fabulous best – there’s a floral wall with your name on it and a Style Award up for grabs (the winner bags a luxury holiday to Qatar). Hello! 

DJ Duo Sophie Ellis Bextor and The Feeling's Richard Jones

With so much at stake, trotting into the parade ring needs a bit of consideration Dress up and wear a hat, if you fancy it, but remember this is a day event that requires polish – you’re not tottering out for a night at the Ritzy or a Royal Wedding. My advice, keep the fake tan light, the hemlines long and have fun. In need of inspiration? Giddy up, we aim to get all our Muddy readers into the winners’s enclosure.


Essentiel Antwerp zebra dress, £159.95, Fifi & Moose; B The Lifestyle Shop earrings, £30; Mango orange sandals, £29.99; Mango straw hat, £19.99.


Some trends last a season, but animal print looks like it’s going to last a lifetime. If you’re on the prowl for zebra stripes or leopard print, go wild and wear prancing zebras instead. This graphic shirt dress is by brand-of-the-moment Essentiel Antwerp (we wrote about them back in 2017!) But add a pop of colour with your shoes or a bag, a funky hat and you’ll be first past the post in the style stakes.


What’s not to love about a midi dress? A less liberal application of fake tan required, multitude of sins hidden and this Whistles number is universally flattering. If you like wearing hats, how about a head band? Not just for five year olds and the twinset brigade a it happens. Choose one that’s tonal, add a cool pair of retro sunnies and sashay your way through the day.

Ladies Day at Al Shaqab Lockinge Day is on Sat 18 Mayclick here to buy your tickets from £23.20.

Find more ideas here


Tell us what you think

Your email address will not be published.

* Required
* Required

Little Black Book

The Little Black Book

Our A-Z of the grooviest local businesses to help make your life easier

View the businesses
Home icon Back Home

The Urban Guide to the Countryside - Bucks & Oxon