A beginner’s guide to a day at the races
You’ve planned a date, you’ve got your friends together and are starting to look forward to your first day at the races. But what do you sort out next? Here we cover what to expect on your first time at the races, as well as a few handy fashion tips.
Think on your feet
If you’re planning on wearing heels, be prepared to be standing in them all day – if you want to get a good view of the races, that is. If you know you’re not going to be able to manage, try taking a small pair of pretty flats with you, this way you can sneakily change into them when you’ve had enough of heels!
It’s a good idea to make sure you take enough cash with you. Taking cash, as opposed to relying on cards, can help you to monitor your spending – and in a betting environment, this can be a wise move.
Lights, camera, action!
Don’t forget to take your camera! Or at least a suitable smartphone. There’ll be plenty of photo opportunities throughout the day, and with all the beautiful outfits around the race course, there’ll be people posing for photos left, right and centre.
Check the rules
Before the day, make a note to check whether the race organisers have any rules about what you can and cannot take to the track. It’s unlikely that you’ll be allowed to take your own food and drink, and some operators might even hold bag checks on entry to the races. It’s all for your safety and to ensure you all enjoy the day, so take note before packing your bag!
Follow these basics and you’ll be guaranteed a great day at the races! They’re fun, lively and oh-so fashionable – enjoy!
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