Celebrate the Royal Wedding with a day out at Newbury Racecourse for the Al Shaqab Lockinge

Saturday 19 May 2018 will mark a very special day in the Newbury calendar, not least because of the Royal nuptials which take place at Windsor Castle, a mere 35 miles down the road. The Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes, a race with its own royal heritage, the first two runnings (in 1958 & 1959) having been won by HM the Queen’s Pall Mall, will see some of Europe’s fastest thoroughbreds compete over a straight mile.

With less than three weeks to go to the ‘big day’, Newbury Racecourse will be celebrating the Royal Wedding with plenty of action taking place on and off the course, the highlight being the most valuable race across Newbury’s Flat season, the Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge Stakes worth £350,000 in prize money and run over a straight mile.

Racegoers can expect extra celebrations in honour of the Royal nuptials with gates opening at 11am with the Royal Wedding broadcast on big screens around the racecourse ahead of the live racing action which starts at 2.00pm.

Make sure you book our specially designed Celebration Picnic Package which includes a delicious lunch for two people complete with a mini bottle of prosecco, which can be enjoyed in our designated picnic area.

For all those looking to dress up for the occasion, don’t miss our Most Stylish Racegoer competition with the chance to win a VIP day at the races and a place in the Grand Final where a holiday to Qatar will be on offer, courtesy of our sponsors, Al Shaqab.

After racing, all are welcome at our after-party in the Champagne Hall with a live DJ who will be sure to put together the ultimate wedding playlist or if live music is more your thing, head to the Copper King Bar marquee in the Grandstand Enclosure and listen to local Lambourn based band, Uncovered who regularly raise money for Racing Welfare.



Racegoers who share the names of the soon-to-be-wed Royal couple will be granted a complimentary Grandstand ticket to Newbury for the Al Shaqab Lockinge on Saturday 19 May 2018.

Harrys, Henrys, Megans and Meghans will all be entitled to a complimentary Grandstand ticket when booked in advance by phone on 01635 40015 and with valid proof of identity.

Harriet Collins, Head of Communications for Newbury Racecourse commented: “Being just down the road from Windsor, we will be embracing the Royal wedding wholeheartedly here at the racecourse on Saturday 19 May.

What better way to celebrate the Royal wedding with a day out at the races? The Group 1 Al Shaqab Lockinge is always a great spectacle, but this year will be extra special with live music before and after racing and we will be broadcasting the Royal Wedding on big screens ahead of the racing starting.

We look forward to welcoming anyone with the Christian names, Henry, Harry, Megan or Meghan for free.”

The Al Shaqab Lockinge was first run in 1958 and this year will mark the 60th anniversary of the race which was won in its inaugural year by Pall Mall for Her Majesty The Queen. Pall Mall subsequently went onto win the race for a second consecutive year in 1959. The race was elevated to Group 1 status in 1995 and has been won in recent years by the likes of Frankel, Olympic Glory and most recently, Ribchester.

Make sure you secure your spot at the best day out by a mile by visiting newburyracecourse.co.uk.  

Please find attached a selection of images which can be used  in conjunction with the above and to view a short promotional video about this year’s Al Shaqab Lockinge, click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2gvYi9zV6CA