Last Saturday I was invited to a VIP day at the races thanks to Ladbrokes. This was to celebrate St Patricks day. I was really looking forward to this event as I have been to the races once before but nothing like this.
I knew I was going months in advance which means I had plenty of time to plan my outfit etc. Getting 'dressed up' is all part of race day in my opinion. It's the perfect chance to get glammed up and have a nice day out with the girls etc.
It was really hard trying to find the 'perfect' dress to wear to the races. I wanted something practical in all weather conditions (the joy's of the unpredictable British weather) but also feminine. I originally wanted a midi dress but after trying so many on they just never suited me. I am 5ft 3 and they made me look even shorter and frumpy. This dress is slightly just above the knee which is a lot more flattering on me. I styled the dress with a cropped black jacket (again to accommodate the cold British weather). Shoe wise I went with a open toe 4inch heels as I find these to be the most comfy and easy to walk in. For a bag I needed something practical to fit everything that I needed for the day in. This Vivienne Westwood bag is the ideal bag and I managed to fit a lot in (so well worth the price tag)
Butler & Wilson
Butler & Wilson
The Venue and race course
The venue is very grand when you first walk up and the outside area is just as nice.
Food and Drink
For a 3 course lunch at the races it would cost you £102 and for access outside on the balcony etc.
When we entered the venue we were treated to buck fizz that was green to match the St Patricks theme.
For starter I decided on the duck as I never tried it before.
Main: Roast beef, Yorkshire pudding, smash potato and gravy
Desert: Sticky toffee pudding
My overall opinion
Facilities were really good everything that you needed was in a short distance away from you e.g the bar, places to put your bets on, toilet facilities etc.
Value for money for £102 you do get a 3 course meal (you can pick whatever you like from the menu) and you also get a free drink. This adds to the race day experience
Dress code (men vs women) the men were dressed smartly in suits and the women had nice dresses on. It was a smart/dressy occasion. So ideal if you like to get glammed up for the day.
Food and Drink you get a 3 course meal and a free drink provided in your package. You can go with something that you know you like or try something new.
Atmosphere everyone was in great spirits and happy to be there. The staff were really welcoming, friendly and helpful.
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