Monday 12 December 2016

A day at the races and what to wear

If you're looking for something different and a fun afternoon, then I have a great idea for you. I was recently invited for an afternoon at the races* at Leicester Racecourse. I had never been before so I didn't really know what to expect. One thing I did know was that a smart dress code was required, and it was the perfect opportunity for me to wear some of my favourite items.

The outfit

So what do you wear for a day at the races? As I was attending on a Sunday afternoon, I decided to wear this white dress from Zara paired with my smart red jacket. I felt that the white and red really complimented each other, and the whole look was chic yet smart. For accessories I wore some black heels and my black DKNY handbag.

The horse racing

On arrival at the races we were directed to the Nelson Suite Restaurant. A table was reserved for us for the whole day. The way it works is that you have your three course meal throughout the afternoon and in between courses you can get up and watch the horse racing from the restaurant balcony. There is a fantastic view of the race track from the restaurant, so you can watch everything at your leisure. Alternatively you can go outside and watch the races to get a feel for the atmosphere. You can also place bets in the restaurant and even watch the races from the TV screens inside.

The food

As soon as we entered the suite, the atmosphere was buzzing. It was a busy Sunday afternoon with tables full of families and friends ready to enjoy a day out. We had a glass of wine on arrival and then for starters I had the leek and potato soup. As it was a Sunday, a special carvery was available with all of the trimmings. I opted for roast turkey which was delicious. Finally for dessert I had the chocolate fondant which was perfect to finish off such a delicious meal!

It was a really enjoyable afternoon and a perfect day out with friends or family. The whole package also makes a fantastic gift idea. Prices for the Sunday carvery start from £54.95 per person which includes the three course meal, a race card and admission.

Outfit photography by Kirstie Melville.

Have you ever been to the races?

*Thank you to Cool As Publicity and Leicester Racecourse for inviting me to the races. As always, all views are honest and my own.

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