Grand National Ladies Day

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2024 Date12 April 2024

Grand National Ladies Day

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Grand National Ladies Day History

Grand National Ladies Day stands as an integral part of the larger Grand National Festival, which takes place at Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool, England. This annual event is a unique celebration of fashion and culture, with attendees displaying their finest and most extravagant hats and attire. It is an opportunity for women to express their creativity while mingling with like-minded individuals and taking in the spectacular sights and sounds of the horse racing festival.

Ladies Day dates back to 1961 when women were first allowed to participate as both jockeys and attendees. Since then, it has evolved into a prominent tradition during the three-day Grand National Festival. For the people of the United Kingdom, this event carries significant importance as it not only highlights diversity and empowerment but also provides a platform for local businesses to showcase their products and services, boosting the UK’s fashion industry.

During the observance, attendees take part in various activities, with the centerpiece being the “Best Dressed” competition, drawing contestants from across the UK to showcase their unique and stylish outfits, hoping to win the coveted title and fabulous prizes. Music, food, and beverages are also in abundance, contributing to the overall festive atmosphere. Ladies Day takes place on the second day of the Grand National Festival, typically falling in early April.

Grand National Ladies Day Facts

  • In 2023, over 45,000 people attended the Grand National ladies Day at the Aintree Racecourse.
  • There is no official dress code for Grand National Ladies' Day. Guests however, are heavily encouraged to wear their best dress. Women are encouraged to wear colourful dresses and hats while men are encouraged to wear smart trousers, a shirt, and jacket.
  • The grand prize winner of the Style Award is set to receive a car. The Style Award recipient is selected by fashion ambassadors. It's said they look for a unique and original chic style.
  • The festival is a major event in the British sporting calendar, attracting an estimated 150,000 visitors over the three-day event.
  • The festival is estimated to contribute around £35 million to the local Liverpool economy each year, with local hotels, restaurants, and businesses benefiting from the influx of visitors.
  • The Grand National is one of the most popular events for betting, both in the UK and globally. It is estimated that around £250-£300 million is bet on the race every year, making it one of the most wagered-on horse racing events in the world.

Grand National Ladies Day Top Things to Do

  • Check out the event listing for 2024.
  • Sign up for information about upcoming tickets and info.
  • Watch the 2023 Grand National highlights.
  • If you're willing to pay a little extra, there are VIP lounges where you can enjoy premium food and beverage service, excellent views of the races, and other exclusive perks.
  • Local and national fashion celebrities often organise a catwalk or fashion parade. This event has attracted some very famous fashion celebrities over the years.

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