Your Guide to Ladies Day at Aintree 2017
It is here, the day many of us has been waiting for months has arrived, surely Liverpool’s most glam, most elegant and most exciting day of the year? Yes, we are talking about Ladies Day at Aintree and we have got your guide to all the action.
Ladies Day brings a touch of glitz to The Randox Health Grand National Festival, providing an opportunity for racegoers to compete in the style stakes alongside top class racing action on the iconic Aintree course and as well as all that, there’s also a live music offering fit for a Queen.
First up, good news! The TRAINS WILL BE ON DURING LADIES DAY, if the strike does take place it will only be the Saturday of the Festival and even then trains will run just at a limited service. So if you are coming in from town head to Moorfields. Plan your journey with Merseyrail via their website here.
Secondly there are still Festival Zone tickets available, they are selling fast but head to the site to check and get booking before it really is too late, because trust us, it will be a sell out. Go go go!!!
As we said, no need to panic about trains strikes on Ladies Day. Merseyrail have trains every 7 1/2 minutes to get you to and from the festival with ease, with a station literally just over the road from the race course and the Merseyrail team even hand out free flip flops to help with the sore feet at the end of the day. More info on train schedules here.
How about jumping on board Neighbourhood Liverpool’s Saxophone Shuttle to get you to Ladies Day in style? Some places still available on the coach so get booking NOW! They will start you off with a Neighbourhood brunch and then you’ll be treated to the perfect live saxophone soundtrack en route to the races. More info here .
Aintree can be reached by bus on services: 300, 311, 345, 350 and 351 both to and from Liverpool. From Bootle New Strand take route 61A. For further information on bus routes, contact Traveline on 0871 200 22 33 or visit www.merseytravel.gov.uk.
Private Hire cabs become a saviour on race day, Delta advise you to book at least an hour before you leave, and pick up points are normally around Seeds Lane or the KFC and into the retail Park, however these can be changed during the day so try and stay in touch with your driver.
The Style Contest
Of course the big highlight of the day is always the Style Contest and this year looks bigger and more on-trend than ever before with judges including Olympic Gold medalist and Princess of the Jungle, Sam Quek, Liverpool fashion designers Philip & Tony Armstrong and sporting soprano Laura Wright. And if you win it, not only does your beautiful face get beamed on to all the screens on the race course, but you also take home a fabulous black Range Rover Evoque, worth £35,000. The prize will also include a Hair and Beauty Hamper courtesy of Barbara Daley Hair & Beauty.
So how do you get crowned Aintree’s Style Award Winner 2017? Well it’s dead easy. First off you need to do more than just lash on any old frock in your wardrobe, however the judges are famous for not going for over complicated, or over priced outfits, meaning literally anyone can win, as long as they have the style factor! Our advice, keep it simple, elegant, classy and most importantly wear it with a big warm scouse smile.
This years Style Award Contest host is Capital Liverpool Breakfast Presenter, Gemma, she said:”The Style Contest is one of my favourite things about Ladies Day, all the girls always look amazing and I love the fact that literally anyone can enter, and win and that it isn’t about designer brands it’s about putting something together with your own stamp on it”
This year entries will be processed quicker and more efficiently so there really is no reason to not get involved, it’s free after all.
To enter – Find one of the large Style Award frames, located near the main entrance and the Red Rum Garden, which will open at 10.30am. Step inside and one of the professional photographers will capture your official competition image. Here’s how to enter: log onto the online entry form, via the free Aintree WIFI, and type in your unique number and contact details. SIMPLE!
You have until 2pm to enter and the winner of the style award will be crowned at 3.05pm. Good luck!
OK so you have your glass of fizz in hand, you have entered the style contest, now it’s time to win yourself some cash to spend in town later on. The day’s big feature races include The Topham Steeple Chase, Melling Steeple Chase and the Sefton Novices’ Hurdle, to complete an exciting adrenaline-fuelled race card. The first race is 1.40pm in aid of Alder Hey and six races follow with the last race starting at 5.15pm.
Remember it’s nearly always best to bet each way, you have more chance of at least winning something back, even if that is just what you put on your horse in the first place. Also set yourself a realistic budget, no one likes it when their mate has no money to spend on prosecco at the bar later on!
But do get involved, even if you whack on a quid each way, it is all part of the fun of race day and there is nothing quite like that adrenaline when your four legged mate is beating the horses your friends backed to get you some spends for later.
Live Music & Entertainment
It’s not only horses and glamour at Ladies Day, there is always a superb music and entertainment offering too. This year will see Sophie Ellis Bextor take to the stage at the Aintree Pavillion at 5.30pm to perform some of her greatest hits such as ‘Murder on the Dancefloor’, ‘Take Me Home’ her 2011 single, ‘Bittersweet’ and ‘Young Blood’ from her highly regarded album ‘Wanderlust’, which reached number 4 in the UK album charts in 2014.
Also radio legend Jo Whiley will take to the decks and be closing the day on the Red Rum Lawn from 6.15 to 7.30pm with her own mix of classics, 80’s hits and 90’s floor fillers.
As well as that don’t miss the Retrained Race Horse Parade at 12.40pm in which a wonderfully diverse line-up of former racehorses, now enjoying alternative careers have been assembled. Sporting soprano and Aintree Ladies Day ambassador Laura Wright will also perform a short and intimate set in the Red Rum Garden at 5.30pm.
- Get there early – you’ve paid for your ticket after all, get there handy and enjoy the fullest day possible. Gates open at 10.30am so get yourself there and get your spec.
- Dress comfortable – yes it is all about the style but that doesn’t mean you have to be cold and uncomfortable, this leads on to tip number three…
- Take plasters – we have all been there girls, heels on all day means sore feet all night. Aintree are great for supplying plasters, but take your own so you have them to hand.
- Start with a fizzy breakfast in town – lots of places have some great deal on, whether it’s a Full English and a glass of prosecco at Weatherspoons or something a bit more fancy a Neighbourhood, it is always the best way to start your race day.
- Eating out afterwards? Make sure you book your table. Offers are on in many restaurants in town and Gusto, Hudson House, Neighbourhood, Olive Press, Clubhouse, Il Forno & Sugar Hut are all taking bookings now.
- Snap Happy – Loads of photo opportunities at Aintree Race course, whether it’s a selfie with the iconic Red Rum statue or a photo with the girls and your favourite celeb, phones at the ready to get them Instagram snaps sorted.
- Eat – Always lots of great food on offer at Aintree, from their famous hog roast stand to a hot dog with cheesy chips in the Tattersalls.