There are so many different reasons as to why over 150,000 people attend the Grand National each year.
From the fashion highlights of Ladies’ Day, to the prospects of some lucrative winnings courtesy of the bet of the day, and of course, the thrill of seeing nearly 40 horses completing two laps of the iconic Aintree racecourse, it’s no surprise that the Grand National has become the most valuable jump race in the whole of Europe.
So if you’re looking to attend this magnificent horse racing event in style, here are few tips for visiting the Grand National in 2016.
Grand National basics
The Grand National is actually part of three days of racing that takes place at the Aintree racecourse in Liverpool from 7 to 9 April. You can get cheap tickets for the Tattersall Enclosure from as little as £26 per day, but if you’re looking for something a little more luxurious, then £90 will grant you access to the Platinum Lounge that offers a glamorous respite from the often chilly April weather.
In terms of the racing, then each day features an array of top-class racing events, but all eyes will be on the track at 5.15pm on 9 April when the main Grand National race takes place. This is a massive betting event, and sites like Betway offer a recommended bet of the day that can prove handy in such a competitive line-up of racehorses.
Looking the part
As Britain’s races are highly social events, it’s often a good idea to be aware of the different dress codes are for different areas. Whilst dressing in a top hat and tails might be a little extravagant, sports clothes and shorts are a definite no-no.
Ladies’ Day on 8 April always promises an eye-catching collection of chic styles and fashion faux-pas, and although everyone will have a celebratory drink or two as their horse crosses the finish line, much like your betting, it’s always best to do these things in moderation!
It’s not all about the ladies though. The races see some amazing ensembles from fashion-forward men, too. Lots of well-groomed men in dapper suits make an appearance each year.
If you’re looking to attend the whole Grand National event, then the Aintree racecourse is particularly handy for checking out Liverpool’s legendary hospitality. There’s many luxury hotels in the city centre with likes of The Richmond providing a great range of apartments, suites and rooms that will give you chance to rest and recuperate after a long day at the track.
So whether you’re interested in the latest bet of the day, or just want to check out the latest race day styles, the Grand National truly has something for everyone in 2016.