Back a winner at Royal Ascot ladies’ lunch

WHAT better excuse could there be for dressing in style, getting together with your girl friends for a Prosecco reception, a delicious lunch, and the opportunity to win some cash with a flutter on the horses than Ladies’ Day at Royal Ascot?

And if you book for the Willow Wood Ladies’ Lunch then it doesn’t matter whether the sun shines or not, as you’ll be in the comfort of the Best Western Smokies Park Hotel.

The Ladies’ Lunch has long been a popular fixture of the Willow Wood calendar, and this year falls on Thursday, June 20.

Event organiser Elaine McConnell said: “Ascot is very much a social occasion, and we follow that tradition as we welcome our guests at noon with a glass of Prosecco and time to mingle and chat with friends before taking our seats for a three-course lunch.

“That’s followed by the excitement of placing your bets with our team of bookies before each race is screened live.

“There’s time between the racing for the ladies to celebrate any wins, as the cash prizes are paid out there and then.

“It really is a fantastic atmosphere – and there can be quite a few corks popping as the winners are toasted.”

Everyone rises to the spirit of the occasion by dressing in their most stylish outfit – and, of course, a hat or fascinator.

Prices have once more been maintained at £39.50. Tickets can be booked online at or collect a leaflet from the hospice reception or shops.

Elaine said: “We’re also looking for raffle prizes and would welcome any contributions.

“These would, of course, be acknowledged in the programme and seen, therefore, by more than 200 guests on the day”.

If you could donate a prize please contact Elaine by ringing 0161 330 7788 or emailing

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