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Ascot Area Guide

Crowds at Ascot Image courtesy of Flickr user net_efekt

Most widely known as the home of the famous racecourse, Ascot is a small town in the east of Berkshire. It is reported that Queen Anne first saw the potential for a racecourse at Ascot in the 1700s when she came across an area of open heath land whilst out riding.  The first meeting took place in 1711, with Her Majesty's Plate being offered as a prize to the seven horses entering the competition. In 1813, Parliament passed an Act of Enclosure which secured the future of the Crown owned Ascot Heath as a racecourse for public use.

The recently redeveloped Ascot Racecourse is a spectacular facility featuring enormous terraced stands and immaculate grounds, and attracts over half a million visitors each year.  Mid-June is prime racing time, with Royal Ascot the most notable event on the calendar.  The event features world class horse racing, elegant and often outrageous hats, socialising and a royal procession that has been tradition since 1825.

Aside from the races however, the town itself is picturesque and has a lively nightlife and shopping. Just six miles away from historic Windsor and the famous Windsor Castle, Ascot also offers access to three golf courses within five miles. The village of Sunninghill is little over a mile away and is a residential district in an area noted for its natural beauty. Ascot Business Park, opened in 2008, is a base for numerous small and medium enterprises as well as a leading toy manufacturer and the Chartered Institute of Building.

Demographics

There are around 17,500 people living in Ascot and the surrounding villages, with almost a quarter of residents being aged between 30 years and 44 years. A further 42% of people are aged over 45 years old.

Almost half of all households in the area are owner occupied with 34% of people living in the area educated to degree level or equivalent and 28% work as managers and senior officials. In addition to the racecourse, which employs between around 6,000 permanent and seasonal staff, the majority of employment can be found in the property, retail, wholesale, and motor trades.

Education

There are a number of primary schools in Ascot including Ascot Heath Junior School and Cheapside School. Papplewick is one of Britain's leading preparatory schools based in Ascot.

State funded secondary education is available from the well regarded Charters School in nearby Sunningdale.

Three independent senior schools in the area include private girls schools St George's School, and St Mary's School, Ascot which also offers boarding facilities. The Licensed Victuallers is a coeducational day and boarding school offering private provision for 900 pupils aged four years to 18 years. The school is owned by the Licensed Trade Charity and is non-selective.

Transport

Located within easy reach of the A322, which offers access to the M3, M4, and M25 motorways, Ascot is well connected to the rest of the UK by road and is just a 45 minute drive from London.  A regular bus service operates in the town and a national coach service is also available. Just a short walk from the High Street, train links are accessible at Ascot Railway Station with regular services running to and from Reading and London Waterloo. The nearest air travel is London Heathrow Airport.

Amenities and Shopping

There is plenty to do in Ascot once the horse racing is over, with the town having a bustling high street lined with a variety of independent shops, restaurants and cafés.  The Novello Theatre in neighbouring Sunninghill is a quaint 160 seat theatre in the style of a Pollock Toy Theatre and stages regular performances featuring new and up and coming performers.  Art fans will find horse racing related art and more, readily available in local galleries.

Nearby Wokingham is a popular location for nightlife and is just a short train ride away from the town.  Charters Leisure Centre is in Sunningdale and offers a range of sporting and leisure facilities, and coaching.

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All information was correct at time of publication and is provided in good faith.