Coral Scottish Grand National Festival

Plan Your Day

Everything you need to know

It’s important to make the most of your day at the Coral Scottish Grand National Festival to ensure your total enjoyment. Need to know the dress code or how to get here? Then read on…

The first recommendation is to leave in plenty of time so you don’t miss any of the races! Gates open at 11am so arrive early, then you can relax and take your time picking your bets.

It’s always better to get a racecard so you can see at a glance the horses that are running. Read on to see where and how to get one…

With lots of  information on a day at The Coral Scottish Grand National Festival below, plus our FAQs section we hope you find everything you need to arrange a fantastic day!

Saturday Enclosures

Where will you be spending your raceday….
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Club Enclosure

The Club Enclosure grants you access to all Club on-course facilities. Enjoy the exclusive Princess Royal Suite, boasting panoramic views of the racecourse, and relax at the Champagne Lawns adjacent to the Parade Ring. Your club badge also allows access to our live band Waterfront and George Bowie’s GBX set after racing.
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Grandstand Premier Enclosure

One of two grandstand options this year, the Grandstand Premier ticket offers access to the external grandstand area overlooking the track, rails bookmakers and the Ayrshire Suite on the ground floor of the Princess Royal Stand, complete with multiple bars and a cafe. Parade Ring access and entry to George Bowie’s GBX Set after racing is also included. Please note that entry to the separate Grandstand Enclosure is not permitted with this ticket.
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Grandstand Enclosure

Saturday’s Grandstand ticket grants entry to the purpose-built Grandstand Enclosure on Saturday 20th. Enjoy views of the track, diverse food and drinks outlets, betting facilities, and live band performances during and after racing. This ticket grants access solely to the Grandstand Enclosure and does not include entry to the Grandstand Premier.
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Friday Enclosures

Where will you be spending your raceday….
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Club Enclosure

The Club Enclosure grants you access to all Club on-course facilities. Enjoy the exclusive Princess Royal Suite, boasting panoramic views of the racecourse, and relax at the Champagne Lawns adjacent to the Parade Ring. This entitles you to use all the on course facilities with the exception of the Hospitality Suites, Marquees and the Owners Club.
Entry to Shaun Williamsons ‘Barriokie Set’ after racing is also included.
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Grandstand Enclosure

Fridays Grandstand ticket offers access to the external Grandstand area overlooking the track, the Ayrshire Suite on the ground floor of the Princess Royal Stand, complete with multiple bars and a cafe, Parade Ring access and entry tto Shaun Williamsons ‘Barriokie Set’ after racing.
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Packages

We also have upgrade options available for you to enjoy across both days of the Festival including, Legends Lounge, Champagne Lawns Lounge and Winter Warmers. See what we have to offer here…
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Entertainment

We have some amazing entertainment for you to enjoy across both days from a GBX Anthems DJ set with George Bowie, to singing Karaoke with legendary soap star Shaun Williamson.

Have a look at each day to see who you will be enjoying…

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On The Day

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Dress Code

We have no strict dress code here at Ayr with the exception of asking for no denims in hospitality or football colours anywhere on course. However you will find that many racegoers to take the opportunity to get dressed up.
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Style Awards

Step into the spotlight at The Coral Scottish Grand National Ladies Day and make your mark in our exclusive Style Awards!
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Racecards

Racecards are the perfect way to enhance your Coral Scottish Grand National experience. They are available to buy in advance on our website through the ticket page for each fixture or they can alternatively be bought on the day at the Tote.

You can also download our FREE digital racecard with the Raceday Ready App, our official companion for an immersive and informed day at the races.

Festival FAQs

We have listed all the answers to the main questions you may need to know. Want to know the different Ticket Types, when gates open or how to book tickets? then read on. If you have any further enquiries that aren’t covered here, please feel free to get in touch.

The Coral Scottish Grand National is scheduled to be held on Friday, April 19th, and Saturday, April 20th, 2024.

We highly recommend getting your tickets in advance for The Coral Scottish Grand National Saturday as this event has been a sell out for many years. It is unlikely any tickets will be available to buy on the day for Saturday.

Any tickets left will be available to purchase on the day but we please check our website and social media channels for availability.

Tickets will be available to buy on the day for the Friday.

The gates will open at 11am on both days.

You can conveniently purchase tickets on our website here Early-bird offers & group booking discounts may be available, so be sure to check for special promotions.

On Friday we have: Grandstand, Club, Champagne Lawns Lounge, Legends Lounge and various hospitality options.

On Saturday we have: Grandstand, Grandstand Premier, Club and various hospitality options.

All grandstand tickets will be e-tickets, and all other ticket types will be sent in the form of paper tickets.

Yes, we offer luxurious hospitality packages that provide an elevated race day experience. Explore the options on our website here or contact our hospitality team for more details.

Tickets will be issued from mid-February. Ticket types will vary between e-tickets sent via email (Grandstand Only), paper tickets, or collection at the venue on the day depending ticket type and date of purchase.

Yes, cash is widely accepted at various outlets, including bars, food stalls, and for betting. However, some vendors may also offer card payment options.

Concessions are available for the Coral Scottish Grand National Ladies Day only for anyone over the age of 60. You may be asked for proof of age.

Ayr Racecourse adheres to a strict no-refund policy for event tickets. If you are unable to attend, please be aware that refunds will not be issued.

Please ensure that you arrive with your ticket as it is needed for access and cannot be reprinted on the day.

The nearest cash machine is at the Tesco next to the racecourse. But cashback is available from any tote booth on site.

On course you can either bet with the tote or on course bookmakers. The tote has selling points throughout the racecourse – look for tote or totepool signs.

The bookmakers are usually located beside the paddock and in front of the Grandstand. Bookmakers display their prices on electronic boards while the tote have theirs on television screens. (+18 only)

Yes, there is car parking available. Parking is free at Ayr Racecourse to all our guests and there is ample space available.

The fashion stakes are high at The Coral Scottish Grand National Festival. The ladies glam up in their colourful dresses, hats and fascinators and the gents wear their smartest outfits too.

For official dress code see below:

Hospitality facilities operate a smart/casual dress code.  No jeans or trainers.

The Club Enclosure dress code is also smart/casual, although smart jeans and trainers are acceptable.

The Grandstand Enclosure has a more relaxed code, although strictly no football colours permitted.

Yes, there is entertainment for 3 hours after the last race.

On Ladies Day we will be joined by Shaun Williamson, star of EastEnders. Shaun will be bringing his iconic BARRIOKE set to Ayr Racecourse. As well as this we will be joined by Colin McArdle & top covers band, Sneaky Treacle.

Saturday promises an electrifying experience as we welcome the incredible George Bowie, set to ignite the crowd with his legendary GBX set in the Grandstand Premier enclosure! Joining the line-up in the Club enclosure is the sensational covers band Waterfront

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