The Moët & Chandon July Festival, taking place from Thursday 13th to Saturday the 15th July, is fast becoming one of Britain’s most stylish summer events, with visitors donning their finest attire to enjoy the unique garden party atmosphere on Newmarket’s Adnams July Course.
The crowds come in tens of thousands to one of the highlights of the summer in East Anglia and the best dressed ladies, gents and couples win an array of amazing prizes in the three-day Style Awards, sponsored by The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel.
Spectacular outfits and hats are everywhere to be seen in the grandstands, on the sun-kissed lawns and around the picturesque Parade Ring. Thursday celebrates Newmarket’s annual summers Ladies Day with the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ competition, The Gentleman’s Day on the Friday hosts the ‘Best Dressed Gentleman’ competition and Saturday is Darley July Cup Day, when the ‘Best Dressed Couple’ are crowned. Racegoers are encouraged to enter this FREE competition to walk away with some fantastic prizes!
Winners of this year will receive spa packages and products worth £1000 each from headline sponsors, The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel, a three-night stay for two at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai, personal styling sessions at Hobbs and Coast, a bespoke ladies hat from top milliner Rosie Olivia, Annual Membership to Wellbeing Warehouse, Fashion Shoot Experiences from Mark Ashworth Photography as well as footwear and accessories from Newmarket Racecourses’ partners Fairfax and Favor.
This year’s Style Awards will have a very special guest judge on Ladies Day, designer to the stars, Christian Cowan, who will be helping to crown the Best Dressed Lady. Christian has dressed the likes of Naomi Campbell, Lady Gaga, Miley Cyrus, Charlie XCX, Zara Larson and Little Mix, to name a few. His pieces have appeared on the pages of revered fashion magazines such as VOGUE, VOGUE ITALIA, Garage Magazine, Grazia, Glamour, Company and NYLON; Christian has even partnered with Acer for a ‘Selfie-Hat’ and created looks for a Selfridges Christmas Campaign.
Also joining the official judging panel on Ladies Day and July Cup Day is Rosie Olivia, a top milliner who studied under Phillip Treacy, Victoria Grant and Stephen Jones. Rosie Olivia uses luxury materials, various colour integrations and her signature lace trim to create unique wearable statement pieces for daywear and formal occasions.
Beauty loving racegoers will also be in for a treat as make-up artist to the stars, Bridgette Ellwood will be on course giving demonstrations on adding a winning touch to a hairdo, as well as offering behind-the-scenes professional beauty tips! Bridgette designed the make-up and hair for the glamorous Strictly Come Dancing, and works with various top celebrities so she’ll definitely have some top advice. Bridgette is also offering the Best Dressed Lady a one-to-one session worth £500, adding to the amazing prizes on offer.
So, where do I enter?
The Style Awards Marquee will be situated by the Grandstand and Paddock entrance, however, to save those fabulous shoes, there will also be Style Pods in the Premier Enclosure and the Trackside Pavilion Hospitality Enclosure, making entering easier than ever!
How do I enter?
When you come to the Marquee or one of the Style Pods, one of our Style Spotters will ask you to fill your details in via a form. Once completed, you will be asked to register and in exchange for your filled in form, you will be given a number. You then need to strike your finest pose for a chance of reaching the top 10 of the category you enter. PLEASE NOTE, the Style Awards Marquee and Style Pods are open until 3.20pm on Ladies Day and 3.30pm on Gentleman’s Day and July Cup Day, so please ensure you give yourself plenty of times as we anticipate queues for these popular competitions.
How do I know if I have reached the top 10?
Please make sure you check your phones, listen out for the Raceday Announcer and also keep an eye on the big screens around course. Finalists will be contacted at around 3.45pm each day with line-ups taking place between 4.20pm – 5.00pm each day.
The prize package for the winner of the Best Dressed Lady competition (Thursday) includes; £400 worth of luxury ESPA beauty products and a Summer Indulgence Spa Break for Two from headline sponsor, The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel from ITC Luxury Travel; 3 nights for two people at the Jumeirah Zabeel Saray in Dubai on a B&B meal basis; a bespoke ladies hat worth £500 from Rosie Olivia Millinery; an AMG Driving Experience at Mercedes-Benz World in Brooklands, following by dinner for two at the world famous Gullwing Restaurant courtesy of Robinsons Mercedes; a £1000 personal styling session at your nearest Hobbs store; a Magnum of Champagne from Moët and Chandon; a Fairfax and Favor Black Hurlingham Handbag worth £335; a one-to-one hair and makeup makeover session with celebrity make-up artist Bridgette Ellwood worth £250; a styling experience at the Cambridge Coast store with £250 to spend; a Rigby & Pellar Fit & Style Appointment plus lingerie to the value of £150; Champions Lawn admission for Friday 25th August at Newmarket’s Feel Good Friday Summer Meeting at the Adnams July Course; £341 pounds worth of hair treatments and GHD products from Sean Hanna Hair Salon; an annual membership to Wellbeing Warehouse Newmarket, including Yoga, Ballet Barre, TRX and Pilates Reformer sessions worth £1,000; a pair of ladies shoes from Shoehorne worth £200; perfume from Escentric Molecules; a Fashion Makeover Experience from Mark Ashworth Photography; 2 County Enclosure tickets for Ladies Day at the Grand National 2018 Meeting at Aintree Racecourse; a voucher for a bespoke shirt worth £125 from Wolf in Sheeps Clothing; a VIP Experience table for 2 in the Champions Gallery at the Dubai Future Champions Festival at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Friday 13th October; a winner’s bouquet courtesy of Tolly’s Flowers; a bespoke, private session at The Playground – a 1km long, 25 obstacle outdoor assault course – for up to 20 people at each session, worth £500; an exclusive Sterling Silver & 18ct Rose Gold Vermeil Cherry Roller Bangle with Triple CZ Starlight Roller Beads worth £125 and an exclusive Long Chained Sterling Silver & 18ct Rose Gold Vermeil Cherry Roller Snaffle Necklace worth £145 from Hiho Silver; a chocolate goodie bag, bean to bar experience in Cambridge, London or Leeds and up to £50 to spend in store from Hotel Chocolate; One Ladies Shirt worth £70 from the Oxford Shirt Company; Heel Stoppers courtesy of Clean Heel Stoppers
The top 10 finalists in each category will still walk away from some fabulous goodies from our partners! All entrants on Ladies Day will also have the chance of winning the Cambridge News & Media Style Awards Raffle with over £1,000 worth of prizes including:
The prize package for the winner of the Best Dressed Gentleman competition (Friday) includes; £400 worth of luxury ESPA beauty products and a Summer Indulgence Spa Break for Two from headline sponsor, The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel; a VIP tour of the Chantilly training centre, and/or 2 tickets for racing at Deauville plus a double room for one night at a Barriere group hotel and dinner for two from Arqana; a Magnum of Champagne from Moët and Chandon; a made-to-measure suit worth £1000 from Trotter and Deane; a year’s supply of Cornerstone products worth £200, which includes 2x personalised chrome-plated razor handles, 5 x Face Scrubs, 5 x Shave Gel or Shave Cream, 5 x Post-shave Balm, 5 packs of 6 razor blades, 1 x £10 gift cards, 1 x 15 Minutes Magazine and Cornerstone booklet and a Cornerstone leather washbag; a pair of Fairfax and Favor men’s Mayfair Loafers worth £195 in any colour; a £1000 voucher to spend in TM Lewin; Champions Lawn admission for Newmarket Nights feat. James on Friday 5th August at Newmarket’s Adnams July Course; a Gentleman’s Fashion Shoot Experience from Mark Ashworth Photography worth £500; Two Country Enclosure Tickets for the Thursday of the Grand National Meeting 2018 at Aintree Racecourse; a £125 voucher for a bespoke shirt from Wolf in Sheeps Clothing; a table for 2 on the VIP Experience in the Champions Gallery at the Dubai Future Champions Festival at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Friday 13th October; Two tickets with a superb view to a Champions League fixture of your choice in the UK or overseas worth £900 from Flag in the Sand; a bespoke, private session at The Playground – a 1km long, 25 obstacle outdoor assault course – for up to 20 people at each session, worth £500; Sterling Silver Horsehoe Cufflinks worth £45 and an exclusive Sterling Silver Slider with 18ct Rose Gold Plated 12 Bore Shotgun Cartridge Rider on Double Leather Strap worth £85 from Hiho Silver; one men’s shirt worth £90 from the Oxford Shirt Company; A pair of tickets worth £100 to an Ipswich Town Football Club Match courtesy of Ipswich Town Football Club; a chocolate goodie bag, a bean to bar experience (available at Cambridge, London and Leeds) and £50 to spend in store courtesy of Hotel Chocolat
The prize package for the winner of the Best Dressed Couple competition (Saturday) includes; £400 worth of luxury ESPA beauty products and a Summer Indulgence Spa Break for Two from headline sponsor, The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel; a bespoke ladies hat worth £500 from Rosie Olivia Millinery; a Magnum of Champagne from Moët and Chandon; a pair of ladies shoes worth £200 from Shoehorne; a made-to-measure gentleman’s suit worth £1000 from Dapper Fox, a Summer Picnic Hamper from Waitrose worth £200; treatments and products worth £310 from Sean Hanna Hair Salon; Champions Lawn admission for Royal British Legion Day on the 5th August at Newmarket’s Adnams July Course; an F-TYPE Jaguar for the weekend courtesy of Marshall Jaguar Land Rover; a Couples Fashion Shoot Experience from Mark Ashworth Photography worth £500; 6 vouchers from Wolf in Sheeps Clothing for bespoke shirts worth £125 each; a table for 2 VIP Experience in the Champions Gallery at the Dubai Future Champions Festival at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile on Saturday 14th October; a bespoke, private session at The Playground – a 1km long, 25 obstacle outdoor assault course – for up to 20 people at each session, worth £500; an exclusive Cherry Roller Bundle made up of an Exclusive Sterling Silver & 18ct Rose Gold Vermeil Cherry Roller Snaffle Bangle with CZ Starlight Roller Bead worth £145, a exclusive Sterling Silver & 18ct Rose Gold Vermeil Cherry Roller Snaffle Necklace with CZ Starlight Roller Charm Bead worth £150 and a pair of exclusive Sterling Silver & 18 ct Rose Gold Vermeil Cherry Roller Snaffle Earrings with CZ Starlight Roller Charm Bead worth £85; a hamper of gents grooming products worth £150 from Mr Barbers; a winner’s bouquet from Tolly’s Flowers; a chocolate goodie bag, bean to bar experience (available at Cambridge, London or Leeds) and £50 to spend in store courtesy of Hotel Chocolat; a London Fashion Week Package for two worth £1,250 which includes a pair of exclusive seats at an official London Fashion Week catwalk show by a standout British designer, a champagne breakfast, two-course lunch, afternoon tea or two-course dinner for two at a gourmet restaurant close to London Fashion Week hub, access to the exclusive Restaurant Guest Lounge at London Fashion Week, a talk from a senior member of the British Fashion press to brief you on must-know insider information and the intricacies of the British Fashion industry and an opportunity to preview new collections from over 100 designers at the LFW Designer Showrooms
Still need a ticket? Prices start from £15 for the Family Enclosure. Racegoers are urged to book quickly to avoid disappointment. Why not upgrade and try one of our Premium hospitality experiences? The all new Moët & Chandon Dining Experience is available on Gentleman’s Day and Darley July Cup Day for a limited number of people. For more information and to book tickets to the July Festival.