Ladies' Day

Now in its eighth year, Hickstead Ladies' Day, at our Longines Royal International Horse Show has become firmly established as one of the highlights of the Sussex social calendar. So join in the fun, and don your finest fancies, for your chance to stand out from the crowd and strut the turf of our famous International Arena. 


Hickstead's Ladies' Day is held during the Longines Royal International Horse Show - on Saturday 29th July.

With some fabulous prizes and the exclusive Ladies' Day Enclosure, you really do have the perfect excuse to dress up and come and be part of the glamour.

Our team of spotters will be out roaming the showground, looking for the most elegantly-attired guests. The final 10 will be invited into a special judging session in the famous International Arena, where our celebrity judge will pick a Best Dressed Lady and two runners up out of ten finalists. The Best Dressed Lady will be presented with her coveted title, fabulous prizes and a magnum of delicious Bollinger Champagne in the International Arena.

The 2016 prizes

Our Best Dressed Lady wins...

  • A pampering two-night stay with breakfast for two, in a 5* Junior Suite at the Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa. Our winner will be treated to a delicious dinner on the first night (up to the value of £100, all drinks chargeable) and a quintessentially British afternoon tea for two on the second day.
  • One 25-minute spa treatment per person, as well of course as full use of the spa facilities throughout their stay.
  • Magnum of Bollinger Champagne.

Runner-up and finalist prizes...

  • Our 1st runner-up wins a luxurious overnight stay at Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, with dinner for two and two x 1 hour spa treatments in the blissfully relaxing spa.
  • Our 2nd runner-up wins a veritable dining extravaganza, the eight-course 'Pass Experience' at the Michelin starred Pass Restaurant at South Lodge Hotel.
  • None of our finalists will go home empty handed, but rather clutching a beautiful bouquet of flowers from Cottage Flowers in Cuckfield.

Dress code

Ladies' Day Enclosure guests are encouraged to dress in a formal manner and to take note of the following dress code please:


  • A hat, headpiece or fascinator should be worn at all times
  • Dresses and skirts should be of modest length (falling just above the knee or longer)
  • Full length trouser suits are welcome
  • Midriffs must be covered
  • Shorts are not permitted


  • A jacket and tie must be worn

Click here to read about the 2015 winners.  




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