LQP moments. Picture: Martin van Staden.
Tickets for South Africa’s most elegant horse racing event, the L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate Racing Festival – to take place at Kenilworth Racecourse, Cape Town, on January 5-6 2018 are now on sale at Computicket.

This will be the second year that the event takes place over two days. On day one, a limited number of guests will be able to experience the LQP Garden Party (R 500 per person) complete with bottomless L’Ormarins MCC, Heineken-on- tap, a harvest table, live jazz and access to the racing.

This is probably the best value ticket of the weekend as it also entitles guests to access the famous Style Lounge Village on the second day of the festival.

Bonang Matheba at the LPQ. Picture: LPQ website.

The Somerset Room on Friday (R 300 per person) will cater for guests who prefer a sit-down, three course luncheon and beautiful views of the track and Table Mountain. Guests will also have access to the races and a private bar with toilet and tote facilities.

As is tradition, Saturday’s festivities will include the Style Lounge (R 350 per person), which provides access to the Style Lounge Village, where guests can mingle while enjoying horse racing, entertainment, fine Anthonij Rupert wines, L’Ormarins Brut, local food vendors, tote facilities, parking, and last but not least: the all-too- famous after party.



Due to its position and unbeatable atmosphere, the Stud Club (R 1,300) per person) is the most popular hospitality marquee at the LOrmarins Queen’s Plate. Overlooking the track, this area accommodates up to 200 guests, who will enjoy a complimentary light lunch, snacks, selected beverages and a private cash bar as well as access to the Style Lounge Village, after-party and the Franschhoek Motor Museum and BMW car displays.


Guests who are looking to enjoy LQP in the ultimate luxury can opt for the Stud Members Club & LQP Lounge (R 3,500 per head/ R35,000 per table of ten), which will include exclusive seating in the Stud Members Club and a private table in the LQP Lounge, as well as access to a raised VIP area at the after party limited to 100 people. Also included are a complimentary light lunch, snacks, selected beverages as well as access to the Franschhoek Motor Museum and BMW car displays.


The popular Paddock Sites (R 1,000 per table of 10) is set along the rail in a private covered wind protected area next to the Winner’s Circle. Tickets to the Paddock Sites will include a luxurious picnic basket, filled with a variety of lunch-time treats including a selection of wines, beers, and spirits. Both these options include access to the races, the after-party as well as the Franchhoek Motor Museum and BMW displays.

Champagne popping. Picture: LPQ website.

The Kenilworth Jazz Room (R 1,500) returns with its exquisite views of the course, live jazz and access to the Style Lounge Village and after party. Tickets will include a three course meal with complimentary selected Anthonij Rupert wines and full local bar.


The Somerset Room (R600) guarantees a three course meal in the comfort of the Kenilworth
Building, with prime views of the course. In addition to witnessing the country’s best racehorses, guests will also experience world-class entertainment, hospitality and culinary offerings while the Best Dressed Competitions will again reward the couple which best represents the traditional LQP white-and- blue.

Friday’s Best Dressed Lady and her partner will take home a variety of prizes, and Saturday’s Best Dressed couple will once again be flown to an experience of a life-time in the UK, where they will attend Glorious Goodwood, one of the world’s most famous racing festivals, in August 2018.