Nick Knowles, 60, and girlfriend Katie Dadzie, 32, attend Cheltenham
Nick Knowles, 60, looks suave with his girlfriend Katie Dadzie, 32, while Ed Westwick and Amy Jackson put on stylish displays as they lead the stars on day four of Cheltenham Festival
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Nick Knowles and Ed Westwick were among the stars attending the fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday.
DIY SOS star Nick, 60, looked suave in a three piece suit as he stepped out alongside his tartan-clad girlfriend Katie Dadzie, 32.
Elsewhere actor Ed, 35, and his girlfriend Amy Jackson, 31, looked stylish in their chic ensembles as they arrived at the event.
Despite the Gloucestershire racecourse relaxing its strict dress code for the first time in its 200 year history, the celebrities made sure they dressed to impress.
Nick teamed his pinstriped suit with a white shirt and layered a brown tweed jacket over the top.
Race day: Nick Knowles, 60, and his girlfriend Katie Dadzie, 32, were among the stars attending the fourth and final day of the Cheltenham Festival on Friday
Star-studded: He was joined at the event by Ed Westwick, 35, and Amy Jackson, 31, who looked stylish in their chic ensembles as they arrived at the event
He accessorised with a paisley patterned tie and tan fedora hat while walking hand-in-hand with Katie.
She stood out from the crowd in a bold pair of shorts that she paired with a long matching coat.
Katie kept warm in a black turtle neck jumper and designer tights, boosting her height with some thigh-high suede boots.
Ed channelled his inner Peaky Blinder in a navy flat cap with a checked blazer and wool over coat.
He topped off his outfit with a white shirt, a pair of khaki trousers and a light grey tie.
Amy put on a very sophisticated display wearing shades of brown, she teamed turtleneck jumper with some checked wool blend trousers.
The actress kept warm with a tan coat and chocolate leather gloves, elevating her frame with a pair of heeled knee boots.
She accessorised her look with a crocodile print handbag and styled her long dark hair straight.
Also in attendance were the likes of Idris Elba, Luke Evans, Georgia Toffolo and Jeremy Clarkson.
Smart: DIY SOS star Nick looked suave in a three piece suit as he stepped out alongside his tartan-clad girlfriend Katie
Out with the old: Despite the Gloucestershire racecourse relaxing its strict dress code for the first time in its 200 year history, the celebrities made sure they dressed to impress
Looking good: Ed channelled his inner Peaky Blinder in a navy flat cap with a checked blazer and wool over coat
The historic society event, which dates back to the early 19th century, has unveiled a new ‘inclusive’ dress code this year, which organisers hope will make spectators feel ‘confident and at-ease’ for their visit.
This means dresses, heels and hats are no longer mandatory, as organisers hope to attract a younger crowd to the venue, welcoming jeans and trainers.
In the past, entry into some enclosures has required the wearing a jacket and tie while wearing trainers has also been frowned upon.
Racegoers are free to wear what they want at the Jockey Club’s 15 racecourses in a bid to make horseracing more ‘accessible and inclusive’.
Instead of restricting racegoers from watching the action in certain enclosures based on what they are wearing, the Jockey Club has told its customers to ‘dress as you feel most comfortable and confident’.
The only exceptions to the new policy at any of the 342 fixtures staged by The Jockey Club is offensive fancy dress or offensive clothing of any kind and replica sports shirts.
Stylish: Georgia Toffolo looked stylish in a turtleneck black dress and a pink button-up jacket
Chic: She gave herself a few inches in a pair of black boots as she arrived for the big day
Wow! Kym Marsh captured attention in a very smart all-black ensemble while she slicked her brunette locks back
Excited: Idris Elba held up a peace sign to the cameras as he arrived at the racecourse
Suave: He looked very dapper in a suit and tie, which he styled with a flat cap and black lace-up boots
Sleek: He looked as slick as ever in shades of grey with a flat cap and leather boots
The announcement comes at a time when racecourse are battling to stem a fall in attendances.
Nevin Truesdale, Chief Executive at The Jockey Club, said last month: ‘Horseracing has always been a sport enjoyed by people from all different backgrounds and it’s really important to us to be accessible and inclusive.
‘We hope that by no longer placing an expectation upon people of what they should and shouldn’t wear we can help highlight that racing really is for everyone.
‘For those who visit our venues, a day at the races is all about spending quality leisure time with friends and family and we believe people enjoy themselves best when they feel relaxed. A major part of that is wearing clothing which you are comfortable in.
VIP: Idris picked up a coffee ahead of the jam-packed day as he battled photographers on his way in
Green! Luke Evans sported Irish colours as he stepped out in a green checkered jacket, black trousers and a turtleneck jumper
Posing: He gave a flash of his badge as he posed for snaps upon his arrival
Suave: Jeremy Clarkson cut a smart figure in a navy suit and waistcoat as he arrived at the races
‘While The Jockey Club has a rich heritage and history it is also a forward-thinking organisation which places a great emphasis on diversity and inclusion and always seeks to reflect modern trends.
‘So, when we reviewed this area of the raceday experience, it has been clear to us that enforcing a dress code seems rather outdated in the 21st Century in the eyes of many of our racegoers.
‘Of course that doesn’t mean we are discouraging people from dressing up for a day at the races if they want to.’
‘This is about giving people a choice and the opportunity to come racing dressed however they feel most comfortable and confident, while also bearing in mind the challenges regularly presented by the British weather.’
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