Uttoxeter Racecourse, set in Staffordshire, England, is well know for its national hunt racing. Well positioned for transport links, its ideal for a day at the races and also an opportunity do enjoy it in the scenic surroundings of the Staffordshire countryside. This makes it perfect for a family day out, or even one on your lonesome if you’re looking for a exciting time in your own company!

The 1 mile 2½ course itself is challenging for horse and jockey alike, which can make for some great races and inevitably excitement for spectators. It has a four furlongs home straight, making for competitive races that often favour front runners.

There’s no shortage of racing calendar at Uttoxeter, with the 4m 1f 110y Midlands Grand National surely being the jewel in the crown. This listed race as well as the likes of the Summer Cup in June draw in large crowds and top-tier talent to see the best of jump racing in the flesh. Alongside this, the racecourse hosts a number of other fixtures throughout the year, so it’s also an option if you’re looking for a day at the races. They’re not shy of being quirky either, as Aprils Sausage & Cider Festival Raceday attests to.

Uttoxeter’s facilities are designed to cater to all, so whether you’re looking for a quick bite to eat and a pint, or a three course meal, there are options for you. They offer private boxes and raceday packages such as ‘the 1907 premium’ which offers various exclusive perks such as the not to be missed viewing balcony. All of this adds up to a memorable experience. Beyond the racing, Uttoxeter Racecourse plays host to live music, theme nights, as well as family days too, so there’s no need to get a babysitter! It’s a versatile venue, and well worth a visit.


Sandown Park

Sandown Park Racecourse, in Surrey, England is home to both flat and jump horse racing, and dates all the way back to 1875. Due to its versatility, it offers a packed racing calendar that attracted racing fans from far and wide to watch a competitive day at the races unfold in real time. Hosting high class racing all year round (both grade 1 jump races and group 1 flat) means that race goers have access to the best of the best when that attend Sandown Racecourse.

The course itself is a right handed turf surface 13 furlongs long and with a half mile straight. There are no shortage of noteworthy races held at Sandown including the grade 1 Celebration Chase in April and group 1 Eclipse Stakes in July. Let’s not forget the group 2 Sandown mile too.

With a picturesque setting and on course restaurant, the stage is set for an enjoyable visit, so you’re already on a winner for your day at the races. It doesn’t end there though as in moving with the times the venue also hosts live music concerts from the likes of Simply Red, Spandau Ballet, McFly ,Madness and Pete Tong. These take place after the racing, making for a varied and exciting day out that’s hard to rival. The course also hosts corporate events, meetings and conferences, and weddings. It’s got something for everyone.


Hamilton Park

Hamilton Park Racecourse in Hamilton, South Lanarkshire is a longstanding flat racing course in Scotland. Horse racing is recorded to have taken place in Hamilton as far back as 1782 and racing takes place there from May to September. The course is undulating and 1 mile 5 furlong in length so can often be seen to favour horses with stamina. Notable races at the course include the listed Glasgow Stakes in July and the The Lanark Silver Bell which is one of the oldest racing trophies in the country, possibly being gifted to King William of Scotland in 1165 (though some say the trophy may instead date to around 1587).

A short distance from Glasgow it’s easily reachable by both public transport and car. Beyond the excitement of the racing, Hamilton Park offers a compelling mix of live sport, music, and hospitality too, making it a great choice for visit even if you’re not purely an avid racing fan. Dining options include The Hill for pizzas or light bites, the Overton Farm Grill stand and Equi’s ice creams. Or why not grab a drink at Duke’s Bar, Braveheart Bar, or. Panoroma Bar (offering unrivaled views of the track). Exclusive hospitality and wedding packages are also available ands a virtual tour can be viewed here.

Epsom Downs

Located near Surrey, England, Epsom Racecourse (or Epsom Downs as its also known) is a flat, left-handed ‘rollercoaster of a course’, measuring 1 miles, 4 furlongs and 6 yards in length. The crowd capacity at Epsom is a significant 130,000. Racing first took place on the downs in 1661 and since that time many legends have passed through. Look no further than the undefeated Eclipse who had his first victory at the course.

Epsom Downs hosts a number of household name Group 1 races such as the Oaks, Coronation Cup, listed race the Surrey Stakes and last but by no means last The Derby. The latter of course being known to those even only loosely aware of the racing world.

There are excellent transport links to the course and the facilities at Epsom Racecourse act to enhance the visitor experience yet further. With a number of viewing areas, dining options at The Derby Suite Restaurant, Classic Lounge Experience and Carvery Experience and hospitality packages on offer, the racecourse caters to all tastes, whether you’re looking for a straightforward day at the races, or something a little more special or celebratory.

Visitors to Epsom can expect a combination of top rate racing action in a welcoming atmosphere. Whether you’re a lifelong racing fan or new to the sport, Epsom Racecourse should be high on your list of racecourses to visit.


Chester Racecourse is steeped in history and famous for being the oldest racecourse still in operation in the UK. Positioned in central Chester, the course combines the excitement of a day at the races with a unique, city-center location, making it a magnet for both racing enthusiasts and those looking for a day out with a difference.

The racecourse, known affectionately as the Roodee, is a tight, left-handed flat racing track that encircles the city’s ancient Roman walls. This close proximity to the action makes for one of a kind spectator experience, with the sounds and sights of racing seemingly more immersive than with some other courses. The challenging course is relatively small at 1 mile and 1 furlong long.

Due to its location the course is, as you’d expect, well-served by public transport, with ample parking for those who instead prefer to drive. This ease of access makes it feel like a racecourse for all.

The standout event in Chester’s racing calendar has to be the May Festival, a three-day event that signals the start of the flat racing season. Large crowds head to the course to watch the likes of the Cheshire Oaks, Chester Vase, Huxley Stakes and the Chester Cup (a handicap race that has been a staple of the racecourse since the early 19th century).

Facilities at the course are top notch with a range of hospitality and dining options catering to all tastes and budgets. Chester Racecourse plays a significant role in the local community by hosting a variety of non-racing theemd events, including live music concerts, food festivals and more. This versatility measn that there is nearly always something of nore happening at Chester racecourse.


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