newcastle racecourseNewcastle Racecourse is located at Gosforth Park in Newcastle upon Tyne, and provides a great opportunity for those in the North East of England to watch thrilling on course racing action. Racing began in the area hundreds of years ago and it wasn’t until the now historic Northumberland Plate moved to Gosworth Park in 1882 that the course was born.

Newcastle Racecourse is dual-purpose venue (tapeta track), hosting both flat and national hunt racing events throughout the racing calendar. This ensures that the high quality races just keep on coming. For just a taste of that in February there’s the 4 miles and 112 furlongs Eider Chase (National Hunt), the aforementioned 2 miles and 56 yards Northumberland Plate (Flat) in June and the 2 miles and half a furlong Fighting Fifth Hurdle in November. The Northumberland Plate  weekend alone brings in tens of millions, telling you just how much benefit it is to both the course and the local economy.

They certainly know how to put on a show at Newcastle racecourse, and with the likes of Ladies Day, music themed race days (Gosforth Park Cup Night ft Madness Live After Racing for instance) and more besides. They even cheekily piggyback on the Grand National on 13th April by having a raceday where they also show the Grand National on giant screens around the course.

It doesn’t end there either. For those with deep pockets – or biggest organisations – there are venue hire options, there’s also annual course membership options that include guests passes and access to “500+ fixtures across Arena Racing Company racecourses” and even golf lessons and the like, for those looking to turn from punter to golf pro. The restaurant and hospitality options are second to none too, with private box options available offering “exceptional panoramic views of the racecourse” for reasonable prices. You can download the brochure here.

All in all Newcastle definitely looks like one of the more interesting race tracks to check out, and if past experiences of the area are anything to go by, I’m sure you can have a great night out after all!