Nottingham Racecourse

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Rails at Nottingham
Rails at Nottingham (Alan Murray-Rust /

Situated in Colwick Park not far from the River Trent, Nottingham racecourse has been hosting racing since 1892, having moved from the previous site at Nottingham Forest. In 1965 a local corporation bought the 293-acre site for just £500,000 and for a brief period the future of the track was in doubt, however, the Levy Board funded improvements and the corporation agreed to lease the property out for a fee. In the mid 1990s Nottingham abandoned National Hunt racing to become a course that exclusively hosted flat racing and they currently average around 16 meetings every year, although that number is increasing due to the growing popularity of the sport.

Located just 3km east of the city centre, Nottingham racecourse used to be served by its own station until the line was shut down in the late 1960s. The closest railway station to the course today is Nottingham Midland Station, which is two miles from the course. There is a taxi rank outside to help customers get to the course, or alternatively the number 44 bus or the Link 2 yellow park and ride bus go to the racecourse from the city centre.

Those travelling by car can easily access the course regardless of what direction they’re travelling from, with the A60 or A612 available to those coming form the north. Visitors from the south are encouraged to use the A60 and the A453, whilst those from the east and west should travel via the A52. Once in Nottingham city centre, the brown tourist signs and yellow park and ride signs provide straightforward directions to the racecourse.

Ticket Prices

There is just one ticket entry price band for access to Nottingham, with entry to the grandstand ranging from £9 to £22 depending on what race day it is and whether tickets are purchased in advance or on the day, with generous discounts available for large group bookings. Customers under the age of 18 are allowed access to the course free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult, although identification may be required.

The Course

Nottingham Racecourse
Nottingham Racecourse (John Sutton /

The grade 4 course at Nottingham is split into two separate courses – a regular one and a smaller one designated for sprint races. Races on the longer course are run left-handed in an oval shape, over a distance of 1m4f. The course is very flat and the easy bends combined with the long 4½f home straight make the course ideally suited to gallopers and young horses.

The sprint course is on the site of the former National Hunt hurdles course and can stage races up to 6f in length. High draw and low draw advantage entirely depends on whether the stalls are positioned on the near side or far side of the track and this positioning is subject to change at any time.

Major Meetings at Nottingham

Meeting at Nottingham Racecourse
Meeting at Nottingham Racecourse (Andy Jamieson /

Nottingham racecourse’s longest serving employee was Mr John Barnett, who served as groundsman for over 25 years and on his 65th birthday a race was named in his honour. On 9th June 2013 14 runners competed in the ‘Happy retirement John Barnett handicap’, on what was his last race meeting in employment.

Two regular races that are considered high profile are the Further Flight Stakes and the Kilvington Fillies’ Stakes. The Further Flight Stakes is run over a distance of 1m6f each April and was first held in 2001, whilst the Kilvington Fillies’ Stakes is run over 6f each May.

Dining and Hospitality

In terms of dining, customers are welcome to eat in Sherwood’s Restaurant for as little as £29 per head. Alternatively, there are private boxes available in a number of affordable price ranges. The VIP Experience Package is priced at £140 + VAT per person, whilst the Premier Package is available for just £105 + VAT per person.

The Classic Package is the cheapest of the regular packages, coming in at as little as £85 + VAT per person. On ‘Family Fun Day’ each year, another package – the Family Fun Package – is available for just £55 + VAT per person.


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