Huntingdon Racecourse

For nine months of the year the season is on at Huntingdon, the course which the racegoers (the Racegoers Club) have voted to be the Best Small Racecourse in the South Midlands and East Anglia. This lovely racing venue in the heart of scenic Cambridgeshire offers National Hunt events in a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for families and newcomers to the racing scene, this racecourse lives up to all expectations.

Map To Huntingdon Racecourse

Address: The Racecourse, Brampton, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire PE18 8NN
Phone: 01480 453 373

History of Huntingdon Racecourse

The first race meeting in the Huntingdon area was recorded on 1775, mentioning a horse race taking place at the neighbouring Port Holme. However, the racing either did not take hold immediately, as the next record of a racing event is dated 1898, reporting a two-day event in July and another in August.

In 1906 it was decided to move the racing grounds from Port Holme, but it wasn't until 1920, the year that saw the formation of the Huntingdon Steeple Chase Group, that Brampton became a stronghold of horse racing passion.

When John Goodcliff was appointed Chairman of the Steeple Chase Committee in 1952, he began a campaign of improvements and renovations that have led to the fabulous racecourse we know today. For his efforts in transforming the racecourse, a feat he achieved to his satisfaction in 1967, Goodcliffe was honoured to have a defining feature of the race named after him, the open ditch in front of the Grandstand.

Notable Races at Huntingdon Racecourse

  • Ladies' Evening - The perfect night out with your girls, lucky charms and favourite piece of fabulous couture. Held in May, this will be an evening to remember.
  • Easter Monday Family Fun Day and Big Bank Holiday Family Fun Day - Fun filled meetings featuring competitive races, free children's entertainment, picnic opportunities and much more. Not to be missed. There is no better way to introduce your youngsters to the joys of equine sports.
  • Boxing Day Meeting - Huntingdon invites you to spend the day after Christmas in the company of like-minded racegoers, festive spirit and some excellent race horses.
  • Peterborough Chase Day - this wintery day of horse racing features the most anticipated and prestigious race of the Huntingdon season, the Peterborough Chase. This Grade 2 National Hunt race is open to horses aged four and older, and is run over a distance of 2 miles and 4 ½ furlongs.
  • The Mascot Grand National - is one of the strangest fixtures in Great Britain. In this race the competitors are not horses, but the mascots of sports teams, including such famous faces as Beau Brummy Bear of Birmingham City football club. Always good for a barrel of laughs.

How to get to Huntingdon Racecourse

Note: A complimentary shuttle bus runs from Huntingdon Station to the racecourse on race days.

Alternatively:

Huntingdon is located ½ mile from the Junction 22 on the A14. On race days - and otherwise - there is ample signage to lead the way.

Huntingdon Racecourse Facilities

Packages: All hospitality packages available at Huntingdon include: private hospitality suite with great views of the track, admission badges, formal or informal dining, sit down or buffet menus, race day programmes, waitress service, a private bar, live racing coverage, and licensed betting facilities. Every package is available with Gold or Silver upgrades, as well as a supplementary list of 'Finishing Touches'.

Restaurant Dining: Huntingdon is also home to The Peterborough Chase Restaurant, which provides great views of the course, as well as delicious three course meals and afternoon tea options. The restaurant has betting facilities and a private viewing balcony for the guests.

Weddings: Since it would be selfish to keep all the glorious grounds for horse aficionados only, Huntingdon offers its services as the backdrop for the happiest day of your life. With banqueting, indoors and outdoors options, the team at Huntingdon Racecourse will make it a day to remember come rain or come shine.

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