With an average of 17 fixtures per year in a season constricted from October to May, Wincanton Racecourse hosts about two race meetings every month of the season. These events include bank holiday meetings and racing weekends, which are an ideal opportunity to explore this exciting racecourse and make it a fun-filled day out. Wincanton is specialised in Jump races, and equally well-versed in shouting its visitors a great time.
Map To Wincanton Racecourse
Address: Wincanton Racecourse, Wincanton, Somerset BA9 8BJ
Phone: 01963 32344
History of Wincanton Racecourse
As hunting was a favourite past-time of the Somerset region, it comes as no surprise that the Wincanton area is credited with hosting the first ever National Hunt Steeple Chase even in the United Kingdom in the 19th century. At Hatherleigh Farm near Wincanton the National Hunt committee conducted a series of steeple chases between the 1860s and 1913.
Racing was suspended first during World War I and again during World War II. However, in between in 1925, Wincanton Racecourse was moved to its current site at Kingwell Farm, although the inaugural race did not take place until 1927.
Since 1966 Wincanton Racecourse has been run by the Racecourse Holdings Trust, which has continuously worked to improve the quality of the premises, while upholding the standards of National Hunt racing worthy to its area of origin.
Notable Events at Wincanton Racecourse
- Countryside Day - This National Hunt meeting at the end of April does also play host to a series of novelty races, including the racing of terriers and - believe it or not - ferrets.
- Easter Monday - Following the tradition of the 19th century huntsmen races at Hatherleigh Farm, the Easter Monday race meeting incorporates six competitive races as well as plenty of family entertainment.
- Boxing Day - This event includes the much anticipated 'Lord Stalbridge Memorial Handicap Chase', in honour of a former racecourse owner.
- Spring Evening Meeting - National Hunt races and live music entertainment are sure to make this scenic meeting an unforgettable night.
How to Get to Wincanton Racecourse
Note: Templecombe Station (on the Waterloo/Exeter Line) is the closest train station to Wincanton Racecourse. On race days a courtesy bus is provided.
Leave the A303 onto the B3081, the racecourse is located on the B3081 between Wincanton and Bruton.
Facilities at Wincanton Racecourse
Restaurants: Wincanton Racecourse offers a choice of two stylish restaurants. The Winning Post Restaurant on the second floor of the Hatherleigh stand has an excellent view over the track and winning post. The Kingwell Restaurant prides itself in its excellent cuisine and is located between the racecourse and the parade ring, offering culinary delights at the heart of the race day action.
Private Hospitality: With a choice of three private venues, the Hatherleigh Grandstand, the Wessex Suite and - on special occasions - the Hatherleigh Restaurant, you will not miss a thing on your very special race day. With hospitality packages ranging from buffet style lunch to 3 course sit down meals available on request, these boxes and suites offer only the best.