Cartmel Racecourse in Cumbria, knows how to make the most of a rare race day. Although the racecourse does only host five to seven race meetings every year - which is an admittedly small number of events - it does have the highest daily average attendance. When Cartmel hosts a race it is sure to be an occasion and an experience you will not forget in a hurry. Including meetings on Spring and August Bank holiday, the rare Cartmel race day is a specimen worth hunting down. Cartmel's track ups the ante on the contenders with the longest run in of the country at 800 yards, while the track hospitality provides ferris wheels and family fun.
Address: Cartmel Racecourse, Carmel, Nr Grand-Over-Sands, Cumbria LA11 6QF
It is assumed that horse racing in the Cartmel area was a much-loved past-time since the 15th century; however, the first organised horse race recorded is dated in 1856. The racecourse has inhabited its present location from the very beginning of the organised and publicised horse sporting events at Cartmel. Initially Cartmel was a venue for Flat races; until the course finally made the switch to become a National Hunt-only course at the beginning of the 20th century.
Until 1947 Cartmel Racecourse only hosted a single event every year. To this original race on Whit Monday, Cartmel added a Saturday meeting and in 1960 introduced a third meeting in August. Today, Cartmel sports a new Grandstand, hospitality facilities and some new annual racing events.
In 2010, the seven racing days at Cartmel Racecourse are:
Note: On race days a free bus service is provided from Cark-in-Cartmel station. Grange-Over-Sands station, which is also near the course has no such service.
Take the M6 at Junction 36 and follow the A591 and A590 towards Barrow and Furness. Yellow road signs will lead the way.
Cartmel Restaurant: Located on the new Grandstand, the views from Cartmel Restaurant sweep over the track, the finishing line and the parade ring. Offering private tables for groups from eight people upwards, the restaurant package includes a three course lunch, refreshments in the afternoon, race cards, a private betting facility and reservation of the table for the duration of the race day. The Cartmel Restaurant also features a viewing balcony.
Chasers Restaurant: As it is located in the corporate hospitality marquee in the paddock enclosure, the Chasers Restaurant is the place to be when you want to get up close to the action. It serves a scrumptious buffet lunch and afternoon tea.
Champagne, Seafood & Salad Bar: For a more informal refuel during the race day, this laid-back facility in the food court offers delicious creations at affordable prices and without any frills attached.