Fakenham Racecourse is not only an excellent destination to spend a day at the track, it also is quite good place if you fancy a camping holiday. Only ten miles from the coast and close to the scenic town of Fakenham, the 120 pitches at the racecourse's own camping facility are a much sought after commodity. Staging National Hunt races from October to May, Fakenham Racecourse is waiting to welcome you with open arms.
Address: The Racecourse, Fakenham, Norfolk, NR21 7NY
Phone: 01328 862 388
The West Norfolk Hunt Meeting, the oldest horse racing event in the Norfolk area, was introduced in 1884 and originally hosted at East Winch near King's Lynn. However, a search for a new venue to improve racing conditions was finally successful in 1905, when the National Hunt racing moved to the location we now know was Fakenham Racecourse. The first race was conducted on Easter Monday - which is still a major event on the Fakenham racing calendar today - with an impressive 37 starters in the tracks inaugural race.
After years of nothing but steeple chasing, Fakenham Racecourse introduced Hurdles in 1926 to mix up the racing events and secure the popularity of the sport. Although the racing was suspended during the first and second World War, Fakenham grew to be a permanent supplier of fixtures on the racing circuit. Today Fakenham is still the proud host of National Hunt meetings throughout the season.
Bad News: Fakenham Racecourse is not a very great place to visit via public transport. The closest station, Sheringham, is 17 miles away from the course.
From the north the course is best approached via the A1 and A 17. The A1065 services it from the south. For those coming from the east the A1067 is ideal, western race goers should take the A148.
The Firth Restaurant: Located on the first floor of the grandstand, the restaurant provides tables for the entire race day for up to eight guests per table.
Weston's Lobster & Oyster Bar/Restaurant: Overlooking the parade ring and the racetrack, the licensed Lobster & Oyster Bar features some delightful seafood specialties as well as wonderful views.
Private Hospitality: The Prince of Wales Grandstand offers three private boxes for up to 20 guests. In case of a larger group the boxes can be combined to host up to 60 visitors. There are catering options varying from Self Service to Silver Service, as well as optional afternoon tea.