'The Jewel of West Sussex', as Fontwell Park is affectionately known sports an unusual figure-of-eight track, which sets the scene for some prime Jump Racing excitement. Fontwell Park prides itself on its intimate and family friendly atmosphere, supplying distractions for the youngest racegoers as well as plenty of musical entertainment for the adults.
Address: Fontwell Park Racecourse, Nr Arundel, West Sussex BN18 0SX
Phone: 01243 543 335
Fontwell Park Racecourse was established in the late 1800s by Alfred Day, a trainer of horses whose most famous charge Master Willie held the world record for the 6 furlong sprint for 25 years. The name Fontwell is derived from the ancient Roman name for the area 'fons', relating to a watering hole. The addition of 'well' is attributed to monks travelling in the area. Day was charmed and decided to bring the name back.
In 1924 Day obtained a license from the Jockey Club and opened his racecourse in earnest. He created an oval track for hurdling and the figure-of-eight track for the Steeple Chases, to optimise the space rather than make an aesthetic statement. The first official meeting took place on the first of May 1924, and the horse-jockey team of Gem and Fred Rees took the win at the inaugural race. In 1949 Fontwell witnessed the first win attributed to a horse trained at Queen Elizabeth II royal stable, Monaveen.
Changing hands many times after the Day-Dynasty came to an end, Fontwell Park is currently owned by Northern Racing, and enjoying the renovation benefits that come with it.
Note: The closest train station is Barnham Station, two miles from the course. A free courtesy bus runs to and from the track at race days.
Fontwell Park can be found on the A27/A29 roundabout between Chichester and Arundel. The A29 towards Bognor Regis will take you to the car park via Fontwell Avenue.
Private Hospitality: Fontwell offers private hospitality packages sure to make your day at the races a feast for all senses. From £80 + VAT all packages include: a private hospitality room and wait staff, admission to the races, hot beverages, formal or informal dining menus, a race day programme, account or cash bar and closed circuit TV monitors.
Silks Restaurant: Gourmet experiences course-side are offered at this spectacular venue. For an affordable £40 per person, children between 5 & 14 eat for £20, toddlers for only £5; you are entitled to a three course meal. Betting facilities are located on the premises and you will receive a complimentary race card. However, admission to the races is not included.