Plumpton Racecourse is proud to call itself one of the best smaller racecourses in the country. Hosting sixteen National Hunt meetings during the season, the course is sure to satisfy the passionate racegoer's thirst for Jump racing action. The course combines an inner steeple chasing track with an outer rim for hurdles, although both tracks share the finishing stretch, which is on a merciless incline. Plumpton Racecourse boast a number of newly renovated and recently completed hospitality options, making your race day experience not only a little richer but a lot more comfortable.
Address: Plumpton Racecourse, Plumpton, East Sussex BN7 3AL
Phone: 01273 891 550
Interestingly Plumpton Racecourse was intended originally as a venue for 'coursing', the forerunner of today's greyhound races. In coursing two dogs would give chase to a hare and the dog bringing down the prey would be crowned the winner. This form of sport was practised at the site of Plumpton Racecourse from 1876 to 1884, when the first horse race was staged and overwhelmed the sport of coursing with its mass appeal. In the early 1900s, the course staged one more attempt to establish itself as a successful coursing venue - while also hosting horse race meetings - , but finally abandoned the idea for good in 1908.
Throughout the 1900s Plumpton Racecourse underwent a series of alterations under the hands of different owners, including the acquisition of a grandstand, the introduction and discontinuation of a number of racing fixtures, and a forced racing break during World War II. During the 1990, the steeple chase and hurdling tracks underwent a major make-over, giving the course the shape we know today.
Note: Plumpton Station is adjacent to Plumpton Racecourse. It doesn't get any more convenient than this.
Take the M25 and exit at Junction 7, then follow the M23 towards Crawley/Gatwick; it will turn into the A23 towards Brighton. Follow the A273 towards Hassocks, then turn off onto the B2112 towards Ditchling. Turn right onto the B2116 at the Ditchling roundabout. Turn right at the Half Moon Pub and follow the signs to the racecourse.
Paddock Restaurant: Overlooking the parade ring and the racetrack from the first level of the Sussex Stand, this restaurant is sure to deliver both atmosphere and culinary bliss. For £37 plus admission per person, you can enjoy complimentary welcome drinks and a three course meal; and keep your table reserved for the whole day.
Hospitality Suites: For racegoers who want to enjoy the day in the privacy of their own box, Plumpton offers a range of packages for 8-20 guests in private hospitality sections. From £75 plus VAT per person, you can indulge in race day luxury and private views.