'The Friendly Racecourse' as Sedgefield Racecourse has been dubbed by management and regular visitors, has something in stock for every occasion - and every time. Although it is strictly a National Hunt course, Sedgefield offers its 19 fixtures over the whole year - not just the designated Jump racing season -, making it possible to cater for most seasonal preferences. The track itself is something of a legend on the Jump racing circuit. Sedgefield sports not only a number of notoriously difficult fences, it is also the home of what is arguably the steepest ascent in the United Kingdom when it comes to home stretches. Sedgefield Racecourse invites you to spend a day in a relaxed environment with some great friends and some great racing.
Address: Sedgefield Racecourse, Sedgefield, Stockton-On-Tees, Cleveland TS21 2HW
Phone: 01740 621 925
Sedgefield Racecourse began its career under the name Melton Of The North, when the track was opened on its present day location, which then was part of the Sands Hall Estate belonging to the Ord family. The Ord family, who would keep control over the racecourse until the 1920s, and staged the inaugural meeting in 1846. They continued to host an annual fixture every March.
The racecourse ceased sporting activity during World War I, but was swiftly reopened in 1920. When Richard Ord, the last of the Sands Hall Ords, passed away shortly after the reintroduction of racing, the course was taken over by County Durham, who announced three annual fixtures. When the Racecourse Company was established in 1927 and took horse racing matter into their capable hands, the popularity of the sport skyrocketed and created the need for 20 annual fixtures. Since this development, the Sedgefield Racecourse has undergone a series of renovations, ensuring it can keep up with its richer cousins when it comes to facilities and flair.
Bad News: There is no free shuttle service from the nearest train stations - Darlington and Durham stations - which are both approximately 20 minutes from the track via motor.
Take the A1 and exit at Junction 60, then follow the signs.
Silks Restaurant: With views over the track and the winning post, Silks Restaurant will satisfy your hunger for action just as much as your hunger for delicious dining. From £75 plus VAT per person you can indulge in a choice of three course menus and delight in an excellent winelist.
Hoops Bistro: For a bargain £55 including VAT per head, you can enjoy excellent views from Hoops Bistro. Bookings at this venue include admission to the Grandstand enclosure, a race card, a three course meal, a table reserved for the entire race day, bar facilities and betting facilities.
Private Hospitality: Sedgefield Racecourse offers private hospitality facilities and packages for 15-200 guests. Ranging from silver-service to buffet-style serve yourself arrangements, the racecourse is guaranteed to offer something for any occasion.