Southwell Racecourse is a venue for all seasons, all ages, and all preferences when it comes to horse racing. As it stages Flat races as well as National Hunt events, the course hosts races throughout the year - and seeing as there is a all-weather track on location, there is very little that can cause a race to be postponed. Situated in the East Midlands, in scenic Nottinghamshire, Southwell Racecourse is convenient to reach and perfect for a day out in the country to enjoy some quality racing and service with a smile at the course's excellent hospitality outlets.
Address: Southwell Racecourse, Rolleston, Newark, Nottinghamshire NG25 0TS
Phone: 01636 814 481
Southwell Racecourse has hosted Flat and National Hunt Races in its present location since 1850. The first Grandstand at Southwell was erected in 1886, pushing for the possibility of greater attendance despite the often difficult running conditions (back in the days before all-weather came about). Construction of a new track went underway in 1897, a great decision that ensured the longevity of Southwell as a racing location.
In 1965 the racecourse was treated to a long overdue new stand, the Enclosure Stand. The all-weather conversion took place in 1989, and the first all-weather National Hunt race was hosted the same year. From then on Southwell has been fighting against the label of an average racecourse, which the racing community tried hard to impress upon it. Throughout this struggle, Southwell Racecourse hosted the Skybet Chase while Doncaster Racecourse was under renovation, and produced prolific female jockey Hayley Turner - and rose to the ranks of favourite hang-outs for the punters and racing fans of the region. With 74 race meetings all year round, no one in their right mind can accuse this racecourse of being anything but wonderful.
It is impossible to denote one meeting at Southwell Racecourse more notable or prestigious than another. All races at the course are conducted with passion and for the love of the sport, making every meeting a special occasion. As the racing is consistent and a lot more regular and frequent than at many other courses, attending a race meeting at Southwell Racecourse is always a safe bet for a good time.
Note: Rolleston Station is in walking distance from Southwell Racecourse. The connecting train goes from Nottingham train station.
Take the A1 and exit onto the A6065. Turn onto the A617 and follow it until you see signs designating the racecourse.
Queen Mother Restaurant: This stylish yet comfortable venue located in the Premier Enclosure offers excellent views over either the track or the parade ring, depending on your preference. Equipped with CCTV to keep you up to date with the action and highly motivated chefs to keep you rolling your eyes with pleasure, the Queen Mother Restaurant will make your day at the races an unforgettable experience.
Private Suites: For visitors craving the luxury of private surroundings Southwell Racecourse provides a number of private suites, located within the Premier Enclosure. Catering for 10-15 guests with offers ranging from seated dining to serve-yourself buffets, the suites guarantee everyone a great time.
Paddock Marquee: If you long to be on level with the contenders, at the heart of the action and out in the open air, the Paddock Marquee on the Champaign Lawn is the spot for you. Accommodating between 80-300 guests, these luxurious private possibilities are going to thrill you and your group with their catering options and closeness to the track.