Welcome to the home of 'Hunter Chasing'! Stratford Racecourse offers 17 annual meetings during the National Hunt season, inviting you to take some time out and visit one of the top small racecourses in the United Kingdom. Catering for families and groups, as well as for lone-wolf punters, this course will do anything in its power to shout you a good time. It is renowned for its excellent prize monies and the regular attendance of some of the best jockeys in the business. So, while it may not be massively big, Stratford Racecourse is big on everything that matters.
Address: Stratford Racecourse, Luddington Road, Stratford-Upon-Avon, Warwickshire CV37 9SE
Phone: 01789 267 949
Racing at Stratford got off to a shaky but enthusiastic start. In 1755 horse racing was staged and officially recorded on Shottery Meadow in the town of Stratford-Upon-Avon. In 1769 the same location hosted the Garrick Jubilee Cup. However, as the meadow was in fact an actual meadow, racing was presumably banned in order to keep the wildly pounding hoofs of the contenders from destroying the local crops. For almost a century, no more racing was recorded in the Stratford area.
However, in 1836 a National Hunt race was once again officially conducted and made it on the record. The equine sport began a long and tedious climb to make a space for itself at Stratford. In the mid-1800s, racing was gaining popularity and Stratford hosted a number of well-attended meetings, including the Shakespeare Cup (naturally), the Warwickshire Hunt, the Diamond Jubilee Cup and the Warwickshire Hunt Coronation Cup. National Hunt racing was well under way.
In 1968 Stratford Racecourse, now extended due to the purchase of adjoining property, hosted the 200th anniversary Garrick Jubilee Cup Festival, a three day affair to celebrate the persistence of the sport. A two mile hurdling event was introduced to commemorate the occasion, the Garrick Jubilee Challenge Cup, which is still run today.
Note: Stratford-Upon-Avon Station is only about one mile from Stratford Racecourse. A little amble through Shakespeare's hometown never killed anyone.
The racecourse is roughly 15 minuted from Junction 15 on the M40; or about 40 minutes from Junction 7 off the M5. When entering Stratford-Upon-Avon simply follow the signage designating the racecourse.
Stratford Touring Park: For a special treat before and afternoon of racing take some time and visit the Stratford Touring Park. Situated on the banks of the river Avon, this beautifully groomed park pays tribute to the man himself, the bard, the 'man of the millennium', the much debated and fictionalised hero of the quill, the subject of motion pictures great and awful - William Shakespeare.
Corporate Hospitality: When it comes to catering large functions, Stratford Racecourse does go all out. Offering a variety of charming menus to feed between 10-90 guests in a private room with views over the course, the hospitality packages are impossible to beat.