Although Uttoxeter is specialised in National Hunt races, it does not discriminate when it comes to seasons. The summer in this glorious Staffordshire venue offers some delightful Hurdling, whereas winter invites you to join in the excitement of Steeple Chases. The course stages up to 25 annual races and has been voted Racecourse Of The Year and Regional Racecourse Of The Year several times - in fact, it took the latter title for ten years in a row. For a country racecourse Uttoxeter offers extraordinary racing quality, hospitality and its very own go-getter charm.
Address: The Racecourse, Wood Lane, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire ST14 8BD
Phone: 01889 562 561
Uttoxeter Racecourse has travelled a long and rocky road to get to the solid state it is in today. It was opened in 1907 to replace Keele Racecourse, which had recently been forced into closure. The beginnings of Uttoxeter Racecourse were auspicious, it had five meetings in its first year and an attending crowd of mostly noble and upperclass spectators. However, the outbreak of World War I put a stop to the races all over the United Kingdom. In 1921 Uttoxeter resumed racing and once again drew good crowds - now across all social classes - and provided great quality racing.
It was the period after the second World War that really threw Uttoxeter out of its rhythm. While most courses in the country ceased operation during these testing times, Uttoxeter Racecourse had a harder time than most to get back on its feet. This was not due to the war itself but to an unrelenting farmer who refused to renew the racecourses lease to a section of his land, nor was he willing to sell. It was only at the last minute that Uttoxeter Urban Council decided to fund the purchase of the famer's land and save the racecourse from ruin.
The true happy end for Uttoxeter Racecourse and its regulars came in 1988, when the racecourse was acquired by Northern Racing, who funded a series of renovations and refurbishments which had been long overdue. Since the turn of the century, racing at Uttoxeter Racecourse is finally back to its old quality and glory.
Aside from these feature days, Uttoxeter hosts a number of hilarious theme nights, such as the Beer Festival and James Bond Night.
Note: Uttoxeter Station is right alongside the racecourse.
The racecourse is just off the A50 between Burton-On-Trent and Stoke-On-Trent. Signage is provided from the A50, A515 and A518.
Private Hospitality: Uttoxeter Racecourse offers a choice of luxurious hospitality packages starting at £110 plus VAT per person to be enjoyed in one of the courses beautiful private rooms. All packages include the hire of the private facility, CCTV, admission to the Premier Enclosure, a choice of silver service or informal dining, a private bar, race day programmes and hot beverages for the duration of the race day