Worcester Racecourse is the prime address for National Hunt meetings in Worcestershire. This sprawling racecourse right by the banks of the River Severn sets an inviting scene for some of the most spectacular jump racing events of the season. While staying true to the age-old British tradition of national hunt racing, Worcester Racecourse also offers some of the most modern and best-maintained racing facilities in the country. If you are looking for old-school racing action combined with all the mod-cons you can think of, Worcester Racecourse is the venue for you.
Address: Grand Stand Road, Worcester WR1 3EJ
Phone: 0870 220 2772
The tradition of horse racing has deep roots in the Worcestershire area, dating back as far as 1718 when flat races were hosted along the banks of the River Severn. The sport quickly rose to great popularity and by 1755 the first annual flat racing fixture was established on the site we now know as the Worcester Racecourse. In the same year Worcester hosted its first jump race meeting in autumn. For over 200 years flat racing dominated the racecourse at Worcester; however, since 1966 Worcester Racecourse operates as a National Hunt Course only.
The Grandstand still in use at Worcester Racecourse today was built in 1974; summer jumps were introduced in 1995. Steadily, Worcester Racecourse was building a reputation as an innovative and progressive racing venue. However, it was not until 2000, when Arena Leisure took charge of the management of Worcester Racecourse, that the racetrack underwent the care and the refurbishments to make it the outstanding racing facility we know today.
Worcester Racecourse hosts a great number of themed race meetings, most of which are designed to keep the whole family entertained. Some highlights include the Family Fun Day in early September, which features appearances by popular children's television characters such as Spongebob Squarepants. For more adult centred entertainment, check out fixtures like the Caribbean Nights race meeting, which invites you to enjoy delicious cocktails and live music whilst indulging in your passion for the national hunt races.
Note: Worcester Racecourse is located ¾ mile from Foregate Street Train Station in Worcester, so convenient access to the races without the hassle of looking for a car park is only a short walk away.
Take the M5 to Junction 8 and take the A449 - the Kidderminster Road - to Worcester Racecourse.
The Severn Restaurant: offers multiple course lunch and dining for guests looking to put a little class in their race day. With great views of the track, betting facilities and live CCTV for full race coverage, the Severn Restaurant is the perfect base for a relaxed outing to the track.
The Grandstand Enclosure Bar: invites Grandstand Enclosure visitors to unwind with a beverage or have a snack at one of many take-away style food outlets. Located on the ground floor of the Grandstand, this venue allows you to remain in the centre of the action at all times.
Suites, Executive Boxes and Marquees: are available for hire for large and small groups, offering personalised catering, betting facilities and complementary drinks and race day programs.