Cartmel Races

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Situated in South Lakeland, Cumbria, the village of Cartmel is a wonderful little jewel set amidst some of the most attractive rural landscapes to be found anywhere. The 12th Century Cartmel Priory is one of its most notable historic attractions and ever since the monks held mule races, the village has hosted racing events. Since 1856 these have been held at Cartmel Racecourse which today is still overlooked by the priory and continues to provide all the fun and thrill of first class racing at Cartmel Races.

Free Racing Tips The wooded parkland and picturesque valley which hosts the village and racecourse certainly makes for a pleasant day out but it is the charm of the racecourse itself which draws the crowds.

Recently named the Best Small Racecourse in the North by the Racegoers Club, Cartmel Races exudes character and its events epitomise what it means to enjoy a day at the races.

The close proximity to the Lake District National Park means the course is popular with tourists as well as regular race goers and is well connected to the nation’s major transport networks.

The racecourse may be small and the track only a mile round but it also has a four-furlong run-in, the longest of any course in Britain.

6 fences per circuit are split onto two groups; a double on the back straight, one of which is a ditch and a quick succession of four jumps before the final turn. The jumps, in combination with the narrow track and sharp bends makes for a challenging track on which course specialists and front runners have an advantage. Cartmel hosts 6 national hunt racedays. All are well attended and indeed the course boasts the highest average daily attendance of all the National Hunt courses.

The charm and character provided by the style and intimate nature of Cartmel Races remains uncompromised by the numbers of visitors and the race day hospitality on offer. The old grandstand was demolished and replaced in 2004 and now offers additional options for racegoers to combine some superb racing with a range of leisure, hospitality and dining services. Tickets for Cartmel Races can be purchased for the Paddock Enclosure or Course Enclosure and advance booking is recommended.

A Paddock Enclosure ticket allows access to the Grandstand and Paddock and also to the Parade Ring/Winners Enclosure for the pre and post race formalities. The Paddock Enclosure also contains the main racecourse office, the Marquee Village and Cartmel Restaurant, a superb new dining facility. Paddock Enclosure ticket holders can also access the Course Enclosure which is situated on the opposite side of the track. Crossing the track is not permitted when horses are on the course.

The Course Enclosure includes trade stands, the fairground and market stalls and is situated on the finishing line directly across from the paddock. Course Enclosure ticket holders can enjoy all the aspects of the Course Enclosure and may obtain upgrades on the day to allow access to the Paddock Enclosure facilities.
Cartmel Races, inside rail

Cartmel Races Paddock tickets for premier racedays is cheaper when booked in advance. Concessions are available and children under 16 gain free entry when accompanied by a paying adult. Off course parking is free. Visitors can erect their domestic gazebos within both enclosures for a fee, which is waived during BBQ raceday in July.

Cartmel Races, winner Those wishing to indulge in the time-honoured tradition of fine race dining can do so within the stunning new Cartmel Restaurant facility. Located within the Paddock Enclosure, on the first floor of the Grandstand, the restaurant has fantastic views over the parade ring, finishing line and course and has its own private balcony for prime viewing. As part of a Cartmel Races dining package, visitors can enjoy a leisurely three-course lunch with friends, family or colleagues around their own table for the day, and make full use of the private tote facility. Complimentary racecards are provided.

There is a selection of other dining facilities too, including Chasers Restaurant, which offers an extensive buffet lunch, ideal for family dining, and Champagne, Seafood, and Salad Bar, which as the name suggests offers some stylish fare to match the culture of race day.

There are other snack and drinks facilities located throughout the racecourse offering a wealth of possibilities to suit every taste.

Cartmel Races provides the perfect environment for mixing business with pleasure and a choice of corporate hospitality packages are available which do precisely that. Entertain friends, staff or clients in style within a private chalet or marquee as part of four hospitality options termed the Devonshire, Cavendish, Burlington, or Barbeque packages. Each has its own special appeal and menus, and will have standard features such as Paddock admission badge, racecard, Racing Post, and Tipster. Barbeque packages are available for the July meeting only.

The facilities within Cartmel Racecourse and its beautiful setting make it the ideal venue for a range of activities outside the racedays. Weddings, Christmas parties, conferences and exhibitions, or simply some fine dining is stylish surrounds all employ the first class facilities and hospitality on offer. The location, within one of the country’s most desirable visitor destinations, also means there is no shortage of accommodation options for those with time to spend in this beautiful part of the world.