What you need to know about Southwell


What are the differences between Enclosures?

Grandstand Enclosure - This is often called Tattersalls at other racecourses. This enclosure gives you access to the Grandstand and most ground floor areas.

Premier Enclosure - This gives you access to all public areas.

All enclosures have TOTE and Ladbrokes betting facilities. The Boards and rails bookmakers can be found outside in front of the track. If the weather is inclement, the Boards bookmakers may be found inside the concourse

If you're looking for a winner in the paddock then a few things to watch out for might include:

  • A sleek and shiny coat: that's normally an indication of a horse's wellbeing.
  • A swagger or elegance; even at the parade ring, a horse's athleticism is evident.
  • A relaxed horse is one that is not wasting nervous energy before the race, so if a horse is sweating or uneasy in the paddock, that's not usually a good sign.
  • Well-toned muscle and just a hint of rib showing is a sign that the horse is in peak physical condition; as with most human runners, sprinters tends to carry a little more muscle (and have quite big backsides!) compared to a horse that runs over longer distances, so bear that in mind.

Is there a dress code?

Customers in the Premier Enclosure and all hospitality areas are respectfully asked to refrain from wearing T-shirts, shorts or training shoes. Casual wear is acceptable in the Grandstand Enclosure.

Do I have to book tickets in advance?

Advance booking is recommended for our festival fixtures but tickets can be purchased on the day of the fixture. Punters Package and Hospitality packages do require advance booking.

Do children need tickets/have to pay?

Accompanied under 18's are admitted FREE of charge to both the Grandstand and Premier Enclosures. For restaurant prices please call us on 01636 814481

What time do gates open on a race day?

Gates open two hours prior to the first race. Please check the fixture of your choice for the latest times and information.

Are dogs permitted on the racecourse?

Assistance dogs only are allowed on the racecourse.

Do I have to pay for parking?

No, we have 1000 FREE parking spaces.

Ladies Days / Evenings

For our Ladies Day, we encourage smart dress. This usually means dresses or suits and hats for ladies and a suit and tie for gentlemen. There is a competition for the Best Dressed Lady, Best Hat, and Best Dressed Shoes

May I take photographs?

At all meetings we ask you to ensure that no flash photography takes place near the horses. Otherwise you are welcome to take photographs for personal non-commercial use only. During live music and entertainment, the artists' management retain all image rights. Any photographer that is felt to be impeding or contravening these rights without accreditation and prior written consent will be requested to leave and escorted from the premises. You cannot take images for commercial purposes without prior permission from the racecourse office and provision of press accreditation.

Note: Professional filming and photography takes place here at Southwell for various publications and broadcasting and race goers (including families) consent to being filmed, photographed and otherwise recorded by Southwell Racecourse or any third party authorised by Southwell Racecourse. You grant Southwell Racecourse and any third party authorised by Southwell Racecourse the right to broadcast, publish, licence and use any photographs, film, recordings or images of you without payment or other compensation in any promotional literature produced by Southwell Racecourse. Full copies of our Terms & Conditions are available upon request.

Does Southwell have a cash machine?

Yes we certainly do, it is located on the ground floor of the main grandstand opposite the Ladbrokes betting shop

Is there any senior citizen discount?

Yes, to qualify for the seniors ticket, racegoers aged 65 and over must bring a proof of age

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