Cartmel Cup DayFeatured Event
Cartmel Cup Day is the opening day of the August meeting and one of the most popular days in our season due to the running of the valuable and highly competitive Carmel Cup race. As always, the huge funfair will be in the Course Enclosure and there will be lots of fun for the whole family.
August Bank Holiday MondayFeatured Event
The final day of the season promises some brilliant high class racing action but this traditional holiday meeting is also about the relaxed picnic atmosphere, the fairground and the family fun.
Where to be for the best views
The Paddock Enclosure contains the Grandstand and Paddock, Parade Ring/Winners Enclosure, Marquee Village and the Louis Roederer Restaurant. The main racecourse office is also located in this Enclosure. Holders of a Paddock Enclosure ticket can move freely over to the Course Enclosure at the track crossing point. Crossing is not permitted while horses are on the course.
The Course Enclosure is situated on the opposite side of the finishing straight from the Paddock. The main features of this Enclosure are the fairground, trade stands and market stalls. Transfers are possible to the Paddock Enclosure at the track crossing point if you are in receipt of a Paddock Ticket or Upgrade Ticket. Crossing is not permitted while horses are on the track.
1856 Lounge (formally Paddock Platinum Lounge)
This ticket grants admission to both the Paddock and Course enclosures plus exclusive access to the 1856 Lounge inside the Paddock enclosure. Within the lounge there will be drinks available for purchase from a Champagne Bar and a Cocktail Bar, a DJ will play until 8pm and you can enjoy a luxurious garden terrace. A carefully selected menu of snacks will be also be available for purchase from our exclusive caterers, Campbell & Rowley. This ticket is for over 18’s only.
How to find us
Cartmel Racecourse, in association with Stagecoach, operates a bus service from Cark Station. Priority will be given to rail passengers so please keep your ticket as proof of travel. Tickets are £4 return and are purchased on board.
Train services run to Cark-in-Cartmel and Grange-over-Sands Stations, with a raceday bus service to the racecourse running from Cark-in-Cartmel station.
Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow the A591 then A590 towards Barrow in Furness for about 10 miles on race days, AA signs direct to the racecourse from the motorway, which is well in advance of the local turn-off the last few miles to Cartmel are along narrow country lanes. On racedays they can be very congested. At peak times it can take some time to travel from the M6, so please allow yourselves plenty of time and arrive early.
Paddock Car Park
Car parking in the Paddock Enclosure is limited and costs £6 per car. We encourage you to arrive early to obtain access to the main Paddock car park. This will sell out on Bank Holidays and overflow facilities will be used.
Course Car Park
Whilst overflow and 7 Acres parking is free, a charge of £6.00 per car will be charged for cars wishing to park within the course enclosure on all racedays.
The racecourse welcomes coaches and minibuses free of charge in the coach car park only. Access to this car park is from Cartmel village. Small Camper vans wishing to park in the course enclosure will be charged £6.00.
No parking is permitted for coaches, minibuses and camper vans in the Paddock car park or in the Hill and Stream Members car park.
It is advisable for coach parties to purchase tickets in advance.
Racegoers are permitted to put up their own gazebos in allocated areas (a member of the Cartmel staff will advise). A charge of £15 is payable on the day for each gazebo erected based on the gazebo being a standard size of 3m x 3m. Multiples of this charge will apply to larger gazebos.
Unfortunately, gazebos are not permitted next to the running rail or within 10 metres either side of a jump, as they obscure the view of other racegoers.
Please also note no gazebos are permitted on either side of the finishing straight. (Course/Paddock Running in Rail enclosures).
Gazebo’s are not available to hire from the racecourse and may not be permitted in high winds.
What to wear
At Cartmel it is requested that racegoers wear smart casual dress in the Paddock Enclosure, especially in the restaurant areas. Although the atmosphere is always informal, it is asked that shirts are worn in all enclosures please. T-shirts and shorts are acceptable in hot weather. Wellington boots and macs are recommended in wet weather. Please dress for your own comfort.
Cartmel racecourse is set against the backdrop of the beautiful English Lake District, and here it is possible to sample national hunt racing in its most original format. With its party crowds and funfair, Cartmel rekindles the social gathering tradition of the original steeple to steeple chases. Cartmel only stages National Hunt racing. The course is a sharp and narrow left handed oval. The difference from other courses is the home straight which unusually veers off and dissects the main oval. The main circuit measures just over one mile and one furlong and what is also unique to Cartmel is that the run-in is known as the longest in the country at just over 4 furlongs. The steeplechase course has 6 fences; these include an open ditch and a water jump. The hurdles course has four obstacles. However, as the course is narrow around the last hurdle, it is removed during steeplechase races, and then rebuilt for hurdle events. The narrow track, sharp nature of the bends, stiff fences and undulating contours make it difficult to win from off the pace. The course is ideally suited to front running course specialists.