What's On

Sat 25 May 2019

May Bank Holiday Saturday

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The first day of the racing season at Cartmel, 2019. The Summer starts here – the track will be like a fresh carpet for the horses and we’ll hardly be able to contain our excitement as the runners come under Starter’s orders.

Seven races, funfair entertainment, trade stands and all the fun you can bring.

Picnics and dogs welcome as always.

Mon 27 May 2019

Whit Bank Holiday Monday

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Join thousands of racegoers at one of our most relaxed racedays on Whit Bank Holiday Monday for a fantastic afternoon of family fun with a fairground, trade-stands and seven fascinating races.

Wed 29 May 2019

Whit Wednesday Evening

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The third day of the Whit Holiday meeting, Wednesday is a slightly more relaxed evening fixture with seven races and as always, the fairground will be in operation to ensure a good time for all.

Fri 28 Jun 2019

Cliff Richard Concert Raceday

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The opening day of the June Meeting is sure to form a highlight of the Cartmel racing season with a card of seven exciting races followed by a live music concert featuring none other than Sir Cliff Richard. The concert will take place following the racing and is expected to last approximately one and a half hours.


Please note that on concert race days, the admission ticket is inclusive of both the racing and the concert. All persons attending will require a ticket. All attendees must have a ticket including Under 13’s, who attend free (except in the Seated ticket area).

Sun 30 Jun 2019

Sunday Funday

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The Sunday Funday is the second day of the June meeting and is known for its relaxed atmosphere as a family day featuring children’s entertainers, performers and of course all the fun of the fairground.

Sat 20 Jul 2019

Barbecue Saturday

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The first day of the Barbecue meeting has established itself as a highly popular fixture, featuring some fantastic racing action including the valuable Handicap Hurdle race with the Cumbria Crystal Trophy and our only female jockeys race. Racegoers are welcome to bring a barbecue and can even order BBQ packs of meat with advance race-tickets.

Mon 22 Jul 2019

Barbecue Monday

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The July Monday raceday is a relaxed affair with many racegoers choosing to bring a barbie and cook lunch before racing! Don’t worry if you miss any of the exciting racing action, you’ll be able to watch it again on RacingUK. Racing UK day passes are available for just £10, while an annual subscription to RacingUK Anywhere permits you to view races on up to three platforms including mobile, tablet, PC, digital TV and Sky.

Sat 24 Aug 2019

Cartmel Cup Day

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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.

Mon 26 Aug 2019

August Bank Holiday Monday

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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

Paddock Enclosure

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.

Course Enclosure

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.

The Racecourse, Grange-over-Sands, LA11 6QF
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Travel Information

How to find us


By Bus

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.

By Train

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.

By Road

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.

Dress Codes

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.

Racecourse Information

The History

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.