A day built around celebrating the history of racing at Chester and the racecourse's unique position within the city.
The 2019 season opener is City Day, the inaugural day of the Boodles May Festival and an exciting one at that.
Following the breath-taking traditional curtain raiser of the Lily Agnes Stakes, the Chester Vase and Cheshire Oaks serve up some fantastic on-track action, with both Derby trials separating the men from the boys.
Top-class contenders from the likes of Aidan O'Brien and William Haggas will go head to head to compete at Epsom later in the season - this is the opportunity to run on the best turf conditions over the three days! The bar is set, expect high calibre racing and plenty of thrills.
Roman Day is the first of the family themed fixtures in 2019 and offers families the perfect opportunity to celebrate the beginning of the Half-Term holidays on Saturday 25 May.
On Roman Day, the racecourse will be celebrating its historical roots and location within the Roman city of Chester. Did you know, Chester Racecourse, established in 1539, is the oldest racecourse still in use in the UK, if not the world!
Expect plenty of entertainment on the Open Course in addition to the seven races during the afternoon, including chariot and jousting displays. Roman foot soldiers will be on hand to pose for photos and teach youngsters some fascinating facts about their Cestrian ancestors.
So, pack a roman themed picnic, get the family together and join them at Chester Racecourse for a day to remember. Carpe Diem!
Summer has arrived! This social Saturday raceday is always popular with racegoers and the chance to celebrate the arrival of warmer weather on the Roodee.
Attracting crowds of enthusiastic racing fans and those looking to up the style stakes, racegoers flock from around the country to cheer on the contenders and enjoy an afternoon of sunshine.
Ladies EveningFeatured Event
The perfect way to enjoy an early summer Friday evening and get the weekend off to a winning start.
Kick start the Summer Holidays with a day of family fun at Chester Racecourse, with action on the flat and fun free activities for younger racegoers on the Open Course.
Ladies DayFeatured Event
There’s an atmosphere of unbridled excitement, where eye-catching fashion meets the thrill of an afternoon’s racing.
Expect entertainment and giveaways a-plenty and of course a prestigious ladies day competition. Make the most of the weekend and make memories in spectacular style this Ladies Day.
Autumn FestivalFeatured Event
Get your weekend off to a bang with a visit to Autumn Festival at Chester Racecourse, what better excuse for a four day working week!
Autumn FestivalFeatured Event
The Stand Cup takes centre stage on the penultimate raceday of the 2019. Enjoy the thrill of this Listed race and six other nail-biting contests on the card.
This is it, the last hurrah. Toast the end to another fabulous season of racing on the Roodee.
Where to be for the best views
Winning Post Enclosure
Chester’s most premium ticketed enclosure is situated adjacent to the Winning Post itself and within the heart of the buzzing paddock. The Winning Post is the perfect spot to socialise and soak in all of the atmosphere a day's racing at Chester has to offer. This adult only enclosure is partially covered with informal seating and offers a degree of shelter from the elements.
County Course Stand
Overlooking The Final Furlong and The Winning Post, the County Concourse is a premium enclosure at the heart of the racecourse. This badge permits racegoers access to the Paddock where you will find our Dining Village, The Parade Ring, County Champagne Bar and Winner's Enclosure. This badge does not provide access to the seated area in the County Stand. Limited standing is available in the first few rows of the County Stand (availability dependent).
The Tattersalls Enclosure is the largest on the racecourse. Perfect for large groups, the ticket provides excellent views via the tiered covered terrace. Ticket holders have access to bars, catering concessions, chesterBet as well as entry to the Paddock.
The Dee Stand has a tiered, uncovered terrace and ground floor standing area. A ticket for the Dee Stand provides access to catering, bars and betting. There is no strict dress code in this area.
The Open Course is located in the centre of the race track. The perfect enclosure for families, with free children's entertainment (weather permitting) for the little ones to enjoy. Guests are permitted to take their own food/soft drinks into this area. Refreshment vendors and chesterBET are available on this course, however there isn't an ATM it is advised to bring cash with you.
How to find us
For Satellite Navigation systems the postcode is CH1 2LY. The M53, M56, M6 and A483 are all in close proximity to Chester providing excellent links from Liverpool, Manchester, North Wales and the south of England. On racedays, the Racecourse is signed from all the major routes into Chester.
The nearest train station to the racecourse is Chester where trains run every 15 minutes during the day and every 30 minutes in the evening between Liverpool City Centre stations and Chester. Mainline trains also come into this station. A Chester City / Rail Circular bus service is in place to take you from the train station to the racecourse if you don’t fancy the short walk for a small charge.
What to wear
Winning Post & County Stand
Customers in the County Long Room, Concourse and Winning Post Enclosure as well as hospitality and restaurant guests, must observe a strict dress code. Gentlemen are required to wear a suit jacket, collar and tie, ladies are required to wear smart dress. No denim or sportswear is permitted.
For Tattersalls, the rule is slightly more relaxed and smart casual is usually adopted, this includes smart jeans and buttoned shirts for gents. However, we encourage smart dress code in all enclosures so feel free to dress up and enjoy the occasion. Please note that shorts or sports wear, including trainers of any kind are prohibited in this enclosure.
Dee and Open course
These enclosures are more relaxed and don't operate a strict dress code, it is advisable to dress for the elements, however, don't forget a day at the races is an opportunity to dress up. Please note, should you wish to upgrade to Tattersalls on the day, shorts, sports wear and trainers will not be permitted.
Chester Racecourse, known as the Roodee, is according to official records the oldest racecourse still in use in England. The 65-acre (260,000 m2) racecourse lies on the banks of the River Dee and horse racing at Chester dates back to the early sixteenth century. It is also thought to be the smallest racecourse of significance in England at one mile and one furlong in length. The racecourse’s position in the city makes race meetings at Chester very popular as it is only a very short stroll to all the hotels, bars, shopping and restaurants. The racecourse itself is just over 1-mile (1.6 km) long, flat and raced anti-clockwise or left-handed. The main characteristic of the course is the very short straight (239 yards). As such, long-strided horses, which perform better on straights, are at a distinct disadvantage.