May Bank Holiday Family Fun Day
Afternoon Jump Racing
Where to be for the best views
This enclosure is open on selected racedays only. The racing action cannot be viewed from indoors but there is a balcony area overlooking the Parade Ring. There are several bars on the first floor of the grandstand with a sandwich bar offering hot and cold fillings. The dress code for this enclosure is smart casual – jeans and trainers are permitted.
This Enclosure is open on all racedays. The racing action cannot be viewed from indoors, but there is direct access to the racecourse and Parade Ring from the Paddock Enclosure. Outdoor viewing is available under the canopy of the main grandstand. There is a food court area offering fish & chips, noodles, Tiffinbites curry & dash sandwich bar. There are also several bars offering full draught facilities, spirits and soft drinks. The dress code for this enclosure is smart casual – jeans and trainers are permitted.
Open on 26 and 27 December only. The racing action cannot be viewed from indoors, but there is a small covered stand which offers good views of the racecourse. There is an indoor bar area and several mobile food outlets available in this area. The dress code for this area is smart casual – jeans and trainers are permitted.
How to find us
Kempton Park is conveniently located just 16 miles from the City of London. The station is also just 200 yards ensuring that you could get from London Waterloo to the races in as little as 45 minutes.
For those travelling from overseas, the racecourse is easily accessible from London Airports. It takes just 25 minutes from London Heathrow and approximately 40 minutes from London Gatwick. Pre arranged helicopter landings are also allowed - for prior permission please contact Beverly Frith on 01932 782292.
For those travelling by car, Kempton Park is located on the A308 between Sunbury on Thames and Hampton Court, just 1 mile from Junction 1 of the M3 via Junction 12 of the M25.
The racecourse has ample free parking. Priority parking is provided to trainers, owners and disabled badge holders and this can be accessed via Gate 1 in Park Road.
What to wear
There is no official dress code for Kempton Park, but for some enclosures, particularly on event days there may be some restrictions. As a general guideline, smart attire is always acceptable and is especially encouraged on major race days, although not compulsory. The racecourse also encourages racegoers to dress for the weather. Fancy dress is allowed as long as not offensive and the club reserves the right to turn away anyone who they believe to be dressed inappropriately.
A Jockey Club owned racecourse steeped in history, Kempton Park is one of the busiest and most famous racecourses in Europe. Established in 1878, the racecourse lies just 16 miles outside of London in the leafy suburb of Sudbury-on-Thames, making it easily accessible by public transport or car from the city centre. Host to National Hunt racing through the season and all weather racing throughout the year, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Undoubtedly, the highlight of Kempton’s racing calendar comes in the form of the Grade 1 King George VI Chase held every Boxing Day as part of the William Hill Winter Festival. Legendary grey Desert Orchid won the race four times during his career, however, Kauto Star is the only horse to have won five times.
Other big races to look forward to include the Adonis Hurdle and the Wayward Lad Novices Chase, both key trial races in preparation to the Cheltenham Festival. Winners of these include Nicky Henderson’s Simonsig and Sprinter Scare who both went on to succeed in the Racing Post Arkle Trophy Chase at the Festival. There is plenty of family fun to be had at the Bank Holiday meetings and for those ladies who enjoy dressing up, totepool Ladies’ Day is not one to be missed.