Afternoon Racing - Colwick Cup
Where to be for the best views
The Premier Enclosure has unrivalled access to facilities with superior views - there is no better place to watch the racing action. This enclosure offers superb bars and dining options. Sherwood's Restaurant is located on the second floor of the Grandstand with panoramic views across the Racecourse. Choose from the superb a la carte dining options (advance booking is advisable). Also enjoy the private lawn on feature racedays with exclusive access to premier racegoers. With bars and food outlets, soak up the sun with views over the parade ring.
Racegoers have access to the main Grandstand, Parade Ring, Winners Enclosure and the Betting Ring which buzzes with anticipation before each race. Furlongs Cafe Bar is situated between the Grandstand and Centenary Stand, with access to both Premier and Grandstand racegoers Furlongs Cafe Bar offers freshly made baguettes and a wide variety of refreshments. GG's Fish and Chips is an ever popular eatery serving traditional style fish, chips and everything else you'd expect to find at your local fish and chip shop! Champions Bar is situated centrally on the ground floor of the Grandstand offering a full bar service along with hot food on feature racedays and tea & coffee. Both enclosures have disabled facilities, tote facilities and race programme sales. On feature days further food and drink outlets are available to both Premier and Grandstand racegoers.
How to find us
Nottingham midland station is only two miles from the course. A taxi rank is at the station and will take you approximately 10-15 minutes to get to the site.
Nearest bus route from the city is number 44 which departs from kings street in the city centre. Or the link 2 (yellow park and ride) which stop son Parliament Street and Collins Street. The park and ride is situated next door to the course on Colwick Park.
From the North follow the A60 or A612. From the South follow the A60 and A453. From the East or West follow the A52. Once at Nottingham follow the brown signs or the yellow park and ride signs to the racecourse.
There is ample on-site parking which is free.
What to wear
There are no strict rules regarding dress wear in the Grandstand Enclosure however a reasonable level is expected. The Premier enclosure does have a smart casual dress code which stipulates no shorts, t-shirts, trainers or fancy dress. This dress code also applies for the Rooftop Restaurant and Hospitality Boxes. In Hot weather tailored shorts are permitted in the Premier Enclosure. Collared shirts and smart jeans will be permitted. Do note the racecourse does not insist on jackets and ties.
History books show racing taking place in Nottingham as far back as 1773 at whats now described as nottingham forest, but by the end of the 19th century the races had moved to the present site of nearly 300 acres at Colwick Park. Until 1996 Nottingham was a dual purpose racecourse. The last ever jump race, a handicap hurdle, was won by a young apprentice jockey named Timmy Murphy who went on to win the Grand National.
The end of National Hunt racing allowed nottingham officials to reconfigure the course and create to flat tracks, one for the use in the early and late weeks of the season and the other in high summer as part of its policy in improving track conditions to entice the best horses. In the past 30 years Nottingham has become renowned as the place where trainers introduce classic hopefuls, with big names such as Oh So Sharp who won a Maiden and then went on to win the Doncaster St Leger Festival. In 2014 it was awarded the Prestigious Gold Standard by the Racehorse Owners Association in recognition to the upgrading and quality of its facilities.
Today, Nottingham Racecourse is an extremely pleasant if undistinguished racecourse. Ideally set in the centre of the county, receiving some very promising Newmarket horses in its Maiden Races.
Nottingham Racecourse is home to two courses, one inside the other. They are both approximately 1.5 miles round and are left-handed. The inner is used during spring and autumn, and has a 5 furlong straight, whilst the outer is used during summer and has a 6 furlong straight. The course generally has easy turns and minor gradients, but the home turn is fairly sharp.