What's On

Sun 30 Apr 2017

Betfred "City Bowl" Family Day

The season gets off to a great start with the ever popular “Betfred City Bowl Family Day” which takes place in the May Bank Holiday weekend. Plenty of children’s entertainments ensures that it is a fun day out suitable for all the family. It is usually one of Salisbury’s best attended race meetings of the year, so a little extra journey time is recommended.

Thu 18 May 2017

Afternoon Racing

Traditionally one of Salisbury’s less busy race days, so with plenty of space to enjoy the facilities and to watch the exciting racing from.

Sat 27 May 2017

Evening Racing & Spire FM does the 80's

Attend Salisbury for a brilliant night out during the Spring Bank Holiday weekend. The evening racing is followed by Spire FM Does The 80’s! After the success of last year's event, Spire FM will be returning and promise a great 2 hour show after the racing. Your host, Martin Starke, will be playing hits from the popular decade, from the balcony over-looking the course. The music will be finished at 10.30pm and racegoers in all three enclosures will be invited to enjoy the Spire FM entertainment.

Tue 13 Jun 2017

Afternoon Racing

Traditionally one of Salisbury’s less busy race days, so with plenty of space to enjoy the facilities and to watch the exciting racing from.

Sun 18 Jun 2017

Father's Day Racing & Fake Tan - The Ultimate Party Band!

Bring dad and all the family for a fun-filled day with exciting racing and a brilliant open-air concert afterwards by the fabulous Fake Tan - The Ultimate Party Band. Fake Tan play every show like it’s their last, with an energetic stage performance that even the band’s medic says is high risk at best! Fake Tan play dance floor fillers from the 1980's to present day and are suitable for all the family.They made quite an impression when they made their first visit to Salisbury Racecourse last September, so Salisbury are delighted that they are coming back to perform at an even bigger race day! Racegoers in all three enclosures will be invited to enjoy the concert.

Wed 28 Jun 2017

Whitsbury Manor Stud Bibury Cup Day

A race day always eagerly anticipated, it features one of Salisbury’s most historic races – The Whitsbury Manor Stud Bibury Cup, which has been run at the course since 1899.

Sat 15 Jul 2017

Ladies Evening & Coldplace

This event really needs no introduction as 2017 will be Salisbury Racecourse's 15th Ladies' Evening! This has become one of the most popular race meetings of the season with great racing and all sorts of fantastic prizes for the ‘Best Dressed Ladies’. The evening racing is immediately followed by the outstanding Coldplace - 'the world's leading tribute to Coldplay'.

Sat 29 Jul 2017

Evening Racing & The Chapel X Salisbury Racecourse - Part Five

This event is growing in popularity every year and there is always an electrifying atmosphere. This will be the fifth year that The Chapel and Salisbury Racecourse have collaborated, to deliver an excellent night’s entertainment. The evening racing is followed by 2 hours of popular disco tunes and club anthems from the 1980s to present day. The racecourse enclosures are transformed into an open-air nightclub with the DJs situated on a balcony opposite the racecourse stands and lawns. Staged in association with The Chapel, Salisbury's leading Nightclub. The music will be finished at 10.30pm and racegoers from all three enclosures will be invited to enjoy the entertainment.

Mon 07 Aug 2017

Afternoon Racing

Traditionally one of Salisbury’s less busy race days, so with plenty of space to enjoy the facilities and to watch the exciting racing from.

Wed 16 Aug 2017

Summer Holiday Family Races & EBF Upavon Stakes

The kids have broken up, so bring them to the 'Summer Holiday Family Races' - a great idea for a very good value day out, with plenty of free things to do for the children!

Thu 17 Aug 2017

Summer Holiday Family Races & Totepool Sovereign Stakes

The kids having broken up, so bring them to 'Summer Holiday Family Races' - a great idea for a very good value family day out, with plenty of free things to do for the children!

Fri 25 Aug 2017

Evening Racing & Spire FM does the 90's

Get the August Bank Holiday weekend off to a great start and join us for a brilliant evening! We are delighted to welcome Spire FM again - this time playing all the great 90's hits and Club Classics in a 2 hour open-air show led by Spire FM's Martin Stark. The music will be finished at 10.30pm and racegoers in all three enclosures will be invited to enjoy the Spire FM entertainment.

Thu 07 Sep 2017

Bathwick Tyres & EBF Race Day

This is one of Salisbury’s top race days of the year with over £114,000 in prize money. Visitors to Salisbury Racecourse can see top quality racehorses at just about any race day throughout the season, but to many Salisbury regulars, it is this race day that is most eagerly awaited.

Fri 15 Sep 2017

Twilight Racing

A ‘twilight’ fixture is basically a late afternoon and early evening race meeting rolled into one. So why not get your weekend started early - take the afternoon off work and enjoy some quality horse racing with friends or family?!

Wed 04 Oct 2017

Afternoon Racing

A race day which often features high quality 2 year olds in the two Maiden Races and the Conditions race. We of course cannot promise what the weather will do, but in both 2015 and 2016, this particular race day enjoyed pleasant weather with blue skies!

Mon 09 Oct 2017

Bathwick Tyres Reduced Admission Race Day

Bathwick Tyres Reduced Admission Raceday, which is the finale of the 2017 season, sees the racecourse as just one enclosure, as the Bibury and the Grandstand & Paddock enclosures are combined. The Sarum Enclosure is closed.

Enclosures

Where to be for the best views

Bibury Enclosure

The Bibury Enclosure has the widest choice of facilities available and is closest to the winning line for race viewing. It has two viewing Stands, one of which has a seated area with 288 seats. Racegoers in this enclosure can view the horses in the Parade Ring before each race, and the Winners' Enclosure afterwards. They can also freely visit both of the other enclosures, including the Sarum Enclosure, particularly to make use of any children's entertainments on days they are provided. The Bibury Enclosure is Salisbury’s premier enclosure.

Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure

The Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure has a good choice of facilities and includes access to the Parade Ring before each race, and to the Winners' Enclosure afterwards. Racegoers can also visit the Sarum Enclosure, particularly to make use of any children's entertainments on days they are provided. Grandstand & Paddock clients can only visit the Bibury Enclosure if they pay the appropriate upgrade and are suitably dressed.

Sarum Enclosure

The Sarum Enclosure provides what is basically needed for a day’s racing including a good view of the racing, however, racegoers in this part of the course are unable to gain access to the main side of the racecourse to view the horses in the Parade Ring or Winners' Enclosure. Upgrades to the other two enclosures are possible on the day, subject to ticket availability.

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Travel Information

How to find us

Directions

By Train

Salisbury railway station is on several major routes and can be reached from the following: London Waterloo, Basingstoke, Southampton Central, Portsmouth Harbour, Bristol Temple Meads, Yeovil Junction. The railway station is about 4 miles away from the racecourse and a single taxi journey is about £10 and takes about 15 minutes. Please note that the racecourse puts on a free bus service from the railway station and then Castle Street.

By Bus

A courtesy bus operates on racedays. The bus departs Salisbury train station at a set time and stops at stop J in Castle Street 15 minutes later. Buses returning to Salisbury railway station and stop J in Castle Street will leave from the Racecourse Coach Park 20 minutes prompt following the start of the last race.

By Air

Helicopter landing is permitted at Salisbury Racecourse with prior permission from the racecourse office only.

By Road

From Southampton Take the A36 northbound and follow the brown tourism signs as you approach Salisbury.

From the West Come off the A303 at Deptford and take the A36 southbound towards Wilton and Salisbury, and then follow the brown tourism signs.

Dress Codes

What to wear

There is a ‘Smart Casual’ code for racegoers in the Bibury Enclosure. Smart jeans only – no ripped or faded denim. No shorts, sportswear or trainers. Collared shirts and trousers for gentlemen, but ties are not essential. Grandstand & Paddock and the Sarum Enclosures are a little more relaxed and we would advise that you dress according to the weather.

Racecourse Information

The History

There has been racing at the race course located three miles from Salisbury since the mid-16th century. Many great horses have won at the track, including Gimcrack (1768), Eclipse (1769), Sun Chariot (1941), Mill Reef (1970) and Brigadier Gerard (1970). Sir Percy, winner of the 2006 Derby, and Look Here, winner of the 2008 Oaks, had both won at Salisbury the previous year. Jockey Lester Piggott first rode in public at Salisbury when he was aged twelve; that was in 1948 when he was an apprentice jockey and weighed just five stone. American jockey Steve Cauthen made his British debut at the course in 1979 when he rode Marquee Universal to victory here. It was here in 1949 that Winston Churchill first raced his Colonist II in the one mile Upavon Stakes. The horse won, and went on to win the Ribblesdale Stakes at Ascot later that year. About sixteen race meetings take place at Salisbury Racecourse each year between early May and mid-October. It is a downland flat-racing course with no jumps. There is a mix of race types with the majority being handicaps, where horses of similar ability race against each other, and maidens, where horses which have yet to win a race compete. The course is also renowned for its races for two-year-olds, and many of these young horses have gone on to achieve great things.