Summer Holiday Family Races
Summer Holiday Family Races
Summer Holiday Family Races featuring The Sovereign Stakes (Group 3)
Summer Holiday Family Races
Evening Racing & Ben: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute ConcertFeatured Event
A real highlight for the second half of Salisbury's racing season and a great way to get the August Bank Holiday weekend off to a fabulous start! The evening racing will be followed by Ben: The Ultimate Michael Jackson Tribute Concert, a James Baker Production. With an incredible live band, stunning costumes, iconic dance show & the World's Number 1 Michael Jackson soundalike, this show promises to create the most authentic, lively and powerful re-creation of the iconic superstar, to leave even the most die hard MJ fans crying out for more.
Bathwick Tyres & EBF Race Day featuring Bathwick Tyres Dick Poole Fillie's Stakes (Group 3)
This is one of Salisbury's top race days of the year with over £120,000 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.
The final race meeting of our 2018 season, usually with plenty of nice 2 year olds on show.
Where to be for the best views
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.
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.
How to find us
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.
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.
Helicopter landing is permitted at Salisbury Racecourse with prior permission from the racecourse office only.
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.
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.
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.