Halloween Half Term Raceday
New for 2017, Wednesday 25 October promises to be a spook-tacular affair with plenty of halloween fun for the family as well as seven thrilling jumps races. See the summer jumps season come to an end and find out who is going to be crowned Worcester’s Champion Owner, Trainer and Jockey for the 2017 season.
Where to be for the best views
Both the Croft Suite Bar on the first floor of the Grandstand and the Severn Restaurant on the top floor of the Grandstand are accessible by lift from the ground floor. The restaurant has stunning views of both the straights and all the jumps. It also has a Tote betting counter within the room. There are flexible table numbers and space for wheelchairs. There are televisions throughout the Grandstand to view the racing. Steps on the outside of the Grandstand make it unsuitable for wheelchairs, however there is a special trackside wheelchair viewing ramp beside the rails of the home straight, which is accessible for County Enclosure disabled visitors.
Situated on the ground floor level with a bar and a Ladbrokes betting shop. There are disabled toilets just inside the main entrance to the Grandstand and catering concessions outside the Grandstand on the concourse.
Centre Course Enclosure
Steps on the outside of the Centre Course Bar make this unsuitable for wheelchairs, however drinks and snack food are available from the catering concession on the concourse. Disabled toilet cabin and betting are both also accessible on the concourse.
How to find us
There are frequent British Rail services to Worcester Foregate Station which is 10 minutes walk from the Racecourse and also to Worcester Shrubhill Station which is a 20 minute walk or 5/10 minute taxi ride from the racecourse.
Helicopter landing and takeoff facilities are available on the racecourse. Permission to be sought in advance from the Racecourse office on 01905 25364.
From the north or south take junction 6 off the M5 and follow the A449 towards Worcester City Centre. From the West take the A443 and A44, both offer good access to the city centre. Follow the brown racecourse signs. The Centre Course car park post code is WR1 3EH. The stable yard post code is WR1 3ED.
Parking is free.
What to wear
There is no strict dress code at Worcester Racecourse , racegoers are encouraged to dress to the theme of feature racedays.
Racing has taken place at the Pitchcroft course, close to the banks of the River Severn, since around 1718, making Worcester one of the oldest racecourses in Britain. The first meetings were flat races and by 1755 a 4 day flat meeting had been introduced with a jumps fixture in the Autumn. By the middle of the nineteenth century, several important races had become well established at the course, including the Worcester Stakes and the Gold Cup. The course has undergone many changes, including the layout in 1880 of a new track that featured a now long-defunct figure-of-eight course. Flat racing was discontinued in 1966, but the National Hunt meetings continued to provide competitive racing with large fields. Summer jumping started at the course in 1995. In April 2000 Arena Leisure took over the running of the Racecourse. However City Council still maintain ownership of the land and management of the maintenance of the grass area in the centre of the racetrack. Today Worcester Racecourse is a thoroughbred horse racing venue located in the city of Worcester, Worcestershire, England. The course is laid out as an oval circuit of about 13 furlongs (approximately 2,615 metres) in length and situated by the east bank of the River Severn and the north side of Worcester Bridge.