Chester Races

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The City of Chester is steeped in history and displays much of it in the medieval buildings, structures and walls which have helped define the city to the great many visitors it welcomes. In terms of horseracing, the city boasts an additional historical element in Chester races hosting the oldest racecourse in England, which has held horseracing events since the early 16th century.

Another unique and defining feature of the racecourse is its size; at just over a mile it is one of the shortest in the country, offering thrilling flat races on the tight left-handed track. As a result a low draw can be beneficial and coupled with a good start gives those horses a considerable advantage.

The atmosphere during Chester races is superb, especially during the 3 day Chester May Meeting, when a full house of keen racegoers show their obvious appreciation.

One of the benefits of Chester Racecourse for visitors is its central location in the city, alongside the ancient walls, and within easy reach of all the city’s amenities and attractions. Ideal then for combining a day at the races into a short break or holiday in Chester, the main events start with the May Festival and continue with an additional 10 day or evening meetings throughout the summer.

Racegoers at Chester races have four basic ticketing options when attending Chester races, corresponding to the four available enclosures within the racecourse. These are the County Stand Enclosure, Tattersalls Stand, Dee Stand and the Open Course and each has its own character, facilities and atmosphere with the common theme being catering for those with a love of horseracing.

Badge holders for the County Stand can enjoy access to the Paddock, Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure and all the benefits of Chester’s premier enclosure which overlooks all the action from the final furlong to the winning post. A range of food and drink options are available within the Country Stand and Paddock and a new champagne bar situated in the Paddock Enclosure can be accessed exclusively by County Stand badge holders.

Badges for the County Stand are further divided into two options. The Concourse option allows access to the ground floor standing area which is equipped with numerous bars and dining opportunities, including the Turf restaurant, a fine dining option for which prior booking is required. The Long Room Badge allows the holder access to the first floor of the stand where there is an undercover seating area with outstanding views over the entire course.
Chester Races, inside rail

Right next to the County Stand is the Tattersalls Stand and, like the County Stand, it also has a tiered undercover terrace area and standing area on the ground floor, as well as refreshment outlets, betting facilities and dining options, including the Olive Press Restaurant. Both Country Stand and Tattersalls Stand badge holders can access the Paddock enclosure by crossing under the track.

Chester Races, winner Next again is the Dee Stand, the ideal option for those looking to enjoy an informal day at the races. A similar layout to the other enclosures, with tiered seating and ground floor standing, the option of crossing the track to the centre of the course is open to any Dee Stand badge holder.

The Open Course is the final option for racegoers and refers to the entire area which forms the centre of the track. The perfect environment for bringing a picnic and enjoying a fun day at the races with friends and family, the Open Course has a big screen to watch all the racing action and all the betting facilities, refreshments and amenities required to enjoy the best of Chester races.

Racecourses are renowned venues for corporate hospitality. The thrill of the races themselves, ample opportunities for social interaction and all set to an elegant backdrop provides the tailor made solution for entertaining clients, rewarding staff or simply enjoying a private and exclusive raceday experience with family or a group of friends. Chester races provides all this in abundance with superb menus, the finest wines and champagnes, impeccable service and a range of wonderful private rooms, boxes and chalets.

For groups for between 10 and 50 people a private box is ideal. Situated in the County Stand, the private boxes offer superb panoramic views over the course from their own private balcony. Festival chalets offer an alternative for between 24 and 40 persons and are located along the trackside on the final furlong. Feel the ground move as the horses thunder by and watch all the action from a position right against the rails. Guests within the chalets can also access the nearby tented village where a live jazz band is on hand to accompany the celebrations. Paddock suites offer a further option with a vantage point from within the centre of the course, overlooking the Parade Ring.

Whichever private venue you choose, a selection of superb hospitality packages is available in Classic, Vintage, Premier, and Prestige options. For those who simply want to dine in style during raceday there are many excellent restaurants located throughout the course, including the Final Furlong, situated in the tented village, the Mer Seafood Bar, which is found in the Paddock, and the Turf Restaurant on the Concourse of the County Stand.

The latest addition to fine dining within Chester Racecourse is 1539, which celebrates the history of the course and presents the finest menus to accompany the remarkable views of all the Chester races raceday action from the restaurant windows.