Leicester racecourse is situated in Oadby, Leicestershire. It is one of the smaller courses in Britain, but has plenty to be proud of, with a history dating back over 100 years, 200 acre grounds and 30 race meetings in its annual calendar. The course also boasts some of the most up to date facilities of any racecourse in the country and is an ideal location for conferences and private events.
Established in 1882, after transferring from Victoria Park, Leicester Racecourse has paid host to many famous horses in its history including Zilzal, Time Charter and Silver Buck, a jumping legend. Grand National
winners Corbiere and Seagram have also made appearances on the course.
The course is best known for the Leicestershire Stakes, a flat horse race run over a distance of 1,416 metres in late April. Between 1999 and 2003, when it was classed as a Group 3 race, it was won three times by the horse Warningford.
January 2008 sees the introduction of The Jelson Homes Quality House Builders Since 1889 Chase, hoped to become one of the best steeplechases in the national racing calendar.
New investments have recently added to the high standard of the racecourse. Improvements have included a new glass fronted grandstand and the Nelson Restaurant with its panoramic views. 2006 also saw the launch of the Club Room, a private facility for groups to hire, offering an unbeatable experience at the races.
Flat races of under a mile are run on the straight course. Longer races are run right handed on the oval course of 1 mile 5 furlongs.
The jump course is a true test of stamina. The course is 1 mile 6 furlongs with ten fences, including two open ditch and one water jump. It is a right handed, undulating course, and with the last three furlongs uphill, horses are tested to the limit.
Leicester Racecourse Co Ltd
Race day enquires: 0116 271 6515
Conferences & Non Race day events: 0116 271 9480
Sales and Hospitality: 0116 271 0637
Fax: 0116 271 1746
2008 sees 20 Flat and 11 National Hunt fixtures at Leicester. Four family fun days and five live music nights will also take place throughout the year. A full list of fixtures and information on booking tickets can be found here.
Ticket prices vary depending on the date of the fixture. Under sixteen’s are free when accompanied by an adult, and if you make a booking for six or more you will receive a £2 discount per person. Picnic Car Park prices are based on a maximum of three adults.
Premier Enclosure £19
Club Room £26
Picnic Car Park £30
Club Room £19
Picnic Car Park £24
If you are after a more exclusive visit then the Club Room, complete with private bar, two course buffet and private viewing terrace, can be hired for a group of between 80 and 120 people from £45 per person plus VAT. Executive boxes are also available for between 15 and 40 guests from £60 per person plus VAT.
Leicester Racecourse is situated on the A6, two miles south east of Leicester. It can be reached from the M1, by taking Junction 21, or from the M69. Car parking is free.
Leicester train station is easily accessible, with direct trains from London St. Pancras and good links with the Midlands. On race days you can get a bus from outside the station that will take you straight to Leicester racecourse.
Take the Arriva Bus Service, No. 29 or 30, from either Leicester Town Centre or the train station.