Worcester is home to one of the oldest racecourses in the country. In fact, the racecourse which is situated right by the River Severn has been around since 1718. The racecourse offers many themed racedays, such as Countryside Alliance day, family fun day with Noddy and Big Ears, as well as the traditional annual Ladies Day.
The Pitchcroft racecourse at Worcester has undergone many changes during its time, such as a new course layout in 1880 which featured a new course in the shape of a figure of eight. Several important races also took place at the course during the middle of the 19th century, such as the Worcester Stakes and the Gold Cup. Flat racing took place at the racecourse but this was discontinued in 1966.
The racecourse has not been without its hitches though, and summer jumping started in 1995 due to loss of winter fixtures because of the floods. However, in July and August 2007 the fixtures had to be called off due to the summer floods.
Prices are as follows:
- Premier – £18.00 per person (Festival Days – £22.00 per person)
- Grandstand – £12.00 per person (Festival Days – £16.00 per person)
- Centre Course – £7.00 per person
These ticket prices have a 10% discount if they are booked online at Worcester Racecourse website.
Packages cost £14.00 per head if booked in advance.
However, there is a recorded delivery charge of £1.50 if tickets are booked in advance.
You can contact Worcester racecourse at:
- Worcester Racecourse Ltd
- WR1 3EJ
- Tel: 01905 25364
- Fax: 01905 617563
- E-mail: email@example.com
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 which leads to Worcester city centre. Then follow the signposts to the racecourse.
Take the train to Worcester station. The racecourse is approximately five minutes walk from the station.
Worcester racecourses offer free car parking.
Helicopter landing facilities are also available at the racecourse by prior arrangement. Further details can be found at Worcester Racecourse
It is advisable to pre-book tickets, as on the day the turnstiles do not accept credit cards. There are no cash machines at the Racecourse either.
Restaurant facilities are also available at the racecourse. For families, there is the centre course enclosure, which has a bar offering snacks and drinks. There is also a Ladbrokes betting shop on Saturdays.
For those wanting a more up market service, the premier admission badge is available which gives access to all public areas of the course, and exclusive use of the Premier Lounge Bar and the Severn Restaurant. The dress code for this access is smart casual. No white trainers are allowed.
For others, the Grandstand enclosure offers access to the track side of the Paddock and Pre-Parade Ring, and use of the Grandstand Bar.