Salisbury Races

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We profile Salisbury Races, which have been going on for almost as long as any racecourse in the United Kingdom. Meetings have been running in the city since the 16th century and the course is well known for having been visited by Queen Elizabeth I who stopped to take in the spectacle on her way to a meeting with Sir Francis Drake.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here! The modern racecourse still benefits greatly from this rich heritage, and the famous local Cathedral is part of the beautiful view which furnishes the course, the rest being made up of the magnificent Wiltshire countryside.

It may not be the biggest racecourse in Britain, but it has been voted the Best Small Racecourse in the South West, and it is particular favoured by those who know their equestrian sport.

For one thing, the long straight, just over a mile, is uphill and a particularly challenging track for horse and rider as they gallop to the finishing post.

For this reason, the local fixtures are considered a great opportunity for renowned stables to introduce their best new horses, and this is responsible for an air of excitement, not to forget the special thrill which comes for a long, uphill gallop to the winning post.

Events are run over 16 days during the summer, from May to October, and it is exclusively a calendar of flat fixtures. The track hosts the richest events in the local season, and many are exceptionally well attended. The two-day Splendour Summer Festival is probably the most renowned of the course’s meetings. The first day of the meeting boasts the listed event, the European Breeders’ Fund Upavon Fillies Stakes, but it’s the totesport Sovereign Stakes which is the city’s richest event.

It doesn’t matter when you decide to enjoy Salisbury Races, it will be a day or evening of superlative action and entertainment. It is well known for being a welcoming, family-orientated place where all children under 16 are granted free entry, as long as they are accompanied by an adult. Depending on what kind of experience you want to have, exactly what type of day of Salisbury Races fits you’re ideal, there are a variety of options open to you. These are really to be found in the three separate enclosures which are open to the public.

In the height of summer it’s always enjoyable to have a fun-filled family day out, and those who want an economical option, and perhaps place a small wager to feel more involved in the excitement, will be able to be close to the thrills on the turf and be able to have a pleasant day out with all the little ones.

Racegoers who have a more specific idea of how they want to spend their time, will either opt for a Members’ Enclosure or Tattersalls Enclosure pass. The latter offers racegoers the chance to get right into the heart of the excitement, with all the bookmakers and access to the parade ring. There are also some lovely places for those with Tattersalls Enclosure badges to get something to eat and drink. The Tattersalls Bar and the Paddock Bar are always vibrant and offer a great ambiance in which to enjoy a glass of wine, a pint and even something to eat.
Salisbury Races, inside rail

But racegoers who prefer to enjoy a day or evening of spectacular drama and photo-finishes from the luxurious surrounds of a fine restaurant, would do well to book a table at either the Members’ Restaurant or the Conservatory. Each offer packages for the day and, for the full treatment including everything from a starter to dessert and afternoon tea, there are few better places from where to watch the Salisbury Races. Although it’s not strictly required, it is best to pre-book a table to make sure you have base for the whole day. And you won’t have to worry about how you’re going place a wager, there are easily accessible tote facilities.

Salisbury Races, winner Corporate hospitality also features as prominent and desirable way to enjoy Salisbury Races. Private boxes are available on the top tier of the marvellous Members’ Stand, and here corporate clients can entertain anywhere up to 40 guests in the height of raceday style and sophistication. Packages are available and betting facilities readily available, not to forget the unequalled views of the best part of the tack. For larger events, or just a different style of occasion, a marquee might provide the perfect solution for you and your guests. The smart, stylish marquees are available for up to around 400 guests and lend themselves perfectly to a summer of excitement and chilled Champagne.

Corporate guests might also like to find out about the sponsorship possibilities. Events can be sponsored, ensuring your company brand reaches a high number of people for a relatively low cost.

The experienced team or hospitality and events staff of this special Wiltshire racecourse can work with clients to ensure their product or company is represented just as they would like.

Furthermore, the course is only about 4 miles from the city centre. With it’s marvellous grounds and buildings, like the Bibury Suite, it is one of the region’s most popular venues for conferences, seminars, meetings and all manner of corporate and social events. Even though some of these facilities are only available on non-racedays, those who choose this historic, charming and inviting venue for their event will have the kind of excellent service and facilities which have contributed to it being the Best Small Racecourse in the South West.