Stratford Races

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While it’s probably not easy to separate the notion of William Shakespeare from Stratford Races, it’s probably quite useful to keep him in mind. The place is famous for being the bard’s birthplace and is surrounded by a rich sense of heritage. This sense comes not only from the world’s greatest poet and playwright, but from the racing which has been taking place in the area since the mid 18th century.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here! Stratford Races can be enjoyed on one of the United Kingdom’s most loved small racecourses. The course itself is a left-handed one of 1 mile 2 furlongs, and is home to about 18 fixtures of National Hunt Racing a year. The dates and number varies a bit from year to year, but you can generally expect the thrills to start close to the beginning of March and run through until the end of October.

One of the great things about this special racecourse, is that is suffused with the spirit of locals who gather to enjoy the spectacle of unrivalled excitement and generally a splendid day out. Of course, the ancient sport of steeplechase racing is one which has attracted folk from every walk of life since it began.

This kind of equestrianism may well be stamped with the phrase ‘The Sport of Kings’ but all who know their Partbreds from their Thoroughbreds, know that it is the people who make it what it is.

With this in mind, there are as many ways to experience a day of Stratford Races as there are people who come to this lovely small racecourse.

Welcoming of families and those who just want to bring their loaded picnic hamper and furnish their day with the ever-impressive spectacle of exceptional horses leaping and galloping towards the winning post, the Centre Course provides an economical option for visitors who are looking for a fun family day out. This enclosure is where you can park your car, and sit back and relax. If it happens that you want to place a bet or two, those who find themselves enjoying the sunny festive atmosphere of the Centre Course Enclosure will have tote betting facilities at their disposal. There are also a range fast food outlets.

The Tattersalls enclosure is ideal for all who want to envelop themselves in traditional raceday ambiance, replete with all the hum and activity of eager bookmakers and punters making their way from the parade ring to lay a last minute bet before the horses are out of the gate.

A Tattersalls ticket grants the holder access to the lovely Warwickshire Grandstand, as well as providing the chance to view the paddock and parade ring. The grandstand was refurbished in 1997 and is the ideal spot for all sporting fans to watch their favourites charge to the winning post. Those who prefer to enjoy their day from the comfort of a restaurant table will have access to The Paddock Suite Restaurant and Fox’s Restaurant. Each offer raceday packages.
Stratford Races, inside rail

The Paddock Suite Restaurant offers both silver service and a la carte dining, and, if you hope to keep your table for the duration of the day, then you’ll have to book in advance. The price includes a three-course meal and, for a small additional charge, it can include a delicious afternoon tea.

Being a small racecourse and one endowed with a sense of heritage, one of the most desirable and appropriate ways to engage a day of Stratford Races, is to opt for a Club Enclosure pass. Apart from granting ticket holders access to all the enclosures, it also enables you to get to certain desirable areas of the racecourse. From the viewing steps of the Warwickshire Grandstand and the lovely bar, which is found on the first floor, it also allows racegoers the chance to enjoy the delightful ambiance and cuisine of The Winning Post Restaurant. Located on the grandstand, with prime views of the track, tables can be booked. Diners will find a menu with all sorts of succulent morsels, with a leaning towards seafood dishes.

Stratford Races, winner Corporate guests looking for the heights of Stratford Races style and hospitality will certainly be interested in the private rooms.

The racecourse has many private rooms, and offers a range of hospitality packages. Hospitality packages are available for 10 to 90 people in the rooms, or up to 500 in a Marquee.

A choice of menu is available, and all guests will be given badges and racecards. Welcome drinks are part of the package, and wine, certain spirits and soft drinks are complimentary until 30 minutes after the start of the final event. Although coffee, tea and biscuits are also on offer throughout the day, for a supplementary free there is the option for a full afternoon tea.

From the Irish day and two-day Pertemps meeting to family days and Ladies Days, the calendar is filled with great excitement. When there is no horse heading to gate, while the Jockeys’ silks are at the cleaner, the racecourse doesn’t close down. The experienced team of hospitality professionals are equally adept at organizing events both large and small, of a corporate or social nature. The facilities are excellent and extensive, able to provide ideal venues for a number of event styles. Whether it’s a small top-level meeting which requires discretion and sophistication, or a conference, you’ll find every amenity ready and waiting. The extensive free parking facilities coupled with the expansive grounds, also make it a popular venue for outdoor events.