Yarmouth Races

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For many people, Great Yarmouth conjures up images of trips to the seaside, of the attractions and entertainment on the promenade, of the beach life or maybe the nightlife. Others will be familiar with the town itself, of its more usual name of Yarmouth; full of history and the cultural appeal which comes with a place made famous by generations of holidaymakers. Keen horseracing enthusiast will know Yarmouth for another reason and that is for Great Yarmouth Racecourse, a notable horseracing venue for the flat season and for the superior standard of Yarmouth races.

Free Racing Tips The location of Great Yarmouth Racecourse is certainly a contributory factor in its enduring popularity and success. Not only does it attract the holidaymaker crowd who flock to the summer season entertainment and facilities at one of the county’s foremost seaside resorts, but the town is also the gateway to the Norfolk Broads and all the associated land and water-sports which attract a great many people to Norfolk.

Perfect as a day out in the itinerary of a Norfolk holiday, the new stand, opened in 2004 and ample hospitality on offer at Yarmouth races caters for those simply looking for a unique and fun experience.

The appeal then is obvious for the casual racegoer but Great Yarmouth also attracts the seasoned racing aficionado and the reasons for this are down to the location of the race course too, the nickname ‘Newmarket-on-Sea’ giving a clue to its appeal.

Newmarket is the home of British horseracing and the Jockey Club. Situated just some 70 miles away from Yarmouth, the short travel times appeal to some of the best trainers and Yarmouth races are often seen as a proving ground for the best 2 year olds to test their legs. Punctilious and Quija Board both started with wins at Yarmouth in 2003.

Yarmouth has an oval track, narrow and flat with a circumference of a mile and five furlongs, with a five furlong run-in. Perfectly suited to good gallopers with long strides, the races provide a thrilling spectacle in the true style of flat racing. The 1¼ mile John Musker Stakes is the highlight race of the season and takes place during the three day event known as the Eastern Meeting, held each year in September. This represent just one of the 24 fixtures held at Yarmouth over the course of the season, and many are special themed events including family fun days and evening meetings, where socialising and live entertainment form a part of the experience.

There are two main Enclosures at Yarmouth for racegoers, the Premier Enclosure, and the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure. Each has everything required to enjoy a day at the races, from drinks and dining options to betting and first hand race viewing. Those with tickets for the Grandstand and Paddock can access two grandstand viewing positions, the Parade Ring in which horses are shown before each race, and the Winners Enclosure, where the prizes and trophies are handed out. Access to the Family Lawns and Children’s Adventure playground are also permitted with a Grandstand and Paddock badge.

Racegoers who opt for a Premier enclosure badge can access all the features and facilities of the Grandstand and Paddock as well as enjoying some of the finer social elements of horse racing within the Premier enclosure.
Yarmouth Races, inside rail

The Lord Nelson Grandstand offers superb panoramic views over the track and for combining excellent race views with some fine dining in sophisticated surrounds there is the Trafalgar Restaurant. The Victory Bar offers the ideal spot for some refreshments and leads out to the Premier Lawns and Patio; perfect for taking afternoon tea in the sunshine. There is also Hoops Champagne Bar for celebrating your betting successes in style.

Entry to the Premier Enclosure and Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure rises on certain special racedays. Group bookings of 15 people or more receive a 20% discount when tickets are booked in advance. Children under 16 get into Yarmouth races for free when accompanied by a paying adult and with free parking also for ticket holders, a family day at the races can be offer good value for money and an excellent addition to any stay in Norfolk.

Yarmouth Races, winner Those who have never been to the races before will find a welcoming atmosphere at Yarmouth and it is easy to get involved in all the action. A good way to make the most of the event is to purchase a fully inclusive package such as ‘Fancy a Flutter’, which includes free parking, entrance into the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure, a welcome drink, raceday programme with all the essential information on the day’s races, a burger, and a tote betting voucher.

An alternative package is the ‘Classic Raceday’, ideal for those who want a more refined raceday experience. This comprises entry into all the facilities of the Premier Enclosure, welcome drink, raceday programme, afternoon tea, and a Tote betting voucher. Also included in the price of the Classic Raceday package is a behind the scenes tour of the racecourse which takes place prior to the races on the day.

There are a great many further hospitality options available to complement Yarmouth races, from stag and hen parties where the stag and hen go free to superior hospitality packages for corporate events and private celebrations, held within one of nine hospitality suites or centre course marquees.