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One of the country's most scenic racecourses

A Day at the Races

Enjoy a friendly atmosphere with a superb view of the course and the magnificent surrounding countryside. Enjoy a drink and a light snack in the bar or a full meal in the restaurant or private box.

There are also many opportunities for companies and groups to entertain guests and sponsor races.

A photo of racehorses racing past the stands on another circuit at Hexham Racecourse Pavilion Restaurant - Grande Buffet with a superb view of the course. See Hospitality. The Henderson Suite offers great private dining and refreshment facilities A photo of a wedding party at Hexham Racecourse

At The Races

Hexham Racecourse takes full advantage of a natural amphitheatre of sloping grass below the stands to provide superb viewing of horse racing as well as the magnificent surrounding countryside.

Henderson Room

Overlooking the parade ring, the Henderson Room offers great dining with a panoramic view of the course and the winner's enclosure.

Pavilion Restaurant

Grande Buffet with traditional carvery, hot and cold cuisine, salad bar and desserts to tantalise your taste buds, with a superb view of the course.

Wedding Ceremonies

Hexham Racecourse has a licence to hold marriage ceremonies and set in beautiful country surroundings it's the perfect venue for the ceremony and reception.

The Racegoers Club Award - Hexham Racecourse voted Best Small Racecourse in Scotland and the North 2015 Racehorses running up the hill to the finishing post A photo of a table in the Henderson Room A photo of a horses in the paddock at Hexham Racecourse
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Frequently Asked Questions


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  1. Is there a dress code?
  2. Which enclosure should I choose?
  3. What are the admission charges?
  4. Can I book tickets?
  5. Are there facilities for people with disabilities?
  6. Where can I get food and drink?
  7. Can I bring a picnic?
  8. Is smoking permitted in racecourse buildings?
  9. Do you offer discounts to groups?
  10. Are there any all inclusive packages?
  11. Can I bring a coach and are coach drivers admitted free of charge?
  12. Is Hexham Racecourse suitable for children and families?
  13. Can I bring my dog to the racecourse?
  14. Do I have to pay for parking?
  15. Can I transfer between enclosures?
  16. Is there a cash machine at the racecourse?
  17. Does the weather affect whether the meeting goes ahead?
  18. Where can I obtain more information on race days?
  19. How do I get to the racecourse?
  20. Is there a bus service from Hexham railway and bus stations?
  21. How do I become an annual badge holder?
  22. Are the racecourse facilities open for special events and functions on non race days?
  23. Can I order a brochure for non-raceday functions?
  24. Where should we stay?
  25. How do I bet?
  26. What is your abandonment and refund policy?
  27. What time should I arrive on race days?
  28. Can I use a mobile phone?
  29. Can I take photographs?
  30. Can I work at the racecourse (i.e. selling racecards)?
  31. Is there a racehorse form guide available at the racecourse?
  32. Can you offer any advice regarding setting up equine related websites i.e. for trainers, owners, studs, individuals and companies?
  33. Can you tell me anything about the history of Hexham Racecourse?
  34. Details of the Special Conditions E – on–Course Bookmakers & Staff

Is there a dress code?

Smart/Casual. Smart jeans are permitted but no football shirts. It's advisable not to wear stiletto heels particularly on the grass banked areas in front of the stands.

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Which enclosure should I choose?

The Paddock or Club enclosure both offer excellent facilities. Due to the location of the racecourse and the far side ground being higher than that close to the stands you can have an very good vantage view of virtually the whole course. Both enclosures allow you to get near to the rails to view the racehorses pass close-up.

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What are the admission charges?

Please see our tickets page for the entry prices and details of discounts which are available. Students are admitted at Seniors turnstile at seniors prices on production of their student union card.

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Can I book tickets?

To find out how to book tickets in advance you can find more information on our tickets page. Also if you are interested in purchasing an annual badge with associated benefits please visit the membership page.

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Are there facilities for people with disabilities?

Hexham Racecourse has free disabled parking and there is a lift in the main Ramshaw Stand.

There is a viewing area for wheelchair users. This is located next to the Parade Ring and overlooking the racecourse.

Disabled toilets can be found on the first floor of the Ramshaw Stand, the toilet block at the top of the Parade Ring and the toilet block at the back of the Princess Anne Bar.

Disabled parking and the viewing area for wheelchair users are identified on the racecourse plan in locations 20 and 12 respectively.

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Where can I get food and drink?

The Pavilion restaurant offers excellent food but prior booking is advisable - please contact the racecourse office for more information. Snacks facilities and bars are available throughout the course.

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Can I bring a picnic?

Yes. However we now allow no alcohol to be brought in with picnics because of our contract with outside caterers who hold the licence.

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Do you offer discounts to groups?

Yes. 20 to 100 club enclosure and paddock visitors receive a 20% discount on ticket prices but not on restaurant or hospitality packages. Note: This does not apply to senior paddock visitors as these are already discounted. A free ticket is provided for the Coach Driver and organiser. Note: these discounts apply ONLY to bookings made with payment 10 days before the race meeting.

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Are there any all inclusive packages?

Yes. Hexham Racecourses offers Platinum, Silver and Gold packages. More details can be found on our hospitality page.

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Can I bring a coach and are coach drivers admitted free of charge?

Yes. Please see the details above for concessions.

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Is Hexham Racecourse suitable for children and families?

Yes. There is also entertainment laid on specially for children at most May and June meetings. Details are usually given closer the day of the meeting on the news page. Please contact the racecourse office if you'd like more information.

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Can I bring my dog to the racecourse?

Yes. Strictly on a lead at all times.

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Do I have to pay for parking?

No, parking is free and there are marshals on hand to direct you.

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Is there a cash machine at the racecourse?

No, but there are cashpoints on the main street through in Hexhan near the Eastgate turn off to the racecourse.

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Does the weather affect whether the meeting goes ahead?

Yes. We will always try and inform you if the meeting is cancelled via the media and on the website.

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Where can I obtain more information on racedays?

You can find information here on the website, in the media and in the racecard or by telephoning the racecourse office 01434 606881.

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Is there a bus service from Hexham railway and bus stations?

Yes there is one (sometimes two) free courtesy bus which pick up from both stations operating on a first come first served basis. The pick up times, when confirmed, will be posted on the news page prior to each meeting.

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How do I become an annual badge holder?

There is information on our membership page along with additional benefits annual badge holders receive - for example free entry to many other race meetings in the North of England and to one of Durham County Cricket Club's matches.

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Are the racecourse facilities open for special events and functions on non racedays.

Course facilities are available for weddings, conferences, meetings, functions, celebration lunches and dinners. For more information and bookings please contact our marketing manager.

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Can I order a brochure for non raceday functions?

Yes - please contact our marketing manager at the racecourse office.

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Where should we stay?

There is a wide range of hotels and Bed and Breakfast establishments in and around Hexham. We have a selection on our Where to Stay page.

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How do I bet?

There is information in our racecard explaining how to bet, the different ways you can place a bet and (hopefully) how to collect your winnings.

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What is your abandonment and refund policy?

Details can be found in the racecard.

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What time should I arrive on racedays?

Gates open two hours before the first race.

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Can I take photographs?

No photography is allowed without explicit permission from the Managing Executive in advance and if granted you would be expected to sign to confirm that you have read BHA General Instructions No 5.2 and agree to comply. Click here to download or read a PDF copy of the BHA Instructions.

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Can I work at the racecourse (i.e. selling racecards)?

Contact racecourse Office for employment opportunities.

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Is there a racehorse form guide available at the racecourse?

Yes there is a form guide in the racecard for each race.

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Can you offer any advice regarding setting up equine related websites i.e. for trainers, owners, studs, individuals and companies.

Yes. Our Royal Television Society Award winning web producer and multimedia consultant can offer impartial advice on creating a website, how to avoid the multitude of pitfalls, effective writing for the web, adding photographs, audio or video and maintaining a site. He can also offer similar impartial advice to anyone contemplating setting up a website. Find out more details here.

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Can you tell me anything about the history of Hexham Racecourse?

Yes. We have a page devoted to the history. You can find it here.

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What are Special Conditions E – on–Course Bookmakers & Staff?

Download or view the Special Conditions as a PDF here.

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