A handy list of guides to help you whether you’re a race-goer, race staff or an owner/ trainer…

Browse through our rules and guidelines to ensure you have a fantastic stay!



Dogs Welcome
Please keep dogs on a lead at all times
Picnics Allowed
and positively encouraged - including alcohol
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GATES OPEN 9am EACH RACE DAY (Wednesday 31st May – 12 NOON)

Cancellation Policy:

All tickets are non-transferrable and non-refundable. Tickets cannot be upgraded to other ticket types, exchanged for equal value tickets, or swapped to different dates from that which was purchased.

Lost or Stolen Badges/ Tickets:

We accept no responsibility for lost, stolen or forgotten badges, PASS Cards, tickets or other entitlements. The Racecourse has no obligation to replace a lost, stolen or forgotten badge, PASS Card, ticket or other entitlement. In the event that we decide to replace a lost, stolen or forgotten badge, PASS Card, ticket or other entitlement, we may charge a fee to do so.


Please check our Terms and Conditions for our full details.

Welcome to all pooches and we hope you have a paw-sitively fabulous weekend at Cartmel. Just a couple of things for your two-legged family members:

  1. Accidents happen but please ask your family to clean up after you… Please bag and dispose of any poo-bags in our general waste units.
  2. We love your singing voices but some people may be nervous, particularly when you’re very chatty. Please keep singing to a minimum and during daylight hours.
  3.  Loose dogs can be very dangerous, particularly during racing. We must remind your family that you must remain under close control. Leads will be required throughout our race-course on race days. For those camping with us, leads are not required on campsites but please ensure that you remain respectful of your neighbours.
  4. We can have some lovely, hot days here at Cartmel – please remind your family that you appear to be in distress in your car, we will release you!
  5.  As much we know you pups can enjoy a good dance, please don’t let your family take you into the crowd at music events – your neighbours might not appreciate your singing and dancing as much as we do!

Annual Members:

Welcome to another Cartmel season of Jump Racing! Thank you for your very much appreciated support!

Membership Cards – Please ensure you have received your membership cards before the racing season. We will have sent them out to you shortly after your purchase. These cards will be required each race day for admission.

Please note any metal membership badges cannot be used for entry. Failure to produce a valid membership card may result in having to purchase additional admission tickets on the day.

Parking Hangers – Please ensure you display your parking hangers in your car on race day. If not, you may be subject to additional parking charges.

Travel – Directions to our racecourse will have been sent to you. Please follow signage to our Annual Members car park on the Paddock side.

ROA Members:

Please present your ROA membership badges on arrival at our Owners and Trainers Entrance and you will be granted general admission on the requisite dates.

Parking will be free of charge in our Owners and Trainers Car Park.

Racing TV Members:

Join us for a Club Day on Wednesday 31st May! Tickets are bookable via the Racing TV website. Please note that this is an admission-only ticket and parking will be available in our Seven Acres car park.


Welcome to Cartmel Racecourse and we hope you’re having a fantastic year of racing! Please present your racecourse membership badges to our ticket wardens on arrival to gain general admission. Parking is free of charge in our Seven Acres Car Park. Please note that there is no access to our Member’s Marquee in our Paddock Enclosure due to space restrictions. Thank you for coming!

When You Own A Horse Running At Cartmel…

We know that every day your horse runs it will be a special day for you. Not every owner can stand in the Winners’ Enclosure on each race day, but we still hope that you will really enjoy your visit to Cartmel.


Owners & Trainers Bar

The Owners and Trainers bar is situated just north of the Parade ring – offering you a direct view of the Parade Ring and your horses. The bar also has a view of the large screen opposite the Parade Ring.

We shall be offering all Owners & Trainers a free lunch – served as a buffet in the Owners & Trainers Bar. Please note that tickets for lunch must be obtained in person by the appropriate individual from the Owners & Trainers Ticket Hut on entry to the racecourse and will be limited to six per owner and two per trainer, per fixture.

Lunch tickets must be picked up by the individual or lead-syndicate /partnership member named in the race programme – please bring your PASS card for identification. Tickets are not transferable unless expressly requested, by the owner, via the PASS system.


Owners & Trainers parking is provided on the outside of the racecourse in the Owners & Trainers car park – located to the north of the Paddock Enclosure and approximately 60m from the Owners and Trainers Bar. This parking area provides plenty of space for owners and a shorter distance to walk to the Parade Ring – as well as easier access / exit. Vehicles will not have to wait for the gaps between races in order to leave as the car park is on the outside of the track. Owners and Trainers are  still welcome to picnic next to their vehicles – which can be parked adjacent to the running rail, subject to available space.

Access & General Directions

Most racegoers approach the racecourse by car from junction 36 of the M6 and the A590. Look out for the yellow signs at The Aynsome Manor – turn right here. The Owners & Trainers parking area is located north of the Paddock Enclosure and is signposted with temporary, yellow, event signage from High Newton. Please look out for signs to the ‘Paddock’.  Helicopters can be landed if notice is given in advance – please contact the Racecourse Office.

In order to access the Owners and Trainers Car Park, follow the same route as normal (as directed by the yellow event signage) until the end of Greenbank Lane, just opposite the racecourse, where you will be directed to the right – towards your parking area.

Badge Allocation

We will be operating using the PASS system.

We offer all owners six admission badges per runner. If one syndicate owns two runners, they will therefore be allocated twelve badges and eighteen badges for three runners, etc. Please note that these badges are for your guests and should not be transferred for cash.  All badges are allocated at the Owners & Trainers Office, which is located adjacent to the track in the Owners & Trainers car park. Badge holders will be issued with a wristband to be worn at all times on the track. You may of course pass-out to the village and return. We respectfully ask that you arrive to check in at the Owners entrance where the PASS system is located – it is not possible to access using your badges from any other entry gate. Thank you in advance for this.

Trainers and jockeys are admitted to the racecourse for work purposes (with or without runners) and we appreciate that they may wish to employ a driver or bring a family member – to whom we’d be pleased to allocate a Paddock Enclosure admission badge. Please note however, that these badges are not intended to be transferable. To assist with the scanning process at the racecourse exits and entrances, we’d be grateful if all metal badge holders (including racehorse trainers, BHA badge holders and RCA badges holders) could obtain a wristband at the Owners and Trainers hut.

The Owners & Trainers Bar does not have enough seats to guarantee every person a seat at the same time – it is therefore not possible to reserve space in this facility.


Five Day Entries & Overnight Declarations

Five Day Entries & Overnight Declarations for Cartmel meetings are available via the Racing Post website. Entries are available from lunchtime, 5 days prior to the meeting and declarations are available from lunchtime 48 hours before. To access this information, click here to the Racing Post which will open up the Racing Post website. Once on the site, select Future Racing from the list on the left and select Cartmel. Please note you will have to complete a simple registration form on the Racing Post site to view this information.

When you visit the site:

  • select Cards from the list on the left of the page
  • select Cartmel from the list of meetings on the right of the page (A list of races at the selected meeting will be displayed)
  • select a race and click on it (For the next days meetings, a list of runners will be displayed. For subsequent meetings, 5 day entries will be displayed)

Stabling and overnight accommodation

Cartmel Racecourse has up to 75 stables, providing shavings or paper bedding which are allocated on arrival.

The stable yard entrance is located off Park Road, 80 meters from the famous Cartmel Village Sticky Toffee Pudding Shop. The best route into the stable yard is through the village however, the bigger boxes may struggle to negotiate the ‘pudding corner’. If you intend on bringing a bigger horsebox please call the Racecourse Office to clarify arrangements.

Overnight stabling and accommodation is ONLY available by prior arrangement. Please download and complete the overnight stabling & accommodation form- this information must be emailed to the Racecourse Office by 11am the day before racing.

Download the Stabling and Overnight Accommodation Form

For more information, please get in touch with the Racecourse Office directly.


We understand that a large percentage of our runners have travelled a considerable long way to race at Cartmel, therefore we aim to make your stay as comfortable as possible. To help us achieve this, please read the below prior to arrival:

Whilst every effort will be made to provide each member of stable staff with a single room, due to very limited availability at The Cumbria Grand, and local B&B’s, it may be that 2 persons per room is unavoidable. In these circumstances, we will ensure that stable staff only share with same sex staff from their own yard, or similar career status.

We do not offer overnight accommodation to those under 18 years of age.

Race Day Stable Attendant Catering 

Our Stable Staff Canteen is situated to the rear of the stable yard where hot and cold meals will be available throughout the race day from 10 a.m until approximately 1 hour after the last race.

Morning Exercise

Morning exercise is available in the 7-acre field through the village, strictly by prior permission from the Clerk of the Course James Armstrong, who may be contacted on 07801699281.

We look forward to seeing you and wish you a safe journey and the best of luck.