All you need to know to enjoy a great day at Cartmel Races!
Use our handy guide to plan your day and make your travel arrangements.
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE TO BUY ON THE DAY
We’re going CASHLESS on our Admission Gates!
RACE MEETING INFORMATION
GATES OPEN 9am EACH RACE DAY (excluding 31st May)
RESTAURANTS OPEN 11.30am
Cartmel Races is a day out like no other. Surrounded by the beautiful South Lakeland fells and tucked away on the edge of the foodie village of Cartmel, this historic country racecourse offers the thrill of jump racing in a festival atmosphere.
In the popular Paddock Enclosure choose from a range of packages for all budgets, from fine dining to party tents, or simply bring your own picnic and relax with family and friends between races.
In the Course Enclosure, enjoy all the fun of the fair with a resident DJ, a great selection of food and drink stalls and lots of room to set up for the day. Feel free to bring your own food, drink, furniture and gazebo to make the most of your day out!
Perfect for family, friends and celebrations, Cartmel Races offers an unforgettable experience in a truly stunning location.
Make sure you’re there – hit THIS link for our ticket guide, and when you’re ready to book, head to the BOOK NOW button at the top corner of your screen!
We have lots of different ticket types, designed to help you create your perfect day! Whether you would like a day of wandering the site, finding a perch or planning a party, we’ve got options for you.
Please click HERE to view our ticket choices!
Here at Cartmel we welcome every age to join in on a fab day of fun-fairs, tasty food, hopefully great weather and of course, Summer Jump races!
We offer complimentary general admission to under-18s in conjunction with any adult booking. Some areas of our racecourse do have age restrictions, please check on our Ticket Guide for information on each package!
Gates open from 9am every race day except for Wednesday 31st May which is 12 noon.
We’d recommend arriving early should you wish to park in one of our on-course car parks. Once you have received your tickets and wristbands, feel free to wander in and out of the racecourse or head to any of our vendors and see what’s on offer.
All of our race times are released by the BHA close to the dates of our fixtures. Please be aware, they are subject to change right up until the starting flag! We will always try to keep you up to date ahead of time where possible.
To find our currently released race times, please head to our 2023 Dates page!
We don’t operate a ‘hard close’ here at Cartmel so our closing times do vary. Most often, this is around one hour after the final race. A couple of things to note:
Please make sure you have a safe method of transport home whether that’s via taxi, train. You’re welcome to leave cars overnight as long as they’re picked up by 12 noon the following morning.
Due to our country lanes, our one-way system is in place until the last race at which point it is reversed to allow for all those leaving. Please follow the appropriate signage.
The lanes around the racecourse are very beautiful, but also quite narrow. To assist with the traffic management, we make several of the lanes ONE-WAY – so it is particularly important that you follow the event signage and NOT your sat-nav.
It is also particularly important to follow the signage for the correct enclosure (paddock or course), as you will be turned around on the gate and advised of a detour route if you arrive at the wrong entrance.
Follow Paddock Enclosure signs if you:
- Have pre-booked Paddock Parking (not available on the day)
- Are a guest of our Louis Roederer Restaurant or Parade Ring Restaurant
- Are an Annual Member, Owner, Trainer or Jockey
PLEASE BE REMINDED, PADDOCK PARKING IS ONLY AVAILABLE VIA PRE-BOOKING, EVEN IF YOU HAVE PADDOCK ADMISSION.
Follow Course Enclosure signs if you:
- Have NOT pre-booked parking
- Have booked Course Enclosure tickets
- Have booked Paddock Enclosure tickets but not parking
- Have booked Camping tickets
- Have NOT booked any tickets at all and will be paying on the gate
Cartmel Racecourse is most easily accessed from junction 36 of the M6 via the A590. Follow the signs towards Barrow and Ulverston until you reach the turn-off for High Newton, where you will also see a sign for Cartmel Priory. Our temporary yellow event signage will be in place from the A590.
If you are planning to travel by taxi, it is strongly recommended that you book in advance, as it is unlikely that there will be many available on the day. To reduce traffic, we ask for all taxis to drop off and pick up from the lay-by opposite Cartmel Priory School, near the Pig and Whistle public house on the edge of the village.
The closest station to Cartmel Racecourse is Cark-in-Cartmel Train Station. For more details visit www.thetrainline.com
Provision can be made for helicopters to land nearby the racecourse. Permission must be sought in advance. Please contact the Racecourse Office at least 2 weeks before the date.
Parking for coaches is available in the designated Coach Park. Coaches are unable to park in any other car park other than the coach park area. Coach party organisers should inform the Racecourse Office that they will require a coach parking space 5 days in advance of the race day where possible.
The Travellers Choice will be offering independent shuttle bus services to and from Cartmel Village / Cark-in-Cartmel railway – please check all times, dates and updates on their website before you set off.
Click here for more information!
There are a number of options for parking on race days. Please note that Cartmel Village car park is used exclusively for coach parking for racing fixtures and is not available to the public. Please make sure you follow the correct signage for Paddock Parking or Course Parking, as these are at opposite ends of the Racecourse.
There is parking within the Paddock enclosure which must be pre-booked. The cost is £10 per car and can be added to your basket with your tickets.
Course enclosure parking is available on a first come, first served basis. The cost is £10 per car, which is payable on the day. This is not pre-bookable so we recommend arriving well in advance of the racing.
Free parking on the Course enclosure side is also available at Seven Acres – follow signs to Course/Public car park, just a short walk from the Course.
A limited number of accessible parking spaces are available exclusively to Blue Badge holders in both the Paddock and Course enclosures, at a cost of £10 per car. The Paddock enclosure is pre-bookable via the Racecourse Office however the course enclosure parking is only available on the day. Please note that accessible spaces are not on the rail but are as close as possible to all facilities.
Owners and Trainers
Free parking is available to Owners and Trainers in a dedicated area behind the Owners and Trainers marquee – please follow signs to Owners and Trainers.
All cars may be left on site overnight but must be collected by 12 noon the following day. Sleeping in any vehicle in any car park is strictly not allowed.
Coaches & Minibuses
Coaches are welcome and coach parking is free of charge. All coaches and minibuses must park in Cartmel Village car park, which is clearly signposted. We strongly advise coach parties to book race tickets in advance to take advantage of our group discount. Coach drivers will benefit from complimentary general admission.
We welcome both cash and card payments whilst onsite, and you will find cash points in both the Course and Paddock enclosures.
New for 2023 we will be going cashless on our Admission Gates! If you are planning on paying for your admission on the day, please ensure that you have card payment available.
Due to our very rural location, our 4G and mobile signal can often be patchy or unreliable, especially on our busy race days. We do not currently offer public Wi-Fi, and as such you may find it difficult to access online items.
For this reason, we ask that you print your e-tickets in advance to ensure you are able to present them on arrival.
Cartmel is known as the foodie village of the Lake District, and our race-days are no different. Whether you’re joining us in our Louis Roederer and Parade Ring restaurants, wandering the colourful rows of exciting food stalls, or bringing your packed lunch in tow, you won’t be short of options.
We’re proud to promote local business and produce – whether it’s a true Cumbrian ale fresh from the barrel, some juicy Morecambe Bay shrimp or a perfectly crisp Lakeland-made Gin and Tonic, we hope you will enjoy as many culinary delights as you can stomach.
Check out just some of our fabulous vendors we will be welcoming to the races this year:
Planning a fabulous day out for the full group can be a big task! Why not make your day as carefree as possible? Organise your tickets, parking, food and drink all in advance. All that’s left is to bring yourselves along to the tailor-made day out of your dreams!
Unfortunately, we regret that Good Weather cannot be ordered in advance. However, Great Fun will be in supply on the day!
This fabulous selection of vendors will soon be available to take your pre-orders:
Furness Fish & Game Check out our website! Available on this link
Three Little Pigs WhatsApp Us! Available on 07818654678
Kindred Spirit Cocktails WhatsApp Us! Available on 07523187365
Food From The Fells Email Us! Available on email@example.com
Have you booked tickets for one of our Party Tents or Picnic Benches, but want to dress it up a little? Maybe you’re organising a birthday trip, or an annual friends get-together – something a little more special.
Adding an extra splash of pizazz is just what you need to make a good day great. Get in touch with Violet and Bluebell Events now, to discover how you can put the Party into Party Tent!
Contact Ellen at firstname.lastname@example.org
Our race days are a perfect excuse to make a weekend of it and where better than in our beautiful Lake District? We have many excellent hotels and guest houses in the vicinity, each unique in character and style.
Please browse our list of local accommodation – we hope you have a lovely stay!
We also offer onsite camping and caravanning facilities for race days – please check out our Ticket Guide page for more information, and if you’d like to book tickets, click the BOOK NOW button at the top right hand corner!
At Cartmel we request that racegoers wear smart casual dress in the Paddock Enclosure, especially in the restaurant areas.
Although the atmosphere is always informal, we ask that shirts are worn in all enclosures please. T-shirts and shorts are acceptable in hot weather. Wellington boots and macs are recommended in wet weather as a vast majority of our racecourse is grass. Although umbrellas are excellent in the rain they can also be used in hot weather as a cover from the sun.
Please dress for your own comfort (and the weather!)
We love dogs here at Cartmel and dogs are absolutely allowed in both the Paddock and Course Enclosures on all race days! We do ask your two-legged supervisors to ensure you’re behaving, though…
Please visit our Guides page to see our Ulti-Mutt guide to bring your dog to Cartmel!
You are welcome to put up their own gazebos and windbreakers in allocated areas. A charge of £20 is payable on the day for each standard 3m x 3m gazebo, which will be collected by roaming Event Day Stewards.
Unfortunately, gazebos and windbreakers are not permitted on either side of the finishing straight, next to the running rail or within 10 metres either side of a jump, as they obscure the view of other race-goers.
Gazebo and windbreakers are not available to hire from the racecourse and may not be permitted in high winds. We try to avoid multiple structures being placed beside each other as they may impact on the viewing and enjoyment of other race-goers.
Our team will advise you of your placement and any restrictions on the day, but please be aware of this in advance.
Our course is very much like its encompassing Lake District with the majority of the course situated on grass. We have a limited number of accessible spaces available and unfortunately cannot guarantee use of a space on each race day. With these limitations in mind, please think of those who may struggle most with our large grass race course.
We offer designated accessible parking for those who require it situated in both our paddock and course enclosures:
- Course Accessible Spaces
- Paddock Accessible Spaces
- Seven Acres Accessible Spaces
New this year, we have pre-bookable Paddock Parking and by extension, pre-bookable Accessible Paddock Parking!
Please contact the Racecourse Office directly to organise this; we require a copy or photo of your blue badge to confirm your space.
There are accessible toilet facilities located all around the site, please see our Accessibility Map below for further details of their locations.
Accessible Race Viewing:
We offer an accessible viewing platform on our Grandstand for those who have Paddock Tickets. There are operated on a first-come, first-serve basis on the day – please enquire with our Racecourse Office for further information.
As our venue is an outdoor grass venue, we don’t have a designated dog spending area. There will be red waste bins dotted around site in which you can dispose of any waste.
Please note that we are very much a dog-friendly venue and there may be a high volume of friendly dogs around. All will be required on leads but should you have any issues with other dogs, please do speak to a member of the team and we will do our very best to help.
Personal assistants can attend free of charge – please contact the Racecourse Office directly and we will be able to help you with this. We require proof of your PIP in order to confirm your tickets, so please have this available to send into us.
If purchasing tickets on the day, please remember to bring your PIP document so that we can issue you a complimentary ticket.
Please use this map in conjunction with our Racecourse Map for complete site details!
The provision of rent-able mobility scooters will not be available in 2023.
If you believe you require any advice or special assistance – let us know in advance on:
…where we will do our very best to make your day as enjoyable as possible!
Our safety information is designed to help you enjoy the racing and events in safety.
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A day at Cartmel Racecourse should be great fun for everyone; nobody wants an injury or an incident to spoil their day. So, when push comes to shove, we need to make sure that there isn’t any pushing or shoving.
The Racecourse Team prepares carefully for each event and we take every precaution to ensure that the site is as safe as is practical. However, we also need some help from you – to take responsibility for your own safety and to respect the safety and comfort of those around you. With this in mind, we’ve compiled a brief list of precautions that we’d like all visitors to consider:
Alcohol & Substance Abuse
Fortunately, very few accidents or customer complaints occur at Cartmel Racecourse, but those that do are most likely to be relatively minor incidents involving someone who has had too much to drink. We ask that you please drink responsibly and encourage your friends to stay within their limits. Any incident involving substance abuse will be dealt with by Cumbria Police.
Slips, Trips, Falls
The most common cause for a visit to the Medic UK tent is sunstroke. Okay, that’s only on hot days… The most common cause, on a normal day, is a grazed knee. Many of these customers are either under the age of five years or they have had one drink too many. The natural parkland, that forms the racecourse, includes many uneven surfaces that may become slippery in wet conditions. Please take care of yourselves and mind where you walk. Don’t try to run faster than your legs can go, even if you think your bookmaker might be packing away for the day.
Fences, Walls & Barriers
The fences, walls and temporary barriers located on the racecourse are intended to segregate people into specific areas. This may include segregating people from horses or people from sensitive or hazardous equipment. Please do not attempt to climb over, sit on or stand on any barriers – regardless of whether they appear to be permanent or temporary features – they are not designed to take a person’s weight.
The scenery at the racecourse is enhanced by beautiful trees, including some very old oaks. However, despite clichés such as ‘strong as an oak’ it should be noted that all trees are capable of shedding branches with little warning. With this in mind, we recommend that you do not sit beneath the branches. We especially ask that neither children nor adults, swing or climb on the branches of trees within the parkland.
Children often enjoying playing by the water in the beck that meanders through the Paddock Enclosure, and as with all areas we recommend that children are always supervised. We also recommend that anyone paddling in the beck wears shoes or boots to protect their feet. Animals use the beck upstream (and downstream), so please do not use the beck for washing up your picnic utensils, for drinking or for cleaning your hands.
Horses are big and run very fast; hopefully, yours will run fastest of all. Please pay attention when in close proximity to the horses: stay on the public side of any barriers (close to the track or horse walk areas) and do not sit on or lean over barriers near to the horses. The running rails are designed to encourage the horses to stay on the track – but they will not withstand a horse’s weight if they hit them, nor a jockey’s if they are thrown over them – so be prepared to move if a horse is behaving erratically.
Be aware of moving vehicles at all times. If you are driving a vehicle, please pay special attention to pedestrians.
Every year the first aid team will treat at least one person with burnt fingers and we will be required to extinguish at least one fire in a wheelie bin. If you intend to bring a barbecue, please ensure that you handle it safely, take care not to scorch the grass, by using stones, and dispose of it in a metal bin – only when it is fully extinguished. No gas barbecues or gas canisters are permitted on the racecourse.
We love having BBQs at Cartmel Racecourse however, the horses aren’t as keen on drifting smoke. In order to keep our Equine friends happy we ask that all barbecues are extinguished 30 minutes before racing begins and are not reignited again until after racing.
There are usually lots of children at Cartmel races. Although we don’t consider them to be particularly dangerous, we do ask all children to be appropriately supervised by a responsible adult – who should be particularly mindful of all the considerations above.
First Aid posts are located in both the Paddock & Course Enclosures. Please check our guest map for their current locations, or ask a nearby Event Day Steward for directions.