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.
RACE MEETING INFORMATION
GATES OPEN 9am EACH RACE DAY.
LOUIS ROEDERER RESTAURANT FROM 11.30am.
There is ample free parking available on our public car park at Seven Acres – follow yellow signs for Course/Public Parking. We also have paid parking situated in both our Paddock and Course Enclosures. We operate this on a first come first serve basis at £10.00 per vehicle per day. Please follow instructions for all parking as parking on race days is only available in designated parking areas.
For further information regarding parking, please refer to our ‘Parking Tab’ below.
There is designated disabled parking within each enclosure- £10 per vehicle and allocated on the day. Please note this is not located on the running rail but within defined parking areas. For further information, please refer to our ‘ Venue Accessibility Tab’ below.
Paddock Car Park
Available to book on the day £10.00 per vehicle per day.
Paddock Priory Side Rail Parking
Available to book in advance or on the day £60.00 per vehicle per day
Course Car Park
On-site Course Parking – Available to book on the day £10.00 per vehicle per day.
Overflow and 7 Acres Parking – FREE
Please be aware that a specific area is reserved for course parking and you may not park outside of this.
Be Safe- Don’t Drink & Drive. You’re welcome to leave your car overnight in our car park, to your discretion. Please do not attempt to sleep overnight in your vehicle. You will be asked to leave site. You must remove your vehicle by 12 midday the following day.
Coach Car Park
The racecourse welcomes coaches and minibuses free of charge in the coach car park only. Access to this car park is from Cartmel village.
No parking is permitted for coaches, minibuses and camper vans in the Paddock car park, Course car park, Hill and Stream Members and Run In Rail Members car parks.
We request that all coaches, minibuses and camper vans make us aware of their arrival in advance. It is also advisable for coach parties to purchase tickets in advance.
We have a limited number of accessible parking which is of closer proximity to our racing attractions and facilities. These are situated in both our course and paddock enclosures.
These are operated on a first-come first-serve basis on each race day and are not pre-bookable. We cannot guarantee an accessible space on each race day so please bear this in mind when planning your day with us. Please refer to the ‘Venue Accessiblity’ tab on this page for further information.
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.
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. Look out for signs to your preferred enclosure, Paddock or Course, as the entrance routes are at different ends of the village. It is strongly recommended that you aim to arrive well before the first race, as access to the Racing Enclosures will be limited afterwards.
Parking on the course car park is £10 per car, while parking in our overflow car parks on the edge of the racecourse is free – so please don’t try to park on any of the roads in or near the village as this is likely to cause an obstruction, and could result in a fine, or your car being towed.
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 traffice 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
The Travellers Choice provides a bus service between Cark-in-Cartmel Station and Cartmel village before the first race and after the last race.
Provision can be made for helicopters to land nearby the racecourse. Permission must be sought in advance. Please contact the racecourse at least 2 weeks before the event – 015395 36340.
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 raceday if possible.
Drinks and Snacks
In addition to our public bars, you’ll be able to find a selection of Cumbrian real-ales at Unsworth’s Brewery. You’ll also find a selection of unique cocktail and drinks stalls…it’d be rude not to…
A race day wouldn’t be complete visiting lots of different without an assortment of yummy treats. We have a variety of delicious food stalls offering fish & chips, prime quality beef burgers, sourdough pizza, ice cream, etc.
Look out for our local food producers – Furness Fish & Game, selling their bespoke venison burgers, and of course Cartmel’s very own, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding.
** Subject to Covid 19 protocols.
PRE-ORDERS NOW AVAILABLE FOR 2022
Why not PRE-ORDER from our some of our food vendors ensuring you can grab your particular treat of choice. Click on the links below to browse menus available…
N.B. All pre-orders are to be made directly with vendors. Advance notice of 48 hours.
Vintage Bakes – Contact Email- email@example.com
- Afternoon Tea -£20 per head.
- Buffet in a Box – Scotch Eggs, Sausage Rolls, Sandwiches, Coleslaw, Potato Salad etc – £16 per head
- Picnic – Sandwiches, Sausage Rolls, Crisps, Traybakes, Scotch Eggs etc – £16 a head
Kindred Spirits – Contact email: Tom@kindredspiritcocktails.com
Make Your Own Cocktail Box- £15
To include two flavours from the following: Espresso Martini, Dark n Stormy, Passionfruit Martini, Negroni, Mojito, Pina Colada, French Martini, Gin Basil Smash
Where to Stay
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 recommended accommodation – here in Cumbria, we’d call them ‘reet grand’ and we hope you do too!
Our safety information is designed to help you enjoy the racing & concerts in safety.
**PLEASE ENSURE YOU ARE FAMILIAR WITH OUR TERMS & CONDITIONS OF ENTRY AND CODE OF CONDUCT. ALL ARE UPDATED REGULARLY ON THIS WEBSITE AND ARE SUBJECT TO CHANGE WITHOUT NOTICE DEPENDING ON GOVERNMENT, SPORTS GROUND AND LOCAL AUTHORITY GUIDANCE. ELITE SPORTING EVENTS ARE GOVERNED BY THE SPORTS GROUND SAFETY ADVISORY GROUP. NOT ONLY THE GOVERNMENT ROAD MAP.
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 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. Quite simply: you’ll be safer if you drink less alcohol. On the rare occasion that we receive a customer complaint, it’s quite likely to be linked to the behaviour of someone who’s had one too many. So 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 (see the previous point about alcohol). Customers are reminded that 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. While we inspect all the trees on the racecourse annually, 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 are naturally attracted by the water in the beck that meanders through the Paddock Enclosure. For reasons that should be obvious, 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 he is 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. In the Paddock Enclosure, the First Aid Post is located next to the blue Ticket Hut on the entrance driveway. In the Course Enclosure, the First Aid Post is located opposite the Grandstand at the rear of the Cricket Pavilion.
Gazebos & Windbreakers
Racegoers are permitted to put up their own gazebos and windbreakers in allocated areas (a member of the Cartmel staff will advise). A charge of £20.00 is payable on the day for each gazebo or windbreaker erected based on either being a standard size of 3m x 3m.
Unfortunately, gazebos and windbreakers are not permitted next to the running rail or within 10 metres either side of a jump, as they obscure the view of other race-goers.
Please also note no gazebos or windbreakers are permitted on either side of the finishing straight. (Course/Paddock Running in Rail enclosures).
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 on the day, but please be aware of this in advance.
What to Wear
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 umbrella’s 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 Races and absolutely dogs are allowed in both the Paddock & Course Enclosures on all racedays – as long as they are kept on a lead at all times and are cleaned up after. If dogs are left in cars and are deemed to be distressed a public address announcement will be made, failure to respond will result in the dog being released.
Dogs are also allowed in all camping areas but must be kept on leads and cleaned up after.
Restrictions may apply on a concert race day.
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 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 parking for those who require it situated in both our paddock and course enclosures.
- Annual Member’s Accessible Spaces
- Course Accessible Spaces
- Paddock Accessible Spaces
There are accessible toilet facilities located all around the site.
We do offer a special 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 on 015395 36340 for further information.
If you believe you require any advice or special assistance – let us know in advance on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please find below information to help plan your day!
Our race times are confirmed but are subject to changes. Please make sure you check our updated race times prior to your visit.
David Gray will join us for 1 hour and a half for some of his best hits. With racing going ahead as scheduled, David Gray will join us approx 6-6.30pm with the concert finishing approx. 7.30-8pm.
Please note that as with our race times, these are rough timings and may be subject to change ahead of the concert or on the day.
Our racecourse is outdoors and therefore subject to our Lake District weather and potentially a ‘British Summer’. Please make sure you bring enough layers/ clothing to keep warm as the evening rolls in.
Your original tickets from previous years are still valid. These were sent to you via email as e-tickets. Please print these off so that they can be scanned on entry.
Camping Tickets- these will be sent to you via post.