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.

Official Going

July 26th 2020 - Good to soft, soft in places. 125mm rain July. Dry Day Saturday

Dry day Friday with an unsettled weekend.


Dogs Welcome - on leads at all times



Picnics Allowed & positively encouraged(Including alcohol)








Look Out for 2021 Information Coming Soon












Ticket Information

There are two types of general admission tickets here at Cartmel: Paddock Enclosure and Course Enclosure. 

A description of each enclosure is given below to help you make your ticket choice. We encourage you to purchase tickets in advance but you can still buy tickets to all of our racedays, including concert raceday, on arrival (subject to availability). Children under 18 are free of charge and do not require a ticket, but they must be accompanied by a paying adult (except for Concert Days).

Paddock Enclosure

The Paddock Enclosure contains the Grandstand and Paddock, Parade Ring/Winners Enclosure, Marquee Village and the Louis Roederer Restaurant.  The main racecourse office is also located in this Enclosure.  Holders of a Paddock Enclosure ticket can move freely over to the Course Enclosure at the track crossing point. Crossing is not permitted with glass or while horses are on the track.

Course Enclosure

The Course Enclosure is situated on the opposite side of the finishing straight from the Paddock.  The main features of this Enclosure are the fairground, trade stands, and the bandstand.  Transfers are possible to the Paddock Enclosure at the track crossing point if you are in receipt of a Paddock Ticket or Upgrade Ticket. Upgrade tickets can be purchased at the crossing. Crossing is not permitted with glass or while horses are on the track.


Both Enclosures offer a range of food and drink outlets, betting and toilet facilities, including accessible toilets and baby changing areas. 

Advanced / Gate Ticket Prices for 2020

Fixture Paddock (Advance)     Paddock (Gate) Course (Advance)       Course (Gate)
Saturday 23rd May £23 £27 £15 £18
BH Monday 25th May £23 £27 £15 £18
Wednesday 27th May £12 £15 £10 £12
Friday 26th June £47 £55 £47 £55
Sunday 28th June £21 £25 £12 £16
Saturday 18th July £23 £27 £15 £18
Monday 20th July £21 £25 £12 £16
Saturday 29th August £23 £27 £15 £18
BH Monday 31st August   £23 £27 £15 £18

* Group Bookings

If you are a group of 10 or more people, we can offer you a further discount if you book your tickets in advance (this offer is not available to customers purchasing tickets on the day of racing, for concert race days, or on other special rates). Online purchases of 10 or more tickets of the same type will automatically receive a 5% discount. No discounts will apply to concert race days.


When purchasing your tickets in advance you can also purchase vouchers to enhance your day. If you’d like to book vouchers for Champagne or for the Fairground, simply select the date you wish to attend then select the number of vouchers you require for that particular race day.

Champagne Voucher

Treat yourself or a friend to a bottle of Louis Roederer Brut Premier Champagne. Cost £9.50 per glass and can be purchased under the vouchers section when making a booking.

Fairground Voucher

Great for children and adults, purchase your voucher in advance and you can get £15 worth of rides (tickets) for just £12 when you purchase with your admission ticket.*
Order online and collect your tickets on your arrival at the Course or Paddock enclosure information desk. 

*If purchased separately, there will be a £2.50 booking fee.


Annual Membership

Annual Badge Holder at Cartmel Racecourse

This membership offers the following benefits:

  • Free admission to all 9 days racing at Cartmel in 2020 including any concert race days
  • Free parking in the Paddock enclosure – subject to availability
  • Free admission to 50 reciprocal days at other racecourses in Britain and Ireland
  • Annual Members marquee in the Paddock enclosure with bar and betting facilities
  • Metal Badge (for new members only)  
  • Annual Members grandstand viewing

Single Annual Membership is £160.00 per person. For more information please call the office 015395 36340. Please note that there are limited availability for annual memberships.

Reciprocal Race Days 2020

Reciprocal Dates 2020


By Road

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 inside of the track costs £8 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.

By Taxi

If you are planning to travel by taxi, it is strongly recommended that you book now, 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.

By Train

The closest station to Cartmel Racecourse is Cark-in-Cartmel Train Station. For more details visit
Stagecoach provides a bus service between Cark-in-Cartmel Station and Cartmel village before the first race and after the last race. Once available, we will post the timetables below.

By Helicopter

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.

Coach Parties

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.


Paddock Car Park

Car parking in the Paddock Enclosure is limited and costs £8 per car. We encourage you to arrive early to obtain access to the main Paddock car park. This will sell out on Bank Holidays and overflow facilities will be used. The Paddock area is unsuitable for large vehicles such as minibuses, motorhomes or large vans.

Paddock Priory Side Rail Parking

Bring a picnic and enjoy the extra space to relax for the day, you can erect your own gazebo (3 x 3m) included in the price of £60.

Admission is not included, Paddock tickets must be purchased for all of your party.

*The spaces are unsuitable for vehicles such as minibuses, motor-homes or large vans.

Course Car Park

Whilst overflow and 7 Acres parking is free, a charge of £8 per car will be charged for cars wishing to park within the course enclosure on all race days. The Course area is unsuitable for vehicles such as minibuses, motor-homes or large vans.

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. 

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 £17.50 is payable on the day for each gazebo or windbreaker erected based on either being a standard size of 3m x 3m. Multiples of this charge will apply to larger gazebos and windbreakers.

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 racegoers.

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.

Group Hospitality

Few people can resist an invitation to a day at the races. Our unique party atmosphere at Cartmel means there is no better way to celebrate a special occasion with family or friends or to entertain business clients or staff.

The relaxed surroundings of our hospitality areas ensure privacy and comfort, whilst still located in the heart of the racing action. The mix of informality and entertainment provides an exceptional ambience for building business relationships; we guarantee your guests will never be stuck for something to spark the next conversation!

Our hospitality packages take all the hassle out of organising such an event, leaving you and your guests to enjoy the day. We can accommodate both large and smaller parties within our flexible hospitality marquee arrangements.

Cartmel Private Boxes

Our Cartmel Private Boxes are your private area for the day and are located within a screened section of the main marquee. Perfect for groups of 30 or more guests, private boxes are available from mid-morning on race days so guests can get together and enjoy the preliminaries of a busy day’s racing. Private box dining includes a hot & cold buffet lunch and afternoon tea featuring local, seasonal produce which has been carefully selected by our exclusive caters, Campbell & Rowley. Afterwards, there is no need to rush away, why not let the traffic disperse and make full use of your facility. If you are celebrating a special occasion, party organisers can access the private box from 10am to put up temporary decorations.

What’s included in a Cartmel Private Box package?

  • Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Paddock Admission Badges
  • Fully Furnished Marquee
  • Racecards
  • Racing Posts
  • Floral Decorations
  • Outside area with patio furniture
  • CCTV
  • Tipsters and Guest Speakers available on request

Separate drinks packages are also available and can be tailor-made to your requirements.


Fixture Price
Saturday 23rd May £132.00
BH Monday 25th May £132.00
Wednesday 27th May £132.00
Friday 26th June £150.00
Sunday 28th June £132.00
Saturday 18th July £132.00
Monday 20th July £132.00
Saturday 29th August £132.00
BH Monday 31st August   £132.00

For more information or to make a booking, please contact the racecourse on 015395 36340.

Party Tents

Our party tents are perfect for up to 15 people, however, double-sized tents can be built to accommodate larger parties between 15 and 30 people. One free parking space per 3m x 3m party tent is available.

Party Tents are only available to book by telephone. To make a reservation and for general queries please call the racecourse office on 015395 36340.

Course Party Tents

These Party Tents are situated in the Course Enclosure and are centrally located with easy access to food and drink outlets, betting and facillities. With easy viewing via our big screens, the Course Party Tents are self-catering, so you are permitted to bring your own food and drink for the day.

What’s included in the Course Side Party Tent Package?

  • 3m x 3m Mini Marquee with Table & Garden Furniture
  • Free Parking Space 
  • Includes 15 Paddock Tickets
  • Race Cards and The Racing Post


Paddock Party Tents

These Party Tents are situated in the Paddock Enclosure and are centrally located with easy access to food and drink outlets, betting and facilities. With easy viewing via our big screens, the Paddock Party Tent package comes with hospitality. Your own food and drink is not permitted. 

What’s included in the Paddock Side Party Tent package?

  • 3m x 3m Mini Marquee with Table & Garden Furniture
  • Free Parking Space
  • Includes 15 Paddock Tickets
  • 3 bottles of Prosecco 
  • 15 bottles of Premium Beer
  • Race Cards and The Racing Post
  • 15 Food Vouchers exchangeable at Furness Fish & Game


Party Tent Prices for 2020

Fixture Price per Course Party Tent Price Per Paddock Party Tent
Saturday 23rd May £750.00 £1,050.00
BH Monday 25th May £750.00 £900.00
Wednesday 27th May  £750.00 £825.00
Friday 26th June  £1,025.00 £1,200.00
Sunday 28th June  £750.00 £900.00
Saturday 18th July £750.00 £1,050.00
Monday 20th July £750.00 £900.00
Saturday 29th August £750.00 £1,050.00
BH Monday 31st August £750.00 £900.00


1856 – The Cartmel Champagne Bar

*NEW FOR 2020*

We are delighted to offer a brand new facility for the 2020 race season.

A paddock side facility offering a table for the day, race-cards, tipster, a glass of champagne on arrival and a choice of platter.

  • Smoked Salmon Platter

Finest quality Scottish smoked salmon produced by the award-winning Port of Lancaster Smokehouse. Garnished with capers, shallots, fresh salad leaves and a lemon vinaigrette.

  • Mixed Charcuterie Platter

Free-range Prosciutto ham with black truffle, wild venison chorizo, Bresaola style air-dried beef. Served alongside caramelised onion chutney, fresh salad leaves and crusty sliced breads.

  • Mixed Cheese Platter

A platter of 5 different cheeses from an award-winning Lancashire producer. Served with a selection of artisan biscuits and chutneys.

An exclusive bar offering table service of champagnes, prosecco and a selection of local gin; our platters offer a super selection of fresh and tasty cold items, featuring Port of Lancaster Smoked Salmon.

Your ticket gives you full access to the Paddock and Course area’s – great if you fancy a spin on the funfair or a trip around the fab range of stalls.

This area features private outdoor seating and a view of the track – fabulous to get up close to the runners and riders.

For more details or to book call our office on 015395 36340.


Restaurant Packages

Enjoy delicious cuisine in comfortable surroundings whilst soaking up the racing atmosphere from one of our three exclusive restaurants.

The Louis Roederer Restaurant

Sample Menu – Louis Roederer Restaurant

The Louis Roederer Restaurant is located on the first floor of the Grandstand (within the Paddock Enclosure) and boasts panoramic views of the racecourse, finishing line, and the parade ring. It has a private viewing balcony and access to the front steps of the Grandstand…perfect for enjoying a day’s racing in style! Racegoers can enjoy a delicious a la carte meal from their table designed by our exclusive caterers, Campbell & Rowley as part of the package at the Louis Roederer Restaurant.

What’s included in the Louis Roederer Restaurant package?

  • Welcome Drink
  • Drinks Including House Wine, Beer and Soft Drinks
  • Three Course A La Carte Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Paddock Admission
  • Racecard
  • Racing Post
  • Parking
  • Private Table for Groups of 10 or More


Fixture Adult Under 18’s
Saturday 23rd May £179.00 £156.00
BH Monday 25th May £179.00 £156.00
Wednesday 27th May £179.00 £156.00
Friday 26th June £215.00 £195.00
Sunday 28th June £179.00 £156.00
Saturday 18th July £179.00 £156.00
Monday 20th July £179.00 £156.00
Saturday 29th August £179.00 £156.00
BH Monday 31st August £179.00 £156.00


The Ilex at Cartmel

Sample Menu – The Ilex 2019

The Ilex at Cartmel is located in the hospitality marquee which runs parallel to the finishing straight in the Paddock Enclosure. It provides racegoers with a more casual atmosphere from which to enjoy a delicious Buffet Lunch. The table is exclusively yours all day, providing you with a base from which to enjoy the days racing.

What’s included in The Ilex at Cartmel package?

  • Hot & Cold Buffet Lunch
  • Afternoon Tea
  • Paddock Admission
  • Racecard
  • Racing Post
  • Parking


Fixture Adult Under 18’s Under 5’s
Saturday 23rd May £100.00 £77.00 £35.00
BH Monday 25th May £100.00 £77.00 £35.00
Wednesday 27th May £100.00 £77.00 £35.00
Friday 26th June £139.00 £110.00 £35.00
Sunday 28th June £100.00 £77.00 £35.00
Saturday 18th July £100.00 £77.00 £35.00
Monday 20th July £100.00 £77.00 £35.00
Saturday 29th August £100.00 £77.00 £35.00
BH Monday 31st August £100.00 £77.00 £35.00


Drinks and Snacks

In addition to two large public bars, one in each enclosure, you’ll be able to find a selection of our own real-ales in Unsworth’s Brewery Real Ale Tent. With a selection of cocktails from Bon Vivant Drinks in the Paddock Enclosure and The Little Barn Bar in the Course Enclosure.

Plus, of course, everything you’d expect to find to eat including fish & chips, prime quality beef burgers, bacon rolls, ice cream, etc.

Also look out for our local food producers – Furness Fish & Game, who will be selling their own venison burgers, and Cartmel’s very own, Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding will be here too.

Where to Stay

There are many excellent hotels and guest houses in the locality, details of which can be found on the local tourist board website, but if it’s self-catering you’re looking for, then please also visit or or

There are a number of places that we are happy to recommend as offering a particularly high level of comfort and value for money. These places have successfully served visitors to Cartmel Races for many the years:

Hotels & Guest Houses

The Cavendish Arms, Cartmel Tel: 015395 36240
The Swan Hotel, Newby Bridge Tel:015395 31681
Number 43, The Promenade, ArnsideTel: 01524 762761
Miller Howe Hotel & Restaurant, Windermere Tel: 015394 42536
The Cumbria Grand Hotel, Grange-Over-Sands Tel:015395 32331
Aynsome Manor Hotel, Grange-Over-SandsTel: 015395 36653
Holbeck Ghyll Country House Hotel, WindermereTel: 015394 32375
Netherwood Hotel, Grange-Over-SandsTel: 015395 32552
The Grange Hotel, Grange-Over-Sands Tel: 015395 33666
The Crown High Newton, Grange-Over-SandsTel: 015395 30613
Old Barn Farm, Newby BridgeTel: 015395 31842
Broadoaks Country House Hotel, Troutbeck, Windermere Tel: 015394 45566
The Derby Arms, WitherslackTel: 015395 52207
The Strickland Arms Sizergh, nr Kendal Tel: 015395 61010
Lakeside Hotel, Newby BridgeTel: +44(0)15395 30001
Gilpin Hotel & Lake House, WindermereTel: +44 (0)15394 88818
The Priory Hotel, Cartmel Square, CartmelTel: 015395 34070
The Royal Oak Cartmel Square, CartmelTel: 015395 33246
Market Cross Cottage B&B, Cartmel SquareTel: 015395 36143
Uplands Hotel, Cartmel Tel: 01539 536848
The Langdale Estate, Langdale Tel: 015394 38011                                                                            
The Brimstone Hotel, LangdaleTel: 015394 38062
The Cartmel Old Grammar Country House, CartmelTel: 07432 792174                                Greenbank Farm B&B, Cartmel – Tel: 01539 533686                                                                     Holiday Cottage, Cumbria – Tel: 01237 459888                                                                                          Dunes Hotel, Barrow-in-Furness – Tel: 01229 461200


Flat 2 & 4 Tower House, Cavendish Street, CartmelTel: 07814576368
Holiday Cottages CumbriaTel: 01524 702955; 07770 301709
Old Barn Cottages Newby BridgeTel: 015395 31842
Wall Nook Holiday Cottage Cartmel, CumbriaTel: 015395 36043
Racecourse Cottage CartmelTel: 015395 36194 or 07939 595752
Wayside Cottage CartmelTel: 07867 557733
Cark Manor Stables Cark-in-CartmelTel: 07931 792236
Hill Farm Luxury Holiday CottageTel: 015395 35 234; 07801 564 565
Clogger Beck Cottage, CartmelTel: 01766 522 460
4 The Rowans Holiday Apartment, Grange-over-SandsTel: 07919 200 771
Wharton Cottage,
Greenbank View – Contact 01404 812309 or email
Ford House, Cartmel Contact 07775797575 or email
Crumble Cottage, Cartmel Contact Sarah Byrne on 015395 34405 or
Causeway Cottage Cottage, Cartmel Contact or call 07777695802
Grange Fell, Grange – Contact or call 07777 695802
Flat 2 The Old Barn, Cartmel – Contact Tony Boothman on 07785 346614 
Holiday Cottage, Cumbria – Tel: 01237 459888 
The Old Roller Shed, Cartmel – Contact Rachel Holcroft on 07770 444 495
Independent Cottages – Contact  Tel: 01474 816660

What’s going on

You can also visit the sites shown below for a more comprehensive view of local accommodation, facilities and what’s going on:


The 4 designated camping areas are located at the southern end of the racecourse, within and just outside of the Course Enclosure which offers racegoers the opportunity to camp close to the action. The four areas are: 1) Scout Hut, 2) Mixed Field, 3) Paddock 2, and 4) Seven Acres. Areas 1-3 admit Camper Vans, Motorhomes and touring caravans, with tents also admitted in Area 2. Area 4 admits tents only. Please note, campers located close to the running rail may get wet if the track requires irrigation.

Full Season Camping Package – for a minimum of 2 people. Includes a camping pitch for all our race meetings and fixtures plus two annual membership badges (granting Paddock Enclosure admission for all racedays plus more than 45 reciprocal racedays at other tracks in Britain and Ireland). Extra campers can be added on to this package. This package must be booked by telephone with the Racecourse Office on 015395 36340.

Single Meeting Camping Package – The pitch fee includes a camping pitch for the duration of any single race meeting; 4 nights for either May, June, July or August or optional 6 nights for May only (arriving the day before the first raceday from 10am and departing by 11am on the morning following the final raceday). With this package a minimum of one admission ticket for either the course or paddock enclosure must be purchased, with the option to add on additional admission tickets (up to a maximum of 4 adults per pitch) or child camping tickets. 

Single Raceday Camping Package The pitch fee includes a camping pitch for 2 nights over the duration of any single raceday;  (arriving the day before the raceday from 12 noon and departing by 11am on the morning following the raceday). With this package a minimum of one admission ticket for either the course or paddock enclosure must be purchased, with the option to add on additional admission tickets (up to a maximum of 4 adults per pitch) or child camping tickets. 

A CHILD CAMPING TICKET (FOR CHILDREN AGED 5 – 17) MUST BE PURCHASED FOR ALL CHILDREN CAMPING. Child camping tickets are £5 per child per night. You must already have a camping package in your basket to be able to add any children’s camping tickets to your order. Admission to the races for children under 18 is free. (With the exception of a Concert Race Day when there will be admission prices for any children aged 13-17 and a ticket will be required for all ages. Please take care to read the ticket description at checkout and ensure you book the correct camping package for your child(ren)).

We welcome motor-homes, caravans and tents, although almost all of the camping space provided is on grass – parking on hard-standing can not be guaranteed. We will provide access to water, toilets, porta-showers and an Elsan point. There will be no electricity supply available to campers.

The amount of pitches available is limited, so early booking is recommended.

Please click to view a map of the camping areas


Safety Information

Our safety information is designed to help you enjoy the racing & concerts in safety.

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.

Vehicle Movement
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.

Please note:
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
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.

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.


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.

Lost or Stolen Badges or 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.

Venue Accessibility

Cartmel Racecourse tries where possible, to provide an accessible environment for all racegoers and we are happy to assist with any accessibility queries in advance of our racedays.

Viewing Areas
The racecourse has relatively few permanent facilities and much of the raceday infrastructure consists of temporary marquees. However, we can provide wheelchair access to a special viewing platform high on the Grandstand via the lift at the back of the Grandstand. All users of this facility must have a dedicated carer with them at all times in case of an emergency evacuation.

Forward Parking
We try to ensure that all racegoers at Cartmel are parked according to their needs. We, therefore, provide forward parking areas for Blue Badge holders on the Paddock side of the course, adjacent to the driveway. This area is relatively flat and grassy, making wheelchair access easier than most other areas of the racecourse.

There are a limited number of forward parking spaces in the Paddock enclosure which are available to pre-book by calling the racecourse office with your car registration and Blue Badge number. These spaces will be charged at £8 per car per day which is payable at the time of booking over the phone with a credit/debit card. You will then be sent a hanger to display on your rear view mirror.

Please note that if you have not arrived and taken your parking space by one hour before the first race then your parking space may be allocated to someone else and your payment forfeited. Your payment will be refunded in full if you cancel by calling the office on 015395 36340, 1 day before the race day. If all the places are fully booked then we shall take your details and put you on the reserve list so that when you arrive the stewards can do their best to park you in the most convenient place possible.

Accessible Toilets
On the end of the Grandstand building, there is a wheelchair accessible toilet on the ground floor level. They are also located in the blue badge holders parking area, situated behind the Medics UK tent.

Service Animals
Service animals (Registered Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs and Medical Alert Animals) are all welcome at Cartmel Racecourse.

Owner & Trainer Information

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 raceday, but we still hope that you enjoy your visit to Cartmel.

What Do Cartmel Offer Owners?

  • Six Admission Badges per Runner*
  • Access to The Exclusive Owners & Trainers Bar
  • Owner & Trainers Parking
  • Tickets For A Free Buffet Lunch**

*Please note that these badges are for your guests and should not be transferred for cash. Syndicates and Clubs may purchase additional admission badges for joint-owners at half price from the Owners & Trainers Entrance.

Owners & Trainers Bar
We have relocated the Owners & Trainers Bar to a position just north of the Parade – to improve your 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. **Tickets will be limited to six per owner (irrespective of the number of runners) and two per trainer. Additional lunch tickets may be purchased at the cost price of £15 per person, subject to availability.

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, by telephone on the day before racing.

Owners & Trainers parking will be provided on the outside of the racecourse in Car Park 2 – located to the north of the Paddock Enclosure and approximately 60m from the new Owners and Trainers Bar. The new parking area will provide more space for owners and a shorter distance to walk to the Parade Ring – as well as easier access/exit. Vehicles will no longer 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 will still be 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. The new 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’. We also arrange a bus service between the racecourse and Cark train station (costs £4 return) before and after racing for those travelling by rail. Helicopters can be landed if notice is given in advance.

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 the new parking area.

Badge Allocation
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. Syndicates and Clubs may purchase additional admission badges for joint-owners at half price from the Owners & Trainers Entrance. All badges are allocated at the Owners & Trainers Office, which is located adjacent to the track in Car Park 2. Badge holders will be required to scan their tickets on entry to (or exit from) the racecourse during racing.

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 day-pass at the Owners and Trainers Office for scanning purposes.

Restaurant Offer
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. However, if you would like to reserve a table for the day, we currently have a limited amount of space in the Ilex Restaurant – located in the main hospitality marquee. The Ilex Restaurant package includes an excellent buffet lunch and afternoon tea – plus you will be able to keep your table for the full duration of racing, providing a useful base for the day. The package price (normally £100.00 per person) will be just £60.00 for owners and trainers. We strongly recommend reserving your space in advance of the race-day as availability is limited. To book or ask any further questions, please call the racecourse office on 015395 36340.

We would be delighted to speak to you and ascertain the names of anyone who will be picking up badges on your behalf – or indeed if you will be picking up all of the badges yourself. Please e-mail us with your contact details (this message is distributed on our behalf by Weatherbys – so we do not necessarily have your e-mail address) or give us a call. ( or 015395 36340).

We really would appreciate your feedback on the new bar and parking arrangements (including free lunch) which will help us to direct our budget in future years.

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