Plan Your Visit

To help you make the most of your day with us, please use the links on this page to answer any questions you may have. If you have any further questions, please get in touch and we will be happy to help!

Food & Drink

One of the many things that makes Cartmel so special is that you’re more than welcome to bring your own food and drink, including alcohol! Set up for an exciting day’s racing with your picnic chairs, cool boxes, and refreshments.

Take advantage of our wide selection of food and beverage concessions, representing some of the best of local Lake District produce. From hand-stretched wood-fired pizzas to Korean fried chicken, there’s something for everyone, washed down with a glass of fizz or a pint of Lakeland’s finest ale.

Traditional burgers, local seafood and street food also feature on both sides of the racecourse, along with the ever popular ice cream van … and don’t forget to take home a world famous Cartmel Sticky Toffee Pudding!

Payment Methods

Tickets and race cards bought on the day are card only, as are gazebo payments. All food and drink vendors and bookies will accept cash or card. William Hill and Tote offer a cashback option when placing a bet. Please note however that there is no cash machine on the Racecourse. The nearest ATM is at Cockles Convenience Store in Cartmel Village.

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You are welcome to put up your 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. Larger sizes will be charged in multiples, though we don’t allow gazebo ‘villages’ as this obscures the view for fellow race-goers. Unfortunately, gazebos and windbreakers are not permitted on either side of the finishing straight, within 3m of 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 poor weather conditions. We may ask for gazebos to be taken down if conditions on the day deteriorate. Our team will advise you of your placement and any restrictions on the day, please be aware of this in advance.

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Our Jurassic Jumps Family Fun Day isn’t our only family-friendly day! We welcome children at all of our race meetings, in all areas with the exception of the Louis Roederer Restaurant. General admission for under 18s is free of charge for all fixtures, except the Racing & Music night. Our famous fairground provides hours of fun at every fixture for the young and young at heart.

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What to Wear

Many racegoers enjoy the chance to dress up for the occasion, especially in the hospitality areas. However we have no specific dress code, you are welcome to wear whatever makes you comfortable and is appropriate for the weather – which can be very changeable! Shorts are acceptable on warm days but we do ask that tops are worn at all times, in all areas. In terms of footwear, bear in mind that most of the racecourse is grassy and uneven, and can be wet.

In the Louis Roederer Restaurant and Parade Ring Restaurant, we kindly ask for smart, casual clothing, no jeans or trainers.

What to Bring

A day at the races in this beautiful Cumbrian landscape can bring glorious sunshine, torrential rain and everything in between! We recommend you dress for the weather and your own comfort, and allow for changeable conditions.

You’re welcome to bring along everything you need to cater for your day, including picnic furniture, windbreaks, rugs, food and drink. Please see the Gazebo section for further details.

You may also want to bring suncream, hats, brollies, wellies, binoculars, cash and a payment card. And of course you can also bring your four legged friend!

Group Visits

We welcome Groups of all shapes and sizes to our racing fixtures!  Coach drivers receive a complimentary general admission ticket.

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Where to Stay

There are many places to stay throughout the Lake District and near to Cartmel. We have selected a few of our favourite Self Catering and Catered accommodation within a short distance of the Race Course. Please contact them directly to enquire and book.

Visitors with Disabilities

Information on access for visitors with disabilities can be found here.

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