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
Good, (Watering for Maintenance)
Dogs Welcome
Please keep dogs on a lead at all times
Picnics Allowed
and positively encouraged - including alcohol
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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 accessible 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.

MAP 2022

Feel free to make use of our scannable QR code and download the 2022 Map to your device ahead of race day.

Opening Times:

Gates open from 9am every race day.

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 race-course or head to any of our vendors and see what’s on offer.

Closing Times:

We don’t operate a hard close here at Cartmel so our closing times do vary. A couple of things to note:

  1. 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.
  2. Shuttle buses operating between Cartmel Village and Cark Station are operated externally. Please make sure to check the external provider for their last bus times.
  3. 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.


Race Times:

Please click here for all our 2022 race times. Please note that race times are subject to change.


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.

Accessible Parking

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.


By Road

Cartmel Racecourse Postcode LA11 6QF.

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.

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.

Car parks located on our racecourse are £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.

By Taxi

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.

By Train

The closest station to Cartmel Racecourse is Cark-in-Cartmel Train Station. For more details visit
The Travellers Choice provides a bus service between Cark-in-Cartmel Station and Cartmel village before the first race and after the last race.

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.

Drinks and Snacks

In addition to our public bars, you’ll be able to find a selection of Cumbrian real-ales. 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.




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.

Farm and Fell Menu   Contact Number – Please note 72 hours notice required.

Fire & Dough Menu  Contact Email

Furness Fish Menu Contact Email

Vintage Bakes – Contact Email-  Available for June, July and August

  • 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:

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


Located in the rural Lake District, our connectivity for card machines can be slower on our most busiest days. We encourage bringing both cash and card to purchase food and drink, make bets at our bookees or to enjoy rides at our FunFair.

Cash machines are located in both enclosures.


Camp Close to the Action!

Our 4 designated camping areas are located at the southern end of the racecourse, within and just outside of the Course Enclosure.

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.

Caravan Facilities

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.


For more information, please call the racecourse office on 015395 36340.

Please click here to see our 2022 Camping Map.

Please click here to see our Cartmel Guide for Camping.

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!

Where to Stay Doc

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.

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 standard 3mx3m gazebo.

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. Whilst they don’t have to be kept on leads at all times, please keep close control of your dog so they aren’t disrupting your fellow campers. If deemed unruly, we may ask you to keep your dog on a lead.

Restrictions may apply on a concert race day.

Venue Accessibility

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 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 on 015395 36340 for further information.

Guide Dogs:

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 best to help.

Personal Assistants:

Personal assistants can attend free of charge. Please email us at with your booking confirmation and a copy of your PIP certificate and we can add this to your booking.

If purchasing tickets on the day, please remember to bring your PIP document so that we can issue you a complimentary ticket.

If you believe you require any advice or special assistance – let us know in advance on