Chester Race Days for 2021 have been announced, there will be 15 race days for 2021. As always, the season will start with the prestigious May Festival. It will run for three days between Tuesday, May 5 and Thursday, May 7. It will end with a celebratory festival that will happen on September 26th.
Chester Race Day Ticket Prices and Badges
Information on the price of the tickets, badges, and the hospitality packages has already been released. This year is a little different in light of COVID and some fixtures will be “Behind Closed Doors”, this includes the opening day of Boodles May Festival, the City Day and Family Funday.
For groups, there is an option to buy 10 and get 1 free offer for the Open Course tickets and Dee Stand. This offer will apply for each Chester race day. Best of all youngsters below 17 years can attend the Chester fixture with no charge if accompanied by an adult.
Hospitality packages are also already on offer. You can pick between the relaxed package in the restaurant facilities or from one of the private dining options. Boodle May Festival Packages for 2020 are also on offer. If you wish to be directly informed by a member of the hospitality team, you will only need to register interest via the form found on the hospitality pages.
If you often attend racing at Chester, you might have an interest in the Chester Membership. The membership costs just £529. It comes with various benefits. You will, for instance, be able to access all the Chester and Bangor on Dee meetings. Besides that, you get a guest pass at select Chester meetings. There are also exclusive race day offers and much more.
Chester is the oldest continuously operating racecourse in Great Britain. It was established in 1539 and has been in operation since then. There is a good chance it is the oldest racecourse globally.
During the occupation of Britain by the Romans, most of the sixty-five-acre site where Chester is located was not dry land. In fact, it served as a harbour on the river Dee. It was used to supply the Roman garrison of Deva, which is the city centre of Chester today. In fact, some of the anchor stones used at the old port can still be seen at the current site of the racecourse.
After the Romans left, due to years of river action, the silt created an island inside the river. Consequently, a stone cross was built on this island. In fact, Chester Racecourse derives its name from a mix of Norse and Saxon languages, which means The Island of the Cross.
By the early middle age, a weir system was constructed on the river, which led to even more silt deposits. This led to the creation of a riverside meadow, which formed the foundation for the current racecourse.
The first award given to a horse race winner at this course was in 1512 when a hand-painted wooden bowl was awarded. In 1539, the mayor of Chester, Henry Gee introduced an annual horse racing event. By 1817, the crowds were so huge that it made it economically viable to build a grandstand.
There are few sights more thrilling in British Racing than watching the horses thunder in the final furlong at Chester. In recent years, many purpose-built facilities have been created where one can enjoy race day at Chester. As a result, it has led to the creation of the renowned “Chester experience.”
Some Notable Events
Chester Cup Day
At the end of the Boodles May Festival, the biggest race of these three days called the Chester Cup. It is the biggest race in the Chester fixtures. This gets support from the Huxley Stakes. There is also a consolation race for the Chester Cup known as the Chester Plate. Chester cup Day commands the most amount of people of the three days.
Unfortunately, the most recent Government restrictions mean that the Boodles May Festival will be held behind closed doors. You can still continue to enjoy all of the action from home by tuning into Sky Sports Racing or following the Chester Racecourse social media channels.
The Family Fun day
If you are looking for a fun way to get started with your Summer Holidays, attend the Family Funday at Chester Racecourse. There are many fun and free activities for young racegoers.
It is the perfect chance for a family to come together and enjoy picnics in the vast spaces in the heart of Chester city. The badges and tickets in select enclosures will be sold at half prices for a limited period. To benefit from this offer.
Any children below 17 years can attend race days free if accompanied by a paying adult. The deadline for buying tickets if you hope to get them in the mail is Wednesday 29 July 2020. After this, all tickets will need to be collected on event day at the Box Office. Tattersalls and Dee Stand tickets can be printed at home.
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The Winning Post
This is the most premium ticketed enclosure at Chester. It is located next to the Winning Post and is within the area of the paddock. This are is reserved for adults and it is covered to offer protection from the elements. It also offers informal seating for the attendees, which provides a guaranteed seat and a perfect spot from where one can socialise and enjoy the afternoon watching the horse race.
There are also premium drinks from the refill bar which the Fattouish Grill will cater to those that feel hungry during the event with Lebanese-themed food. There is a complimentary race-card given on arrival. Additionally, there are Chester Bet facilities nearby and the Parade Ring. This makes it the best spot to enjoy the full Chester experience.
In this enclosure, there is a strict dress code. The gentlemen have to wear formal suit or sports jackets with smart trousers. They also need to be in a collar shirt and a tie. The ladies will need to wear smart dresses. There are no denim jeans, trainers, sportswear, or any kind of fancy dresses allowed in the enclosure.
County Long Room
This badge offers admission for the County Long Room Bar, covered seating in the County Stand, the new Walls Bar, and access to the County Champagne Bar in the Paddock area. The capacity in this area is limited. To get a spot, it is recommended that you make an early purchase. It offers a fantastic view of the finishing post and final furlong.
The county Long Room bade is quite popular with racegoers that want to access a perfect combination of the awesome view of the track while getting full access to the facilities. The dress code is similar to that of the winning post. The men must wear suits or sports jackets with smart trousers and a shirt. They also must adorn a collar and a tie. The ladies too must wear a smart dress. Nobody can show up in denim wear, sportswear or fancy dresses for the ladies is allowed.
The Location and Parking
Chester Races is to be found in the heart of Chester city. It is quite easy to access by rail and road. There are signs posted from all the major routes for those that have not been here before. If you have GPS navigation, it should be even easier to get to the venue.
There is onsite parking at just £8 and it can be bought in advance online and badge or ticket selection. Besides that, parking can be bought over the phone. You can pay in cash during the event day at the pay booths inside the car pack. The spots are offered according to those who come first.
For the Family Fun day, the parking can be bought for £11 on the event day and are not offered in advance online. The spots are offered to those who come first. The cash payments are accepted at the pay booth located at the entrance of the car park at the Open Course.
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Taxis for Chester Racecourse
If you’re planning to attend the festival this year, the easiest way to get to Chester Racecourse is by Taxi. At Chester Taxis we provide transportation services to the racecourse from all around Chester. Our fleet includes latest model cars and mini-bus taxis to accommodate larger groups.
When you need reliable transfer service to and from the airport or railway station, we can accommodate you. Hackney Carriages or Black Cabs, offer safe service and are an excellent choice for sightseeing journeys around the city.
Our Chester Black Cabs feature ramps that make it easy to access luggage and load and unload a pram or wheelchair. Chester is famous for its vibrant nightlife, bars, and pubs. After a day at the Boodles May Festival, we can transport you to your favourite nightspot and deliver you safely home at the end of the evening.
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