Bath Racecourse is placed overlooking the City of Bath and is recognised as the highest course in Britain. Perched on the Lansdown hill, Bath is noted for having a very good quality turf which makes this course ideal for testing up and coming two-year-olds before they move onto bigger and better things. In fact Bath has a history of producing young and exciting race horses whom have been introduced into smaller races before heading onto more substantial tracks.
The left handed oval course is just over one and a half mile long with tight ends and favours the galloping type. The finish, which is a long and steady uphill push, is great for action as there is a bend two furlongs out which tests the jockeys and their skills with bunching but is also a test for young and promising horses. Notably racing enthusiasts always pay close attention to jockeys at Bath and how they have fared with the course. As the shape of the course is squashed into the middle the racing visitor always has a great close up of the back straight plus home run which makes this venue an exciting day out.
Bath race meetings are all flat fixtures and are staged between April and October each year with 19 racedays scheduled in 2012. The season starts with a listed contest as part of the racecard – the Lansdown Fillies’ Stakes – and that is the solitary pattern race on the Bath calendar.
Race day highlights each year include:
Bank Holiday Raceday in May
Real Ale Raceday in June
Cider Festival in August
Ladies Day in September
Two day Big Festival Weekend in September
Oktoberfest Season Finale in October
There are three enclosures to choose from when purchase Bath Racecourse tickets, the Premier Enclosure and the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure the two that are available for all fixtures and the Centre Course Picnic Enclosure which is opened for Friday evening fixtures, on Saturdays and Sundays and Bank Holiday fixtures too. The Premier Enclosure tickets give access to all areas including the Premier Grandstand and use of the Premier Bar and Restaurant, the number one dining area at Bath. A Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure badge ensures access to the Main Grandstand as well parade ring and winners’ enclosure as well as a variety of bars and restaurants. The Centre Course Picnic Enclosure is, as you might expect, in the middle of the track and is ideal for families with entertainment provided on weekend fixtures. It is also the cheapest area to purchase a ticket for.
HOSPITALITY AND EVENTS
The Premier Bar and Restaurant is the main eating facility within the Main Grandstand, while there are two other restaurants – the Silks Restaurant, also in the grandstand, and the Green’s Brasserie, which is ideally located close to the Parade Ring and track. Within the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure is also The Cafe, situated in the grandstand, and the Champagne Lawn, an ideal location for summer racedays.
Bath tickets are available in several packages throughout the year, the most popular of which is the Classic Raceday, which includes a free drink, free bet and a look behind the scenes as well as entry to the raceday itself. The Fancy A Flutter package is slightly cheaper as the tour of the backstage action is replaced by a discounted meal. A Taster Ticket is another package which is ideal for newcomers or first time racegoers, while a variety of options are available throughout the year including Sizzler Package, Party Package and Party Pimm’s Package.
In additional to racing, Bath Racecourse hires out the facilities for conferences, meetings and exhibitions as well as staging weddings and private and Christmas parties.