Newcastle Races

The beginning of Newcastle Races in their modern form, at the location on the estate of High Gosforth Park, have been going for over 120 years, since the late 1800s. Before the racecourse found its current home, the area was already known for its role in equestrian sport. For one thing, the town was first founded as a Roman fort, named for General Pons Aelius, and the spot was chosen to allow horses to cross the river at the easiest point.

While the 21st century racegoer probably won’t be thinking too much about what the ancient Romans got up to and their influence on the local and national equestrian pursuits, they will find that a day of Newcastle Races is endowed with a sense of heritage, albeit a more recent one, as well as offering the full spectrum of contemporary conveniences which add to the pleasure and, by extension, the thrills and drama of a day of superlative racing action.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here! More and more punters and lovers of all things equestrian are discovering the economical and logical sense of becoming an Annual Member, but those who haven’t yet committed to the all-access yearly membership, or simply won’t be able to visit every one of the 30 meetings which run over the year, including both jump and flat events, will have two ticket options.

The Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure provides the most economical option, and has a wealth of great places to eat, drink and watch the horses and riders gallop at speed to the finishing post. Grandstand and Paddock ticket holders will have access to the all-important Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure, as well as be able to take a picnic to the designed area. Naturally,

there are numerous betting options, including the tote and bookmakers, and the area abounds with bars and food outlets for anything from a light bite to a full meal of the most nourishing and delightful kind.

The second type of ticket grants visitors access to the Premier Enclosure and this is where you’ll find all the elegant and refined pleasures which many consider the de rigueur furnishings of a complete and rewarding day of Newcastle Races. Those with a Premier Enclosure badge will not only have access to all the public areas of the course, but they will be able to enjoy the thrills and spills on the turf from the Colonel Parker Stand. The Premier Enclosure badge also permits holders the chance to enjoy the superlative culinary endeavours of the Gosforth Park Suite Restaurant.

Although there are great wining and dining venues all over the track, it is those with Premier Badges who can enjoy the exclusive luxury and refined pleasures of The Park View Suite and The Gosforth Park Suite restaurants. If you’re already attuned to the combination of convenience and pleasure which comes from having a table booked for the duration of a raceday, especially 1 which overlooks the course and offers everything from start to finish, then you’re also probably aware that table numbers are limited; so it’s advisable to book in advance to ensure you get to experience a day of Newcastle Races exactly as you would hope.

There are options besides those which come with Premier and Grandstand & Paddock badges, which are generally geared towards corporate hospitality.
Newcastle Races, inside rail

From delightful private boxes, where everything is made available, from betting facilities and buffet lunches to silver service or a la carte meal, they are always a popular option for discerning corporate clients who want to entertain visiting executives or colleagues. With its great views of the track and a team of hospitality staff making sure it is everything one would hope it to be, there is no reason why a private box can’t be booked for social or family occasions, in fact they often are. For larger gatherings there’s always the option to take up in one of the exceptional marquees.

For a venue which needs to entertain or accommodate up to 2,000 guests, the marquees are ideal. Of course, they are particularly desirable options in the summer, when they provide a gentle breeze and wonderful access to the track and beautiful views of the countryside. For anything from a graduation ceremony to an awards dinner, or any business event which requires something more than the traditional confines of a conferencing venue, the marquees are ideal.

Newcastle Races, winner Those looking for special conferencing venues, the 800 acres of High Gosforth Park has 33 suites for any type of gathering, although the beautiful Brandling House, a Grade II Listed building, offers something special for events where folk would appreciate a beautiful heritage space, and one which isn’t small either.

No commentary on Newcastle Races would be complete without mentioning the fact the grounds also boast two 18-hole golf courses, as well as Complete Football, a newly developed £3 million venture which is something of self-contained state-of-the-art facility. Complete Football contains 5- and 11-a-side pitches. There is additionally a licensed cafe bar, an excellent gymnasium, a sports injury and prevention service, and a meeting room. The Parklands Golf Course is equally appealing, and is part of a complex which offers the added attraction of a mini-golf course, a driving range and a bar and restaurant.

With all the great facilities, service and much revered catering by CGC Events, located on-site, it’s little wonder that the racecourse is the region’s premier destination for all corporate clients. Add in the appealing backdrop, the licenses to hold civil wedding and civil partnership ceremonies, and it’s not such stretch to see how many couples first discover it as a romantic destination.

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