Your at-a-glance guide to wedding facilities and packages offered by racecourses around the country…
SETTING: Picturesque Piercefield Park – set in 370 acres of undulating countryside
FACILITIES: Select from a range of suites, according to the size and style of your ceremony and reception. Hire of the Premier Box, Piercefield Suite or Tintern& St Arvans includes dressed registrar’s table and theatre-style seating.
PACKAGES: The course holds a wedding license for civil ceremonies and you can marry on a race day or evening. Hospitality packages include tailored three or four course silver service menus, plus a special complimentary dinner for the married couple to celebrate their first anniversary in the Silks Restaurant at their choice of race meeting (subject to availability).
FURTHER INFO: Tel. 01291 622260; Fax. 01291 62706
Epsom Downs Racecourse
WHERE: Epsom Downs, Surrey
SETTING: Serene and elegant venue, positioned in the midst of The Downs, with access to mainline transportation.
FACILITIES: Epsom Downs Racecourse is one of the most historic racecourses in the world, home to The Derby since 1780. With stunning views over The Downs and the City of London, the Queen’s Stand and our new Grandstand both have striking facilities perfect for weddings. From the moment you arrive we aim to create a day that is individually tailored to your wishes. Available throughout the year, we are able to cater for parties of 10 to 600 and can offer a range of packages to suit all budgets; with the option to stay on-site in the brand new Holiday Express. Coming to view the venue yourself would allow you to fully appreciate the stunning locations that would supply the background to your photographs and memories.
PACKAGES: Epsom Downs provides a wide menu selection, and there is also the opportunity to discuss any individual specialties you have in mind. Our Gold, Platinum and Diamond Packages all include a delicious three course meal, drinks, flower arrangements, day room hire, cake knife and stand, separate changing rooms for the bride and groom and various other benefits. The benefits increase with the level of package so the top level Diamond package also includes chair covers, a Toastmaster, a disco and more.
FURTHER INFO: Tel: 01372 726311; Fax: 01372 748253
SETTING: Set on the top of Haldon Hill with fabulous views of the Haldon Forest
FACILITIES: Our brand new ‘Denman’ Room is due to open in November 2009 and can seat up to 150 people. With an upstairs room plus large balcony area to spill onto, this is the perfect venue for your special day. Although we are not licensed for civil ceremonies, the beautiful Belvedere Tower is just 5 minutes away.
PACKAGES: We offer flexible menus to suit your requirements, which can be discussed with our Catering Manager when making your initial enquiry. Our wedding gift for the happy couple is a complimentary three course meal in our Desert Orchid Restaurant on a raceday of their choice. (subject to availability).
FURTHER INFO: Michelle Thomas on 01392 832599
or email me on [email protected]
SETTING: Spacious peaceful surroundings on the edge of Hereford.
FACILITIES: The Silks Restaurant at the edge of the lawned Premier Enclosure, is the main venue for wedding receptions, and has superb views across the racecourse as well as large bar area and dance floor. It holds between120 and 250 guests (though smaller numbers are accepted for an extra charge). Alternatively the course will lay on a marquee specially for you.
PACKAGES: A dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator will help you plan your day, and a selection of packages are available – including the provision of a red carpet if you wish to make a really grand entrance!
FURTHER INFO: Tel: 01981 250436; Fax: 01981 250192
SETTING: Rural Cambridgeshire Countryside
FACILITIES: Huntingdon Racecourse makes a unique setting for all to enjoy, whether you are planning an intimate gathering or a large, more formal occasion, you will find the flexibility of the venue more than appealing. The Peterborough Chase suite has stunning panoramic views over the racecourse and surrounding area. The banqueting capacity in the Peterborough Chase suite is for a maximum of 130 guests. Alternatively, you might prefer to personalise the day with your own marquee on the private lawns of the racecourse. With such vast open space the racecourse offers a feeling of exclusivity and privacy for your special day.
PACKAGES: A dedicated Wedding Co-ordinator will help you plan your day from start to finish. A selection of packages are available or alternatively let us tailor a package to suit individual budgets and ideas.
Hen and Stag packages are also available. Please contact the racecourse for further information.
FURTHER INFO: Tel: 01480 453373
Email: [email protected]
Kempton Park Racecourse
WHERE: South west London, near M25
SETTING: ‘Unique and exciting’
FACILITIES: A choice of suites including the Hampton Suite tucked right behind the Parade Ring with its own patio for summer style. The Desert Orchid Suite is luxurious with a private balcony from which to enjoy views across the racecourse. The Premier Suite is ideal for larger parties of up to 500 people. Or you can opt for exclusive use of the Clubhouse set in landscaped grounds with its own entrance and reception area for welcome drinks, plus extensive views of the course and the Parade Ring.
PACKAGES: Licensed for civil ceremonies, the course offers flexible hospitality arrangements in conjunction with Bespoke Banqueting and Premier Rouge, two of London’s top Asian caterers – making this course a popular venue for traditional Asian weddings.
FURTHER INFO: Tel: 01932 782292
SETTING: Set in over 360 acres of grounds, the racecourse is easy accessed from major motorways. The buildings offer stunning views across the racecourse and there are outdoor areas for photographs.
FACILITIES: Flexible areas offered within its Grandstands and Pavilions can accommodate receptions for between 20 and 1000 guests, with parking for all!
PACKAGES: Full wedding packages are available, or can be tailored to suit your own ideas and budget. The racecourse has a marriage license.
FURTHER INFO: Tel: 01635 40015
Fax: 01635 528354
WHERE: Gosforth Park
SETTING: The beautiful 812 acre High Gosforth Park Estate, with unrivalled views and fabulous photograph opportunities, all just 2 minutes from major roads and hotel options.
FACILITIES: From large parties of up to 450, to more intimate celebrations of just 60 people, Newcastle Racecourse can offer a variety of function rooms to meet your requirements. We also offer a self-catering facility for Asian weddings and have ample space for marquees.
PACKAGES: Licensed for Civil Ceremonies, the Racecourse offers a range of flexible catering options and a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to help plan your day. Download our brochure by visiting our website.
FURTHER INFO: Tel: 0191 2362020
Email [email protected]
SETTING: Choose from two racecourses: the modern Natwest Rowley Mile with its top class facilities and Millennium Grandstand which was opened by The Queen in 2000; and the July Course with its garden party setting, thatched roves and traditional grandstands – as well as the sparkling new facilities that have been added in its multi-million pound development (opened in 2007).
FACILITIES: The Hong Kong Suite at the July Course has its own access off the central courtyard and has a series of rooms including the Saddle Room – a former jockeys’ room with original oak paneling. The Hong Kong Suite has a license for Civil Wedding Ceremonies, as do the Natwest Rowley Mile facilities.
PACKAGES: Chose from three Wedding Packages or tailor-make your own. Packages include drinks on arrival, choice of menus, table decorations and a dedicated Duty Manager to co-ordinate your day.
FURTHER INFO: Tel: 01638 675 500
Sandown Park Racecourse
WHERE: On the border of Surrey and Southwest London (J10 of the M25)
SETTING:Set in beautiful Surrey parkland and only 25 minutes from London, Sandown Park is a licensed Surrey venue for wedding receptions and civil ceremonies – even on race days! Our unique location offers a choice of wonderful suites of varying sizes for your ceremony and reception, all with views of the racecourse, the parade ring and the London skyline.
FACILITIES:When it comes to your wedding, selecting the right venue is absolutely crucial. Choose Sandown Park and you will receive expert advice from our dedicated wedding team. With their years of experience, they will take all the stress out of organising your big day. First-class catering, service and a truly warm welcome await you and your guests at our beautiful venue. Our range of wonderful suites can accommodate up to 200 guests for a civil wedding or partnership ceremony and our banqueting suites and function rooms can cater for wedding receptions for up to 700 guests.
PACKAGES:Sandown Park’s all-inclusive Wedding Package includes a variety of menu options and has been carefully designed to make all your arrangements simple and cost effective. Whatever your ideas and plans, our wedding team is wholly committed to making your big day as unique and unforgettable as it should be.
FURTHER INFO: Tel: 01372 464348
WHERE: Nottinghamshire (near Newark)
SETTING: Tranquil and stylish, set in the countryside but close to main transport links
FACILITIES: Facilities include the Queen Mother Suite with views over the racecourse that can host up to 300 guests, and the silk-lined Paddock Marquee. Licensed to hold civil ceremonies – which take place in the Winning Post Suite, which is set on the first floor of the Grandstand and offers panoramic views. Photographs may be staged in the Parade Ring, Winners Enclosure, Winning Post and Gardens.
PACKAGES: There is a choice of packages and the course’s on-site caterers will create a menu for to suit you; a children’s menu is also available. The Wedding Co-ordinator will help you plan your day, and if you opt to have your wedding on a raceday, you can choose to sponsor a race and present a prize to the winners too!
FURTHER INFO: Tel: 0870 220 2332; Fax: 0870 220 0144
Towcester Racecourse, one of Northamptonshire’s most scenic venues offers beautiful parkland views and award winning stands that offer both style and elegance to provide a fantastic setting for your wedding day.
Towcester Racecourse offers a variety of packages to suit all requirements and our dedicated team will ensure your special day runs seamlessly from start to finish.
Grace Stand and Civil Marriage Service
The Grace Stand at Towcester Racecourse is licensed for Civil Marriage Services for a minimum of 50 guests. The Towcester Registrar can be contacted on 01327 350774
Facility Fee with Ceremony – £1,450.00 (inc VAT)
The Grace Stand is also available as a reception only venue which can accommodate wedding parties of 50 or more.
Facility Fee – £1,175.00 (inc VAT)
Available as a reception venue only to wedding parties with a minimum of 100 people up to a maximum of 250.
Facility Fee – £1,765.00 (inc VAT)
Exclusive Hire of Towcester Racecourse
At Towcester Racecourse we offer you the opportunity to have exclusive use of both our award winning stands. This allows you to hold your Civil Ceremony in the GRACE STAND and your reception in the EMPRESS STAND. Minimum numbers of 100 are required up to a maximum of 250 guests.
Exclusive Hire – £2,900.00 (inc VAT)
We will provide you with our team of dedicated and professional catering staff who will ensure that all your individual needs are satisfied. They will be willing to provide you with a selection of menu and beverage options and discuss individual requirements.
Banqueting menus range from £27.00 per person, minimum numbers apply.
For further details please click on the following link http://www.towcester-racecourse.co.uk/weddings.php
SETTING: Charming and tranquil and open for weddings all year round.
FACILITIES: A registered venue for civil ceremonies, with a choice of suites offering scenic views of the course and parade ring – from the smallest suite which hosts up to 10 people, to the luxurious marquee that holds up to 2000 guests.
PACKAGES: Check out the special offer if you book both your wedding ceremony and reception at the course. A range of menus are offered by the course’s award-winning caterers, Jenkinsons while the dedicated event manager will make sure your day runs smoothly. Wedding parties are available on days with or without racing
FURTHER INFO: Tel: 01889 562561; Fax: 01889 562786
1707 and Kingmaker Suites
Both of these suites are excellent for a private function and have fantastic views over the racecourse. 1707 can hold up to 130 seated and the Kingmaker can hold 60 seated.
This is going to be held on 27th September where we will be having various exhibitionists here. The room will be laid out to illustrate the types of decorations you can have at your function. This is held by a company called “My Wedding Portfolio”. The lady who is organising it from there has said the Fair has proved to be very popular in the past.
Hen Do/Stag Do package
This is for anyone wanting to hold a Hen/Stag do at the races. The package is priced at £49 + vat per person and includes:
-2 course dinner
-Admission to the Racecourse
-Private box overlooking the parade ring and winners enclosure
-Private bar facility
-Glass of Champagne on arrival
-Free car parking
-Private tote facility
We also have a marquee on site here which can also be used for private wedding functions.
Please note we offer show arounds here so anyone who may be potentially interested in holding an event here should contact the racecourse office to arrange.
One other thing, we also have all inclusive drinks packages to go with the Hen/Stag do packages. Please see details below
Selection One: Beer/Wine and Soft Drinks Bar- £22 + vat per person
Selection Two: Beer/Wine/Spirits and Soft Drinks Bar- £27 + vat per person
Selection Three: Beer/Wine/Spirits and Soft Drinks Bar including Champagne Reception- £32 + vat per person
Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there’s a lot more to learn…