Welcome to our official guide to Fakenham Racecourse. In this section we explore this racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the track, the major races, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!
- 1 Overview
- 2 Racecourse History
- 3 Racecourse Map
- 4 Main Races and Events
- 5 Racecourse Address
- 6 How To Get To Fakenham Racecourse
- 7 Hotels near Fakenham Racecourse
- 8 What Are The Best Online Fakenham Betting Sites?
- 9 Betting Shops Local to Fakenham Racecourse
- 10 Fakenham Weather
- 11 Other Events
- 12 Summary
- 13 Other racecourses
With the Prince of Wales acting as the course Patron and an almost square-shaped track, Fakenham Racecourse is the only National Hunt horseracing venue in Norfolk and is truly unlike any other.
Fakenham Racecourse is situated in the beautiful Norfolk countryside, just south of the market town of Fakenham. It is the only jumps course in the county, and the only other track in Norfolk is Great Yarmouth.
Fakenham boasts His Royal Highness Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, as its Patron. It currently has a small race schedule of six fixtures a year.
The track at Fakenham Racecourse is a mile in circumference and almost perfectly square in shape. It’s left-handed with sharp turns and short run-ins on both the hurdles and steeplechase course (the latter of which sits outside the former). Fakenham Racecourse is considered the tightest jumps track in the UK and suits handy front runners. Quick jumpers always do best at Fakenham races, as they waste less time in the air and more on tackling the sharp turns. Trainers and jockeys often complain that the going is tougher than advertised at Fakenham, and it’s not uncommon for there to be a fairly high number of casualties for a well-run race at a minor track as a result. Fakenham Racecourse also acts as the home of the West Norfolk Hunt’s point-to-point racing.
Fakenham Racecourse is much more than just a horseracing venue. It is also home to a popular camping and caravanning site that is open every day of the year and offers 125 pitches. Being just 10 miles from the North Norfolk Coast and 10-mins walk from the town centre, its ideal location ensures it is always well patronised.
For a brief time, Fakenham Racecourse was also a greyhound racing track, but it never joined the governing body of the National Hunt Greyhound Racing Club and remained independent and – unfortunately! – somewhat unpopular, never gaining the traction to operate after a year in action.
Fakenham Racecourse has, in recent years, diversified into corporate hospitality and private events, and continues to gain popularity as a venue in all aspects of its business.
Fakenham Racecourse didn’t begin formal operations until 1905 but before that, horseracing took place locally. The West Norfolk Hunt had long been staging meets in the area since 1839, and in 1886, one of their meetings was attended by the Prince of Wales, and he later became President of the club.
In 1904, the Prince of Wales offered up a trophy for the winner of the Hunters’ Steeplechase and when it took place, on site at what was then to become Fakenham Racecourse, in April 1905, it was awarded to L A North’s Ivanhoe.
A course seemingly well in favour with the British Royal Family, the Queen became Patron of the course in 1952, and remained as such until 2002.
The venue wasn’t known as Fakenham Racecourse until 1964, re-branding from the West Norfolk Hunt name for main events. In 1972, the course saw the completion of the stable lad’s hostel and in 2001, a new grandstand and hospitality facilities opened. The year after, The Prince of Wales, now Prince Charles, took over as Patron.
Main Races and Events
Fakenham Racecourse doesn’t have a particularly busy racing schedule, with just six fixtures a year, but the most prominent of these is the Fakenham Silver Cup. This class three handicap hurdle race is run over two miles and comprises part of the Spring Festival held at the course every March. The Silver Cup prize fund is £20,000 and is often accompanied by several charity events alongside it on the day itself – including most recently dog displays in aid of local animal charities and a collection for a local group that feeds the homeless and stocks food banks with the meat of locally-shot game birds.
Events at Fakenham Racecourse change name often, as they tend to be named after short-term sponsors and so may present under different titles each year.
How To Get To Fakenham Racecourse
Fakenham Racecourse can be reached by road following signs to the town of Fakenham, and on race days, yellow AA signage is up. Car parking is free for standard parking, or £8 per vehicle for upgraded Member’s Enclosure parking.
The nearest train station is Kings Lynn, some 20 miles away, or Norwich, 25 miles away. Both are served by local bus services or can be travelled by taxi if pre-booked. Helicopter landing facilities are available in the middle of the track.
Hotels near Fakenham Racecourse
Fakenham is a fairly rural area of North Norfolk and so not served by chain hotels, but there’s plenty of beautiful accommodation options nearby. The Bull Inn in Walsingham is a great country pub with rooms available and numerous Airbnb properties are available throughout the region. Fakenham itself has a couple of basic and budget B&Bs but these do get booked up quickly, so make sure you book ahead of time.
What Are The Best Online Fakenham Betting Sites?
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Betting Shops Local to Fakenham Racecourse
Tote betting is available throughout the course and there are independent bookies track-side, but not as many as you’d find at bigger courses; so be prepared for queues!
The town of Fakenham has one betting shop – a branch of Betfred – but there are none others locally so you may be best to place a bet before you arrive if you have a brand preference. Mobile signal is patchy in this area but the town itself is fairly well covered so online betting is an option while you’re there.
Fakenham Racecourse is a large outdoor venue for North Norfolk and so as such is hired often for private events. Many exhibitions and occasions are held here, alongside dog shows – a particular favourite locally amongst the rural communities nearby. It is a popular wedding venue and often used for photoshoots for country living-type publications.
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