Welcome to our official guide to Newcastle Racecourse. In this section we explore this busy racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the tracks, the major races, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!
- 1 Overview
- 2 History
- 3 Main Races and Meetings
- 4 Newcastle All Weather Track
- 5 Newcastle Jumps Course
- 6 Address
- 7 How to Get There
- 8 Hotels
- 9 Best Newcastle Races Betting Sites
- 10 Newcastle Racecourse Fixtures
- 11 Newcastle Racecourse Weather
- 12 Other Events at the Course
- 13 Summary
- 14 Other racecourses
Sport in the city of Newcastle is often linked to fanatical support of the local football team. This vibrant north-eastern hub has more to offer, though. Newcastle Racecourse, based in Gosforth Park, plays a prominent role in the UK’s racing calendar.
Found on Gosforth Park, an 812-acre leafy area of Newcastle that also hosts two excellent golf courses, Newcastle Racecourse is a popular and UK racecourse. With over 60 events held on the track each year, this is one of the busiest racecourses in the country. Somewhat fitting for an institution that has existed since 1882.
At the time of writing, Newcastle Racecourse boasts the only floodlit, all-weather straight track in British racing. Further planned developments and improvements have also been announced, with owners Arena Racing Company aiming to build more accommodation upon the land and provide further events and activities. As well as all-weather flat racing they also host excellent national hunt racing on the turf.
Newcastle Racecourse is easily accessible from the city centre via public or private transport, and the wide array of events are sure to appeal to all tastes. The dress code is typically smart casual, though it always pays to research ahead of time as this can vary depending on the event.
The North East of England has a long history with horse racing. Killingworth, a town located six miles north of Newcastle, hosted race meets on behalf of King George II in the 18th Century.
Horse racing in Gosforth first took place in March 1882, the year that Newcastle Racecourse was officially opened. In September of the same year, the maiden race meeting of the course took place. Since then, the racecourse has experienced a range of peaks and troughs in popularity.
Newcastle Racecourse was struggling to make ends meet in the late 20th Century. After a brief high in the 1970s – especially the Fighting Fifth Hurdle of 1975, which is widely regarded as an all-time classic race due to a tight, three-way finish – local interest in the sport began to dwindle.
This was rectified in 1994 when Newcastle Racecourse was purchased by Northern Racing. The company was chaired by Sir Stanley Clarke, a noted and respected philanthropist and horse trainer. Investment was made to modernise the course, restoring Newcastle Racecourse to the hearts and minds of equestrian enthusiasts.
Another substantial change in fortunes arrived in 2002. David Williamson took on the role of managing director this year and had a significant impact on the financial affairs of the course. Over a six-year period, Williamson managed to more than double Newcastle Racecourse’s turnover, lifting annual takings from £2.5m to £6.5m.
Williamson also introduced key dates of the Newcastle Racecourse calendar, including Ladies Day, and has been credited with boosting the city of Newcastle’s economy thanks to his innovations. Williamson moved on in 2008, after being headhunted by Newcastle United FC. The last substantial change to Newcastle Racecourse occurred in 2016, when the track became an all-weather venue. Further developments on the site are planned, however.
Main Races and Meetings
The Northumberland Plate, held in June, is the oldest, biggest and arguably the most prestigious event at Newcastle Racecourse. This meet is also known as, “The Pitmen’s Derby” as the first event, held in 1883, was declared a day’s holiday for pit employees so they could attend.
Other notable events in the Newcastle Racecourse diary include:
- Eider Chase (February)
- Burradon Stakes (March)
- Chipchase Stake (June)
- Ladies Day (June)
- Fighting Fifth Hurdle (November)
Newcastle All Weather Track
Newcastle Jumps Course
The official correspondence address of Newcastle Racecourse is:
High Gosforth Park
Newcastle upon Tyne
How to Get There
Newcastle Racecourse is located around 15 miles from the city centre. This makes it comparatively simple to reach, whether travelling by road, rail or air.
If driving, point your SatNav to the address listed above. This will bring you into the proximity of the racecourse. For your own protection it’s best to rely on signposts once you’re in the vicinity, though. Directions are clearly posted with traditional brown-and-white tourist board signs along all key roads, including the A1 and A19.
If you’re taking the train, Newcastle Central Station is the main railway station. From here you could take a taxi straight to the racecourse from outside the station. This will cost around £10 and the journey takes about 15 minutes. Another alternative could be to change trains and arrive in the Regent Centre Metro Station. This is just two miles from the racecourse, with free shuttle services operating on race days.
Public bus services also run from Haymarket Bus Station, in the shape of route numbers 43 and 44. These will drop you right outside the racecourse, but Haymarket is a 15-minute walk from Newcastle Central Station. Taking a taxi straight to the venue is a more efficient use of your time if you arrive in the city by rail.
Flying is also an option if you’re travelling from afar. Newcastle International Airport is found around six miles away from the racecourse, and you’ll find no shortage of taxis outside the airport.
If you’re planning an overnight or weekend-long trip to Newcastle Racecourse, the Grand Hotel Gosforth Park should be your first port of call. This hotel is located within half a mile of the venue.
As you can probably imagine, this makes the Grand Hotel a popular choice. If this accommodation is fully booked, there are other options nearby. Gosforth also boasts a Holiday Inn and a Premier Inn within 2.5 miles of Newcastle Racecourse.
If you’re seeking a more lavish experience – and have the budget to match – head a little further away. Jesmond Dene House is a luxury hotel, located 2.5 miles from the racecourse.
Best Newcastle Races Betting Sites
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Newcastle Racecourse Fixtures
Newcastle Racecourse Weather
Punters and race-goers love to keep up with the weather to predict going conditions, as well as making sure what they wear is suitable. Here’s the current weather forecast for Newcastle:
Other Events at the Course
Like any reputable racecourse, Newcastle also offers additional entertainment. Live music is a semi-frequent occurrence, often tied in with a noteworthy racing meet.
The Pussycat Dolls and Jack Savoretti are slated to perform in 2020, while the dog days of summer will also see a celebration of dance music in the form of Summertime Live, headlined by Classic Ibiza.
Newcastle Racecourse is also available for private hire, should anybody be interested in holding a party, conference or celebration on the grounds.
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