Nottingham Racecourse Guide

Welcome to our official guide to Nottingham Racecourse. In this section we explore this great flat racing racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the track, hotel picks, fixtures, travel information, betting guides and even the weather!


Nottingham Racecourse is actually home to two thoroughbred horseracing courses, one sat inside the other. Just 3km from Nottingham, the course hosts flat racing (although previously had National Hunt facilities too).

Both of the courses at Nottingham Racecourse measure about one and a half miles and are left-handed. The inner track measures about five furlongs straight and is used throughout autumn and spring. The outer is used mainly in the summer, and measures about six and a half furlongs. Both have relatively gentle turns but with sharp finishes. They’re both ideal for balanced horses.

Nottingham Racecourse’s reputation punches above its weight in terms of its event schedule and facilities. Despite only hosting two major race meetings a year and not being the biggest or most striking in terms of facilities, architecture or technology, it has a lengthy history and is favoured amongst jockeys and trainers. Nottingham Racecourse is considered a refined venue amongst those in the know and continues to attract the highest quality of horse even despite being little known outside of the industry.

Nottingham Racecourse is also home to popular business and conferencing facilities and is well-known for such facilities across the county. The usual hospitality and private box facilities are available as you’d expect at any British racecourse, but Nottingham Racecourse is also a popular wedding venue and gets booked up fairly far in advance. The grandstand’s Sherwood Restaurant is ranked amongst the best in the country for trackside catering and is open on race days and during other big events.

Racecourse History

Racing is documented in Nottingham as far back as 1773, when it took place at nearby Nottingham Forest Recreation Ground and was awarded a Royal Plate by the then Monarch. In 1892, Nottingham Racecourse opened at its current site in Colwick Park. It was run independently until 1965 when it was bought by local authorities for £500,000. The Horseracing Betting Levy Board stepped in when the course’s future looked to be in doubt, and it was then leased to the Racecourse Holdings Trust (now Jockey Club Racecourses).

Nottingham Racecourse was home to both flat and National Hunt racing until the 90s, when management scrapped the latter to focus on just the former. This did see lots of events lost from the course, but it gained popularity at the flat events continued to be held there.

In April 2013, Nottingham Racecourse made headlines when there was a triple dead-heat in a race – only the second time such an occasion had happened in a decade! Thorpe Bay, My Time and Majestic Manannan all placed fourth in the Lodge Farm Stud Chris and May Mullin Handicap, which was raced over five furlongs.

Main Races and Events

Two early season listed races take place at Nottingham Racecourse, which are what continues to cement the venue’s place as a notable British course. The Further Flight Stakes run over one mile six furlongs in April, and the Kilvington Stakes for fillies is run over six furlongs in May. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the most successful horse at the former is Further Flight, after whom the race was named (it was originally called the Michelozzo Stakes, after the St Leger winner who made his debut at Nottingham!).

Other Events

Nottingham Racecourse hosts non-horseracing events as well as race meets throughout the year. Antiques and vintage fairs take place periodically and are well attended by collectors. Perhaps its most famous non-racing event is the annual Fireworks Display, which attracts lots of Nottingham locals for an evening of seasonal festivities. The biggest car boot sale in the area takes place every Sunday on-site and is also very popular with the local community.

How To Get To Nottingham Racecourse

Nottingham Racecourse
Colwick Park
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Nottingham Racecourse is easily accessible by road and all parking is free. It’s well signposted from all directions and those travelling by car just need to follow directions to Nottingham before signage for the course specifically.

The racecourse is walking distance from the city centre but can also be reached by bus. The nearest train station, Nottingham Station, is just two miles from the course with a fully functioning taxi rank straight outside. Those travelling by air can travel into either East Midlands or Nottingham City Airports.

Nottingham Weather


Hotels near Nottingham Racecourse

There are lots of hotels in Nottingham city centre and most are walking distance from the course. Colwick Hall Hotel, a historical home and spa hotel, is the closest, but rooms come at a premium and it is not the place for a flying visit or informal stay.

More mid-range and budget friendly hotels can be found in Nottingham centre, and include the River Rooms (a live music venue with contemporary hotel rooms and self-check-in), the Jury’s Inn Nottingham (a chain hotel with all the usual facilities you’d expect, as well as free Wi-Fi), the Hilton Nottingham (notable for its swimming pool and fitness centre) and the Lace Market Hotel (a boutique hotel with on-site pub!).

Betting Shops Local to Nottingham Racecourse

Nottingham Racecourse has all of the usual facilities for betting on-site – a Tote kiosk, a traditional betting shop and independent bookmakers down by the track. As the course is so close to the city centre, you’ll find strong mobile signal for easy online betting through a mobile device, too.

In Nottingham itself, you can find branches of Ladbrokes, BetFred, Coral and William Hill, all easily situated in the centre for whenever you fancy a flutter. Most residential areas and suburbs also have a betting shop (or two), so if you find yourself in a more traditional B&B or guesthouse, you’ll likely still access to place a bet if you want to.

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