Horse racing at Chelmsford City Racecourse
  • Horse racing at Chelmsford City Racecourse
  • A great day out at Chelmsford City Racecourse
  • Ministry of Sound after racing performing live at Chelmsford City Racecourse
  • Horses racing at sunset at Chelmsford City Racecourse with the champagne flute floodlights in sight
  • Aerial shot of Chelmsford City Racecourse taken at Clockstock Festival
  • Racing under floodlights at Chelmsford City Racecourse

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Chelmsford City Racecourse is the UK's newest and Essex's only racecourse, hosting racing and events all year round. The racecourse is at the heart of Essex's social and event calendar, from our famous Thursday night racing to featured race days like Ladies Day and Ministry of Sound to fireworks, Christmas Parties and family days.

One of only three fully floodlit racecourses in the UK and boasting an excellent Polytrack racing surface, we race all year round, providing frequent opportunities to meet with friends, socialise with colleagues and have days out for families. 

Two restaurants are open to visitors seeking a hospitality experience on each race day. The Fairwood Brasserie is situated on the ground floor, along the final furlong of the home straight. It offers up to 250 guests a gourmet unlimited buffet dining experience with a vibrant atmosphere. This large restaurant has stunning views of the final furlong and easy access to the parade rings and terraced area.

The Club Restaurant and Lounge is the premier restaurant located on the first floor of the Grandstand, offering a panoramic view over the racecourse. The Club Restaurant offers 3-course and 4-course options with modern British cuisine, exclusive dining with a members' club atmosphere and VIP treatment.

Chelmsford City Racecourse is Britain's first new racecourse, and the track aims to become the UK's and Europe's best all-weather horse racing venue. 

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Guide Prices

Adult tickets to come racing start from £15 and Under 18's go free. Other concessions are available as well as discounts for groups of 12+

Weekday Fixtures: General Admission £15 (online) £20 (at the ticket office), Under 18's Free, Students Free.
Weekend Fixtures: General Admission £20 (online) £25 (at the ticket office), Under 18's Free.
Featured events: Prices for our featured events, including Ladies Day and Ministry of Sound can be found on specific event listings on our website, as can prices for our restaurant and hospitality packages.

*Prices are subject to change and will vary for event and feature days.



  • Disabled access


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • School Trips

Target Markets

  • Coach parties accepted

Map & Directions

Road Directions

Positioned in the heart of the Essex countryside, yet only 50 miles from central London, Chelmsford City Racecourse easily accessible by most transport.  The site is located off the A131 between Chelmsford and Braintree, by Great Leighs village.

Public Transport Directions

Car: With excellent transport links via the A131, A120 and M11, the car park is situated at the Main Entrance off the A131 bypass.

Train: The nearest railway station is Braintree Freeport, which is 7 miles away.

Bus: Pre-booked return bus service from Chelmsford available on event days.

Chelmsford City Racecourse


Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1QP

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Opening Times

* Office hours are 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday to Friday. Open as appropriate on racedays.

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A great day out at Chelmsford City RacecourseFairwood Brasserie at Chelmsford City Racecourse, ChelmsfordThe Fairwood Brasserie is situated on the ground floor of the Grandstand along the final furlong of home straight and boasts the best views of the winning line from its private terrace.

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