Horses racing in golden hour at Chelmsford City Racecourse
  • Horses racing in golden hour at Chelmsford City Racecourse
  • Aerial shot of Chelmsford City Racecourse taken at Clockstock Festival
  • Simply Red performing live at Chelmsford City Racecourse
  • Horses racing at sunset at Chelmsford City Racecourse with the champagne flute floodlights in sight
  • The newly renovated Fairwood Brasserie at Chelmsford City Racecourse

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Chelmsford City Racecourse opened its doors to the public early in 2015 and has provided a consistent stream of good quality all weather racing fixtures throughout the year. Being one of only three fully floodlit racecourses in the UK, and boasting an excellent Polytrack racing surface, the course is able to race all the way through the winter, as well as hosting summer fixtures.

There are two restaurants available to book within the hospitality complex, both of which are open for business on each race day. The Fairwood Restaurant is situated on the ground floor, along the final furlong of the home straight and offering up to 250 guests a lively and exciting dining experience with a vibrant atmosphere. This large restaurant has stunning views looking out on to the final furlong and easy access to the parade rings and terraced area.

The Fairwood Lounge, adjacent to the restaurant itself, is situated opposite the winning post and leads onto a private terrace, offering unrivalled views of watching your winning horse come home. You can hire this lounge with a variety of unique and bespoke catering options. These areas welcome children under the age of 16.

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, offering 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. Providing high quality entertainment and service to all customers and with excellent feedback regarding staff and food, the venue is set to achieve its aim.

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Guide Prices

Standard Weekday Fixtures (Online Advanced Discount): General Admission £15.50, Students £10.00
Standard Weekend Fixtures (Online Advanced Discount): General Admission £20.50, Students £10.00

*Prices are for standard racedays and are subject to change without prior notice and will vary for event and feature days.
**Discounts for group bookings (12+) and concessions applies to full price tickets only and excludes the digital discount.
***We do not offer discounts on any hospitality packages.


Thursday, 22nd June 2023 - Thursday, 22nd June 2023

Ladies DayJoin us again for the quintessential English summer raceday. We've got another sensational day lined up for you, your friends and family to enjoy with the unrivalled excitement of live racing and world-class entertainment!
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  • Assistance dogs welcome
  • Disabled access
  • Disabled toilets


  • On-site catering
  • On-site light refreshments


  • Baby changing facilities
  • Children welcome


  • Mini Coach Parties Accepted

Meeting, Conference & Wedding Facilities

  • Air conditioning
  • Bar area
  • Board/Flipchart
  • Facilities for conferencing
  • Facilities for corporate hospitality
  • Grounds for outdoor activities
  • Helicopter landing
  • Venue approved for civil marriage
  • Wedding planner available
  • Wedding receptions


  • Free Parking

Property Facilities

  • Dogs not accepted (except guidedogs)
  • Onsite Catering
  • Passenger lift
  • Public toilets
  • WiFi or internet access


  • School Trips

Target Markets

  • Accepts groups
  • Coach parties accepted



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

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