Windsor Racing

The town of Windsor in Berkshire is not short on attractions. Many of course are associated with the royal residence of Windsor Castle and whether boating on the Thames, enjoying a walk in Windsor Great Park or a family day out at Legoland, Windsor is a very popular visitor destination. What the town also has is a racecourse, set on the banks of the river in a beautiful scenic location, and Windsor racing provides a wonderful addition to the canon of historic attractions in this famous town.

Windsor Racing, inside rail The site of Royal Windsor Racecourse has provided horse racing since the times of Henry VIII but Windsor racing as we know it today started in 1866. A notable flat racing venue, Windsor elected to abandon its National Hunt fixtures in 1998 only to have them make a welcome recent return. Certainly occupying a stunning location, encompassing 165 acres of rural Berkshire, the course is actually situated on an island formed by the main channel of the Thames and one of its tributaries.

For many, Windsor racing means Monday evenings throughout the summer. These fixtures are particularly well attended and offer a lovely summer evening’s racing and social interaction. Choosing a winner at Windsor is never a straightforward task however since the races are generally extremely competitive.

The track is unusual in that it forms a figure of eight in shape, one of only two in the country which do so, and as a result favours agile well-balanced horses. Low drawn numbers tend to do better on soft ground and high numbers on fast ground. Over the jumps the track is fair but front runners often find it hard to stay the course.

Part of the appeal of Monday night racing at Windsor is certainly the setting, made all the more attractive when arriving by riverboat. In addition there are often themed nights and family fun days which make Windsor racing very much a social and leisure experience. The perfect activity during a summer holiday in Berkshire, there is a real fun aspect in attending Windsor Racecourse and with some exciting horseracing too it is easy to see what makes this old course so popular with casual as well as avid racegoers.

Admission to Royal Windsor Racecourse is via a selection of enclosures, each of which has their own special appeal and character. The most basic level of entry is into the Silver Enclosure, which is located on the centre of the course. There is indoor and outdoor seating, and a food court with a coffee bar and other food and beverage outlets. Guests are welcome to bring a picnic and there is a picnic area for the purpose. There are limits to the amount of alcohol brought into the picnic area and barbecues are not permitted. Tickets for the Silver Enclosure provide free admission for children aged 16 and under when accompanied by an adult the Silver Enclosure is the perfect choice for a family day out.

The Grandstand Enclosure is the next option for racegoers and is situated 75 yards from the finish line with great views over the track.
Windsor Racing, winner

Grandstand ticket holders can access the Silver Enclosure and centre of the track too as well as the Paddock Lawn, Pre-Parade and Parade rings and the Winners Enclosure. The Paddock Lawn and outer Grandstand area have a variety of food and drink options and within the Grandstand itself is a range of catering facilities, including a choice of bars and a Tote Sport bar. Admission to the Grandstand Enclosure is discounted if booked in advance online.

The Club Enclosure is the most exclusive public area of the course and occupies the best position for race viewing, right at the finishing post. Club Enclosure badge holders can access any of the other enclosures and public areas of the course as well as enjoying some of the hospitality on offer in the bars and restaurants of the Club Enclosure. Bar options include a Cocktail Bar, Buffet Bar and Deli Bar and there are three superb restaurants. The Castle Restaurant offers panoramic views over the course accompanied by wonderful selections from the table d’hôte menu. There is also a Tote betting facility and TV screens.

Windsor Racing, photo finish Further restaurant options open to those with Club Enclosure tickets include the Club Restaurant, which occupies a position within the original Victorian Grandstand, complementing the elegant and tranquil surrounds with a superb a la carte menu. Blues and Royals is the final Club Enclosure Restaurant and offers superior dining in style right at the finishing post. Enjoy al fresco seafood and champagne but reserve your table early to avoid disappointment.

A range of hospitality packages are available for Windsor racing and these represent the ideal way for racegoers to get the full raceday experience. The standard Racegoers Package includes access to the Grandstand Enclosure, a racecard, a Tote betting voucher, and drink voucher.

There is the Racegoers River Package which additionally incorporates stylish raceday transport in the form of a return river taxi trip from the town centre to the racecourse.

There are many more hospitality packages available to racegoers, from luxurious restaurant dining for small groups to exclusive VIP box and suite options for private parties and corporate events. Hospitality at the Races probably isn’t as expensive as you think! Please ask for a quote to “Do it in style”, there's nothing nicer than being waited on royally during your day at the races!

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