Bath Racecourse is steeped in history and we feel very lucky to share this heritage with you.
Let us take you back to 1811 where a local family, the Blathwayts held the first major meet at Bath Racecourse. Imagine yourself a race-goer in the 19th century, donning your flat cap, full hooped skirts and rich embroidered waistcoats challenging the uphill climb of Lansdown Hill in a horse and carriage. Your day’s flutters would be made using your hard-earned crowns and shillings on the finest horses entered from the local training yards, and your winnings spent on the strongest local ale for celebrations.
Bath Racecourse traditionally only held one meet a year, usually over two days and has gradually increased to the action packed calendar of 23 meets that are staged for 2017. Bath’s biggest race during the early centuries was named the Somersetshire Stakes, a race that continues today.
Originally Bath Racecourse had a number of pretty grandstand buildings. We are on the verge of transforming into a leading sporting and corporate venue befitting a world heritage city. Let us share our current vision with you…
In 2015, Bath Racecourse commenced a multi-million pound redevelopment funded by Arena Racing Company, the largest group of racecourses in the UK. Paying homage to the local area’s attractions and historical features, it was decided to name the new facilities after these integral assets to the area that everyone loves and cherishes.
Now, as you walk through the entrance gates, you will see the plush new racecourse development. Watch the beautiful horses pose in the elegant Parade Ring from the Beckford Bar, named after William Beckford, a wealthy local property mogul, who built the statuesque Beckford tower, which can be observed over the top bend of the racetrack. Alternatively, you may choose to treat yourself to a sophisticated executive suite, all contained within the new Kelston Stand, which is home to nine glorious balconied suites; a must have for those looking for an indulgent experience with a touch of finesse.
So what does the future hold for Bath Racecourse? The vision for the new racecourse was completed in Summer 2016 and racegoers were delighted by the new amenities, all tailored towards you; our customer.
In July 2016, the new three tier Langridge Stand, including the stunning Royal Crescent suite, was opened; the perfect facility for dinners, weddings and conferences with panoramic views over the track and the rolling Somerset hills. For those balmy summer evenings, we invite you sip a glass of champagne on the Roof Garden under a magnificent sailed canopy.
During 2017, 23 fixtures will be staged at Bath Racecourse. On Good Friday, our richest-ever racing card will be staged, when £175,000 of prize money will be available.
We look forward to welcoming you to Bath Racecourse during this exciting new phase of the racecourses story.
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