Horse Racing In Norwich
|| If you fancy a
flutter on the horses during your stay in Norwich take
a trip to Great Yarmouth or Fakenham racecourse, which
are both located about an hour’s drive out of the
Established in 1905, Fakenham Racecourse [map] is Norfolk’s premier racing venue with its
left-handed sharp course that guarantees exciting race
days from October to June.
Since the first meeting here on Easter Monday 1905 there
has been uninterrupted racing (except for during the two
World Wars) and today the venue remains as popular as
Fakenham also has royal connections, as it is close
the Windsor’s home at Sandringham, and Prince Charles
is currently patron of the racecourse after taking over
the reins from the Queen in 2000.
A day at the races offers the perfect setting for a celebration,
business meeting, or a simple family gathering. Fakenham
Racecourse can cater for your individual needs, with a
wide range of facilities from private boxes to luxury marquees available.
Among the superb facilities here is the new Firth Restaurant in the Prince of Wales Stand, which overlooks the entire
racecourse and opens onto the first floor balcony.
Situated on the scenic east coast about 25 minutes from
Norwich city centre, Great Yarmouth Racecourse [map] is a left-handed oval, flat and fair course.
Here you can choose to watch the racing from either the
Premier Enclosure, which covers the middle of the Lord
Nelson Grandstand and has a dress code, or the more relaxed
Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure, which allows access
to all areas of the course except premier areas.
There are also private hospitality rooms for conferences
or parties, and the racecourse also has a number of restaurants
and bars where you can enjoy a nice meal while watching
And for those who think horse racing is just an old man’s
sport, you may be interested to learn that 75% of the
country’s race-goers are under the age of 55,
while 40% of them are women. So what are you waiting for?