Racing FAQs

All your questions answered

Do you have a general question about racing at Warwick? Read on to find the answers.

I have never been racing before, what happens?

Do not worry - a day at the races really is a fun day for all as there are no complex rules to understand. The first horse past the winning post has won the race and hopefully won you some money in the process! There are normally 6 races per raceday, sometimes this may increase to 7 or 8, and the gates and all facilities open 2 hours before the first race time. There are 30 - 35 minute gaps between each race which gives you plenty of time to have a drink or something to eat, judge the horses for the next race at the paddock, place your bet and get to your vantage point to watch the race. Approximately 15 - 20 minutes before each race the horses will be in the Parade Ring where you can pick out your horse and then place your bet with the TOTE or an on-course bookmaker. There are ample vantage points to view the race and cheer your horse home, before you proceed to the Winners' Enclosure to applaud the winning horse.

Can I bring in my own food and drink?

No outside food and drink is permitted into the main enclosure on our racedays but there are plenty of food outlets and concessions to choose from. On premier days when the centre course enclosure is open, we do allow you to bring your own picnic. 

Can I collect tickets on the day?

Yes, but please be sure to bring photographic ID with you. If you do not have photographic ID then tickets cannot be released to you.

Do I need to buy tickets in advance?

We recommend you buy your tickets in advance to make use of our early bird offers!  There are a number of ways in which you can purchase your raceday tickets. These include advanced booking via our website, calling the racecourse ticket office on 03445 793013 or via the racecourse office  01926 405 560. You can also purchase tickets on the gate once they open on the raceday. 

Is there a cash point at the Racecourse?

There is a cash point located in the Betting Hall on the lower level of the Grandstand in the Main Enclosure.

How much is it for children?

Under 18's gain FREE entry to the racecourse for all fixtures.

Please note children must be accompanied by an adult at all times, with a maximum of two children per adult. Should you visit to bring more than two children per adult please contact the racecourse. 

Can I have a personal PA announcement?

We do our best to accommodate PA announcements, so if it is a special day feel free to contact the office in advance and tell us your message. However, we can’t always promise it. 

Are dogs allowed on the course?

No dogs are permitted in the Main Enclosure or Course Enclosure, with the exception of assistance dogs.

Where do I go if I have any questions on the raceday?

You can ask any one of our staff or visit the Information Point (located near the Chandler Bar between the Main Grandstand and Paddock Suites) or come to the Racecourse Office where our staff will be happy to help.

Is there a dress code?

We don’t enforce a strict dress code at Warwick, but would suggest smart casual and appropriate for the weather. No ripped jeans or exercise clothing is permitted.

Where do I purchase a racecard?

Racecards can be purchased on the day from the main gate or from the Information Point, situated between Chandler and the Grandstand. You can also purchase them from the Racecourse Office.

Is there parking on site?

Parking at Warwick is totally free for all of our guests. All hospitality and general admission guests should come to the main entrance where they will be directed to car parking in the centre of the course by our stewards. This entrance is located next to Bread and Meat Close. Disabled car parking is also found at this entrance, you just need to display your valid blue badge. Our owners and trainers car parking is next to the Warwick Racing Club. 

Are there any baby changing facilites?

Baby changing facilities can be found in the disabled toilet next to the Dukes Bar, and in the ladies toilet next to the paddock boxes.

Who is the raceday photographer?

Our official raceday photographer is: Dave Pratt 07801324894

What is 'The Horse Comes First'?

Leading organisations in British Horseracing have got together to increase awareness of the high standards of equine welfare in the sport. The initiative aims to improve understanding of the care given to our horses throughout and after their careers in racing. The campaign is supported by the British Horseracing Authority, the Racecourse Association, Racehorse Owners Association, the Professional Jockeys Association, the National Trainers Federation and The Jockey Club.

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