Racing has been taking place at Cartmel since 1856. In 1925 the racing became more formalised and adhered to the National Hunt Races. The racing takes place in Cartmel Park adjoining the village, set against the backdrop of the beautiful English Lake District. Cartmel Races rekindles the spirit of the original steeplechases, attracting large crowds who gather within the centre of the racecourse for picnics, parties and a flutter on the horses.
Cartmel Racecourse hosts nine racing fixtures per year, commencing on the traditional Whit Monday Holiday at the end of May. A further eight race fixtures take place over the summer months culminating in spectacular style on the last bank holiday of August. The two public enclosures and Grandstand offer a great variety of viewing and dining options, from relaxed picnics to fine dining in the Louis Roederer Restaurant. ‘A day at Cartmel Races’ also presents the perfect way to entertain clients or staff, and there are a number of corporate hospitality packages available to suit all budgets and requirements.
Outside of the racing calendar, the iconic Cartmel Racecourse becomes a splendid venue for a range of corporate and social events and functions. As a licensed wedding venue, Cartmel Racecourse provides a truly unique setting for a wedding celebration, complete with the professional services of our on-site wedding manager and high quality on-site caterers. Located just 20 minutes from the M6 motorway, and surrounded by picturesque parkland, the Racecourse is also regularly used by local clubs and associations for open-air events, rallies and meetings.
For more information visit: www.cartmel-racecourse.co.uk
2019 Winter Opening Times
The Hall and Gardens are now closed until the 2020 season. The Courtyard (Cafe, Ilex, Gift Shop & Food Hall) is open Friday to Sunday, 10am to 4pm. The Hall will repoen on 29th November 2019 for our Christmas Festivities.
Dates and Times
The Courtyard (Cafe, Ilex, Gift Shop & Food Hall) are open 10am – 4pm. Friday to Sunday.
Friday 8th November – Sunday 10th November
Friday 15th November – Sunday 17th November
Friday 22nd November – Sunday 24th November
The Hall will reopen on Friday 29th November for our Christmas festivities.
Friday 29th November – Sunday 1st December
Thursday 5th December – Sunday 8th December
Thursday 12th December – Sunday 15th December