A Guide to Chester Races

Established back in 1539, Chester Racecourse remains the oldest active sports venue of its like in the world. Loved by British racing fans for the thrills it supplies as horses thunder into the final furlong that completes the course, Chester Races is managed by a forward-thinking and award-winning team. Along with delivering trackside action through its famed fixtures, it also offers impressive food and drinks from celebratory champagnes to menus designed to make guests’ mouths water with the entire packaging adding up to the celebrated “Chester Experience”.

You might be a resident whose been away from the track for too long or a visitor seeking a premier racing experience, but regardless, you’ll find everything you need to know, and all your questions answered in our comprehensive guide to Chester Races.

Chester races dress code

Guests of Chester Racecourse are usually keen to stand out for the right reasons with what they wear on the day. The races raise the profile of the latest fashion trends and being impeccably turned out is a popular option but comfort is also key when spending a day of entertainment. As a result, some people planning a visit wonder what the exact dress code rules are.

Can you wear jeans to Chester Races?

The answer depends on which part of the venue you are attending. Chester Racecourse has a specific dress code for different enclosures and areas. For instance, formal attire is required in hospitality and members areas, at The Winning Post, the County Long Room, and the Edinburgh Gin Garden. This means suits, blazers, smart trousers, shirts and ties for men and dresses for women. Denim jeans are strictly off limits.

In the Tattersalls or County Concourse (Outside of the Boodles Festival) smart casual attire is the rule of thumb. Smart jeans can be worn if they are not torn. Finally, those seeking less restriction on race day can select to watch from the Roodee, which allows relaxed rules including wearing jeans.

Where to park your car at Chester Racecourse

Car parking is offered on the Open Course, sited in the very centre of Chester racecourse. You can purchase parking on the day you attend, however, spaces are limited and are allocated using a first come-first served basis. If you’re wondering how much it is to park at Chester racecourse, the current charge is £10 per car.

Race Fixtures at Chester for 2024

The racing calendar for this year at Chester is packed with action still to come. Saturday, May 25 is Roman Day sponsored by Via Roma and in collaboration with Deva Fest. A family-friendly day out, alongside the racing there will be entertainment for all ages. June will see the racecourse host the Matthew Clark Summer Style Race Day, Edinburgh Gin Summer Saturday, and the Friday Social.

In July the racecourse will have a weekend of music after the races on July 12 and 13 with Ibiza Classic Evening and Soul Sunset back-to-back which includes a DJ set from Craig Charles. July 27 will be the final summer Saturday for the season, The Midsummer Meeting.

August will welcome Family Fun Day and the famous Ladies Day, before September sees the racecourse celebrate autumn with the Friday and Saturday Food and Drink Festival and the Oktoberfest Season Finale.

Eating and drinking at Chester races

Chester Racecourse has an abundance of places to eat and drink. These include the trackside White Horse, which serves classic pub dishes with perfectly poured pints, the sophisticated 1539 Restaurant and Bar, with British cuisine, several private dining options and The Final Furlong for those who wish to dine luxuriously close to the winning post.

Customers can also bring along a picnic to enjoy in the dedicated Car Park Picnic Area. It’s worth noting that this space on site is inaccessible on foot.

Can I take my own alcohol to Chester races?

The racecourse’s rules state that a moderate amount of alcohol can be brought to accompany picnics, but must be completely consumed before guests enter the Open Course. Alternatively, those with unfinished alcohol can leave it in the Car Park Picnic Area.

How much does it cost to go to Chester races?

Tickets for Chester races vary in price depending on enclosure and event. However, admission is available for as little as £10, but these affordable tickets are limited so early booking is advised. Children aged 17 or under who are accompanied by a paying adult enjoy free admission to the races.

An award-winning attraction for the city, Chester Racecourse can easily be found situated on New Crane Street.

Return to the News