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Dalia Courridge

About Dalia Courridge

Marketing Executive at Fakenham Racecourse. A great lover of coffee, cakes and a great days racing.

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Snellings appointed to be headline sponsors for Prestigious Norfolk National Race Day at Fakenham

Fakenham Racecourse is delighted to announce that Snellings, the Norwich-based electrical appliance and audiovisual installation specialists, are the new title sponsors and race sponsor of The Norfolk National Race Day on Tuesday 9th May. The Norfolk National race was first staged last year and immediately made a big impact in the racing calendar. It is a long-distance steeplechase race of over three and a half miles and this year will have a value of £25,000. This makes the Snellings Norfolk National the most valuable and longest race that Fakenham runs and it is great news that Snellings will become synonymous with such a prestigious Norfolk race.

The Chief Executive of Fakenham Racecourse, David Hunter said:

“I am delighted that The Snellings Group is sponsoring Fakenham Racecourse’s Norfolk National Raceday for a five-year deal starting on Tuesday 9th May 2017. This race day has become an important fixture in our racing calendar because we run Fakenham’s most valuable and longest distance race on that day – The Snellings Norfolk National – a steeplechase race which is just over three and a half miles long.  We ran the race for the first time last year and it attracted a very competitive field of 11 runners and was won by Rebecca’s Choice. This year, with the help of Snellings sponsorship, we have been able to increase the race prize money to £25,000. We are now in the process of putting the final touches of the meeting together and are working hard with the Snellings team to create a unique and quintessential Norfolk race day experience for everyone. We are all extremely grateful to Snellings for their generous sponsorship and are very much looking forward to the day and working with Snellings to further develop the relationship over the next five years.”

The Director of Snellings, Rowland Cogman added:

“Snellings are proud to be supportive of the local community and to sponsor the Norfolk National Race Day. We look forward to this partnering with Fakenham Racecourse and to increasing the Norfolk Brand within the wider community.”


Roy Snelling, the founder of the Snellings Group, was a Norfolk man born and bred who began his business career in 1954 and has been a leading pioneer in the audio-visual industry ever since. He was committed to ensuring that his businesses were market leaders in service delivery and technological innovation. He prided himself on creating businesses with a reputation for always putting the customer first and customer service has always been the cornerstone of his businesses. It is this ethos which governs the running of the group which is driven by excellence, social responsibility, ethics and a commitment to their customers and people. Snellings standards focus on innovation, quality and service.


The Snellings Norfolk National race day will take place on Tuesday, 9th May. You can find more information about the race day on Events Page.

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Fakenham Racecourse team picks litter around Fakenham

Keeping Fakenham Town Clean

Fakenham Racecourse directors and staff donated a morning of their time to litter picking Fakenham Town on Friday 31st March as part of the racecourse company’s social engagement and responsibility plan for 2017.


“We had a very successful and rewarding morning collecting rubbish in and around the town and we had many supportive and thankful comments from passers-by,” said Fakenham’s Chief Executive David Hunter. “However, it was truly shocking to see just how much rubbish is thoughtlessly and destructively thrown to the ground. In the three and a half hours the ten of us spent collecting rubbish, we filled a staggering fifty large bags plus many other items including wooden pallets, car tyres, old road signs, traffic cones and plastic containers. It is dreadful to think that so much rubbish was collected within such a small area – just multiply that to cover the whole country and you are talking about thousands of tonnes of rubbish, all of which should never have been thrown onto the ground in the first place. It is, therefore, excellent news that yesterday the government announced it will impose fines of £150 on litter louts  (see ) in a bid to tidy up Britain and reduce the rubbish mountain that is lurking in every bush, verge and gully.”


On a more positive note, the group found very few plastic carrier bags which would indicate that the legislation to charge 5p per bag is having some effect. However, against this they found most of the rubbish consisted of snack food and drink packaging which is quite obviously thrown out cars or deliberately dropped onto the ground by far too many thoughtless and shameful individuals. All of the rubbish was kindly disposed of, free of charge, by Fakenham Skips Ltd where it was hand sorted and recycled with none of it going to landfill.


Racecourse Chairman Nigel Savory said:

“It was a great way to put something back into the community and hopefully it might prick some consciences when people next think to blight our town and countryside by throwing rubbish. It was a really good team building experience, which finished with a well-deserved pint at The Bull in Fakenham,  and I throw the gauntlet down to other racecourses to do the same and better our fifty bag collection!”

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Jarrold Ladies Day at Fakenham Racecourse

Jarrold Confirmed to be Sponsor of Fakenham Ladies Day

There are very few dates where the ladies of Norfolk can get dressed in their finest attire and enjoy a very special day out. The first Ladies Day at Fakenham Racecourse was held back in 2012 and has now become one of the key dates in the Norfolk society calendar.

It is with delight that Fakenham Racecourse can confirm that this year’s Ladies Day, which will take place on Sunday 4th of June, will be sponsored by Jarrold department store in Norwich. Fakenham Racecourse recognises the importance of collaborating with a premium, local, family-owned business that shares the same values, and also has a strong presence in the Norfolk fashion world.  Representatives from both Jarrold and Fakenham Racecourse believe that by working together they will create many more exciting opportunities to enhance the customer experience at this annual event and secure it firmly in the county’s society calendar.


The Chief Executive of Fakenham Racecourse, David Hunter said:

“All of us at Fakenham are very excited and enthused to be working with Jarrold of Norwich who have agreed to be the title sponsor of Fakenham Ladies Race Day on a three-year deal. The inaugural running of The Jarrold Ladies Race Day will be on Sunday 4th June 2017 when the iconic Norwich department store will sponsor the whole day, in addition to the principle handicap steeple chase race. This is a really fantastic fit for two very well-known and highly respected Norfolk brands to be working so closely together. There is much synergy between Jarrold and the racecourse and we know that the partnership will increase the appeal, spread and experience of Ladies Day.

2017 will be the 6th year that Fakenham has hosted a Ladies Day, and Jarrold Ladies Day is sure to be the best yet. We have some exciting ideas that we will be putting together with Jarrolds before the race day and also on the actual day. We are particularly proud that Jarrold will be taking the leading role in running and supporting our best-dressed lady, best-dressed couple and best hat competitions on the day.”


John Adams Director of Jarrolds Norwich said:

“ Jarrold is delighted to announce our association with Fakenham Racecourse. We are very much looking forward to the Jarrold Ladies Race Day becoming a favourite event in the Norfolk Summer Calendar.”


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Check out >> Jarrold website << or pop in store if you are looking for the outfit for Ladies Day.

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James’s Racecourse Run for Injured Jockeys Fund

Yesterday, Tuesday, 28th March 2017 saw the second day into a 5-day challenge to run at all 34 National Hunt Racecourses to raise money for Injured Jockey Fund. James Clarkson aged 11, has decided to raise funds for this racing charity between 27th and 31st March and has already raised over £4750 and is now only just over £1000 away from reaching his target of £6500.

On his Just Giving Page James said:

“I’m hoping to run all of the National Hunt Racecourses in England over 5 days at the end of March. Overall the total mileage that I have to run is 50 miles and we will be driving 1,659 miles. It will take five days to complete and the dates are the 27th-31st March. I have done all the organisation for a school project – please sponsor me as it will all go to The Injured Jockeys Fund which is a very good cause.

Thank you to all of the racecourses for allowing me to run around their tracks. Also thank you to my Dad for taking a week off work to do all of the driving! 

Donating through JustGiving is simple, fast and totally secure. Your details are safe with JustGiving – they’ll never sell them on or send unwanted emails. Once you donate, they’ll send your money directly to the charity. So it’s the most efficient way to donate – saving time and cutting costs for the charity.” 


David Hunter and James Clarkson after the mile run raising funds for Injured Jockeys Fund.,
David Hunter and James Clarkson after the mile run raising funds for Injured Jockeys Fund.



If you would like to support James, you can visit his Just Giving page and donate online >> James’s Racecourse Run.

On behalf of us all here at Fakenham – we wish you best of luck and we are certain that you will not only reach, but will also exceed your target. #GoJames


Happy New Year!

We hope that all of our members, visitors, staff and volunteers had a great New Year’s Celebration.

Having waved 2016 goodbye, it is exciting to start 2017 with a terrific day out at the races.

Brave the rain and put your best wellies on! Get outdoors and start the year as you mean to go on.

2017 is promising to be a very exciting year with 13 quality National Hunt race meetings and despite the damp start, we are certain that New Year’s Day race meeting is going to continue to be one of the biggest meets of the year.

And just in case you’d like to consider either renewing or purchasing Annual Membership at Fakenham Races – there is still time – the membership starts from 1st January!

We look forward to welcoming all our visitors over the course of 2017!


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Hockham Primary School at Fakenham Races

Great Hockham Primary School at Fakenham Races

We were delighted to welcome Great Hockham Primary School to Fakenham Races as part of Racing to School program back on 14th October.

Pupils had a day filled with tours, showcases and learning interesting facts about racing and horses, lead by Robert Bellamy and John Pritchard.

We are very grateful to have received a fantastic email from Alexander Bowles, the Head of the Great Hockham Primary School and we decided we’d share it with you:



Dear Ollie, 

I would like you to pass on my comments to the highest levels within your organisation.

Today I took children from my school, Great Hockham Primary School and Nursery to Fakenham races under the umbrella of a ‘Racing to schools’ maths day. 

From the very outset, we were treated with absolute professionalism and a high level of hospitality and generosity. Robert Bellamy and John Pritchard were superb hosts, their kindness and good humour enabled my children to thoroughly enjoy their day. Their deep knowledge and clear passion for racing was apparent throughout the day and was passed onto the children. No question was beyond them and they were happy to answer everything the children asked them. 

The entire day was a real eye  opener for the children ( and for myself, a football, baseball and sailing man with only a slight understanding of horses!) Everyone we encountered was polite and welcoming. Because of our positive experience today, we have a highly positive attitude to the exciting sport of racing. The children loved watching the races and seeing the horses and jockeys close up.

The activities were great and the ‘behind the scenes element made the day an unforgettable experience!

I have already begun to recommend your organisation to my friends within education. I have been leading school trips since 1996. I have led trips to a wide variety of exciting destinations around the globe. Today was , without doubt, one of the very best.

Please make sure that you pass this onto Robert and John.

With sincere thanks


Fakenham Racecourse is keen to work with the local community and children in particular, to raise awareness and understanding about the sport for kings.

If you would like to arrange a day of learning for your school children, please either get in touch with us or find more information about School Workshops opportunity at Racing To School website.

Twelve of Britain’s 60 racecourses were last week named as the best in the country for racehorse owners, and awarded Gold Standard status for 2016.

The accolade, given in a competitive way for the second year, comes from the Racehorse Owners Association, the body that has represented racehorse owners for over 70 years and currently has in excess of 7,600 members.

ROA representatives visited every track in Britain at least once to assess all aspects of the raceday experience for owners. In addition, feedback was provided by hundreds of ROA members following their racecourse visits.

Racecourses are divided into two categories – large and small – with their classification decided by a range of factors, including the quality of racing and attendance figures. The six tracks in each category that were considered to provide owners with the best raceday experience will hold the Award for the next 12 months.

Those awarded the Gold Standard were as follows:

Large racecourses: Ascot; Ayr; Cheltenham; Chester; Haydock Park; and York.

Small racecourses: Fakenham; Hamilton Park; Market Rasen; Musselburgh; Newton Abbot; and Nottingham.

David Hunter, Fakenham Chief Executive, said:

‘This is a tremendous accolade for Fakenham and I am immensely proud of the small, dedicated and highly motivated team that work so hard. A year ago we opened the new Cool Roxy Bar for owners and trainers which give them first rate facilities and means we can properly look after them, this award fully justifies the investment we made.’

Alan Pickering, Chairman of the ROA’s Raceday Committee, said:

“The competitive nature of the new ROA Gold Standard Award scheme has been seen to good effect this year.  Many of those courses that demonstrated excellence in 2015 have hit even higher heights this year, whilst other courses have upped their game considerably and it is pleasing to welcome some new Award winners.   It is sad to see that there are still some courses – large and small – who continue to fall someway behind the rest when it come to the owner’s raceday experience.  We will maintain a dialogue with all courses and seek to make improvements by encouragement.  The ROA survey in 2016 clearly showed the correlation between an owners’ raceday experience and ownership retention levels and we look forward to working with those courses who do not meet the minimum requirements in 2017 and beyond.”

“The competitive nature of the new ROA Gold Standard Award scheme has been seen to good effect this year.  Many of those courses that demonstrated excellence in 2015 have hit even higher heights this year, whilst other courses have upped their game considerably and it is pleasing to welcome some new Award winners.   It is sad to see that there are still some courses – large and small – who continue to fall someway behind the rest when it come to the owner’s raceday experience.  We will maintain a dialogue with all courses and seek to make improvements by encouragement.  The ROA survey in 2016 clearly showed the correlation between an owners’ raceday experience and ownership retention levels and we look forward to working with those courses who do not meet the minimum requirements in 2017 and beyond.”

Charlie Liverton, Chief Executive of the ROA, said: “The

“The raceday experience is one of the most important aspects of the enjoyment of being a racehorse owner. The sport can endeavor to increase the number of racehorse owners only if they have a thoroughly enjoyable time on track, whether their horses are successful or not. So we are committed to working closely with racecourses to ensure that owners are looked after in the best possible way. Our awards set the Gold Standard that all racecourses can aspire to and celebrate those which go the extra mile for owners.

As our team have travelled the country this year, they have witnessed many enhancements to the owners’ race day experience, including additional complimentary admission badges, improvements in the provision of complimentary food and drink, a greater emphasis on racecourse staff providing a first-class experience, plus entertainment for placed connections as well as winners after races. We are truly grateful to all those courses that place a special emphasis on owners and their horses.

A special thanks too, to the hundreds of ROA members who have been in touch over the course of the year giving us feedback on their raceday experience; both complimentary and critical. This feedback forms part of our decision-making process and we urge all members to provide feedback where possible.”

One racecourse from each section will be named as their respective category’s ‘Racecourse of the Year’ at the annual ROA Horseracing Awards to be held in London on Thursday 1st December.

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New Media Partners


At The Races (‘ATR’) has recently confirmed that it has signed a new media rights agreement in respect of Fakenham, Ffos Las, Hexham, Newton Abbot and Towcester racecourses. The agreement covering all domestic non-LBO and all international media rights has been made and contracted via The Racing Partnership Limited, a new joint venture company between those five racecourses, Arena Racing Company, Plumpton Racecourse and Ripon Racecourse.


From the commencement of the deals in May 2017 and January 2018 ATR will for the first time have a direct relationship with each of the five independent tracks. To date, ATR has acquired its broadcast and other non-LBO rights to the five racecourses under licence from SIS.


ATR already has direct, long term arrangements in place with Plumpton Racecourse, Ripon Racecourse and with Arena Racing Company in relation to rights from a further 15 racecourses.


ATR also announced that its 2016 forecast for media rights payments to racecourse partners is up +21% on 2015. The company has delivered strong revenue growth in the first half of the year with Sport Mediastream, its wholly owned live video streaming division, a new website and a mobile app launch all contributing to success.


Matthew Imi, Chief Executive, At The Races, commented:


“We are very pleased to announce the continuation of what is a very valued and long term partnership for ATR with Fakenham, Ffos Las, Hexham, Newton Abbot and Towcester – all racecourses that we have a strong attachment to. We take pride in helping showcase the appeal and many qualities of racing at small, independent Jumps tracks and we look forward to working ever more closely with these five racecourses now under a direct media rights arrangement. I would also like to take the opportunity to put on record my particular thanks and best wishes to Charles Enderby at Hexham Racecourse as he hands over custodianship of what is undoubtedly one of Britain’s most loved courses and which his great-grandfather created in 1890.”

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Afternoon Tea at The Races

There are only a couple of months before the annual Ladies Day at Fakenham Racecourse takes place once again on Sunday, 22nd May 2016.

The prestigious annual event is quickly becoming one of the most prominent events in the diaries for ladies and gents across Norfolk and surrounding counties. With thrilling races, fantastic facilities and entry from only £10pp, Ladies Day at Fakenham Racecourse offers itself to be the social event of the year.

In 2016, we are very excited to be teaming up with Grice & Foster, Fakenham-based event & marquee hire business and our catering partners at The Crown Inn, at East Rudham, to provide our racegoers a brand new ‘Afternoon Tea at the Races’ package which will include the following:

Exclusive Entry and seats in the Grice & Foster Marquee,

Grandstand & Paddock Entry Badge

Complimentary Racecard

A mouthwatering Afternoon Tea from our caterers. You can see the menu HERE.

You can get ALL of the above for only £35 pp! 

Please note that the ‘Afternoon Tea at The Races’ package is NOT available on the day and MUST be booked online while availability lasts.

No bookings for this package will be taken after 1st May or before if sold out. 

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Remember to dress up to the nines Ladies and Gents, there will be a number of competitions including Best Hat, Best Dressed Lady, Best Dressed Gentleman and, of course, Best Dressed Couple.

There are some incredible prizes to be won from local and national businesses including, but not limited to a Theatre Trip to London for two with B&B stay by Thomas Cook; a £100 voucher to spend at Ficarra’s Spa in Fakenham; Dinner, Bed & Breakfast for two  at the Crown Inn at East Rudham; Money off Thomas Cook holidays; Afternoon Tea for two from a selected locations of your choice by Thomas Cook, Fakenham; A polypin of Wherry from Woodforde’s Brewery and £50 to spend at W Parker & Son Jewellers of Fakenham.

Use this opportunity to get dressed up, bring your girlfriends ( and boyfriends if you wish!) to this annual event and if you don’t fancy our ‘Afternoon Tea at The Races’ package – you can get an entry from only £10pp for Course enclosure and £15pp for Grandstand & Paddock.

It is set to be a thrilling day out for all and we look forward to seeing all of you in May!


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