Important Raceday Information
All you need to know about coming for a day at the races at Fakenham Racecourse
Conditions Of Entry ( at All British Racecourses)
Admission to the racecourse is subject to the right of the racecourse executive to refuse admission to or to expel any racegoer whose behaviour constitutes, or is likely to lead to, unruly behaviour.
Any instance of unruly behaviour shall entitle the racecourse executive to expel the offender without prior notice. Racegoers are asked not to take an alcoholic drink, soft drinks or food into the racecourse enclosures, other than picnic areas. Would racegoers please abide by any regulations, including the observance of designated no-drinking areas and standards of dress.
Please see Terms and Conditions of Entry 2019
Please see Terms and Conditions of special Entry 2019
Please see Special Conditions for Bookmakers 2019
Customers of the Boards
Customers of the boards and rails bookmakers should check their itemised tickets immediately on receipt, as mistakes cannot be rectified after the “off”. Customers are reminded to retain all betting tickets until after the weigh-in, as immediate payment will be made only on production of the original ticket. All tickets will remain valid for one month.
Horse Welfare Comes First at Fakenham
Fakenham’s top priority is the safety and welfare of horse and rider.
We have a dedicated team of highly qualified vets and doctors following the action at all times and a top of the range horse ambulance in attendance at every meeting. It is our policy to erect green screens around any horse requiring veterinary attention, to provide the privacy required at such times. Please do not assume the worse if screens are erected around a horse. We are committed to minimising risks, dealing quickly and humanely with injuries and maintaining the highest possible quality of life for the animals in our care.
It is a condition of entry to this racecourse that only individuals in possession of a valid betting badge and occupying an authorised pitch are entitled to lay bets on the course of their business.
Any individual found contravening these conditions will be evicted.
Picnics, Barbeques & Gazebos
Please note that all picnics must be restricted to the car park areas only and no picnic food or drink can be taken into, or consumed in, the public enclosures, buildings or bars. This does not apply to food or drink bought from the racecourse vendors.
Barbeques and the use of a naked flame is forbidden anywhere on the racecourse – it is dangerous and antisocial. Gazebos, tents or shelters are not to be erected anywhere on the racecourse unless specific permission has been given from the racecourse company in advance.
No picnic chairs, tables or rugs must be set up in front of the grandstand or around the parade ring area where people stand to watch the racing.
Please do not bring your own food or drink to the enclosures past the car parks. Our staff reserve the right to refuse access or ask you to return items to your car.
Dogs at Fakenham Racecourse
Fakenham Racecourse is one of very few racecourses in the country that welcomes well-behaved dogs on race days as long as they are kept on a lead at all times.
No dogs are allowed into any bars, restaurants or other indoor areas where the food and drinks are served ( except guide dogs).
It is the owner’s responsibility to make sure that they clean up and use bins for dog waste.
Facilities for Disabled Racegoers
There is parking suitable for disabled racegoer in the Members Enclosure adjacent to the Prince of Wales Stand for Blue Badged Holders, however there is a fee of £8 per vehicle to enter this enclosure.
There is a disabled viewing area in front of the stand and a small viewing stand by the winning post with a ramp for wheelchair access.
There is also a FREE car parking area suitable for a disabled racegoer in the Course Enclosure between the roadway crossing and the Sports Centre, with a disabled viewing area with wheelchair accessible viewing besides the Course Enclosure Stand.
Toilets accessible to wheelchair users are available in The Prince of Wales Stand, Grandstand/Paddock and Course Enclosures. Please ask racecourse staff for assistance.
A disabled racegoer and an accompanying carer will only be charged for a single admission.
Fakenham Racecourse has a number of grass areas that could present a challenge for persons in wheelchairs. If you would like to discuss accessibility please contact the racecourse in advance of your visit.
For further information please contact 01328 862388.
Dress Code at Fakenham Racecourse
Fakenham Racecource does not have a dress code policy but smart casual attire is recommended. As we race predominatly in winter months we advise you to dress to be warm and comfortable – suitably attired to cope with all weathers. Gentlemen usually wear a suit or a jacket in the members enclosure or any other hospitality areas.
Ladies are encouraged to dress for the weather – we would like to ensure that you are warm and comfortable while you enjoy a spot of racing. There are many grass areas at the Racecourse, so please be cautious with stiletto heels if it is wet.
On Ladies Day we advise to dress for the occasion with suit & a tie for gentlemen and smart dresses for the ladies.
Fakenham Racecourse Site Map
Course Enclosure –
Advance Online Sale £10.00 | On The Day Gate Price £10
Access to Centre Of Course
View of the Bottom end of the parade ring
The Parade Ring Bar & Punjabi Cuisine
Disabled Viewing area
Grandstand & Paddock
Advance Online Sale £15.00 | On The Day Gate Price £18
Access to Grandstand viewing area
View of all of the Parade Ring
Tote and Tote credit facilities
Advance Online Sale £20 | On The Day Gate Price £23
Access to all Areas
Use of Ground Floor Prince of Wales Stand Bar
Firth Restaurant – Must be booked in Advance
Disabled Viewing area
Children 17 and under FREE when accompanied by an adult
If you are new to racing, chances are that you may not be familiar with some of the terminology of racing and you may find the Racing Explained website quite useful.
There you will find some information about the horses, flat and jump racing, betting and a very handy jargon buster too.
Racing Explained Website >> https://www.racingexplained.co.uk
Racing Welfare – Supporting Racing’s Workforce
Racing Welfare is the only charity that supports all people who work in racing – including stud, stable and racecourse staff, alongside those working in associated professions – from their recruitment right through into retirement. The charity provides a wide range of advice and guidance services, all of which are completely confidential and non-judgemental. Support is available for a wide range of life’s challenges, including accidents, mental health, bereavement, career advice, housing, money advice, illness, addiction, relationships and retirement. Racing Welfare’s services are nationally accessible with offices in the main racing centres and roving Welfare Officers covering the whole of the country. Racing’s Support Line, a multi-channel helpline allows people to contact the charity online as well as through a 24hr telephone line.
24hr Support Line 0800 6300 443
Text: 07860 079 043
Online support pages www.support.racingwelfare.co.uk
Photography on Racedays
Section 4.5 – Photographers– All photographers who do not hold an annual press accreditation issued by the RCA must apply to each racecourse for permission to take photographs at one or more of their race meetings, racecourses should provide them with an outline of what will and will not be permissible. This document outlined conditions which should be included in the documentation which is sent to photographers.
Section 4.5a – Amateur Photographers – The RCA terms and conditions of entry restrict entry to racegoers who are unaccredited, amateur photographers. To help racecourses apply this rule in practice the RCA has produced a disclaimer form for amateur photographers to fill out and sign if they wish to use high-quality photography equipment.
Fakenham Racecourse professional photographer is Adrian Judd and he can be contacted on 07979 334732 or to view all race meeting go to www.leaderboardphotography.com