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Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Published on: 20/11/2016

Great Yarmouth Racecourse is located in the historical coastal town of the same name in Norfolk. The racecourse hosts flat racing on its left-handed narrow track over a distance of one mile and five furlongs. It has two long straights of five furlongs and an extended stretch to the finishing post. Up to 25 fixtures are organised every year between March and October. The highlight of the year is the Listed John Musker Fillies’ Stakes which takes place in September.

Great Yarmouth has enjoyed horse racing since the 1800s. In 1715, a group of local innkeepers leased a piece land from the Yarmouth Corporation in order to stage horse races. As a result, the regions first official racecourse was created. The venue was constructed in 1810 on the South Denes and was initially used by soldiers, stationed at the local barracks, to race their horses. Every year, a two-day summer race meeting was scheduled and in 1819, following Nelson’s victory at Trafalgar, a monument was erected on the site.

By 1904, the local authorities had taken control of the establishment and in 1921, the racecourse was relocated to its current site on the North Denes to provide extra space for the expanding fishing industry. Two of the original grandstands survived the move and are still being used today. Great Yarmouth Racecourse has enjoyed continual horse racing activity throughout the years with only a brief pause during World War II. More recently, the track was purchased by a company called the Northern Racing Group. The venture benefitted the facility significantly and many improvements were made such as the installation of a new grandstand - named after Lord Nelson - in 2004.

Great Yarmouth Racecourse welcomes some of the top runners from the Newmarket Training Centre. First-class trainers Michael Bell, Mark Tompkins and Sir Michael Stoute have frequented the establishment over the years, as have talented jockeys such as Ryan Moore and Jamie Spencer. During the summer months, Great Yarmouth Racecourse hosts events such as the Rhythm and Rock Nights, Ladies Night and Bank Holiday Family Fun Day. April includes Easter Family Fun Day and September features the Eastern Festival and Ladies Day. Ticket prices vary depending on events and enclosures but children aged 16 years and under can enter free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

Various bars, restaurants and betting kiosks can be found at the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure which also offer access to the Parade Ring. The Premier Enclosure tickets provide access to the Lord Nelson Grandstand and the Premier Enclosure Lawn & Stand where spectacular views of the track and the sea beyond can be enjoyed.

The on-site bars include the Victory Bar, the Buttery Bar and the Vice Admiral Bar, while dining is available at the Trafalgar and FishBox restaurants. There is also a family Tea Room and many fast food outlets.

Published on: 20/11/2016 © Bet Bind
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