Great Yarmouth Racecourse

Address:
The Racecourse, Jellicoe Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, NR30 4AU - Map & Directions
Telephone:
01493 842527

Located just one mile north of Great Yarmouth town centre, the racecourse has been in use since 1715, when race meetings used to coincide with the annual county fair where events such as donkey racing and pig chasing also took place. Over 100 years later in 1819, the racing calendar began to take Great Yarmouth seriously and started recording races officially, with thoroughbred races and proper prize money.

Racing at Great Yarmouth was always just a two-day fixture before new meetings were added in 1866 and there are now up to 20 flat race meetings each year between March and October. In 1904 the local authority took up ownership of the track and funded improvements that the council would have been unable to, including the installation of an additional grandstand. They remain minority shareholders to this day, however Arena Racing Company (formerly Northern Racing) owns the majority of the site, as well as other tracks including Southwell, Newcastle and Doncaster.

The racecourse can be accessed via either the A47 or A12 depending on where visitors are travelling from, with yellow AA road signs directing the way from Great Yarmouth. Great Yarmouth station is just one mile from the course and easily within walking distance, with regular services from Norwich. Buses and taxis are available to those who would prefer this option.

Ticket Prices

Entry to the Grandstand and Paddock at Great Yarmouth is priced at just £15, with Premier access available for as little as £22. Under-18s are permitted entry free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult, contributing to a very reasonable family day out.

The Course

Shaped rather like a narrow oblong, the course at Great Yarmouth is 1m5f in length and is run left-handed. A course exclusively for thoroughbred racing, the track has no undulations and is relatively even the whole way round. The 5f home straight is joined at the home turn by a 3½f chute which is used during sprint races up to one mile long and races of that nature tend to give a statistical advantage to higher drawn horses, although in general the course has no major bias.

Major Meetings at Great Yarmouth

The most valuable race of the season at Great Yarmouth is the John Musker Fillies’ Stakes, with a prize purse of £40,000. The one and a quarter mile race was established in 1993 and is run every September. Previous winners at Great Yarmouth include Ouija Board, who went on to win the English and Irish Oaks, before doing well at the Breeder’s Cup in the USA. Similarly, Wilk, Raven’s Pass and Donativum have all won at Great Yarmouth on their way to Breeder’s Cup success.

Dining and Hospitality

Hospitality packages at Great Yarmouth are designed to cater for up to 200 guests and come in four separate price bands – bronze, silver, gold and platinum. The prices for these packages start at £62.50 per head and can go as high as £95 each. The hospitality areas at Yarmouth are also available throughout the year on non-race days, to host business conferences, parties or weddings, with prices for these obtainable via contact with the racecourse.

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