Plumpton Racecourse

Address:
Plumpton, East Sussex, BN7 3AL - Map & Directions
Telephone:
01273 891550

Located in East Sussex not far from Lewes and Brighton, Plumpton racecourse is one of the smallest National Hunt tracks in the UK. Early popularity and success of the track saw the steeplechase course extended in 1892, as well as mass improvements to the public facilities. In 1901 the popular South Downs Hunt race was moved to Plumpton, which attracted more local people and made the site significantly more profitable. The first meeting at Plumpton was held on 11th February 1884 and was won by a horse called Cowslip, whilst it is also the track where Tony McCoy rode his 3000th winner in February 2008.

Since its conception, Plumpton racecourse has undergone consistent development, particularly since 1946, including the building of two new grandstands. Lying adjacent to Plumpton railways station, the track is incredibly accessible for all visitors, with the station served regularly by frequent services from London Victoria and Lewes, with extra trains available on race days. Those travelling by car are advised to travel by either the M23/A23, or the A27, all of which offer good access. Recommended routes are signposted by yellow AA signage once off the motorway.

Ticket Prices

As well as access to the racecourse, entry fee enables all customers to get their hands on a full colour race programme free of charge, as well as free access to the on site car park. Access to the grandstand and paddock areas of the course is priced at just £14 in advance, although this price is increased for those who choose to pay on the day. Senior visitors are offered on the day discount, whilst those under the age of 18 are allowed entry to the course free of charge when accompanied by a full paying adult, although some identification may be required. As well as single entry prices, Plumpton racecourse also offers a membership deal which allows access to every event, with a single membership starting from just £170, whilst a double membership is heavily discounted at £310, offering fantastic value over the course of the season.

The Course

Exclusively a National Hunt track, the course at Plumpton is run left-handed over a severely undulating and sharp terrain, measuring 1m1f in circumference. The steeplechase course contains just six fences, including an open ditch. There is an obvious downhill run in on the back straight, with several gradual climbs and undulations spread out across the remainder of the course. Statistics suggest that course specialists and front-runners tend to be the most successful. The hurdles course features five flights, with the home straight tending to suit quite nippy and agile types due to two quick hurdles after the home straight prior to a relatively short run in.

Major Meetings at Plumpton

There are 16 annual race meetings at Plumpton during the season between September and May. Their most prestigious race is the Sussex Grand National, which is regularly shown on television and is a stiff test, run over a distance of 3m5f. A lot of winners during Plumpton’s January and February meetings go on to feature in major races at the Spring Festivals at Cheltenham and Aintree.

Dining and Hospitality

In terms of dining, visitors to Plumpton racecourse are welcome to eat in the Paddock Restaurant and marquee, with the menu starting from as little as £42 per person. Private suites are available in three separate price bands, with gold valued at £80 + VAT per person and platinum available for £95 + VAT per person. A winter warmer package is also available, starting from just £45 + VAT per person. As well as these options, visitors are welcome to attend race days in the incredibly well furnished Director’s Box, with prices starting at just £90 + VAT per person for a minimum of 20 people.

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