Fontwell Park - British Racecourse
A rare ‘figure of eight’ racecourse.
About Fontwell Park Racecourse:
In 1924 Alfred Day obtained a licence from the Jockey Club to create a racecourse at Fontwell. The hurdles track was a conventional oval shape, but the steeplechase course was designed as a figure of eight to make best use of the limited space available. The unusual shape of the steeplechase track with its twists and turns does not suit all horses, but others thrive on it as there is always something new coming into view up ahead. It is the only figure of eight jumps track left in the country. Around 1970 it was rumoured that Goodwood might buy the course, but instead it was snapped up by Isidore Kerman, a top London divorce solicitor who already owned Plumpton racecourse. He died in 1998 and his son Andy became the chairman until deciding to sell in 2002 to Northern Racing, who currently own or manage nine courses. There are now over 20 race meetings a year. Children under 17 are admitted free of charge to all race meetings when accompanied by a paying adult.
Course Details: Left-handed hurdle course. Figure-of-eight chase course does not suit long-striding gallopers. Ground can be testing. Circuit 1m.
Getting there, directions and parking:
Driving - Use the postcode BN18 0SY for the main free car park and turnstiles area.
The postcode BN18 0SX will take you to the centre course car park where there is usually a £5 charge to park.
Train – Barnham Station is on a direct line with London Victoria, Brighton and Portsmouth.
Bus - On every race day, there is a free shuttle bus in operation that runs from Barnham train station. The bus will commence service from 30 minutes before gates open, and will continue until the 3rd race (normally 3 ½ hours after gates open). Return shuttle will commence after the 4th race, and will continue until an hour after the last race. Pick up point is from the bus stop outside Barnham station, opposite the Co-Op.
Parking – Main car park is free.
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Places to stay nearby:
Premier Inn Bognor Regis Hotel (3.3 miles)
Shripney Road, Bognor Regis PO22 9PA, England
Tel: 0871 527 8114
The Swan Hotel (4.3 miles)
27-29 High Street, Arundel BN18 9AG, England
Tel: 01903 882314
The Spur (1.7 miles)
Slindon, Arundel, England, BN18 0NE
Tel: 01243 814 216
Prince of Wales (1.9 miles)
Lidsey Rd, Woodgate, Chichester PO20 3ST
Tel: 01243 543247