Towcester - British Racecourse
Jump racing and Greyhounds share the limelight.
About Towcester Racecourse:
The racecourse dates back to 1876 when Her Imperial Majesty, Elizabeth the Empress of Austria, stayed at Easton Neston. The Empress was a keen rider and passionate about hunting, and enjoyed days out with the Duke of Grafton’s foxhounds. When she arrived at Easton Neston, a steeplechase meeting was held in her honour, which so delighted the Empress that she decided to establish a race meeting of her own to be held on Easter Monday in 1876. A course was laid out in Easton Neston Park, and the day proved such a success that it was decided to hold a race meeting every year at Towcester on Easter Monday. The owner of Easton Neston, Sir Thomas Fermor-Hesketh, formed a committee made up of local landowners and farmers to manage the fixture. In 1928, the first Lord Hesketh formed the present company, and established the racecourse under National Hunt Rules. Towcester Racecourse has remained in the ownership of the Fermor-Hesketh family ever since. Set in beautiful parklands overlooking the rolling Northamptonshire countryside, Towcester Racecourse and Conference Centre is one of the most picturesque racing venues in the country. Towcester Racecourse hosts an action packed Jump season from October to May. It is the only racecourse which offers free racing for most of its fixtures. In December 2014 greyhound racing was introduced to Towcester. Currently, all greyhound and horse racing meetings offer free admission, with the exception of the horse racing meeting on Boxing Day. This meeting will have an admission charge of £10.00pp for anyone 16 or over.
Right-handed, with last mile uphill. It can be very testing. A Circuit of 1m 6f.
Getting there, directions and parking:
Train & Bus - The nearest train and bus stations are Milton Keynes (11 miles) and Northampton (11 miles).
Parking - There is no charge for car parking. There is plenty of on-site parking, car parking marshals will direct you on arrival.
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Places to stay nearby:
The Old Barn at The Old Mint House (0.7 miles)
21 Park Street, Towcester NN12 6DQ
Tel: 01327 351359
Premier Inn Silverstone (3.6 miles)
Brackley Hatch, Syresham, Silverstone NN13 5TX
Tel: 0871 527 8976
The Folly Inn (0.2 miles)
London Road, Towcester, Towcester NN12 6LB
Tel: 01327 354031
The Stables (0.3 miles)
1 London Road, NN12 6AJ, Towcester
Tel: 01327 351445