Various types of horse racing within a 30-40 mile radius of Wolverhampton.
Flat + National Hunt + Arabian + Harness
Features restaurants and a hotel; Facilities for Christmas Parties; Business Meetings; Weddings, Parties & Celebrations; Conferences & Events; Funerals and Wakes.
Tel: 01902 390 000
Flat + National Hunt
Features: Ample Free parking; Dedicated event manager to plan your event and on the day; Audio Visual equipment; Free WiFi; Award winning catering with excellent menu options; Wide choice of flexible spaces, with racecourse views; Formal or informal events; Dressing rooms; Breakout rooms; Dance floor; Cloakroom facilities; Full room dressing packages for weddings, conferences or meetings.
Tel: 01926 405560
Features: Quality racing throughout the year; Set in 110 acres of Staffordshire countryside; Excellent transport links and free parking; First-class hospitality and dining experience; There really is something for everyone with racing hosted on Ladies Day, Music Live and four Family Fun Racedays; The venue is also available to hire for corporate events and conferences, exhibitions and fayres, caravan rallies and outdoor events, plus private parties and banquets.
Tel: 01889 562561 (Option 1)
Features: Severn Restaurant; Private Boxes; The Parade Ring Marquee; Platinum Package; Christmas Parties; Business Meetings; Conferences & Events; Weddings; Parties & Celebrations; Funerals & Wakes.
Grand Stand Road
Tel: 01905 253 64
Features: Celebrate birthdays; Wedding anniversaries; Entertain prospective clients. We have a package to suit most budgets and requirements; The Jubilee Rooms & Restaurant; The Plymouth Box & Carvery; The Clive Pavilion; The Centre Marquee.
Tel: 01584 856221
Features: Special Events; Hospitality packages; Private Box hire.
Dining & Bars: The Chaser Room; The Gallery Restaurant; The Paddock Pavilion; 'Eating on the Hoof'; The Bridge Bar; Champagne Bar; Sadlers Bar; The Chris Rookes; The Falstaff Bar.
Tel: 01789 267949
The Arabian Racing Organisation (ARO) is regulated by the British Horseracing Authority (BHA). The BHA is "the official body which plans and regulates Arabian racing in Great Britain".
Should you attend any of the ARO meetings, you will not notice much difference from conventional racing. The real difference is in the regulations governing breeding, with the obvious emphasis on racing 'Arabian' horses - animals with a specific breeding criteria.
Arabian horse racing is not as prolific as it's conventional cousin, but the experience is the same. Basically, they are horses just racing against each other in an identical way to those which race under conventional rules - it is only the bloodlines that differ.
Currently, ARO events take place between May and October at the following venues: Bath, Brighton, Chelmsford City, Chepstow, Doncaster, Goodwood, Lingfield Park, Newbury, Windsor and Wolverhampton.
If you would like to experience this type of racing, then just attend as you would any non-Arabian meeting. You should visit the ARO website for all the information you need. Enjoy!
Tel: 01635 524 445.
Harness? It's also known as 'trotting'. Essentially, this is where the jockey sits in a 'sulky' (a sort of cradle behind the horse). Again, it is racing, but in this sport the horse must not break into a gallop. This is when it will be disqualified.
Standardbred - the type of horse that can race. "Standardbreds look similar to thoroughbred horses but are tougher and usually have calmer temperaments". This is important as the more aggresive temperament of a thoroughbred horse would make the animal more difficult to control. Quite literally, 'horses for courses'.
Events come in many forms. Sales, trials, racing, etc. Some venues are more popular than others, but the season lasts from April to November, so there is plenty to chose from.
Cannock and Wolverhampton are the nearest venues, but you should visit the official website to see the full programme of events.
For further information, contact the BHRC here:
The British Harness Racing Club
Tel: 01405 766877.
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Contact. If you require further information, then please contact the appropriate racing bodies. All the links you need can be found on this page.