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About Nottingham Racecourse Colwick Park

In the end, it’s all about the horses. There are few days that compare to one at Nottingham Racecourse in Colwick Park– formerly part of the Colwick Hall Estate where racing has been taking place season on season as far back as 1773.

With history books showing races occurring there since the 18th century and then moving to their present site by the 1850s, you can’t help but feel a sense of awe among these fields full of horse lovers looking for fierce competition while still enjoying good company!

Their races are always a fantastic time for all types of people of all ages! They host the best flat racing in Nottingham year from May to October (although things have been slightly different in May 2021), they’ve got beer festivals, Ladies Days and great Family Fun days. There’s something fun at every turn, so feel free to get your tickets today, secure the date and be sure not to miss out!


Find them on the map at, Nottingham Racecourse Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE

The History Of The Nottingham Racecourse Colwick

The Nottingham Racecourse has a lot of history, providing the site for the Sport of Kings. The racecourse dates back to the 19th century and is an important sports location in time where horse racing was first introduced into Europe. Construction on this track began at Colwick Park, formerly part of the Colwick Hall Estate with nearly 300 acres that still stands today as one out many places containing significant historical value throughout England!

This Nottingham Racecourse was a unique place, not just for horse racing. It had hosted numerous different events over the decades including international football matches and boxing fights. In 1965 this landmark became increasingly important to Nottingham as it ensured its future by gaining ownership of their own race track from Jockey Club Holdings Trust thanks to an ongoing lease agreement with them in order to secure the site’s position within England’s sporting landscape permanently and protect what has become one of the country’s most famous courses that are now used across all types of races both at home and abroad.

In 1965 The Nottingham Racecourse secured itself forever when they attained full ownership rights after securing themselves under a long-term contract with Horse Racing Company which allowed them access during every course event while also giving them the opportunity to provide their own.

Up until 1996, Nottingham was a dual purpose racecourse with the jumps track making headlines of its own. In 1971 Stan Mellor became the first National Hunt Jockey to ride 1000 winners on a horse called Ouzoand and in 1995 AP McCoy joined this elite club and put a Nottingham winner on his list of achievements. Shortly after that, it was turned into solely a flat course. The last ever jump race won by an apprentice jockey for trainer Timmy Murphy who went onto win the Grand National later in life!

The reformation of the Nottingham course allowed for two new flat tracks to be created, which helped officials become more creative and innovative with its racing. With a policy that encourages change in flat ground conditions as well as attracting top-tier trainers, it’s easy to see why so many respected horses have been introduced into this prestigious facility over the last 30 years, being one of the UK’s prized venues.

The illustrious history of the Grade 1 Fillies Triple Crown trophy is created and maintained in part by Nottingham Racecourse. The list begins with Oh So Sharp, who was victorious as a maiden at one mile on the flat after which she came back to win it again before winning three consecutive years (1986-1988) running for Sir Henry Cecil among other greats such as Slip Anchor and Oath.

The track’s recent growth has put its mark on modern Derby winners like California Chrome – who won his Maiden race there in 2013 but unfortunately could not repeat that same victory when he tried again on the same date last year – alongside subsequent champions Nyquist (’15), American Pharoah (’16).

The racecourse at Colwick Park was the victim of a cruel twist of fate in 2008 when it hosted two major events, including the Epsom Spring Meeting and Classic Trial. When new facilities were being built for Derby Day, however, they caused conflicts with TV coverage so that the meetings had to be moved elsewhere. In 2014 though this course received accreditation from Racehorse Owners Association which is the type of award given out only after careful inspection of its top-notch quality standards.

Nottingham race course committee members:

   •   Richard Pilkington – Chairman

   •   Councillor Chantal Lee

   •   Councillor Dave Trimble

   •   Brian Grocock

   •   Malcom Wood

   •   Billy Jackson-Stops

   •   Edward Player

   •   Veronica Stephens

   •   Georgina Hale

Hospitality Packages At Nottingham Racecourse

Hospitality Packages At Nottingham Racecourse

The perfect type of package for your day at the races

Get an exclusive racing experience from the best seat in the house, including your table for race day, admission and a choice of two or three-course meals with light afternoon tea.

For booking, enquiries please call on 0115 958 0620 to secure a date at one of the UK’s most prestigious racecourses. Please see timetables for race fixtures.

Nottingham Racecourse’s Flagship Restaurant

Sherwoods Restaurant

Located on the 2nd floor of The Grandstand, Sherwoods Restaurant offers unbeatable views across the racecourse and overlooks the Winning Post. Their premier restaurant with stunning views of the beautiful flat racetrack is one of Jockey Club’s “Diamond Marque” restaurants which represent their very best hospitality they offer for guests at all levels!

Make your day one to remember by dining in the Sherwoods Restaurant, as you enjoy the most stunning views over one of the UK’s most beautiful racecourses. The restaurant menu may change during each meeting depending on what package is chosen but please enquire about this when booking so that you can find out more before coming into town for your visit!

Nottingham Racecourse Restaurant

New Restaurant Package

Enhance your day at the races with the exclusive hospitality offer, available at selected dates this year. Your package will include:

  • a delicious three-course meal
  • tea & coffee during racing hours (11 am – 5 pm)
  • afternoon tea from 3 pm – 5 pm
  • private table for the whole day including drinks service to your table!

For full details please visit the official website page:

Restaurant Packages

Available to book from July onwards (closed in May / June).

The Premier Experience

With Sherwoods Premier Experience, you can create memories with friends and family at a table reserved for the afternoon to evening. Included are:

  • admission into the racecourse
  • access to race day programme which includes all of that day’s events as well as features about the sponsors and what they represent
  • 3-course meal/carvery
  • light Afternoon Tea or cheese plate (evening only)
  • drinks provided by the bar staff served direct to your table
  • TV screens on every wall showing live-action throughout both days while enjoying free betting facilities available across tables so no one misses out!
  • Designated parking


The Classic Experience

If you are looking for a great value package that will make your day at the races even more special, then may you look no further! The Classic Experience is just what you need. This meal and admission combo includes:

  • a premier admission badge to all meetings throughout the week
  • a two-course carvery served on-site.
  • You can also enjoy tea or coffee after lunch with drinks service direct to your table in an exclusive area of the racecourse reserved specifically for this offer – they like their customers happy!
  • A complimentary TV showing all of the day’s racing offers entertainment if there’s nothing going on down below while betting facilities ensure nobody leaves empty-handed.



Nottingham Racecourse is the perfect venue to host your event (and one of the most fantastic racecourses you’ll see by miles), whether it be a birthday or an anniversary. Combine this with the Premier or Classic Experience and you’ll have everything from good food to great racing all in one place!


Nottingham Racecourse, Colwick Park, Nottingham NG2 4BE

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