The start of June is marked in the calendars of horse racing fans as the time of year where anticipation builds for the first race meets as part of an exciting summer of competition ahead across some of the world’s most iconic racecourses.
From the spectacular hat wearing spectacle of Ladies Day to weekend long race events, several of our inviting hotels are handily placed for a well-earned break away, where you can dress up for a day’s racing before returning to our excellent dining and leisure facilities.
We’ve handpicked some of our enticing destinations where you can explore both rural and city locations alongside taking in a meet or two as part of a memorable summer of cultural and sporting occasions.
Upcoming showpiece events include Royal Ascot, with an extraordinary five days in store starting on Tuesday 14th June with a Royal Procession to height the anticpation and culminating in a £1 million Group 1 Platinum Jubilee Stakes for an unforgettable sprint spectacle.
Featuring other top-tier contests such as King’s Stand Stakes and The Queen Anne Stakes in between fantastic food and drink options on-site, a visit to Ascot Racecourse is a must for horse racing enthusiasts when staying in our hotels nearby.
Stay with us in Botley Park Hotel & Spa, where Goodwood racing can be reached in under an hour’s drive. This historic course near Chichester has witnessed high-quality racing since 1802, when the 3rd Duke of Richmond introduced the sport to the region.
With plentiful bar, dining and private hospitality options, visit here for flagship events including the Qatar Goodwood Festival on 26th - 30th July, where the rolling Sussex countryside is a summer season highlight also known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’.
Haydock Park Racecourse
Race events are already underway for the season at Haydock, Merseyside, and our Kilhey Court Hotel & Spa with its pleasant grounds viewable from a stained-glass conservatory while enjoying lunch, dinner or Afternoon Tea is perfect as base for race days.
Situated only 25 minutes’ drive away from the site, enjoy swift access to upcoming evening race meets plus the venue’s headline summer events in the Old Newton Cup Festival between 30th June - 2nd July.
The festival involves three of racing and attracts some of the finest horses in the country, representing a great opportunity to come together with friends and family either on the calmer Thursday session or the lively weekend slots.
Established in 1529 as oldest racecourse in the world, enjoying a day at the races in Chester is a much-loved pastime for locals and visitors alike.
Our New Blossoms Hotel places you right at the heart of the city’s historic city centre, ensuring you can get to the racecourse on foot in just 10 minutes, while Craxton Wood Hotel & Spa is another option just a 20-minute drive away.
With tickets now on sale for the 2022 season, don’t miss the opportunity to attend the likes of Chester’s favourite family day out with Family Funday on 31st July, where a day’s racing occurs alongside a transformed Open Course hosting a series of free activities for children and families.
This five-star visitor attraction located six miles outside Edinburgh and a half hour drive away from our gloriously secluded Houstoun House Hotel is regarded as Scotland’s stylish, flagship racecourse where fine dining and stellar racing combine for an unforgettable day out.
A packed flat and jump racing fixture list for the summer spans 27 race days of weekend, midweek and evening session, so no matter when you decide to stay with us, there will likely be a race to attend during your getaway.
Standout dates include The Bernard Hunter Friday Night at the Races on 29th July, where late afternoon flat racing and plenty of entertainment provides a feelgood end of week event.