What you need to know about Worcester


Is there a dress code?

There is no strict dress code at Worcester Racecourse , racegoers are encouraged to dress to the theme of feature racedays.

Do I have to book tickets in advance?

Advance booking is recommended for our feature racedays but tickets can be purchased on the day of the fixture. Pukka Packages and Hospitality Packages packages do require advance booking.

Do children need tickets/have to pay?

Accompanied under 18's are admitted FREE of charge to both the Centre Course Enclosure and County Enclosure. For restaurant prices please call us on 01905 25364

Can I bring food & drink into the Racecourse?

You are welcome to bring a picnic, or your own food and drink into the Centre Course Enclosure. Food and drink cannot be brought into the County Enclosure, bag searches are in operation at the Racecourse and if any outside food and drink is found we reserve the right to ask you to dispose of the food/drink, or consume it in the Centre Course before entry into the County Enclosure.

What time do gates open on a race day?

Gates open two hours prior to the first race. Please check the fixture of your choice for the latest times and information.

Are dogs permitted on the racecourse?

Racegoers are not permitted to bring dogs onto the racecourse at any time during a raceday, with the exception of guide dogs for the blind and hearing/assistance dogs. During hot weather, Police and RSPCA officials reserve the right to force entry into any vehicle to release an animal if suffering. Your co-operation for the safety of the horses and jockeys, and the welfare of dogs is much appreciated.

Do I have to pay for parking?

No, ample free parking is available in the centre of the course.

If you're looking for a winner in the paddock then a few things to watch out for might include:

  • A sleek and shiny coat: that's normally an indication of a horse's wellbeing.
  • A swagger or elegance; even at the parade ring, a horse's athleticism is evident.
  • A relaxed horse is one that is not wasting nervous energy before the race, so if a horse is sweating or uneasy in the paddock, that's not usually a good sign.
  • Well-toned muscle and just a hint of rib showing is a sign that the horse is in peak physical condition; as with most human runners, sprinters tends to carry a little more muscle (and have quite big backsides!) compared to a horse that runs over longer distances, so bear that in mind.

May I take photographs?

At all meetings we ask you to ensure that no flash photography takes place near the horses. Otherwise you are welcome to take photographs for personal non-commercial use only. During live music and entertainment, the artists' management retain all image rights. Any photographer that is felt to be impeding or contravening these rights without accreditation and prior written consent will be requested to leave and escorted from the premises. You cannot take images for commercial purposes without prior permission from the racecourse office and provision of press accreditation.

Note: Professional filming and photography takes place here at Worcester for various publications and broadcasting and race goers (including families) consent to being filmed, photographed and otherwise recorded by Worcester Racecourse or any third party authorised by Worcester Racecourse. You grant Worcester Racecourse and any third party authorised by Worcester Racecourse the right to broadcast, publish, licence and use any photographs, film, recordings or images of you without payment or other compensation in any promotional literature produced by Worcester Racecourse. Full copies of our Terms & Conditions are available upon request.