Newbury, UK

Getting there

Newbury is in the Royal County of Berkshire, about 1 hour’s drive from London Heathrow airport. Very accessible and a short distance to the course once you turn off the M4.

Newbury racecourse is also served by the main line train, from London Paddington, please visit: https://www.thetrainline.com/ for details.

It is of course adjacent to the major training centre of Lambourn.

Accommodation/Eating & drinking

Down the years, Newbury racecourse has enjoyed significant investment and there is now a hotel on the racecourse lands: https://www.thelodgenewbury.co.uk/ However early booking recommended, it only has 36 bedrooms.

Newbury the town is a very appealing one, set on the banks of the River Kennett, it is also on the edge of the Berkshire Downs, classified as an area of natural beauty. There is a mix of 17th & 18th listed buildings which appeal to the eye.

Newbury itself is well-served by hotels. I cannot recommend one in Newbury personally, as the last time I was there, I stayed in the historic Bear at Hungerford: https://www.greenekinginns.co.uk/hotels/bear-hotel-hungerford/ Excellent food including a great breakfast.

There are a couple of great bars for eating and drinking in Eat & West Isley, on the outskirts of Newbury, if you want a leisurely, comfortable haunt after racing.

Newbury town offers a wide choice of dining options too.

Racecourse

Highly accessible (as above). Newbury is a premier track, offering flat and National Hunt. The feature flat races each season include: the Greenham (April), the Lockinge (mid-May) and Geoffrey Freer in August, as well as the Super Sprint in July.

Of course the highlight of their National Hunt Calendar, is the Hennessy Gold Cup at the end of November.

Newbury has always been a fabulous facility, plenty of bars and choice of food/snacks. Please see here for details of hospitality: https://newburyracecourse.co.uk/

The Premier enclosure requires a certain standard of dress, a collar is required for Gentlemen, although a tie is no longer required. For the Grandstand enclosure, there is a lot more flexibility, even fancy dress for those so inclined.

General vibe

In the Premier enclosure, it is fair to say that everyone makes an effort and presents their best self, so as dressy as you like.

For the November Hennessy meeting, it still attracts a contingent of the highly affluent upper-class/titled types. A feature of the Winter social calendar if you like!

Summary

I don’t think you would ever have a bad day at Newbury, such is the high standard it operates at. Great racing guaranteed. There is also a series of evening concerts after racing during the summer months, everything from Boyzone in years past, to the Pussycat Dolls scheduled for August 2020.

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