Bangor Races

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Celebrating its 150 year anniversary, Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse is renowned for being one of the most picturesque racecourses in the UK. Set within the beautiful countryside on the banks of the River Dee, near Wrexham in Wales, grass banks provide the viewing platforms rather than a grandstand and the triangular track provides sharp turns and long straights which favour horses with good stamina and make for exciting viewing. Bangor-on Dee is a left handed National Hunt course and Bangor races is a popular fixture in the National Hunt calendar.

Free Racing Tips While the setting is certainly one of rural splendour, Bangor Racecourse is easily access via the major road networks, just 5minutes from the A483 which links Swansea with Chester, and 10 minutes from Wrexham, the largest town in north Wales.

A complimentary bus service from Wrexham General Station will ferry passengers direct to the course.

The village of Bangor-on-Dee itself has historical significance relating to an ancient monastery, immortalised in poem by Sir Walter Scott and music by Beethoven.

The Local pubs are worth a visit and there are many outdoor activities associated with the river for those horseracing enthusiasts who have some time spend in the area.

From the first race at Bangor-on Dee in February 1859 to the present day, the Bangor races course has attracted all the greatest jump jockeys and the unique environment of the natural amphitheatre created by the grass bank viewing areas has attracted race goers from far and wide who are keen to sample the unique appeal of this famous course. 15 fixtures throughout the year provide racing for all seasons and the permanent facilities at the course offer all the comforts and hospitality expected from any top race course in the country.

The race day hospitality on offer can be tailored specifically for any group or individual requirements and will incorporate an elegant and enjoyable backdrop to the rural setting and thrill of the jump racing. A marquee or chalet can be booked and specific seating plans organised.

Mobile betting services and a tipster for the day can also be supplied and these can certainly add to the sense of occasion for any private hospitality package.

For the ultimate in race day fine dining there is Heathcotes at Bangor-on-Dees, an award winning restaurant facility which offers first class service, wonderful menus and an extensive wine and champagne list, ideal for toasting your successes at Bangor Races.
Bangor Races, inside rail

Hospitality at the Races probably isn’t as expensive as you think! There's nothing nicer than being waited on royally during your day at the races!

While there is no grandstand race viewing, the two enclosures at Bangor races offer plenty of race viewing action from the natural banks at the course. The Paddock Enclosure offers panoramic views over the entire course in addition to viewing the horses in the pre-parade ring, the parade ring itself, and the winners’ enclosure. Two superb restaurants, the Paddock and Wynnstay combine with private hospitality suites to present a variety of options for race goers. There are also three public bars and a selection of snack outlets. Personal stocks of alcohol, drinks or food are not permitted in the Paddock Enclosure.

The Course Enclosure offers a more informal and fun day out experience for race lovers. All the facilities are there for drinks, food and bets and people can bring a picnic or have a barbeque.

There are also designated areas in which people can erect their own gazebos for a charge per gazebo. Admission costs to the Paddock Enclosure are cheaper when booked in advance. A race card voucher is included in the price.

Special rates apply for group bookings of 20 or more. Children 15 and under can attend the races for free and there is ample free parking for cars and coaches.

While the 15 race days throughout the year offer ample opportunities to sample the best of jump racing in a wonderful environment, Bangor races also provides the perfect backdrop to any special event, whether a wedding, social function, corporate dinner, or charity event. Outstanding catering and hospitality is provided by Heathcotes at Bangor-on-Dees, the premier residential catering management experts.

In 2006 Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse incorporated point-to-point races into the calendar too, involving local hunts and amateurs in what is an exciting aspect of steeple chasing. Point-to-point racing also offers the opportunity to take in a fun race day. Racing fans also appreciate the connection with Chester Racecourse, an association established in 2002. Chester Racecourse is just half an hour away from Bangor-on-Dee and shares much of the hospitality as offered by Heathcotes. The racing at Chester also complements the national hunt fixtures of Bangor perfectly with some first class flat racing during the summer months.

Chester racecourse contains an accommodation option which is ideal for horse racing enthusiasts. The Holiday Inn Express is situated within the grounds of the racecourse itself and within easy walking distance to the centre of Chester. Further accommodation options are available in and around Bangor-on-Dee too, including bed and breakfast guest houses, country cottages, hotels, and traditional coaching inns.

The beauty of attending Bangor races is undoubtedly the setting, which has long played host to some superb racing. Easy access means day trips from other areas in Wales and the North East of England are commonplace while the stunning natural surrounds make for a beautiful family holiday location, made all the more special by incorporating a race day where children go free into family activities.