FAQ

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FAQ

Which Enclosure should I choose?

Brighton Racecourse has two types of admission ticket, those for the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure and those for the Premier Enclosure.

The Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure gives you access to grandstand seating, the Parade Ring, the Long Bar, Tote Betting facilities, trackside bookmakers, a picnic area and a wide range of food units.

A Premier Enclosure ticket gives you access to all of the above, plus the Premier Bar, Silks Restaurant and the Parade Ring Lawn.

How do I book tickets?

Tickets and admission packages can either be booked online or by calling the Racecourse Office 01273 603580. Although it is not compulsory to book in advance, we do recommend it - you save £5 per ticket and all tickets are sent well in advance along with Racecourse information so all you have to do on the day is have fun!

What are the advantages of booking an all-inclusive package?

We offer a wide range of packages on certain racedays including, Fancy A Flutter Package, Piglets Pie & Pint Offer and Champagne By The Sea. Please see our special offers page or each individual raceday to find out more information.

What discounts do you offer to groups?

Groups of 10 or more can take advantage of our Grandstand & Paddock admission ticket for just £8 per person, or our Premier admission ticket at £13 per person – a saving of £3 per ticket on the advance booking price! These group admission tickets are available to purchase in advance only, online or by telephone.

Is Brighton Racecourse suitable for children and families?

Children under 18 are admitted free, we also provide a variety of entertainment and attractions on certain days to appeal to all ages - from live music to jugglers and face painting to fairground rides.

Do you have baby changing facilities?

We do have baby changing facilities. They are located in both the men’s and women’s toilet in the Grandstand & Paddock enclosure.

Are there facilities for people with disabilities?

Brighton Racecourse aims to provide an accessible environment for all our racegoers, particularly those with disabilities. We provide disabled parking spaces and ramped access to each public Enclosure. Disabled toilets are available in both the Premier and Grandstand & Paddock enclosure although please be advised they are currently fairly small in size.

Is there a dress code?

Brighton Racecourse does not operate a strict dress code and suggests smart/casual wear for both Enclosures. Smart Jeans and trainers are permitted. On our feature Racedays however, racegoers do enjoy dressing smartly for the occasion and many Ladies wear hats - which although is not obligatory is still great fun!

Can I bring my dog to the Racecourse?

With the exception of Guide Dogs for the Blind, dogs are only permitted in the main car park, not the Racecourse and must be kept on leads and secured to the vehicle at all times.

Can I bring a picnic?

Picnics are allowed in the Grandstand & Paddock external areas of the Racecourse but not in the Premier Enclosure.

The picnic car park will be open during the season. The price is £5 per car (Please note: Car park tickets are not included in the price of your admission tickets).

Car park spaces are available on a first come first served basis and there are a limited number available.

Please note that balloons are not allowed on site during a raceday.

Do I have to pay for parking?

There is free parking in the main car park.

Can I bring a coach?

Coach parties are always welcome to Brighton Racecourse and we do offer free trackside parking for all coaches and we offer free entrance to the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure for all coach drivers.

Can I transfer between Enclosures?

You can upgrade your Grandstand & Paddock ticket to gain access to the Premier Enclosure for £5 on the day of racing (subject to availability) at the 'Information Area' located inside the Grandstand & Paddock entrance.

Where can I get food and drink?

Both Enclosures have a wide range of catering facilities and bars offering a variety of hot and cold food including burgers, fish and chips, hot dogs, curries, hog roast, sandwiches, snacks, cakes and beverages.

Is there a cash machine at the Racecourse?

There is a link cash machine located on the ground floor of the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure Hall (on the left hand side close to lift). Please note there is a transaction fee when you use this cash machine.

Is there seating available?

Within the Premier and Grandstand & Paddock Halls, there is plenty of seating especially where the food outlets are located. The Premier lawn and other grass areas also have picnic benches available for you to enjoy a glass of Pimms on a warm summers day! There is also limited seating at the top of the Grandstand for you to view the racing action although most people tend to stand when cheering their horses home!

Does the weather affect the Racing?

There is plenty of space under cover in the case of bad weather.

Very occasionally we may need to abandon a race meeting due to unsafe weather conditions like extreme rain or wind, or heavy fog.

In the event of a race meeting being abandoned after the first race has been run, no refund will be made in respect of admission charges and emergency admission tickets will be invalid.

Where can I obtain more information on Racedays?

The racecard is a useful tool to guide you through your day at the races, with details about each race and other helpful information. Racecards are sold at the Information Area located inside the Grandstand & Paddock entrance.

Alternatively please approach any member of staff who will be happy to assist you.

Photography at the racecourse

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 Brighton for various publications and broadcasting and race goers (including families) consent to being filmed, photographed and otherwise recorded by Brighton Racecourse or any third party authorised by Brighton Racecourse. You grant Brighton Racecourse and any third party authorised by Brighton 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 Brighton Racecourse. Full copies of our Terms & Conditions are available upon request.

What Happens If Racing Is Abandoned?

Very occasionally a race meeting may have to be abandoned because of extreme weather. This is rare and racing can take place under most conditions.

In the event of a race meeting being abandoned after the first race has been run, no refund will be made in respect of admission charges and emergency admission tickets will be invalid.

No refunds will be paid on the race day itself. All badges should be mailed to the Racecourse Office after the race day and refunds will be dealt with via the post.
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