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A well groomed horse is walked from the stables at Brighton Racecourse.

Venue Etiquette

Attending a race day is a thrilling experience, but it can be quite daunting to understand the correct etiquette and expectations from racegoers.
At Brighton Racecourse we are quite relaxed, however, we do expect our guests to be considerate of all racegoers.
Below is everything you need to know to put your mind at ease and make your day enjoyable.
A man in a union jack suit holds up a bottle of champagne as he is surrounded by his smiling friends dressed in suits.

What should I wear to Brighton races?

There is no strict dress code, although many visitors choose to dress for the occasion and a smart/casual look is often adopted. For example, jeans and tailored shorts are perfectly acceptable, but sports shirts, ripped jeans, casual shorts and flip-flops (as we are a seaside town) are not permitted. We recommend that you dress for the weather and wear something comfortable for a day outdoors.
A group of ladies dressed for the races at Brighton Racecourse cheers excitedly.
For the glamorous occasions such as Ladies Day and Gentlemen’s Day, racegoers make an extra effort to dress up. It’s definitely worth the effort to dress to impress if you want to be in with a chance of winning some of the fantastic prizes for best outfit!
Most public areas are suitable for any form of footwear; however, please be aware the centre course does have some grassed areas.

Drinking Responsibly

Brighton Racecourse operates a responsible drinking policy, a challenge 25 policy and all staff are trained to the highest standards. Alcohol cannot be brought into the racecourse at any time, and you will be asked to dispose of any alcohol before you are allowed entry to Brighton Racecourse. Security bag searches are in place and alcohol will be confiscated if found.
Alcohol cannot be removed from the site.
Please note complimentary water is available at all bars on site.
For more information on drinking responsibly, visit www.drinkaware.co.uk

Can I bring a picnic to Brighton races?

Picnics are permitted within the designated picnic enclosure but cannot be brought into the Premier, Grandstand or Paddock enclosures. Food will be confiscated if found during the security bag search in these areas.
Please also note that alcohol is not permitted within the picnic area.
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Casually dressed racegoers enjoy the sunshine on the lawn at Brighton Racecourse.

Are children allowed at Brighton races?

Children are allowed in all enclosures including Premier and even better, all under 18s go free when accompanied by an adult. This is the same at all Arena Racing Company racecourses, making it a great value day out.

Should you take photographs at the races?

You are welcome to take photographs during your visit for personal non-commercial use. However, horses are sensitive to flash photography, so we politely request you ensure your flash is switched off.
Please note that professional filming and photography does take place at Brighton Racecourse for various publications and broadcasts. All racegoers consent to being filmed, photographed and otherwise recorded by Brighton Racecourse, or any third party authorised by the Racecourse.
During live music events, the artists management retain all image rights. Anyone deemed to be impeding these rights will be requested to leave.
You cannot take images for commercial purposes without prior permission from the racecourse office.
Full copies of our terms and conditions are available upon request. 

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