Newbury Racecourse is one of the UK’s top racecourses. It boasts a traditional heritage and modern style. Particularly noticeable since completion of the £50m redevelopment in 2019. Not only does Newbury demonstrate the finest horse racing but also the range of diversity when holding outdoor events.
With over 225 acres of outdoor grounds, the world is your oyster as they say, with tarmac areas, woodland, the track, lawns, the Parade Ring and even the car park. All these areas are ready to accommodate exciting events.
With the current climate, outdoor areas and events will be the first to return within the events industry. Newbury Racecourse has created specific and precise procedures ensuring they have the capability to hold safe and successful events.
The expansive space on offer is perfect for implementing effective social distancing and one-way systems. As well as having plenty of space it has increased hygiene measures in line with current guidelines.
During 2020 we introduced new and innovative entertainment solutions. In partnership with Car Park Party, we hosted an American-style drive through in the Centre of the Course where the public can watch live Karaoke, Comedy and Theatre all from the comfort of their own cars adhering to the social distancing measures.
This event was unique at the time and was successfully adapted for the current circumstances.
Also, on the 4th July Newbury launched the Pub In The Paddock. Newbury Racecourse’s new pop-up beer garden experience. Complying with social distancing rules and current government guidelines, the racecourse put in place an offering allowing the public to reserve outdoor seating for up to 6. Guests enjoyed live sport including the Epsom Derby and selected Premier League Football matches on the big screen. After proving to be such a successful and popular event for the local community, this continued till September 12th.
In the past, the outdoor space has been used for various corporate and social events. Everything from the excitement of outdoor cinemas and colour paint obstacle courses, to large family fun days including funfairs and glamping in the Centre of the Course… and even blockbuster action films! We like to think we can cater to all requests; we are a flexible venue that is open to all the wonderful and wild events out there.
In these unusual, changing times, it is important to stay versatile as a venue. We are more than ready to assist with the many, and varied requests we receive. Being safe, secure and aligned with government guidelines is one of our main focuses.
“After joining the racecourse nearly 2 years ago, I am proud to be representing a strong event space, that has been evolving for the past 5 years. Continuous onsite investments have produced an outstanding and safe environment capable of delivering the most extravagant events but also the traditional ones. Our surroundings will not disappoint you. The racecourse is steeped in history, protected by modern technology and infrastructure, and immersed in a sustainable green environment. It’s a pleasure to represent such a brand. I am proud that even in the current crisis, we have been able to support the local community and those less fortunate.”Elena Gurgul | Head of Sales (Conference & Events) | Newbury Racecourse
The team is ready to answer questions. We can provide recommendations and reassurance or help with exploring ideas of your forthcoming events. Watch this space for more exciting events coming to the community this year and next at Newbury Racecourse.
Because we are more than just a racecourse…
For more information on outdoor events, contact a member of the team now.