Frequently Asked Questions
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A: Hopefully all the information to plan your day at the races is available on this website, or you can contact us to find out more. You can book your admission tickets online by Wednesday at midday before each Monday meeting, or Tuesday at midday before each Sunday meeting. This allows us time to post your tickets to you. Alternatively you can buy tickets at the turnstiles on the day, however, there are savings to be made by booking in advance.
A: Buying in advance is cheaper as you get a special advance discount and it saves you time queuing on the day.
A: Please click here for directions about how to find us.
A: Our website closes for ticket sales up to 5 days (Wednesday 12pm) before a race meeting. This enables us to process all bookings and ensure the tickets are sent out to you in time for the race meeting.
If you have purchased a Grandstand & Paddock ticket, this will allow access to all areas of the racecourse. Holders of a Grandstand & Paddock ticket can move freely over to the Picnic Enclosure (Centre Course) at the track crossing points. The Picnic Enclosure ticket will not enable you to cross over to the Grandstand side of the track but still offers great views of the racing, together with betting and catering facilities, bar, picnic tables and toilets. If you wish, you can pay to upgrade on the day to the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure at the track crossing point. Picnic Enclosure tickets are only available on weekend and Easter racedays.
A: Plumpton stages races under the National Hunt code, which requires the horses to negotiate jumps. There are two types of jumps race; steeplechases, with four foot six inch high fences, and hurdles races, with smaller, three foot six inch high obstacles. Races at Plumpton are run from distances as short as about 2 miles, up to 3.5 miles. A day’s racing at Plumpton will involve a mix of hurdle and steeplechases over varying distances. At some race meetings, the last race may be a National Hunt flat race, known as a ‘bumper’, which is a race involving no obstacles, intended to provide future jumpers with racecourse experience.
A: Plumpton generally stages 6 or 7 race cards, although, occasionally, if there is a wealth of entries for a particular race, the race is split into two divisions, increasing the number of scheduled races. In these circumstances, the race times are subject to alteration.
A: We have plenty of free parking in the centre of the course, access to this area is via the railway crossing entrance. Please note that you can only leave the racecourse in between races when no horses are in the parade ring or on the track. If you prefer to park on hard standing, please use the entrance to the south (not the railway crossing gate) and follow signs for car park.
A: Yes. This is located in the Southdown bar, in the Southdown Stand.
A: Dogs are welcome into the centre of the course but must be on a lead and under control at all times. Please do not leave dogs unattended in your car. With the exception of guide dogs, no dogs are permitted on the Grandstand side of the course.
A: There is no formal dress code at Plumpton Racecourse. As we race primarily through the winter months, we are used to racing in all conditions and recommend you check the weather forecast to ensure you are appropriately dressed. However, if you are dining in the Paddock or Marquee restaurant, the dress code is Smart/Casual and smart jeans are permitted.
A: Paddock Restaurant – Located on the First Floor of the Sussex Stand, the Paddock Restaurant offers panoramic views of the parade ring, winning post and racetrack from the private balcony. From £48 per person you have your table for the whole day, a welcome drink and a delicious three course lunch. Dress code, Smart/Casual.
Advance booking recommended.
Paddock Bar – The premier bar has views over the parade ring and serves a range of sandwiches, vegetarian and meat pies and light refreshments.
Location: Ground Floor of Sussex Stand.
Southdown Bar – Popular bar serving a range of sandwiches, vegetarian and meat pies and light refreshments. Located next to the Betfred betting shop.
Location: -Ground Floor of Southdown Stand.
Chasers Bar – A spacious bar with big screen, draught and bottled Hepworth’s Sussex Ales, tote betting facilities, seating and features The Plumpton Pantry –offering vegetarian and meat pies and light refreshments.
Location: -Ground Floor of Lewes Stand.
Mobile Food Concessions – Featuring a good range of quality take away options including pie and chips, and premium burgers.
Location: Outside the Southdown Stand.
A: If you intend to bring your own food and drink, including alcohol, into the Racecourse, it must be brought into the Picnic (Centre Course) Enclosure and consumed in this area. Only food and drink purchased at the course can be consumed on the Grandstand side of the track.
A: There is seating throughout the site including picnic benches and park benches together with three bars on the Grandstand side of the course. The Centre Course bar is also open at weekend and Easter meetings. There is limited seating on the top floor of the Sussex Grandstand with spectacular views of the course.
A: Racegoers are permitted to take photographs for their own personal use in public areas of the racecourse but are not permitted to use them for commercial purposes without permission from the racecourse and provision of press accreditation.
A: We are lucky enough to be in the heart of the Sussex countryside and are surrounded by beautiful places to visit. We have partnerships with local accommodation providers who offer discounted rates to our racegoers:
East Sussex National Resort and Spa http://www.eastsussexnational.co.uk/
Buxted Park Hotel www.handpickedhotels.co.uk/hotels/buxted-park/ telephone 0845 072 7412. Please contact them both directly for rates and availability.
Please consult www.staylewes.info and www.visitbrighton.com for alternative accommodation options in the area.
A: Plumpton makes every effort to cater for racegoers with accessible needs. Clearly designated parking areas are provided in both the centre course and rear car park. We also have accessible toilets, dedicated raised viewing areas and step-free access to bars. A ‘Stannah type’ stair lift is fitted to the rear steps of the Sussex Grandstand to gain access to the 1st floor of the grandstand and Paddock Restaurant. Another stair lift is available on the South Down Grandstand.
Free Carer’s Admission
Whilst the normal admission price applies to all racegoers, those requiring assistance from a qualified carer are able to request a FREE admission pass for their carer. Official identification must be shown at the entrance.
There are a number of local taxi providers who offer wheelchair accessible transportation. These do require pre-booking:
Ace Taxis, Burgess Hill – 01444 848484
Lewes Taxis, Lewes – 01273 483232
City Cabs, Brighton Station – 01273 205205
Streamline Taxis, Brighton and Hove– 01273 202020
Southern Railways operate the train line between London Victoria and Hastings/Eastbourne which stops at Plumpton. If you require assistance, you will need to pre-book this by contacting Southern Assisted Travel on 0800 1381016. For more information, please visit www.southernrailway.com
Support and Advice
We can provide a large print list of runners and riders on request from the racecourse office.
We offer a free familiarisation visit on a non-racing day to carers organising a day’s racing for the first time.
If you feel you require additional help and support please contact our customer services team on 01273 890383.