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Horses prepare for a race at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

Venue Etiquette


All you need to know

Although traditional here at Uttoxeter Racecourse we are quite relaxed, there are no strict rules on dress codes, but we do expect our guests to be considerate of other racegoers. Here’s everything you need to know to make your day enjoyable from what to wear to our drinking policy, children and picnics or bringing your dog to taking photographs. 


What to wear

There is no strict dress code although many visitors choose to dress for the occasion and a smart casual look is often adopted. Jeans and tailored shorts are perfectly acceptable, but sports shirts, ripped jeans, casual shorts and white trainers are not permitted. We recommend that you dress for the weather and wear something comfortable for a day outdoors.

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 or best hat!

Most public areas are suitable for any form of footwear, however the Centre Course has some grassed areas.

A women in sunglasses beams at her friend at Uttoxeter Racecourse.


Drinking responsibly

Uttoxeter Racecourse operates a responsible drinking policy and all staff are trained to the highest standards.

Alcohol cannot be brought into the racecourse at any time. You will be asked to dispose of any alcohol before you are allowed entry to Uttoxeter Racecourse. Security bag searches are in place on racedays and alcohol will be confiscated should it be found.

For the comfort of our guests, beverages are not permitted in the Premier viewing enclosure. 

Uttoxeter Racecourse operates a challenge 25 policy, so if you look younger than this you will be asked to present proof of age. A driving license or passport are acceptable.

Complimentary water is available at all bars.

Alcohol can also not be removed from the site.



Picnics can only be permitted in the Centre Course enclosure, however alcohol is not permitted. We do have food outlets in the Centre course so you won’t go hungry if you have not prepared any food.

Food cannot be brought into the Premier and Grandstand & Paddock enclosures and will be confiscated if found during the security bag search.


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 ARC racecourses, making it a great value day out.

During Family Fun Days there will also be children's entertainment in the Centre Course.

Taking photos

Horses are sensitive to flash photography and this may cause them some distress, so please make sure that your flash is turned off near the horses. Otherwise, you are welcome to take photographs for personal non-commercial use. During live music and entertainment, the artists management retain all image rights. Any photographer that is seen 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 Uttoxeter for various publications and broadcasting and racegoers (including families) consent to being filmed, photographed and otherwise recorded by Uttoxeter Racecourse or any other third party authorised by the Racecourse. You grant Uttoxeter Racecourse and any authorised third party 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 Uttoxeter Racecourse. Full copies of our Terms & Conditions are available upon request. 


Chairs & Seating

We allow blankets and fold up chairs on the grass bank passed the Ffinal Furlong Marquee in our Grandstand and Paddock area and in the Centre Course enclosure only.

For all other areas, if you have a need to bring a fold away chair due to a specific medical requirement, please contact our Office on info@uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk

Two gentlemen dressed for the races enjoy a drink and pose for the camera at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
A smartly dressed family pose for a picture at Uttoxeter Racecourse.
Two young girls smile for the camera as they enjoy a picnic with their family at Uttoxeter Racecourse.

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