Worcester Racecourse

Worcester Racecourse

Welcome to our official guide to Worcester Racecourse.

We explore this great jump racing racecourse in detail, looking at its history, a guide to the track, the best hotel picks, the full fixtures, travel information, and betting guides.

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Overview of Worcester Racecourse

Part of the Arena Racing Group, Worcester Racecourse is one of the most historic racing grounds in the UK.

Specialising in National Hunt races since the mid-1960s, Worcester offers jump courses throughout the summer – a period usually reserved for flat racing.

Known to locals as Pitchcroft, the Worcester Racecourse is a jewel in the crown of the city that bears its name.

This is a matter of geography. Pitchcroft is unable to operate during the traditional jumping season (in the winter) as it’s based so close to the River Severn. When the banks of this river burst, the course is at risk of flooding. Naturally, the risk becomes considerably more pronounced in the winter and so racing does not take place them.

The track itself is an oval shape, covering 13 furlongs and a decent home straight. Pitchcroft has a stellar reputation among riders and trainers, who often use the course to improve the performance of novice hurdlers as the course is pleasingly flat. This means that every meet at the venue boasts a large field of competitors.

This makes Worcester a great location for racing newcomers and equestrian experts alike. If you’re just looking for a fun day at the races, Pitchcroft will provide this in spades.

If you’re keen to talent scout leading horses of the future, however, many famous horses made their first impression upon this very course.

Worcester Racecourse is owned by Arena Racing Group, so it follows a similar dress code to many tracks throughout the country. Smart-casual is typically the way to go. If you have any doubts at all as to appropriate attire, it’s always advisable to check in advance of travelling.

History of Worcester Racecourse

Worcester Racecourse has a rich and varied history, dating back to 1718. This makes it one of the oldest consistent racecourses in the UK, though the 100-acre territory has previously hosted other sporting events too. These include football, rugby and even bare-knuckle boxing.

From its origin until 1966, Pitchcroft was also a flat racing circuit.

In its formative years, the venue was host to such prestigious events as the Worcester Stakes and Worcester Gold Cup.

In 1965, none other than the Princess Royal completed a victorious ride.

The gradual shift to National Hunt racing was inspired by the shift in the track’s shape to an oval, which commenced in the late 19th Century.

Flat riders grew increasingly displeased with these changes, leading to a gradual decline in the quality of racing. National Hunt and flat races were combined until the latter was fully phased out.

The Arena Racing Group took ownership of the racetrack in 2000, expanding the fixture list and making Pitchcroft a major player in the summer racing calendar.

Main Worcester Races and Meetings

With National Hunt events running from May until October, Worcester crams over twenty events into its season. While the track is not home to any particularly notable races or competitions, it remains a bustling and busy venue with multiple specialist events.

A typical annual Worcester fixture list is:

  • May – One afternoon race meet, one evening race meet.
  • June – Ladies Day, Family Fun Day for Father’s Day, an additional afternoon race meet and one evening race meet.
  • July – Three-afternoon race meets, two evening race meets.
  • August – Family Fun Day, one afternoon race meet, one evening race meet.
  • September – Three afternoon race meets, one evening race meet (often declared Irish Racenight.)
  • October – Two-afternoon race meets.

These dates may shift slightly, depending on the weather and the foibles of the annual calendar. Always consult a live fixture list, ideally one provided by the racecourse directly or Arena Racing Group.

Remember, all of these events are National Hunt racing. This is a rarity during the summer months. As a small track we also advise booking ahead, areas such as the County Enclosure are often very popular.

Worcester Racecourse Map

Below is a Worcester Racecourse map:

Worcester Races Map
Courtesy of At The Races

The course is flat and left-handed with generally sweeping and fair turns.

The track uses portable fences which are often considered easier to jump.

The long home straight should give hold-up horses decent chances but with summer jumping the ground is often quick and so often sitting handy is advantageous.

Worcester Racecourse Address

The official address of Worcester Racecourse is:

Worcester Racecourse Grand Stand Road Worcester Worcestershire WR1 3EJ

How to Get To Worcester Races

One of the great selling points of this racecourse is its close proximity to the heart of Worcester and the city centre. This makes attending a day at the races exceedingly simple, whether arriving by car or rail.

The ways to get to Worcester Racecourse are:

  • By car – if driving to Worcester leave the M5 at the North or South junction and join the A449 toward Worcester City Centre. From here, you have the choice of the A443 or the A44. Both will bring you to Worcester, and signage will guide you the rest of the way. Details for your sat nav are Worcester Racecourse, Racecourse Road, Worcester, WR1 3EJ.
  • By rail – there are also two railways stations in Worcester, both of which have strong links to major cities throughout the UK. Worcester Foregate Street is closest, based a short 10-minute walk from the racetrack. Alternatively, head to Worcester Shrubhill, which is a 20-minute stroll or five minutes in a taxi.

Hotels Near Worcester Racecourse

You should never struggle to find a hotel to accommodate an overnight stay at Worcester.

There are no less than five reputable hotels located within a mile of the course – many of which are even closer:

  • The Worcester Whitehouse
  • The Premier Inn Worcester City Centre
  • Travelodge Worcester
  • Ye Olde Talbot
  • Fownes Hotel

In the unlikely event of all of these accommodations being booked, just search for a B&B in the surrounding area. As long as you stay comparatively close to Worcester, you’ll always have easy access to the racecourse.

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Best Worcester Races Online Betting Sites

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Worcester Betting Odds

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Other Events at the Course

Like most Arena Racing Group courses, the Worcester course hosts a number of post-race day musical extravaganzas. These run throughout the season, though particular events such as Ladies Day will always be accompanied by further entertainment.

In addition, Worcester remains available for private hire all year around.

It’s a very popular destination for private parties and corporate events, in addition to weddings and Christmas parties.

Worcester Races 2023

Here is the horse racing calendar for Worcester Races in 2023:

Check out our guide for the full list of UK horse racing fixtures in 2023.

Worcester Racecard and Worcester Tips

The racecards for Worcester races will be released the day before the races are set to happen (Worcester races today). You can view full racecards in advance, check out – tomorrow’s horse racing meetings and today’s horse racing meetings. In these, you will get an advance look at all the runners, trainers, form and riders and Worcester race tips.

You can also of course purchase a racecard from the track which carries much of the same useful information. Many like to keep these as souvenirs, especially from big horse racing events.

Summary of Worcester Racecourses

Worcester is a charming national hunt track, often plagued by flooding it specialises in summer jumping, as it sits on the banks of the River Severn.

Set in a beautiful rural location it is popular with locals and racing fans.

Whilst it doesn’t host particularly high-class races it is always popular and well-attended.

Booking ahead is recommended particularly for the County Enclosure.

It is a fab little course and we recommend it very highly.

Other Racecourses in the UK and Ireland

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