Newton Abbot racecourse hosts around 20 meetings a year from March to the beginning of October. The track is an oval with 7 fences and a lap of around 1 mile and 1 furlong.
We sampled a mid-July meeting with seven races followed by 2 junior races.
The meetings are popular so there can be a queue to get into the car park. We arrived from the A380 on the A381 junction, avoiding the centre of Newton Abbot which takes you in to the track away from the main entrance and parked on the inner field.
The meeting attracted a good few thousand attendees with all age ranges from families to seasoned professionals. On-site there is a cafe, bar and ice-cream van (it was a warm sunny day!) to cater for those drowning their sorrows, as well as standing room close to the track. Tickets for the Paddock enclosure cost more and provide access to the Paddock Grandstand and premium restaurant and bar.
Being close to the action was pretty spectacular as the horses galloped past, though our luck was not in and we came out a few pounds down.
- Arrive early to ensure you get parked and your bet on for race 1.
- Children under the age of 16 can enter for free when accompanied by a paying adult.
- The queues for the catering can be quite long so try to avoid the rush in between races.
- And best to bet closer to the start time for each race to compare odds from the bookies and get the best price.
- If you are parked on the inner field, expect to wait to get off the site as the queue of cars takes a while to go down.
For a list of up-coming meetings visit www.newtonabbotracing.com.