Kelso Races

The beautiful Scottish Borders are home to a great wealth of historic sites set against stunning natural environments. There are few better places then to host some superb horseracing than in Kelso, where ancient buildings and streets oversee the Rivers Tweed and Teviot meet and the rolling landscape sets the scene for Kelso races. If horseracing were all about picturesque locations then Kelso Racecourse would win at a canter but given that it was also voted ‘Britain’s Friendliest Racecourse’, in a Sunday Times survey then a day at the races in Kelso is truly something special.

Free Horse Racing Tips, Click Here! Kelso Racecourse stages National Hunt fixtures, the most prominent being the Borders National in March and the Morebattle Hurdle in January.

Two courses in one, an undulating chase course and tighter hurdles course, the common feature is the exceptionally long run in for a small course almost that of the Grand National course at Aintree.

The course itself is very much like a smaller version of Cheltenham with imposing steeplechase fences and that long stamina-sapping uphill finish.

As a result, Kelso provides a useful trial for both Aintree and the Cheltenham Festival.

History and tradition is everything in the town of Kelso and the racecourse is no exception.

With an overriding respect for the sport, the racing is always first class and well attended by a knowledgeable race crowd as well as those who simply enjoy a splendid day out at a racecourse which manages to retain all that aged elegance and historic splendour of horseracing. Combine that with all the latest facilities and hospitality provision and the enduring popularity of Kelso races becomes all the more obvious.

A day at Kelso races can mean different things to different racegoers so if combining a raceday with a holiday or other occasion it is worth checking the fixtures. Racing takes place from October to May and the highlight for families would be Family Fun day, whilst for racing enthusiast it may be Cheltenham Trials Day or Premier Hurdle Day. Another option to combine racing with dressing up is provided by Ladies Day, while the Scottish Borders National Winter Festival is always a highlight of the season.

After choosing the fixture to attend, racegoers should decide which enclosure best suits their requirements. There are two to choose from, the Members Enclosure and Paddock Enclosure. A member’s day badge allows access to both and all the features within the Members Enclosure, which includes prime viewing positions at the winning post, three bars, Tote facilities, and a Charity Tearoom. The Paddock Enclosure in the main section for guests and has a large covered area for viewing and extensive bar facilities. The Paddock Enclosure also incorporates the Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure.

Concessions are available for students and senior citizens, who enjoy a discount on entry costs. Children under 16 can attend Kelso races for free, when accompanied by an adult.
Kelso Races, inside rail

A range of hospitality packages are available for groups of between 2 and 200 people. These start with a Reserved Table package, ideal for smaller groups, and a table can be booked within the Pavilion Marquee, Tweedie Restaurant or Hamilton Room. For the Pavilion and Hamilton Rooms Gold and Silver packages are available.

Kelso Races, winner The Pavilion Room Silver Package comprises a reserved table in the Marquee which is equipped with CCTV, Tote courier betting and bar facility.

A Members Enclosure badge and racecard are also included as is a pre-race tipster talk and a two-course meal. The Gold Package for the Pavilion additionally includes a glass of champagne and a three-course meal.

The Hamilton Room is located within the Members Enclosure, which also contains CCTV screens and a bar facility. The Hamilton Silver Package incorporates a Members Enclosure badge, racecard, and a two-course meal. The Gold option offers a three-course meal and afternoon tea.

Hospitality options for the Tweedie Stand represent the finest available at the course. The Platinum Package includes a reserved table upstairs in the stand, Members Enclosure badge and racecard, a three-course meal, and half bottle of wine. A Platinum Plus option also includes afternoon tea and a glass of champagne on arrival.

For those who simply want to turn up and take Kelso races at their own leisure there are plenty of drinks and dining options found throughout the course. Rosie’s Bistro is found next to the Paddock and offers carvery options, meals and snacks. The Charity Tea Room, within the Members Enclosure, serves teas and sandwiches with proceeds going to the charity running the tearoom on any particular raceday. Mobile catering units are also found throughout the course, especially on busy days and will sell everything from burgers to donuts.

Kelso and the Borders are very popular visitor destinations and there are plenty of accommodation options near to the racecourse. Race and Stay packages are available and present the ideal opportunity to include a raceday into an overnight or longer stay. These include hotel dinner, bed and breakfast accommodation in addition to a Pavilion Silver race hospitality package.

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