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The Best UK Horse Racing Events to Attend in 2023

Published 16th Feb 2022
Every year, the UK hosts some of the most prestigious horse racing events in the world. All of which attract the best jockeys and trainers in the world where they can battle it out for that elusive first place prize.

These world renowned events make for a special day out and provide the perfect excuse to get dressed up in your fanciest dress or smartest suit.

If you’re lucky enough to be attending one of these highly acclaimed horse racing events this year, have you thought about travelling on a minibus or coach?

Arrive in style in one of our many luxury or VIP vehicles while also taking advantage of not needing to park or have a designated driver.

From the richest race in the country to the iconic Royal Ascot, here’s our list of The Best UK Horse Racing Events to Attend in

1) The Cheltenham Festival

Taking place in just over one month’s time, The Cheltenham Festival is expected to be one of the most spectacular events on the jump-racing calendar. With the grand prize being the renowned Cheltenham Gold Cup, it’s not surprising that this is one of the most attended events in the country. Prepare yourself to witness some of jump racing’s most incredible stars as new jockeys have the chance to etch themselves into Cheltenham history.

  • Where: Cheltenham Racecourse

  • When: 14th - 17th March 2023

2) The Grand National

With roots dating back to 1839, The Grand National has developed into one of the most famous and exciting steeple chases in the world. The three-day event attracts over nine million TV viewers and more than 150,000 spectators on the course.

  • Where: Aintree Racecourse

  • When: 13th - 15th April 2023

3) The Epsom Derby

Coined as the birthplace of thoroughbred racing, there really is no race on the planet quite like The Epsom Derby. This mile and a half race, simply referred to as ‘The Derby’, is the richest of its kind in Britain. With a collective prize fund of £1.5 million and £850,650 of that figure going directly to the winner, the stakes are as high as they come.

  • Where: Epsom Downs Racecourse

  • When: 2nd - 3rd June 2023

4) The Royal Ascot

The Royal Ascot takes place annually in June and is the country’s most prestigious event on the horse racing calendar. Known for its royal attendees and extravagantly dressed guests, the race is set in the picturesque landscape that surrounds the stunning Ascot Racecourse.

  • Where: Ascot Racecourse

  • When: 20th - 24th June 2023

5) The Newmarket July Festival

The Newmarket July Festival is a horse racing event packed full of entertainment, great food, and fashion. Regarded as one of the most prestigious races in the world, horses often travel from Australia and the United States to take part. In fact, the Newmarket Racecourse has been in operation since the 16th century, and the town of Newmarket is home to over 3000 horses. As a result, the Newmarket July Festival is considered to be the home of flat racing.

  • Where: Newmarket Racecourse

  • When: 13th - 15th July 2023

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