Frequently Asked Questions - Taunton Racecourse - National Hunt Racing, Weddings and Meetings in the South West

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Next Meeting: Thursday 2nd March
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  • Taunton Racecourse
Tickets are available online or on the day at the course. Up to 20% discount is available for tickets booked online in advance by 10am the day preceding. We are currently unable to accept credit or debit cards for on the day purchases. Please click here to purchase on-line
Accompanied children under the age of 16 are admitted free. Proof of age may be requested.
Group discounts (for groups of 15 or more) of 20% are available in advance online by clicking here
For all the info on annual membership please click here
Taunton has one enclosure, with excellent views of the course. The admission ticket allows access to all areas other than the members and private hospitality boxes. This includes the Grandstand and Paddock, Parade Ring/Winners Enclousure and Saddle Room Restaurant. Ticket Holders can move freely over to the centre course at the track crossing point. The Centre Course is situated on the opposite side of the finishing straight. There are restricted facilities in the centre course. Picnic tables, toilets and catering facilities are available. 
Taunton benefits from excellent drainage and race meetings are very seldom abandoned. In the very unlikely event of abandonment, a full refund is offered should no racing take place. If racing is abandoned after the first race but before the third, a 50% refund will be offered. No refunds are available if racing is abandoned after the third race. Refunds cannot be issued on the day itself. All refunds must be claimed within 28 days of the racemeeting. Racegoers should send their ticket with full name and address details to Taunton Racecourse, Orchard Portman, Taunton, Somerset TA3 7BL
Directions to the racecourse can be found by clicking here
Free parking is provided off the main road on the approach to the racecourse from the town centre.
The course is approximately 2 miles from the town centre. Adventurous racegoers may enjoy the walk, but note that there is no footpath on the approach to the course.
Racing at Taunton is played out in front of a stunning backdrop, with views across to the Blackdown Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty. Taunton is ideally located for many of the top Westcountry trainers, including David Pipe, Paul Nicholls, Alan King and Phillip Hobbs, who regularly send their promising recruits to the course en route to bigger prizes. Recent champions who progressed through the ranks via Taunton include Rooster Booster, 2003 Champion Hurdler, Well Chief, multiple Grade 1 winner who made his chasing debut at Taunton just 6 weeks prior to scoring in the Arkle at the Cheltenham Festival, and Our Vic, winner of the Charlie Hall Chase and 2008 winner of the Ryanair chase. Other high class horses to grace Taunton in recent seasons include Seebald, Ashley Brook, Penzance, Valirimix, Desert Quest, Acambo, as well as countless others. Come to Taunton and witness future stars!.
Taunton stages races under the National Hunt code, which requires the horses to negotiate jumps. There are two types of jumps race; steeplechases, with four foot six inch high fences, and hurdles races, with smaller, three foot six inch high obstacles. Races at Taunton are run from distances as short as 2 miles, up to 3 miles 3 furlongs. A day’s racing at Taunton will involve a mix of hurdle and steeplechases over varying distances. At some race meetings, the last race may be a National Hunt flat race, known as a ‘bumper’, which is a race involving no obstacles, intended to provide future jumpers with racecourse experience.
Taunton always stages at least 6 races, and many of our fixtures are scheduled to stage 7. Occasionally, such as when there is a wealth of entries in a novice hurdle, the race is split into two divisions, increasing the number of scheduled races. In these circumstances, the last race time is subject to alteration.
Taunton has no dress code. We recommend you dress for the weather. Sensible footwear is advised. The Management encourages annual members, patrons of the restaurant and racegoers in the hospitality suites to dress smartly.
Gates open 2 hours before the first race. Arriving in good time before racing starts allows time to soak up the atmosphere, explore the course, to enjoy a drink in the bars or perhaps a meal in the restaurant. We recommend you arrive at least an hour before racing.
You are welcome to take photographs for non-commercial use, but please note that no flash photography is permitted near the horses.
Dogs are welcome into the centre of the course but must be on a lead and under control at all times. With the exception of guide dogs, no dogs are permitted on the grandstand side of the course.
The going describes the condition of the ground. The Clerk of the Course provides regular updates on the going in the run up to a meeting, which can be found here
A racecard is an essential guide to the day’s racing, providing details about the race conditions, the horses, trainers and jockeys. Racecards are sold at various kiosks around the course and currently cost £3.00 or book in advance and save up to 20% by clicking here
Many racegoers like to place a bet on the races. Three options are available to racegoers: a) The Bookmakers. Located in between the parade ring and the Orchard Stand, the betting ring contains numerous bookmakers, including representatives from the high street firms such as Ladbrokes, William Hill and Coral, in addition to independent, many family-run operations. The betting ring is a colourful and lively area, with punters busily scouting the different bookmakers for the best odds on their selection. To place a bet, approach the bookmaker and call out the value of the stake and the number of the horse (this is given on the racecard and the horse’s saddle cloth). For example, Rooster Booster is horse number 3 and you want £10 on to win – “ten pounds on number three”. Many racegoers like to back horses each-way, which ensures a return if the horse places (usually 1st, 2nd or 3rd, but the number of places depends on the number of runners in the race). b) The Tote. Located between the bookmakers and the Orchard stand, the Tote offers betting into a pool, with the returns to the winners proportionate to the number of others who have backed the winning horse. The Tote offers several types of bet, including traditional win and place betting, the exacta (predicting the first two horses to finish in the correct order), and the placepot (picking a horse to place in the first 6 races on the card). The profits of the Tote go directly back into the sport. c) The Racecourse betting shop, located by the Tote Pool betting windows at the bottom of the Orchard Stand..
Hot food and drinks are available in all stands. Plated meals are available in the Saddle Room of the Orchard Stand, with no booking required. Additionally, there is an À la carte restaurant with carvery in the Orchard Stand, with reservations available in advance on 01823 337172, Option 4. Annual members have access to the Members Restaurant in the Paddock Stand, with a set lunch of two courses. Bars are located in all stands.
Taunton makes every effort to cater for disabled racegoers. Clearly designated parking areas are provided next to the town-centre end entrance, and in the centre of the course. A raised viewing platform is provided between the paddock and the racecourse. Step free access is available to all floors in the Orchard and Paddock stands.
Yes. This is located in the foyer of the Orchard Stand.
Taunton offers a range of hospitality packages to suit families, friends and business. Further information can be found here