Head to a day at the races

Check out our yearly calendar of horse racing events to attend each month.

Published: 7th February 2024

Around 10,000 horse races take place every year in Britain. It’s safe to say horse racing is one of the most popular sports in the country. 

With so many races to look forward to across the year, the last thing you want to do is to worry about how to get your group to and from the racecourse.

Here are 4 reasons why coach travel is the best way to head to enjoy your day:
  • Comfort - Depart at a time that suits you and arrive at the racecourse before the first race, giving you the best chance to head to the parade ring.
  • Pleasantries - We know how exciting a day at the races can be. Why not start and end your day with a bang? Choose between a standard coach, executive coach or VIP coach and enjoy a host of onboard pleasantries such as toilets, kitchen, wi-fi, tables and hot-drinks machine. 
  • Convenience - With a total of 5.62 million spectators heading to the races in 2019 alone, the last thing you want to do is worry about a designated driver or available parking spaces. 
  • Environmentally friendly - A coach full of spectators, takes up to 50 cars off the roads reducing carbon emissions.

At National Express Transport Solutions, we take the stress out of your day. Leaving you with only your outfit, race card, food and drink options to worry about. 

Heading to the races during the year doesn’t have to be long-winded. Why not pair your ticket with a coach hire booking and get back in comfort from the door-to-door racecourse?

Booking a sports coach hire couldn’t be any easier. Simply submit a sports coach hire enquiry through our website or if you would prefer to speak to our experts, call us on 03301 358 469 or email nxts-sales@nationalexpress.com.

It’s not just horse racing, we provide coach hire for all sports. Want to find out more? Head to our sports coach hire page for further information. 

2024 Horse racing calendar - major meetings

Here is a list of the major horse racing fixtures across the country in 2024. For more information, please visit the British Horseracing Authority website.

Horse Racing Events in February

  • 10th February 2024, Betfair Super Saturday, Newbury Racecourse 
  • 15th February 2024, Royal Artillery Gold Cup Day, Sandown Park Racecourse
  • 17th February 2024, Betfair Ascot Chase Raceday, Ascot Racecourse
  • 17th February 2024, Grand National Trial, Haydock Park Racecourse

Horse Racing Events in March

  • 1st March 2024, BetVictor Afternoon Racing, Newbury Racecourse
  • 2nd March 2024, Grimthorpe Chase Race Weekend, Doncaster Racecourse
  • 9th March 2024, Imperial Cup Day, Sandown Park Racecourse
  • 12th - 15th March 2024,  Cheltenham Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse 
  • 16th March 2024, St Patricks Raceday, Newcastle Racecourse
  • 22nd March 2024, BetVictor Jumps Season Finale, Newbury Racecourse
  • 23rd March 2024, The Lincoln, Doncaster Racecourse
  • 24th March 2024, Spring Family Raceday, Ascot Racecourse  
  • 29th March 2024, Good Friday All Weather Championship Vase Day, Lingfield Park Racecourse

Horse Racing Events in April

  • 11th - 13th April 2024, Randox Grand National Meeting, Aintree Racecourse
  • 16th - 18th April 2024, The Bet365 Craven Meeting, Newmarket Racecourse
  • 17th - 18th April 2024, The April Meeting, Cheltenham Racecourse
  • 20th April 2024, Coral Scottish Grand National, Ayr Racecourse
  • 23rd April 2024,The Spring Meeting, Epsom Racecourse
  • 26th April 2024, Bet365 Classic Trial Day, Sandown Park Racecourse
  • 27th April 2024, Bet365 Jump Finale, Sandown Park Racecourse
  • 29th April 2024, Virgin Bet Race day, Ayr Racecourse

Horse Racing Events in May

  • 1st May 2024, Royal Ascot Trials Day, Ascot Racecourse
  • 3rd - 4th May 2024, Season Opener, Goodwood Racecourse
  • 3rd May 2024, Race Night featuring Hunter Chase Racing, Cheltenham Racecourse
  • 3rd - 5th May 2024, QIPCO Guineas Festival, Newmarket Racecourse
  • 6th May 2024, Bank Holiday Monday Afternoon Jump Racing, Kempton Park Racecourse
  • 10th May 2024, Peroni Nastro Azzurro May Friday Racing, Ascot Racecourse
  • 11th May 2024, Victoria Cup Race Day, Ascot Racecourse 
  • 11th May 2024, Pertemps Swinton Hurdle Day, Haydock Park Racecourse
  • 15th - 17th May 2024, Dante Festival, York Racecourse
  • 17th - 19th May 2024, The Spring Meeting, Newmarket Racecourse
  • 18th May 2024, Starlight Charity Raceday, Newbury Racecourse
  • 18th May 2024, Al Shaqab Lockinge Day, Newbury Racecourse
  • 24th May 2024, May Festival, Goodwood Racecourse
  • 25th May 2024, May Spring Saturday, York Racecourse
  • 31st May 2024, Cazoo Derby Festival, Epsom Racecourse

Horse Racing Events in June

  • 1st June 2024, Cazoo Derby Festival, Epsom Racecourse 
  • 6th June 2024, Summer Social, Haydock Park Racecourse
  • 7th June 2024, Afternoon Racing, Newbury Racecourse
  • 9th June 2024, Family Raceday, Goodwood Racecourse
  • 14th June 2024, June Meeting, York Racecourse
  • 15th June 2024, 53rd Macmillan Charity Raceday, York Racecourse
  • 15th June 2024, Gentlemen's Day, Sandown Park Racecourse
  • 18th - 22nd June 2024, Royal Ascot, Royal Ascot Racecourse
  • 22nd June 2024, Summer Saturday - Sports Day, Newmarket Racecourse

Horse Racing Events in July

  • 4th - 6th July 2024, Old Newton Cup Festival, Haydock Park Racecourse
  • 5th - 6th July 2024, The Coral Summer Festival, Sandown Park Racecourse
  • 11th - 13th July 2024, The July Festival, Newmarket Racecourse
  • 13th July 2024, Summer Mile Racing Weekend, Ascot Racecourse
  • 13th July 2024, John Smith's Cup Meeting, York Racecourse
  • 20th July 2024, Weatherbys Super Sprint Day and Party in the Paddock, Newbury Racecourse
  • 27th July 2024, QIPCO King George Diamond Weekend, Ascot Racecourse

Horse Racing Events in August

  • 9th -10th August 2024, Betfred Rose of Lancaster Carnival, Haydock Park Racecourse 
  • 10th August 2024, Summer Saturday - Dinosaur Day, Newmarket Racecourse
  • 16th August 2024, Summer Afternoon Racing, Newbury Racecourse
  • 19th August 2024, BetVictor Hungerford Day and Party in the Paddock, Newbury Racecourse
  • 21st - 24th August 2024, Sky Bet Ebor Festival, York Racecourse
  • 23rd - 25th August 2024, August Bank Holiday Racing, Goodwood Racecourse
  • 26th August 2024, Bank Holiday Family Fun Day, Epsom Racecourse

Horse Racing Events in September

  • 5th- 7th September 2024, Sprint Cup Celebration, Haydock Park Racecourse 
  • 6th - 7th September 2024, September Racing Weekend, Ascot Racecourse
  • 7th September 2024, September Stakes Day, Kempton Park Racecourse
  • 14th September 2024, The Cazoo St Leger Meeting, Doncaster Racecourse
  • 18th September 2024, Breeders' Day, Sandown Park Racecourse
  • 21st September 2024, Cesarewitch Trial Day, Newmarket Racecourse
  • 23rd September 2024, Autumn Saturday, York Racecourse
  • 26th - 28th September 2024, The Cambridgeshire Meeting, Newmarket Racecourse 
  • 31st September 2024, Summer Celebration, Sandown Park Racecourse
  • 28th September 2024, Summer Season Finale, Haydock Park Racecourse 
  • 29th September 2024,  2024 Season Finale, Epsom Racecourse

Horse Racing Events in October 

  • 4th - 5th October 2024,Autumn Racing Weekend, Ascot Racecourse
  • 11th - 12th October 2024, October Finale, York Racecourse 
  • 13th October 2024, Season Finale, Goodwood Racecourse
  • 19th October 2024, QIPCO British Champions Day, Ascot Racecourse 
  • 20th October 2024, Jump Sunday, Kempton Park Racecourse
  • 23rd October 2024, Two-Year-Old Day, Newmarket Racecourse
  • 25th - 26th October 2024, Virgin Bet Flat Finale, Newbury Racecourse
  • 27th October 2024, Halloween Family Day, Aintree Racecourse

Horse Racing Events in November

  • 2nd November 2024, Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday, Ascot Racecourse
  • 7th November 2024, BetVictor Jumps Season Opener, Newbury Racecourse
  • 29th - 30th November 2024, Coral Gold Cup Weekend, Newbury Racecourse
  • 29th November 2024, Coral Long Distance Hurdle, Newbury Racecourse

Horse Racing Events in December 

  • 18th December 2024, BetVictor Christmas Raceday, Newbury Racecourse
  • 26th December 2024, Boxing Day Race Day, Aintree Racecourse
  • 28th December 2024, Challow Hurdle Day, Newbury Racecourse

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