Newbury Racecourse is known worldwide for its spectacular setting for world elite races and exciting events. The race track is not new by any means; the first race actually being held in 1905. Since then, it has gotten more and more popular. The first informal race dates even farther back than that, with the first race being held in 1805. This race lasted and was held in Newbury for the 6 years to follow (until 1811).
Newbury Racecourse as we know it today didn’t come into existence until approximately ninety years after this first race when equestrian sports and activities were gaining popularity worldwide, especially in the UK. The King at the time, Kind Edward, supported the formal development of this racecourse and so it came to be in April of 1904.
The racecourse has since then held many great events, but actually also served as a prison camp during the First World War. The camp held German prisoners for a certain period of time before the end of the war, at which point the racecourse regained its status as a race track and events centre, a more upbeat place. It didn’t take long for the racecourse to regain its footing, popularity and following and to resume and continue to develop the races and events held at the track.
Today the racecourse is avidly attended for annual and regular races as well as a location for meetings, corporate events, conferences and even weddings. The Queen herself actually celebrated her birthday here when she turned a young 86 years old.
The racecourse is busy every day and if you are looking to visit, there is no bad time. Their website has an up to date list of races happening each day and each month as well as information on pricing, betting and accessibility.