Matthew Clark Ladies Day FAQ’s
Is the one-way system still in place in Chester?
Yes, the clockwise one-way system is still in place in Chester City Centre. We recommend you leave plenty of time on raceday as this system causes long traffic delays in and around the city.
Which roads are closed?
There will be road closures in place on New Crane Street, Lower Watergate Street and Nuns Road from 9am on race day. This closure is to ensure the safety of racegoers. Chester also has a city-wide, one-way clockwise traffic system in place due to major works – please follow all directional signage and leave plenty of time to make your journey. For traffic updates please visit Chester and Cheshire West council website at https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/transport-and-roads/highways/live-roadworks.aspx
What should I know about arrival and traffic?
Chester Racecourse is easily reachable via car and is sign-posted from all major routes. The M53, M56, M6 and A483 are all in close proximity to Chester providing excellent links from Liverpool, Manchester, North Wales and the south of England.
There are likely to be long queues around the racecourse due to general city traffic and racegoers travelling to the racecourse. Please leave early and give plenty of time to get to the racecourse. We cannot control the road closures/traffic and you may risk missing the first race if you do not leave in time. We also encourage racegoers to use public transport where possible to reduce the number of vehicles on the roads in Chester.
Those visiting the racecourse by car should follow the temporary yellow signage in place on approach to the city of Chester to reach the racecourse. We recommend that you do not input the Chester Racecourse postcode (CH1 2LY) into your Sat Nav, but instead approach from Sealand Road (to the West of the city) using postcode CH1 4LD. For traffic updates please visit Chester and Cheshire West council website at https://www.cheshirewestandchester.gov.uk/residents/transport-and-roads/highways/live-roadworks.aspx
Which is the best way to get to the racecourse?
We highly recommend racegoers to use public transport on raceday. The racecourse is located in the city centre, therefore it is well serviced by Park & Ride, bus routes, and train services. Due to council road closures and major roadworks in the city centre, we do not recommend that people arrive via car.
Which gate do I enter through?
Open Course, Dee Stand & Tattersalls: Gates 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9.
County & County Long Room: Gates 3A & 4.
Champagne Garden & Winning Post Enclosure: Gate 3A
Hospitality (excl. Restaurant 1539): Gate 3A
Restaurant 1539: Gates 4 & 5
Members: Gate 4
Shareholders: Gate 3A
What tickets will I receive?
Open Course, Dee Stand & Tattersalls: You will receive paper tickets by Friday 20th of August. If you haven’t recieved them by this date, please contact the Box Office.
County, County Long Room, Winning Post & Champagne Garden: You will receive an email with a link to download your digital ticket to the Chester Racecourse app. If you haven’t received this, please contact the Box Office.
All Hospitality: You will have received e-tickets from the hospitality team. If you have not yet received this please email the hospitality team at email@example.com.
What is the dress code in my enclosure?
Hospitality Areas, Chester Members, Winning Post, Champagne Garden, County Long Room and County Concourse: Gentlemen are required to wear a well-tailored suit or a blazer with smart trousers, together with a shirt, collar and tie. Ladies are required to wear smart dress. No denim jeans of any colour, no trainers, no sportswear, no shorts and no fancy dress will be permitted.
Tattersalls Enclosure: Smart casual dress is suggested. For gentlemen a collar is required, either polo shirt or collared shirt. Smart (not ripped) jeans, trousers or chinos are permitted. We encourage a smart dress code in all enclosures, so feel free to dress up and enjoy the occasion. Please note that trainers, shorts, tracksuits, t-shirts and fancy dress are not permitted in this enclosure.
Dee Stand: There is no strict dress code in this enclosure. It is however advisable to dress for the elements. Should you wish to upgrade your ticket to a Tattersalls ticket on the day, shorts, tracksuits, t-shirts and fancy dress will not be permitted.
Open Course: There is no strict dress code in this enclosure. It is however advisable to dress for the elements. Should you wish to upgrade your ticket to a Tattersalls ticket on the day, shorts, tracksuits, t-shirts and fancy dress will not be permitted.
What happens if I forget my paper tickets?
If you have purchased a ticket for the Open Course, Dee Stand or Tattersalls Enclosure, please ensure you have your tickets on arrival as you will be required to purchase a new ticket if you do not have these with you, You can then be refunded for your original tickets by sending these back to us.
Where can I park?
Parking is available on the Open Course for £8 per vehicle. Parking can be paid for in advance online via our website or by calling 01244 304600. You can pay for parking on the day by cash or car but please note availability is based on a first come, first served basis.
What time do the gates open?
The gates open at 11am and the Open Course car park opens at 10:00am
Can I bring a picnic?
You can bring a picnic, with a moderate amount of alcohol to accompany it, into the designated Car Park Picnic Area. However, this area cannot be accessed on foot, or by taxi.
You may bring food and soft drinks in sealed plastic containers onto the Open Course.
All alcohol must be consumed or left in the Car Park Picnic Area before entering the Open Course. BBQs are allowed in designated areas of the Car Park Picnic Area, but not on the Open Course itself
Do you accept cash and card payments?
Whilst cards are accepted at most of our vendors, for betting and refreshments, it is advisable to bring cash with you. Food and beverage concessions accept contactless payments. There are three cashpoints situated on course in the stairwell of the County Stand, in the Paddock behind the Pavilion Bar and in Tattersalls Enclosure.