About the Open Course

The Open Course is separated into three areas, highlighted on the map below. Racegoers arriving on foot can enter via Gate 9 from Nuns Road. Racegoers arriving by car can enter from the main racecourse entrance.

Car parking can be purchased on the day by cash or card (£11 for Family Funday and £8 for all other fixtures) .

The Open Course is located within the centre of the race track, the ideal setting for a relaxed day at the races. Entrance to those aged 17 and under is completely free*.

Racegoers are permitted to bring their own food and soft drinks into this area, although you will find a number of refreshment vendors on site. Chester Bet and racecard vendors are also located out on the Open Course, however there isn’t an ATM, so we advise you to bring cash with you.

Racegoers arriving by car and purchasing car parking may park in the Car Park or the Car Park Picnic Area if they wish to enjoy a picnic before entering the Open Course or reside by their car for the duration of the day.


Blankets and foldaway chairs are permitted on the Open Course, but not in any other enclosure.

Gazebos are permitted within the Car Park Picnic Area, charges apply.


Food and soft drinks are permitted on the Open Course, providing brought in sealed plastic containers.

BBQs are allowed in designated areas of the Car Park Picnic Zone, but not the Open Course itself.


A moderate amount of alcohol may be brought into the Car Park Picnic Area with food to consume. Unfortunately we do not permit alcohol into the Open Course on foot or through any pedestrian gates.

All alcohol must be consumed in the Car Park Picnic Area before entering the Open Course.

Racegoers can bring food and soft drinks in sealed plastic containers onto the Open Course on foot through the designated Open Course gates.

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