If you’re searching for a fun-filled day out not far from London, then look no further than Kempton Park Racecourse. Home to one of the only right-handed tracks in the UK, Kempton Park is a racecourse that will give you a truly unique experience. This historical racecourse has been welcoming guests for decades, since opening its doors back in 1878, and with almost 100 meetings every year, there’s plenty to keep you entertained year-round.
Children are welcome at Kempton Park, and you’ll find children’s play areas and a crèche to keep little ones entertained throughout the day. Summer nights here are particularly special, as after you’ve enjoyed a day of racing you will be treated to live music concerts that begin the minute the riders have left the track.
Read on to find out more about Kempton Park Racecourse, including how to get there, what activities are on offer and where you can stay nearby.
Kempton Park Racecourse is located in Sunbury-on-Thames in Surrey, on the border of Greater London.
Kempton Park Racecourse’s proximity to London means that it’s easily accessible via public transport. Plus, it has its very own train station, so getting there by train couldn’t be more convenient.
Things to do at Kempton Park Racecourse
From the thrilling races to the bustling markets, there’s something for everyone at Kempton Park Racecourse.
Whether you’re a racing novice or a seasoned pro, Kempton Park guarantees a thrilling day out. This racecourse is famous for its jump races, including the fast-paced Chase Day and post-Cheltenham Silver Cups Day.
If you can’t make it to the jump meetings, then make the most of the flat all-weather meetings that run every month. These races are generally for younger horses and take place over a shorter distance—but they're just as exciting!
View the full list of fixtures and book your spot in the stands before your visit, or choose the excitement of trackside to get up close to the action.
What to wear at Kempton Park Racecourse
There’s no strict dress code for your time at the races, though visitors are encouraged to dress smart. If you’re attending a special event such as a major race day, or have a booking in the Panoramic Restaurant, it’s recommended that you follow a smart-casual, weather-appropriate dress code. Suitable clothing includes chinos and a shirt for men, summer dresses or blouse and smart trousers for women.
Activities at Kempton Park
Whether you’re a family, a group or a couple looking for a fun day out, you’re guaranteed to find what you’re looking for at Kempton Park Racecourse. If you’re feeling thrifty then you’ll love the racecourse market, which holds the title of the largest weekday market in the South of England. Market days are every Thursday from 8am-2pm, so make sure you arrive early to secure some great bargains.
If you’re not ready for the fun to end, make the most of what Kempton Park has to offer as the sun goes down. Grab your popcorn and head to one of the racecourse’s outdoor cinema experiences. You’re encouraged to bring as many blankets, pillows, and snacks as you like to help you get the full cinema experience.
Kempton Park also holds runs and obstacle courses throughout the year, such as Cancer Research’s ‘Race For Life’ in August, so round up your friends, don your silliest outfits, and do your bit for charity.
Large conference facilities at Kempton Park can accommodate your business meetings, and if you’re planning for a social event such as a party or a wedding, Kempton Park is the perfect venue.
Food and drink
There are a range of food and drink options to suit your mood at Kempton Park, from fine dining three-course meals to delicious food court options, and there are designated areas if you’d prefer to bring your own picnic.
If you’re a fan of the finer things in life, then head to the Panoramic Restaurant, which boasts an à la carte menu in a fine dining atmosphere, with great views of the racetrack. Check out the VIP three-course meal option for a truly memorable experience.
The food court is a great option for families and picky eaters, since there is such a diverse range of quality cuisine available. You can find fish & chips, a selection of homemade pies, a Trattoria serving freshly baked pizzas, and Costa Coffee serving a variety of coffee and snacks.
Alcohol is served throughout the racecourse, and if you’re planning on drinking whilst there, be sure to check out the racecourse’s alcohol policy first.
Places to stay around Kempton Park Racecourse
There’s so much to do at Kempton Park Racecourse that you might not have time to fit it all into one day. Why not make a weekend out of your trip and stay in nearby accommodation?
Budget and family-friendly hotels include Holiday Inn Shepperton, Premier Inn Sunbury, Travelodge Sunbury and The Flower Pot.
For those interested in luxury accommodation, take a look at The Alexander Pope Hotel, Oatlands Park Hotel, The Mitre Hotel, The Park hotel and The Lensbury.
Some hotels have special rates for race attendees and those attending events and meetings at Kempton Park, so it’s worth making an enquiry about this when you book.
Kempton Park Racecourse accessibility
If you or anyone in your group has any additional needs, then Kempton Park will make sure that you’re well looked after, offering personal viewing areas, ramps, lifts, parking, and toilet areas to help you enjoy your day at the races. Find out more about Kempton Park’s accessibility.