Safety precautions at Newbury Racecourse

Newbury Racecourse is a great place to visit for a fun day out with your family and friends. Whether you decide to make a bet on a horse or just want to dress up and enjoy a few drinks, there is something at this racecourse for everyone!

In order to make sure that everyone can have a good time, there are some safety precautions that all guests need to follow. That way, if an emergency does occur, it can be easily handled.

Here are the main safety precautions you will need to know about if you plan to visit Newbury Racecourse.


  1. COVID-19 policies

Now, a lot of changes have been made in order to keep visitors safe when they come to Newbury Racecourse. In order to feel safer, or to at least socially distance from other people, some clients may prefer to watch the races from a private booth.

You will find that the hospitality at Newbury Racecourse will always be tailored carefully towards what you want to get out of your visit. Therefore, if you feel nervous about visiting Newbury Racecourse because of COVID-19, our staff will do their part to make you feel safer.


Some examples of safety precautions for COVID-19 include:

  • Filling out a track and trace form
  • Being prohibited from being allowed in the racecourse/purchasing tickets without a track and trace form
  • Recommended face coverings/masks
  • Staff following Government policies
  • Recommending that racegoers take a lateral flow test before they visit the racecourse
  • Hand gel stations being available for use
  • Warning notifications for if someone does test positive for COVID-19 at the racecourse

Although the UK Government has relaxed the COVID-19 restrictions on entertainment venues, it’s always wise to take sensible precautions. That way, all guests of the Newbury Racecourse will be able to enjoy their time during the races whilst feeling safe and secure within the venue.


  1. Bag searches

Newbury Racecourse is a large venue that attracts a wide range of people from all over the world. That’s why we undertake bag searches as a safety precaution. Not only is this undertaken to protect visitors, but it is also to stop prohibited items from entering the grounds. Prohibited items include:


  • Food
  • Picnics
  • Alcohol
  • Drinks
  • Glasses
  • Bottles
  • Pets
  • Laptops

You will only be allowed to have specific supplier bottles of water of around 500 ml.


  1. Zero tolerance

Newbury Racecourse does not tolerate any abuse that is made towards customers or staff. It’s important that everyone has fun at the racecourse. We want to be a company that promotes good values and practices to our customers. That’s why we will intervene if we see any abuse occur during a race.

We also will not tolerate any abuse towards our riders and their horses. In these types of circumstances, the offender may be refused entry or may be asked to leave Newbury Racecourse. That way, we can keep all of our guests and riders secure and in a safe and tolerant environment.


  1. Challenge-25

If you are interested in purchasing a wristband for the Newbury Racecourse, a safety precaution we implement is to challenge anyone who looks under 25 when they try to purchase alcohol.

If you intend to buy alcohol when you come to the Newbury Racecourse, please make sure that you have an ID on you to prove your identity. This could include your passport or your driving licence. Without it, the employees at Newbury Racecourse may refuse you when you buy alcohol or try to obtain your wristband.


  1. Betting procedures

Naturally, one of the things that you might be most likely to do when you go to the Newbury Racecourse is place a bet on one of the riders and their horse.

After all, if you don’t enjoy a little gambling, whether it be a proper bet or just some guesses made with your friends, then the race may not be as fun! If you are after this type of thrill, please keep in mind that there are some safety precautions we have to follow to help make sure you are gambling responsibly.

It is important that you only bet as much as you are able to give. We would recommend that you only bring a certain amount of money that you spend on betting on horses. That way, you will be gambling responsibly.

If you decide to place a bet, keep in mind that there are terms and conditions that you will have to follow. This includes having identification to prove that you are over the age of 18. As mentioned previously, you can use your ID, driver’s licence or passport to show you are the correct age to gamble. Without it, you may find that your bet is ultimately rejected.


  1. Stick to the correct zones

In order to keep everyone safe during the races, we have divided Newbury Racecourse into two zones. These are the amber zone and green zone.

The green zone is designed specifically for the racers and sport participants. The amber zone has been made for visitors, members, hospitality staff and owners. Try to stay in the right area to keep the areas well-ventilated and socially distanced. That way, you will find that the racers will be able to avoid mixing and potentially catching COVID-19. It is better to be safe rather than sorry!


Are you ready to visit Newbury Racecourse?

Here at Newbury Racecourse, it is important that you keep as safe as possible whilst having fun. All of the staff within the racecourse will always endeavour to put your needs first. So, if you need some help during your visit to the racecourse, please make sure to ask. They can help guide you to the right areas and ensure that you can efficiently place a bet.


Just make sure to adhere to the safety precautions within Newbury Racecourse. After all, we want everyone to have a fun time. To ensure that, it is important to stick to the rules and keep as secure as possible. It’s worth it to see the smiles on all of our guests’ faces