Venue Etiquette

All you need to know

Although traditional here at Uttoxeter Racecourse we are quite relaxed, there are no strict rules or codes of conduct, but we do expect our guests to be considerate of other racegoers. Here’s everything you need to know to make your day enjoyable from what to wear to our drinking policy, children and picnics or bringing your dog to taking photographs.

What to wear

There is no strict dress code, although many of our customers choose to dress for the occasion and a smart casual look is often adopted. This means both jeans and tailored shorts are perfectly acceptable, however sports shirts, ripped jeans, casual shorts and white trainers are not permitted. We would recommend that you dress for the weather and wear something comfortable for a day of outdoors.

For the glamorous occasions in the racing calendar such as Ladies Night, Ladies Day and Gentlemen’s Day, racegoers make an extra effort to dress up. It’s definitely worth the effort to dress to impress if you want to be with a chance of winning some of the fantastic prizes for best outfit or best hat!

Most public areas are tarmacked so suitable for any form of footwear, however over in the Centre Course there are some grassed areas.

Drinking responsibly

Uttoxeter Racecourse operates a responsible drinking policy and all staff are trained to the highest standards.

Alcohol cannot be brought into the racecourse at any time. You will be asked to dispose of any alcohol before you are allowed entry to Uttoxeter Racecourse. Security bag searches are in place on racedays and alcohol will be confiscated should it be found.

Uttoxeter Racecourse operate a challenge 25 policy, so if you look younger than this you will be asked to present proof of age. A driving license or passport are acceptable.

Complimentary water is available at all bars.

Alcohol can also not be removed from the site.



Picnics can only be permitted in the Centre Course enclosure, however alcohol should is not permitted. We do have food outlets in the Centre course so you won’t go hungry if you have not prepared any food.

Food cannot be brought into the Premier and Grandstand & Paddock enclosures and will be confiscated if found during the security bag search.



Children are allowed in all enclosures including Premier and even better, all under 18s go free when accompanied by an adult. This is the same at all ARC racecourses, making it a great value day out.

During Family Fun Days there will also be children's entertainment in the Centre Course.


Taking photos

Horses are sensitive to flash photography and this may cause them some distress, so please make sure that your flash is turned off near the horses. Otherwise, you are welcome to take photographs for personal non-commercial use. During live music and entertainment, the artists management retain all image rights. Any photographer that is to be impeding or contravening these rights without accreditation and prior written consent will be requested to leave and escorted from the premises. You cannot take images for commercial purposes without prior permission from the racecourse office and provision of press accreditation.

Note: Professional filming and photography takes place here at Uttoxeter for various publications and broadcasting and racegoers (including families) consent to being filmed, photographed and otherwise recorded by Uttoxeter Racecourse or any other third party authorised by the Racecourse. You grant Uttoxeter Racecourse and any authorised third party the right to broadcast, publish, licence and use any photographs, film, recordings or images of you without payment or other compensation in any promotional literature produced by Uttoxeter Racecourse. Full copies of our Terms & Conditions are available upon request.

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