When we hear the name Nottingham, it conjures up images of famous outlaw Robin Hood scampering through Sherwood Forest and dodging arrows but there is more to the city than stories of Maid Marian and her Merry Men! The city is home to a mix of cultures, vast shopping opportunities and a unique ability to blend modern lifestyles with a traditional ambience to make it a great place to visit for everyone from students and families to romancing couples and retirees.
In fact, there is a little something to whet everyone’s appetite in the city formerly known for its lace and bicycle making and it is now perhaps more appealing for its racing. There are two prominent racecourses in Nottingham, one of which is for horse racing and the other for dog racing and both courses cater to a range of people wanting to enjoy an exciting day or night out at the races.
The Nottingham Racecourse
Horse racing is even more fun when you do it with a group of friends, which is why there are always lots of great discounted deals to take advantage of for groups and it’s no different at Nottingham’s Racecourse.
Here are some great reasons to book a day out as part of a group:
There’s entertainment a-plenty from April to November, with ladies days and even a beer festival taking place. Private box packages can be organised in advance and there is a dress code in place that requires you to look casual but smart. While ties and jackets are not insisted upon, avoiding things like fancy dress and untidy clothing is a must but let’s face it – a day out at the dog track isn’t complete with a fancy fascinator!
And if that wasn’t enough, getting there couldn’t be easier. Just two miles from the heart of Nottingham’s city centre, the racecourse is easy to reach from any direction. Once you are in Nottingham, simply follow the brown signs to the racecourse where you will be greeted with ample free paring opportunities.
Nottingham Greyhound Stadium
If you are having a dog’s day, why not shake off your woes and head for a fun day out at the Nottingham Greyhound Stadium? For anyone who prefers to watch our smaller four-legged friends race, this course is great as it has lots of facilities to enjoy that are open Mondays, Fridays and Saturdays with around 14 races taking place on each night. Three bars, a snack bar, upstairs and downstairs seating and display TVs and it’s up to you if you fancy a flutter or not.
You can pre-book for any of the following:
Free parking is available on-site, and is located just a stone’s throw from the Nottingham Racecourse, which are both easy to find by following the brown or yellow signs from the city centre towards the 280-acre Colwick Park.
A trip to Nottingham can be heaps of fun, whether you want to visit the dog track, spend some time at the horse racing course or head to one of the big casinos in the city. If the horses or dogs aren’t taking your fancy Hertz have produced a top 5 list of reasons to visit Nottingham. Don’t be afraid to let loose next time you are in Nottingham and enjoy a flutter or two, wherever it is that takes your fancy.