Aintree Races

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One of the most famous horse racing courses in the country, Aintree also hosts one of the world’s most famous races, the Grand National steeplechase. Situated in the Sefton area of Merseyside, the National Hunt course opened in 1829 and has had a special place in the hearts of racing enthusiasts ever since. In addition to offering first class horse racing entertainment, the Aintree races course is well established in providing a full range of hospitality options.

Racing at Aintree is largely defined by the Grand National, held each year in early April. Widely regarded as one of the most difficult courses to complete, the race is competed over four and a half miles incorporating 16 steeplechase fences en route.

Free Racing Tips Some of these challenges have become as famous as a race itself, such as the Chair and Beecher’s Brook and the race captures the imagination of the general public, generating more bets than any other horse race.

In addition to the National, Aintree races hosts 6 further race days and each is s special event which incorporates racing into a day of fun and activities, many of them family oriented. One such event is Freaky Family Funday, a celebration of Halloween with live performances and fairground attractions for the kids alongside an exciting race card for the adults.

Other events include Old Roan Race Day, held the Saturday before Freaky Family Funday and Becher’s Chase Day, held in November. Entry for children is free on winter race days. Summer racing throughout May and June incorporates music evenings with top names from the music industry.

Hospitality packages on offer at Aintree are extensive and exclusive, reflecting the status of the race course as one of the finest in the country. Choose from a wide selection of options for the Grand National including grand stand viewing from a selection of superb restaurants. From the Modest Choice restaurants on the Parade Ring side of the course to a fully inclusive package within the Princess Royal Restaurant overlooking the home stretch, every taste and budget is catered for.

All inclusive packages comprise a viewing balcony overlooking the course, coffee and pastries on arrival, four course luncheon, complimentary bar, afternoon tea, race card, car parking and private tote betting. For those looking for something extra special for entertaining guests and clients then the Amberleigh House Private boxes provide intimacy, exclusivity and privacy, overlooking the start line. A choice of hospitality packages are available; simply decide on the best package to suit and book it for a wonderful and memorable day at Aintree races.

The stunning facilities at Aintree provide a backdrop for more than horse racing. Two new grandstands provide state of the art conferencing facilities, which can accommodated up to 600 delegates each for private events and functions. Combined with the existing stands and endless array of elegant meeting spaces, any event large or small can be accommodated in style.

Weddings are particular popular at Aintree and dedicated wedding co-ordinators are on hand to ensure the efficient planning and smooth running of all aspects of the happy day, from the wedding breakfast to evening buffet. The course is licensed to conduct civil ceremonies too, within four available wedding suites.
Aintree Races, inside rail

Clearly the appeal of Aintree races is in the culture, traditions, and history of horse racing whether attending for a racing event or not. The traditional spaces within the racecourse provide unique venues in which timeless elegance and aged grandeur provide some wonderful environments to suit any purpose. Among these is the Old Weighing Room with the traditional weighing scales still in place and walls adorned with all the memorabilia of the Grand National.

Certainly a unique wedding venue for up to 100 guests, the Old Weighing Room also has a charming outdoor area, complete with canopy, ideal for summer receptions. For more intimate spaces for up to 60 guests there is also the Sefton Rooms and Paddock Lodge, each with their own special charm and memories of great race days.

Horse racing is also not the only sport associated with Aintree. Once the home of Grand Prix motor racing, the centre of the race course is now given over to one of the longest 9 hole golf courses in the country. Golf lessons are available too and the course contains a 30 bay floodlit driving range. Simply turn up, pay for a bucket of balls and you are ready to improve your game. A coffee bar within the drive range is open for meals, drinks and snacks. The Grand National Golf Club is a member of the English Golf Union and offers golfers recognised handicap status. A golf juniors section is also incorporated.

It is all things equestrian which dominate Aintree however and the International Aintree Equestrian Centre extends this theme in a grand style. Opened in 2007, the centre is a showpiece event space for equestrian events and training and also incorporates horse sales and equine trade events as well as providing contemporary facilities for any large scale conferences, exhibitions, and corporate events. The main arena hosts a range of Pony Club events from dressage to show jumping and there are 160 permanent stables within the race course grounds accompanied by a canteen and lodge accommodation.

Horse racing enthusiasts know all about Aintree races and as a comprehensive sporting, leisure, corporate and recreational centre, the old racecourse is enjoying a whole new lease of life. Make the most of life and leisure with all Aintree has to offer.