What you need to know about Wolverhampton

Arena Racing Company

What are the differences between Enclosures?

Grandstand Enclosure - This is often called Tattersalls at other racecourses. This enclosure gives you access to the Grandstand and most ground floor areas, except the Ringside Restaurant, giving you various bars and eating areas to choose from. The Grandstand has a great view of the winning post.

Premier Enclosure- This gives you access to all public areas. With this ticket you can enter the Premier bar and Restaurant in the Sunbeam Suite.

All enclosures have TOTE and Ladbrokes betting facilities. The Boards and rails bookmakers can be found outside in front of the track. If the weather is inclement, the Boards bookmakers may be found inside the concourse.

If you're looking for a winner in the paddock then a few things to watch out for might include:

  • A sleek and shiny coat: that's normally an indication of a horse's wellbeing.
  • A swagger or elegance; even at the parade ring, a horse's athleticism is evident.
  • A relaxed horse is one that is not wasting nervous energy before the race, so if a horse is sweating or uneasy in the paddock, that's not usually a good sign.
  • Well-toned muscle and just a hint of rib showing is a sign that the horse is in peak physical condition; as with most human runners, sprinters tends to carry a little more muscle (and have quite big backsides!) compared to a horse that runs over longer distances, so bear that in mind.

Is there a dress code?

Customers in the Premier Enclosure and all hospitality areas are respecfully asked to refrain from wearing T-shirts, shorts or training shoes.
Casual wear is acceptable in the Grandstand Enclosure.

Can I bring my own food and drink on a raceday?

Bringing your own food and drink onsite is not permitted unless otherwise stated within the individual fixture listing. Bag checks are in operation on various racedays.

Do I have to book tickets in advance?

Advance booking is recommended for our feature fixtures but tickets can be purchased on the day of the fixture. Punters Package and Hospitality packages do require advance booking.

Do children need tickets / have to pay?

Accompanied under 18's are admitted FREE of charge to both the Grandstand and Premier Enclosures. For restaurant prices please call us on 01902 390027.

What time do gates open on a race day?

Gates open two hours prior to the first race. Please check the fixture of your choice for the latest times and information.

Are dogs permitted on the racecourse?

Assistance dogs only are allowed on the racecourse.

Do I have to pay for parking?

No, we have 1500 FREE parking spaces.

Ladies Evening

For our Ladies Evening we encourage smart dress. This usually means dresses or suits and hats for ladies and a suit and tie for gentlemen. There are competitions for the Best Dressed Lady and Best Hat.

May I take photographs?

At all meetings we ask you to ensure that no flash photography takes place near the horses. Otherwise you are welcome to take photographs for personal non-commercial use only. During live music and entertainment, the artists' management retain all image rights. Any photographer that is felt 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 Wolverhampton for various publications and broadcasting and race goers (including families) consent to being filmed, photographed and otherwise recorded by Wolverhampton Racecourse or any third party authorised by Wolverhampton Racecourse. You grant Wolverhampton Racecourse and any third party authorised by Wolverhampton Racecourse 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 Wolverhampton Racecourse. Full copies of our Terms & Conditions are available upon request.