MORE ABOUT CHESTER RACECOURSE
The History of Chester Racecourse
The origins of Chester Racecourse begin underwater, where Chester functioned as a harbour on the River Dee until silt began forming an island in the river. Shortly after, a cross was built on the island, hence the racecourse adopting the name The Roodee, which means Island of the Cross.
Under the reign of Henry VIII and Mayor Gee, horse racing replaced football on Shrove Tuesday and became a major event during the Medieval Period. At the time, race winners were awarded with Silver Bells before the Chester Cup was introduced.
In 1903, global celebrity Buffalo Bill made an appearance at the Roodee and since then Chester Racecourse has been known for many more noteworthy appearances. In 2012, Jason Maguire and his winning horse of the Chester Cup rode down Watergate Street with the Olympic Torch.
Chester Racing Events
Chester Cup Day
Ladies & Gents Evening
City Plate Day
Other Events at Chester Racecourse
Aside from horse racing, a number of other events can be enjoyed at Chester. These events range from award ceremonies to exhibitions and outdoor events.
Chester Racecourse also hosts Chester Polo, founded in 2006 and holds two tournaments for the sport each season on its grounds.
Chester Racecourse Hospitality
The perfect way to experience all the thrill and joy of Chester Racecourse is with a VIP Hospitality Package. As an Official Hospitality Supplier (OHS) we are delighted to provide exclusive hospitality packages and tickets for the Chester May Festival in 2020. We offer a range of packages tailored to suit guests visiting throughout the festival. Our guests indulge in fine dining experiences, relish afternoon teas and network with important clients over champagne receptions, all with exceptional views of the racecourse.
Experience Chester May Festival in 2020 in true style with our exclusive corporate hospitality at Chester Racecourse. Book your VIP tickets and hospitality packages early to avoid disappointment.