More about Sandown Park Racecourse
The History of Sandown Racecourse
Sandown racecourse was one of the first racecourses to initially charge for attendance, it was also the first to have a members’ enclosure.
The racecourse was opened in 1875 and racegoers had to pay at least half a crown. The first race meeting held at Sandown racecourse took place over three days beginning on the 22nd of April. The Grand International Steeple Chase took place which awarded over two thousand pounds to the winner, making it the most valuable steeplechase in that season.
Getting to Sandown Racecourse
Sandown racecourse is situated in parkland within the town of Esher. It is within the M25 and only 15 miles from South West London.
From London, take the A3 and follow the brown venue signs to Sandown Park Racecourse. Exit the A3 onto the A307 and continue to follow the brown venue signs.
Alternatively, from the M25, exit at Junction 10 and follow the A3 towards London. Exit onto the A307 and follow the brown venue signs.
Please note that if you are using a SatNav or GPS system, it is better to enter ‘Portsmouth Road’ instead of the postcode. This will lead guests to the main car park which is directly in front of the main entrance.
Parking at the centre of the racecourse is free for guests to use, there are also four charging points for electric car users. There are also free disabled parking zones in the main car park at Portsmouth Road.
Dress Code at Sandown Racecourse
During the winter months, jump racing is prominent at Sandown. The dress code during colder months will differ from during the summer. Fashion choices should be smart whilst still allowing you to remain warm and comfortable. Many racegoers will opt for a tweed blazer or jacket during these months. Hats are not essential but they do provide an extra layer of warmth.
Within the Premier Enclosure, it is advised that men wear either a collared shirt, polo or a polo necked jumper. Although jackets and ties are not essential, many racegoers do opt for this. Ladies are advised to dress as though attending a special occasion. Fascinators and hats are welcome but are not mandatory. Smart looking jeans are permitted within this enclosure however shorts, trainers, flip flops and sportswear are not allowed.
Within the Grandstand Enclosure, there is a more relaxed and informal dress code. Smart shorts, jeans and trainers are allowed. However vests and football shirts are not allowed.
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