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What time do gates open?

Gates open 11.50am.

What are the security restrictions in place at this concert?

Please note the below is not an exhaustive list.
- Everyone attending the event is likely to be subject to a search; this may include pat-downs and/or metal detector checks, and some people may be asked to take part in enhanced searches. In the unlikely event you refuse to take part in a search, you will not be admitted.

- Please do not bring any aerosols on site - these will set off the metal detectors on arrival. The aerosols will be confiscated for safety reasons.

- Illegal weapons & drugs are not permitted by law and will be confiscated. Anyone in possession of such items will be detained by the police. There will be specialist detection dogs in attendance.

- Under 18s must be accompanied by an adult aged over 18.

What is the accessibility like at the Racecourse?

We have a designated accessibility page on website -

The racecourse is fully accessible, however some of the facilities are located in a green field area with some tarmac paths, located in the centre of the racecourse. While there are some sheltered areas, this is mainly an open air venue. There is an area for accessible viewing of the racing.

Weather & ground conditions may be variable in times of extreme weather, and mobility around the site may become more difficult.

Which areas can I access with my ticket?

All admission tickets will allow you access to the racing as well as the post-racing concert

Standard Admission tickets are GROUNDS ONLY. This means those with this type of ticket cannot gain access to the Sports Bar or any other area in the Hospitality Grandstand. There will be numerous concession stands serving food & drink around the course on the day.

Grandstand Access tickets give you access into the Grandstand and Sports Bar as well as standard admission access for the day.

Gold Enclosure  tickets give access to the Gold Enclosure plus premium concert viewing for the music after racing. You also have access into the Grandstand throughout the afternoon. This includes VIP parking/drop off. A dress code applies.

Fairwood Restaurant, Summer Marquee & Afternoon Tipsy Tea tickets give Gold Enclosure access and premium viewing for the music after racing as well as access into those specific hospitality areas and the Grandstand throughout the afternoon. This includes VIP parking/drop off. A dress code applies.

Lawn Enclosure tickets do not permit access into the Gold Enclosure.

Picnic Tickets are not admission tickets. Alternative admission tickets must be purchased for access into the racecourse grounds.

Is there a dress code?

GOLD ENCLOSURE (including Club, Fairwood, Summer Marquee, Afternoon Tipsy Tea, Gold Enclosure Admission) - Ladies are required to wear a hat or fascinator; Gentlemen are required to wear a collared shirt and jacket/blazer. Smart jeans are allowed (no rips). No shorts, flip-flops or sports attire is permitted. A code of conduct will also be in operation in this area.

Standard Admission (Grounds Only) & Grandstand Entry - No sports clothing or flip flops. Tailored shorts are permitted

What time do the band start & finish?

The first act will begin at around 5.45pm-6pm. The day will finish at around 8-8.30pm.

Can we bring food & drink into the venue?

No external food or drink is permitted to be brought into the venue. If you have a specific dietary requirement which cannot be satisfied by the on-course caterers, permission to bring alternative provisions into the course requires written confirmation from the racecourse.
You can bring a small bottle of un-opened water into the venue - if it has been opened it will be confiscated.
Customers who have purchased the Picnic Tickets will be required to enjoy this in the designated areas which are outside the main venue.

Is there a welfare tent on site?

Yes, we have a welfare tent on site. They will also have tap water for all guests, free of charge. You can also get water free of charge from all the bars.

What time does racing start?

The first race is at 1.20pm Please note all times may be subject to change following declarations of the horses. 

What time does the day end?

The final race of the day is 5.20pm and the music is expected to finish around 8pm.

What happens in the case of inclement weather?

This is an outdoor venue with an all-weather racing surface and this will enable the event to go ahead even if it rains! Please dress accordingly; unfortunately the Great British weather is beyond our control (although the sun always shines at Chelmsford City!). Please keep an eye on our Twitter page (@ChelmsfordCRC) for weather updates in the lead up to the event.

Are there any hospitality/restaurant options available?

All hospitality is sold out for this event. 

What food options are available in the venue?

We have a number of different food concessions on course and there will be dairy free, gluten free, vegetarian and vegan options available. Guests with specific dietary requirements not covered in this list are requested to contact the racecourse by email to with their specific request. 

Can we bring children?

Children are permitted, however please be aware that this is an adult environment including alcohol and gambling. All children must have a valid ticket which must be pre-purchased.

Is parking available on site?

Parking is available to all guests and is included in your ticket price. Details of where to park is included in your ticket email/letter.

The car parks may be located some way from the actual venue, so please make sure when leaving your car you have brought all your valuable items with you, and you have your tickets.

Can we take a taxi?

Yes. Taxi pick-up and drop-off points are located in the BLUE car park. There is no taxi rank at the venue, so all taxis must be pre-booked.

Can I leave my car overnight?

You may leave your car overnight, however this is entirely at the owner’s risk. Cars may be collected between 9am-12noon on the 21nd June 2019.

What’s the closest train station?

The closest train station is Braintree, however trains run more frequently to Chelmsford. There is no bus that runs directly to the Racecourse. We recommend pre-booking a taxi.

Are there any hotels nearby?

Chelmsford City Racecourse is positioned in an ideal spot between Braintree and Chelmsford, near the town of Great Leighs. There are various accommodation options available.
For hotels near the Racecourse, please click here to look on Hotels Combined

Is there a bus running from Great Leighs?

There is no shuttle bus running for this event.

Is there pedestrian access to the racecourse?

For the safety of our guests, there is NO pedestrian access to the venue, with the exception of the designated routes from the car parking areas and from Great Leighs Village via the Dog & Partridge Underpass.

Can I bring a chair?

Small folding camping chairs are permitted into the course, however the use and positioning of these will be at the discretion of the security team on the day.

Can we bring a picnic blanket to sit on through the day or is there plenty of seating about?

You are allowed to bring in a picnic blanket, but no food or drink is permitted.

There will be seating around the Racecourse.

Do the bars accept card?

Ladies Day will operate a cashless system. To pre-purchase credit for this event, please click here. Wristbands with RFID chips will be issued on arrival to the course. 

Are there any lockers available?

No - we do not have lockers available for use.

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