Beginners guide to racing | Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse

Beginners guide to racing

You may have been racing before but if you’re new to racing at Bangor-on-Dee, the following will act as a helpful guide to getting your most out of your day.

Before you arrive

For any day out, it’s always useful to plan your travel and what you’re going to wear.  By following our social media feeds, we’ll keep you updated on any traffic incidents you might need to be aware of and you’ll get a head start on some of the inside tips direct from the track.


What to wear

Like fashion, the dress code at Bangor-on-Dee has seasons. The summer season is a time when many racegoers like to dress up, including the donning of hats, however, at Bangor-on-Dee, unlike a lot of courses, we have no strict dress code in our public enclosures.

In winter, it’s especially important to be comfortable and dress for the elements so you will often see racegoers in long boots or even wellingtons, winter jackets and ear-warming hats.

If you are planning on dining in one of our hospitality facilities or restaurants, please note that denim and trainers aren’t permitted.

If you are attending racing as part of a celebration (say Hen or Stag party) and are planning on wearing fancy dress, please contact box office and who can provide you with further advice.

Depending on the type of admission booked, you will have a ticket or a cardboard swing-badge. The latter should be prominently displayed - usually from a button hole or a handbag strap - so that it can be readily seen by officials.

A good deal of walking is involved is part and parcel for any racecourse visit, often on grassy ground so be practical when it comes to footwear and dressing for the elements.


What to take

Having a flutter at the races is all part of the day out so if you even plan on having a £2 bet, you’ll need to ensure you bring cash with you.  If you run short, worry not, a cash machine can be found in the Wynnstay. You can also pay by card at selected bars and food outlets.

Camera / Camera Phone
It’s common for a lot of people to have a built-in camera within their mobile phone and we encourage you to take images of your party enjoying your day out, in fact, we really like to see the images you take when sharing on social media. However, flash photography does spook horses so please ensure you turn your flash off when close to horses.

If you have binoculars at home, why not bring them with you and follow the racing action live.  However, we do show all races on TVs around the racecourse and on the big screen so you don’t miss a moment of the action.


On the day

Getting to the races

By Road 
Bangor-on-Dee lies just 25 minutes from Chester and is well-signed from the main A483 southbound. From the South and Midlands, take the M6 and M54 (j3) then the A41 to Whitchurch and finally the A525 towards Wrexham.

If you are using a SatNav, the postcode LL13 0DA should be used.

Car Parking
Car parking is free at Bangor-on-Dee racecourse. Racegoers can erect gazebos out in the Course Enclosure. They are chargeable at £10 per gazebo.

By Rail
Wrexham General Station is the closest to the Racecourse and a free bus service operates from the Racecourse on scheduled racedays. The bus leaves the station 90 minutes before the first race. Be sure to check race times before planning your travel by bus from the Station.

By Air
For helicopter landings, you must contact the racecourse on 01978 782 081 to plan in arrival / departure times and be guided on landing area. 


Race times

The start of the first race will vary from meeting to meeting. The closer the start, the busier the traffic, so we’d suggest you aim to arrive about an hour and a half before the first race. This will give you time to familiarise yourself with the racecourse layout, have a bite to eat, catch up with friends and view the horses in the Parade Ring before the first race.


Be sure to pick up a racecard when you arrive.  Racecards are racing’s official programme, a guide to the day’s runners and riders and useful information to help you get the most out your day out.


Food & Drink

There are ample opportunities to indulge when you get to Bangor-on-Dee with a variety of different food and drink concessions on offer.  

The Paddock Enclosure food court offers racegoers a range of food and beverage options to choose from. There's something for every appetite including The Grill, Stable Door and Traditional Fish &Chips.

Alternatively, you could upgrade your day and enjoy a Hospitality Package. Restaurant dining at Bangor is often a nice way to escape the elements and if you’ve purchased an admission ticket, you can often upgrade to a restaurant by paying the difference before your visit. 

Find out more by visiting the hospitality section of the website.

Pace Yourself

Here at Bangor-on-Dee, we promote sensible drinking so free tap water is available at all of our bars.  We advise that you pace yourself and allow one soft drink to every alcoholic drink.


Betting with Bangor Bet
Betting Bangor Bet is very simple and easy to understand. The ‘live information’ screens around the course and close to every betting position give you an indication of how much you could win. These ‘odds’ are shown to a £1 stake and are a live estimate of the likely Racecourse Price (RP). The confirmed RP is generated as soon as the race finishes so as soon as your horse wins, and the official result has been announced, take your winning ticket to any Bangor Bet position where the operator will scan it and pay you your winnings.

If you’d consider yourself a betting novice, why not ask our friendly Bangor Bet staff for some advice, they’d be happy to help explain odds and suggest some fun bets for you to place.



At Bangor-on-Dee Racecourse we pride ourselves in providing modern facilities for all racegoers.  Limited hard-standing parking is available in the car park, facilitating easy access to the turnstiles. Alternatively, there are designated accessible car parking areas in all car parks.

The Racecourse is single storey, making all public areas easily accessible to disabled racegoers. A raised viewing platform is provided in the Paddock enclosure. All areas and enclosures are accessible. Aide dogs are welcome. Disabled racegoers will be charged the standard ticket price, but if they are accompanied by a carer, the carer may enter designated areas free of charge.  No accessibility statement produced – need to check if required.

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