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Fancy a flutter?

Fancy a flutter?

There’s the beach, the lanes, the lawns, the shops, the pubs and the clubs, and the parks too. But just when you thought you knew all Brighton has on offer, there’s always something new to try.

Above the city, at the top of Elm Grove, is Brighton racecourse. If you never thought a day at the races would set your pulse racing, read on: With plenty on for the family and children, you just might find a day at the gee-gees is the bee’s knees!


Known to be one of the fastest courses in the country, Brighton racecourse dates back to 1783. It was established by some serious toffs: the Duke of Cumberland, the Marquess of Queensbury and the Earl of Egremont – I guess the first two would fight over the picnic sausages.

That said, it wasn’t long before us regular folk took an interest, in what became a very glamorous event on the social calendar.

So what’s on now?

The course has plenty of races running this summer. Best for the children and family is the ‘Alice in Raceland – Family Fun Day’. There’s a free fun fair and lots of games to keep the little ones busy. It’s far from a regular day at the track, so expect to see characters from Alice in Wonderland as the tote enjoys a tea party!

More dedicated race fans should look out for regular afternoon and evening racing. Chomping at the bit, fancying a flutter? Get yourself along on Tuesday evenings all through June, first race is at 6.00pm.

How do I find it?

Look here for directions:

Tickets are available here:

And more info here:

Brighton Racecourse
Freshfield Road
East Sussex

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