The All-weather track at Southwell Racecourse
The All-weather track at Southwell Racecourse
Southwell Racecourse

A charming and friendly racing venue


Southwell Racecourse has been hosting horse racing meetings since 1898. The racecourse now holds over 50 fixtures a year, both on the flat all-weather track and the National Hunt turf course.
Graphic of the Southwell Racecourse track showing distance markers.
  • Built: 1898
  • Track: Fibresand (until Summer 2021), Tapeta (Late 2021 onwards)
  • Track Length: 1m 2f Oval, 5f Straight
  • Features: State of the art LED floodlight system
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Located near Newark-on-Trent, and set in the 145 acres of beautiful Nottinghamshire countryside it is one of the six all-weather tracks in the UK, with a unique fibresand surface – a mixture of sand and elastic fibres.

The all-weather track is a left-handed oval with tight bends at either end and a long 3f straight on the run in. It runs around the outside of the National Hunt turf course. The Oval is a mile-and-a-quarter for the round course with the bends having a slight camber built into them. The 2f spur means Southwell can run straight 5f races, the second longest All-Weather straight in the country after Newcastle’s one mile straight.

In October 2016 the fibresand on the back straight underwent £120,000 worth of refurbishment work in order to improve the drainage and provide an optimal race surface.

Raceday at Southwell Racecourse, with crowds watching the action from the grandstand.

As of March 2019, Southwell has hosted evening fixtures, following the installation of state of the art floodlights at the Nottinghamshire track.

In 2021, it was announced that the fibresand surface at Southwell would be replaced with the popular tapeta surface.  The new surface will be in place in late 2021, and will host races from Season 9 of the All-Weather Championships.

Contact The Course 

Clerk of the Course: David Attwood

Tel: 01636 814481

Mob: 07860 274289


Executive Director: Mark Clayton

Tel: 01636 814481


Southwell Racecourse

Find out more information directly from the racecourse website.

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