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.
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.
From January 2019, Southwell will host evening fixtures for the first time, following the installation of state of the art floodlights at the Nottinghamshire track.