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.
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.