Saddle Up for a full summer of racing and entertainment

Summer means one thing for us at Carlisle Racecourse busy, busy, busy both on and off the track getting ready for all the different events throughout our favourite season of the year!

June sees us host the Carlisle Bell and Cumberland Plate race meeting which dates back to the late 1500’s, in the early days of organised horse racing. It’s amazing to see the original Bell Trophies here at Carlisle Racecourse so be sure to check them out near to the parade ring on Wednesday 22nd June. A big thank you as always to the team at Tullie House who have once again kindly agreed to allow us display them here for the afternoon. The day really is surrounded by history and heritage and you can sense the atmosphere from the enthusiastic crowd, all eagerly anticipating the high standard of racing.  

We are the host of the listed Class 1 race, the Eternal Stakes, here at Carlisle Racecourse and it’s the only Class 1 flat race of our season. It may sound quite complex but the basics are self-explanatory, with the lowest number of classes and grades equating to the best horses and the most prestigious races. The race was first run in 2003 at our sister racecourse Warwick and was run there for 11 years until 2014 when the race was transferred to Newmarket. The quality of racing is exceptionally high – so much so that 2015 saw no less than HM Queen Elizabeth sending one of her horses to run in the race. Sadly Touchline finished 3rd to Excilly, a worthy winner who travelled up from Cheshire with trainer Tom Dascombe.  

Thursday 13th June will see us launch our brand new luxurious executive suites. Working closely with Black Box architects and Uber Designs we really have given them a bit of a makeover! If you have a special event coming up or are interested in having a little look, please give us a shout - we are over the moon with the end result.

An evening at the races with Will Young on Saturday 2nd July will soon be upon us. Planning is all completed and we are just really looking forward to welcoming Will to Carlisle. In a recent interview he told us how excited he was to playing outside under the sunny skies of Carlisle and how he always has a great time at the races. There will be 6 fast, flat races before Will takes to the stage to perform some of hits including ‘Light my fire’, ‘Leave Right Now’ and ‘Jealousy’. We can’t wait for a sing along in the sunshine!

Hopefully you have all started the preparations for our #AmazingMonday on 1st August – don’t forget to get your tickets from or by calling 0344 579 3002 for the best Monday of the year! 


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