Racing FAQs

Your questions answered

Find out answers to frequent questions about going racing at Kempton Park.

How do I buy tickets?

Tickets can be booked via our website by clicking on an event and selecting the ‘Book Now’ button. Alternatively call our ticket hotline on 0844 579 3008.

Help – I've never placed a bet before.

Don’t panic, it’s easy. First, review your racecard and choose your horse. Next, choose your style of betting. You can bet with a bookmaker where you will be offered fixed odds (the likelihood of your horse winning) or place a bet with the tote, where your money will be added to their country-wide pool and you will receive a proportionate cut if you win. The ‘longer’ the odds (where the difference between the first and second numbers is greater, eg 100/1 rather than 7/4) the less chance the bookmakers think the horse has of winning the race – but the more you will take home if it does. Favourites will have ‘shorter’ odds (where the difference between the first and second numbers is smaller, eg 2/1) and show the bookmakers think the horse has a greater chance of winning the race. If you like the horse, but are not confident of the win, go ‘each way’. This means you will win if your horse is ‘placed’ (placings vary per race, depending on the number of horses competing - check before you place your bet). Choose your best viewing position, get ready, and cheer like mad. After the race, collect your winnings (!) and celebrate in style…

What are the eating and drinking facilities?

There is a huge range of catering options at Kempton Park. The Panoramic Bar and Restaurant has one of the finest views of any racecourse. With our caterers, the dining can only be described as superb. We can cater for groups of up to 150, private or networking, all with fantastic views and access to Europe’s premier floodlit racecourse. Call 01932 753518 or email events.kempton@jockeyclubracecourses.com for bookings and enquiries. Cocktails? Head up to the Panoramic Bar and check out the views over your favourite tipple. This area offers a fantastic vista of the course and is available on most days, subject to demand. Food on the hoof? There is a huge range of fast food in the Paddock Enclosure (ground floor of the Grandstand). You can choose from fish and chips, curry, sandwiches or noodles. Bubbly in style? Revel in the glamour of the Champagne Bar. Serving the best bubbly and fresh seafood, this venue has easy access to both the Parade Ring and trackside lawns. Thirsty work? All areas have bars serving a wide range of alcoholic and soft drinks. The bars open at the same time as the gates and stay open for one hour after racing in the afternoon. There’s no need to rush off after the last race – stay and enjoy the atmosphere, while celebrating your win!

What happens after the races?

It’s not just about racing – we want you to have a memorable experience and aim to keep you entertained long after the horseboxes have departed. After racing on our themed nights there is often live music and for all fixtures the bars stay open for half an hour after racing.

Is there free car parking?

Yes. Free parking is available on all of our racedays. The main car park is free at the majority of fixtures however certain exclusions do apply. Please check our Directions & Parking page for more info.

Do you offer concessions?

Yes. Children under 18 accompanied by an adult are admitted free on the majority of our fixtures, some may be excluded. One adult may accompany a maximum of two children Students showing a valid NUS card are entitled to £5 off General Admission on all days excluding the William Hill Winter Festival and music nights. Senior citizens are entitled to a £5 discount at the gate with valid ID, excluding the William Hill Winter Festival and music nights. Please note: concessions & discounts do not apply on 26/27 December.

Are there group discounts?

Unlike other racecourses, we offer a generous 20% discount on all pre-booked tickets. Being so close to London, we’re popular with hen and stag parties wishing to travel into the city after racing. All are welcome. Call 0844 579 3008 for information or bookings. Please note: concessions & discounts do not apply on 26/27 December.

Can I book in advance?

Yes, we recommend you book in advance as it reduces waiting times at the gate, allows you to take advantage of any special packages tailored for pre-bookers and saves you money. Bookings can be made up to midday on the day of night fixtures or 5pm on the day before afternoon racing. Tickets will be dispatched by post for all bookings received up to five days before racing; all others will be available for collection on arrival. Call 0844 579 3008 or go to the Ticket Hot Spot. A fee applies to all ticket bookings.

What's included in a Winner Package

A Winner Package consists of: Admission Racecard £2 tote bet £10 food & beverage voucher Free return to selected Kempton Park fixtures (excludes William Hill Winter Festival and Kempton Live music nights).

How do I find Kempton Park?

By Road Kempton Park sits between Sunbury-on-Thames and Hampton Court on the A308, south-west London. We are less than a mile from J1 of the M3 and J12 of the M25. By Rail The racecourse boasts its own train station, Kempton Park, 200 yards from the Main Entrance. On race days/nights, trains run every half-hour from London Waterloo (journey time 40min). The last train back into London leaves at 11.16pm.

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