Warwick Racecourse has put new measures in place across the course to improve racegoers’ experience on New Year’s Eve following the feedback from last year’s event.
The end-of-year fixture is one of the most popular of the season at Warwick with a crowd of more than 6000 people expected.
The capacity of the main enclosure has been reduced and an extra enclosure will be opened in the centre of the course.
The Centre Course Party Enclosure will feature a tiered grandstand, a giant seated marquee and live performances from contemporary Irish-band Lampa, who were a huge hit at the track on last New Year’s Eve. Tickets for this area are priced at £12.50.
A wide range of food and drink will be available from 25 external catering outlets across the course and more external toilets will be brought on site than ever before.
Warwick Racecourse General Manager Andre Klein said that racegoers’ experience is a priority at all racedays and they have listened to the feedback from last New Year’s Eve to make these changes.
“The New Year’ Eve Raceday is a hugely popular fixture that continues to grow each year and we’ve put new measures in place to cater for that growth,” he said.
“These changes will ease congestion and reduce queue times across the course – enhancing the experience for those looking to get their New Year’s celebrations started early with us.
“In addition to our normal bars, we have brought in a record number of external catering outlets and the new enclosure in the centre of the course will create even more space to enjoy the day.
“We pride ourselves on providing the best experience possible at all of our racedays, so we have listened to the feedback from 2018 and are confident these changes will improve the experience on the afternoon.”
The day will feature a packed afternoon of racing, with seven races taking place, the first getting underway at 12.25pm and the last at 3.40pm. Each race on the card is sponsored by Local Parking Security.
Spot prizes will be on offer for punters donning the best racing attire throughout the day.
There will also be live music from The Peas for racegoers on the grandstand side of the venue.
Andre added: “We get started early and it gives racegoers a chance to join us in the day before heading off to their evening celebrations.
“We’ve had another fantastic year here at Warwick Racecourse and we’re looking forward to it ending on a high note this New Year’s Eve.”
Gates open at 10.25am. Advanced general admission to the main enclosure tickets start from £17.50 and under 18s entry is free of charge, when attending with a responsible adult.
The Centre Course Party Enclosure is priced at £12.50 but a limited amount of tickets are available.
Racegoers are encouraged to buy their tickets in advance to avoid disappointment on the day.