A DAY AT
Enjoy all the fun and excitement of a day at the races with friends, family or work colleagues. A warm Borders welcome awaits at Kelso Racecourse.
Kelso Racecourse stages racing over steeplechase fences and hurdles throughout a season which commences in September each year and concludes with Ladies Day at the end of May.
Scottish Borders National Day
Festive Fling Raceday
Chairman’s Cup Day
bet365 Morebattle Hurdle Day
Mother’s Day Raceday
Plan Your Visit
Where to Stay
Grade II Listed, luxury Georgian hotel set in glorious surroundings with views over the River Tweed.
Set in the elegant countryside of the Scottish Borders, this historic estate features a luxury hotel.
The Buccleuch Arms, built in 1836 as a hunting lodge by the 5th Duke of Buccleuch is central to the Borders and hosted many weary travellers from all walks of life.
Located near the historic market town of Kelso, Springwood offers holiday homes for sale and self-catering holidays.
Make the most of every minute of your Kelso Racecourse experience by opting to stay a stone’s throw way in Kelso. The town is home to a variety of accommodation options.
A little more than a 30-minute drive away, Berwick-upon-Tweed is ideally located as a place to stay when visiting the racecourse, and offers a range of accommodation options.
For those who like to mix country with city, Edinburgh is approximately an hour away by car and provides an abundance of accommodation options.
Food & Drink
Whether you just want to grab a quick bite or go all out with a private hospitality experience, Kelso has it all with a wide choice of eating options available.
What to Wear?
We do not stipulate a dress code, but the norm is “smart casual”. For a lot of racegoers (especially on Ladies Day) dressing up is part of the fun of going racing. To enjoy all aspects of the Racecourse, you will need to do a fair bit of walking around, so give thought to your footwear and also the unpredictable Scottish weather!
Betting at the Races
Having a flutter can add extra excitement to a race. For some people, trying to find the winner of a race is like an intriguing puzzle – there’s satisfaction in being proved correct. For others it’s like taking ownership of a horse – we all have our favourites and we want them to do well. But, for many racegeoers, having a flutter is just a bit of fun – we trust to luck and hope we come out with a little than change in our pockets than we arrived with. All racegoers must be 18 years of age, or older, in order to place a bet.
We know that many racehorse owners look forward to seeing their horse run at the track and may wish to bring friends or family too. Once your horse is entered, Weatherbys will e-mail the registered owner for each runner with details about admission arrangements for each raceday.
We will allocate up to six complimentary admission tickets for the connections of each runner. For syndicates and large partnerships, we are pleased to provide additional admission tickets at half price.
We will provide up to six complimentary lunch vouchers for each runner (including those for the trainer, racehorse owner(s) and any guests invited by the owner or syndicate manager). Additional lunch vouchers may be purchased at £20 each. Once booked, admission tickets and lunch vouchers should be collected from the Owners’ Desk at the main entrance.
Please note: Kelso Racecourse does not subscribe to the Weatherbys PASS system.
We Welcome Well Behaved Dogs
We welcome well behaved dogs to Kelso Racecourse as long as they are kept on a lead at all times. With the exception of assistance dogs, we ask that pets are not taken into any of the internal areas that serve food.
Hospitality & Sponsorship
Make the most of your day at the races by opting for one of our hospitality packages.
Our reserved-table hospitality packages provide the ideal base for an afternoon’s racing and can accommodate from 2 to 200 guests. Please call the racecourse office for more details – following the pandemic, some days are fully booked with many transferred bookings and we are in the process of organising additional temporary structures.
The Border Post
The Border Post represents Jonathan Garratt's ill-thought-out musings on racing in the north of England and Scotland.
Jonathan has made a career out of being a racing geek & having spent time running The Sun newspaper’s ‘Punters Club’, the (long departed) Sporting Life’s Green-card Service, Worcester Racecourse, Fontwell Park, Scottish Racing Marketing Ltd, Cartmel Racecourse and Kelso Racecourse
More than Racing
As a venue, we host various events throughout the year and are a great venue if you are planning your next event.
Be it indoors, outdoors or a combination of both we have the facilities to accommodate your event. We can cater for a variety of tastes from a finger buffet to a sit-down meal and you will have our professional and competent staff on hand to make sure that the day goes smoothly.
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