Kelso’s original grandstand was built in 1822 and many addition facilities have been introduced during the subsequent two hundred years, some more accessible than others. The racecourse is now going through a phased redevelopment and one of our priorities is to make as many areas as possible accessible to all.
Priority parking spaces, at the front of the car park, are available for blue badge holders. Although our friendly racecourse stewards should be able to direct you to a space on raceday, space is subject to availability, so please do phone the racecourse office to book a space in advance if you can (free of charge).
Trackside Parking, alongside the finishing straight, is available to be booked (charges vary per raceday) together with raceday admission tickets. The Trackside Parking area is the only part of the racecourse where racegoers are permitted to consume their own food and drink – it therefore makes an excellent space for those who wish to be self-sufficient and bring a picnic.
Mobility & Viewing
Tarmac surfaces are prevalent throughout most of the public enclosures and, where there are gravel surfaces, we try to provide a solid flat alternative path which is suitable for wheelchairs and those who struggle with their mobility.
While the Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure benefit from stepped viewing, Kelso Racecourse boasts three unique viewing platforms (christened the “huddles”). Each round “huddle” is level with the top of the stepped viewing area, making them easily accessible for all, providing excellent views over the Parade Ring and Winners Enclosure.
The Racecourse has two raised viewing ramps offering views over the track. These are located to the front of the Younger Stand and the side of the Tweedie Stand (see the map).
Accessible Toilet Facilities
Permanent facilities are available on both floors of the Tweedie Grandstand and the ground floor of the Younger Grandstand. Temporary facilities are hired in for larger events and located around the site.
The hospitality facilities in the Tweedie Grandstand are accessible by lift. While the Younger Grandstand and Listed John Carr Grandstand are restricted to stepped access only, the Hamilton Rooms are located at ground level.
The ground floor bar in the Tweedie Grandstand benefits from a hearing loop near the cafeteria.
The Raceday Ready App holds a digital racecard which is compatible with some forms of reading software – converting text to audible comments.
Guide dogs and assistance dogs are permitted in all public areas of the racecourse.