Kempton Park

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London has no shortage of attractions for residents and visitors and as the nation's capital city plays host to a bewildering array of entertainment options and leisure and recreational pursuits. For those not familiar with horse racing it may come as a surprise that there is a thoroughbred racecourse situated just 16 miles from the city centre. For those who know their racing however, Kempton Park is on the top of the list of things to do when in London.

Free Racing Tips The racecourse was established in 1878 and has become renowned as one of the world's greatest courses. Hosting both National Hunt and flat race fixtures, all of which are well attended and received Kempton offers all year round racing and is London's premier venue for both casual and keen racegoers.

Getting there from the city is easy since the course has its very own railway station, on the Waterloo to Shepperton line, and situated within easy reach of the worl's leading business and financial centre as well as one of the great visitor destinations, Kempton Park offers unparalleled hospitality for both business and leisure guests.

2006 heralded a new age for Kempton, with the introduction of floodlights and a new track surface.

The new track can certainly be said to be flat since it is made from an all weather synthetic material known as Polytrack.

The surface is superb for fast racing which certainly adds to the excitement of the races whether in flat or National hunt fixtures. Horse that succeed at Kempton are fast stayers; those who can hit the pace from the off and maintain it till the finish. Jump racing requires the added precision required to negotiate the fences at speed.

With floodlights and an all weather track, Kempton can stage a large number of events throughout the year and evening races have proved particularly popular with the London crowd. The superb facilities make for a very social experience and often themed nights are hosted and additional entertainment laid on for when the races finish. Day or night, Kempton, more than most racecourses, manages to combine horseracing and hospitality with consummate ease.

The hospitality counts for little without the quality of racing to match and at Kempton, world class racing forms an integral part of its appeal. The undoubted racing highlight at the course is the King George VI Chase. This is a Grade 1National Hunt fixture held on Boxing Day each year and is a chase which encompasses 18 jumps and three miles of thrilling horseracing. Open to four year olds and over, only the Cheltenham Gold Cup carries a greater prestige in National Hunt racing, evidenced by the quality of participants in the King George IV, with household name Desert Orchid winning the event a staggering four times.

Flat races are held throughout the year at Kempton in afternoon, evening, and weekend fixtures.
Kempton Park, inside rail

Group discounts are available when booked in advance for just 6 or more in the group, where each will enjoy a 20% reduction in entry fee. With free parking too a party day or evening out at Kempton can offer great value for money entertainment so close to Central London.

A General Admission ticket for Kempton Park will grant the ticket holder access to all public areas of the course which are open for that particular event. For the most popular events this will include the Premier Suite and Paddock Enclosure. When open, the Premier Suite offers terrific views from the first floor of the Grandstand and from the Premier Suite Lawn adjacent to the winning post. There is also a bar, lounge area, betting facilities and a number of first class dining options.

The Paddock Enclosure is the main area for racegoers and contains a wealth of facilities including numerous bars, a food court with various dining outlets, a digibet sports Bar and other betting facilities, and views of the track directly at the rails, where the ground shakes as the horse thunder past. During the Winter Festival there is also a Festival Enclosure set up whereby racegoers can take part in the highlight fixture of the season for much reduced prices.

A number of hospitality packages are available to suit any size of party or event at Kempton Park. The ideal option for small groups is a restaurant package which comprises a booked table for the extent of the races within the Panoramic Bar and Restaurant, which offers incredible views over the course. The package includes admission ticket, two-course meal and any post race entertainment.

Wednesday night is race night at Kempton Park and these fun-packed events with live music and entertainment to follow the races are held throughout the summer months. Take advantage with a Wednesday Winner Package.

Horseracing has always been associated with a certain elegance and sophistication and to experience the type of VIP treatment a certain clientele take for granted, racegoers can choose a private box or suite complete with all hospitality for clients, business colleagues and guests. A box or suite at the racing is also the perfect way to mark a special event or celebration with friends and family.