Racehorses have been trained around Barbury for over a century & the wider area is a haven for lovers of fast horses. Holding four Point to Point meetings a year, Barbury racecourse is set within a natural amphitheatre in picturesque countryside.
A well established and much loved Point to Point track, it’s an enjoyable & inexpensive day out for all the family. Bring a picnic, enjoy good quality sport and have a laugh with friends.There’s plenty of space for the children to run around & if it’s bad weather you can watch the racing from your car – no grandstands here!
The racecourse is popular with riders, and, for spectators, it’s a chance to see young riders coming up the ranks or old favourites returning to the track. There’s plenty of room around the paddock & winner’s enclosure & unlike other professional sports, both the jockeys & trainers are very approachable & happy to autograph.
Situated just moments from Swindon and the M4, the incredibly welcoming community means you don’t need to be an expert to enjoy your day. It’s easy to see all the action and there’s plenty of time to wander around, have a drink or bite to eat, or browse some of the stalls.
With meetings held from December to April it’s a fun day out for anyone who loves sport and the outdoors.
I grew up in Wiltshire and the Marlborough Downs have been my backyard for over 40 years. The rolling down land and the flourishing market towns make Wiltshire a very special county. Rural enough to stimulate its own culture and social life, yet close enough to urban centres like Bristol and London to draw external influences, the towns and villages of Wiltshire provide a big draw without the cost of some of our more fashionable county neighbours. It’s said that if you lie on a Sarsen stone and it moves, you’ll be cured of an ailment; the Wiltshire bug got me early, and I’ve no plans to surrender it!
Peter McNeile, Barbury Racecourse
Barbury Castle has hosted racing for over 100 years, since Aubrey Hastings and Ivor Anthony dominated the Flat and Jumps calendars in the early years of the twentieth century. Now you can enjoy highly competitive steeplechasing in the natural amphitheatre of Barbury Racecourse each winter across four fixtures from December – April. This is the home of racing in Wiltshire, an estate which also hosts top trainer Alan King, with Emma Lavelle, Brian Meehan and George Baker a stone’s throw away. But each day is not just about the racing; there’s shops, a bar, bookmakers and fun for all the family in the bracing fresh air of Barbury.
This January, Barbury stages the first ever international Point-to-Point steeplechases in the UK. We’re expecting a strong team from Ireland to try and take the record prize money back home, and it’s more than possible an invasion may come from the outer reaches of the UK too, as the Welsh and Scottish limber up for this inaugural fixture. Come and see the best of British against the rest at Barbury on January 14.
Barbury Races is less than 30mns from Lambourn, so-called Valley of the Racehorse, which means you can be sure of bumping into one of your Jump racing heroes when you come to Barbury Races. Alan King, Nicky Henderson, Charlie Mann, Warren Greatrex – they all pass through to check out the latest emerging riding talent on display in Barbury’s highly competitive races.