Accessibility at Beverley Racecourse - Introduction
We want everyone to enjoy their day out at Beverley Racecourse. Our staff are always on hand to help, and you can choose from the options at the top of this page to see how we cater for groups with specific accessibility requirements. We have an ongoing programme of improvements to our accessibility provision so you are likely to see this information changing throughout the season.
If you feel we’ve overlooked any specific needs, require further information, or would like us to help plan your visit, please don’t hesitate to contact us by email or by phone on 01482 867488.
Disabled toilets are available in all enclosures and are all fitted with RADAR locks on them. The National Key Scheme, sometimes known as the RADAR Scheme, aims to provide disabled key holders with independent access to the toilets provided for them and increase the likelihood of the facilities being in a useable state. All our disabled toilets have a sign on them indicating they are RADAR accessible only and you can access a spare radar key from the bar, should you not carry your own.
We are wheelchair friendly throughout most areas of the course, with disabled viewing stands overlooking the track and parade rings, and reduced mobility car parking close to the racecourse.
We have ample free car-parking on the Westwood opposite the course. There is a designated disabled car park located at the front of the main car park, with stewards on-hand to assist with parking and directions. A blue badge is required to gain access to this area. Cross the road to gain access to the course.
There are no steps at the Premier Enclosure entrance.
There is a passenger lift available up to the first and second floors, which provides access into the Attraction Restaurant.
There are disabled toilets on the ground and second floors of this stand.
There is a step-free tarmac path up to the Terrace and 1690 Bars.
Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure
Reduced mobility entry into this enclosure is via the metal gates near the Parade Ring (the end of the course furthest from Beverley). If you haven’t yet purchased a ticket you can do so at the Raceday Office, just on your right.
There are step free entrances into Rapid Lad Bar, the Touch Above Bar and the Minster Bar. We apologise that there is currently no lift to access Cleverly’s Bistro or the second floor of the Grandstand; our main grandstand re-build in 2020 will address this.
The Paddock Bar on the first floor of the Weighing Room has lift access up to it and ramps around the building. Access to a fantastic viewing balcony is available.
There is a tarmac path to the Parade Ring.
A specially reserved viewing platform is provided against the running rail at the bottom of the Parade Ring.
This enclosure is primarily on grass. You can take a cars into the Course Enclosure to enjoy a picnic and have your car close to the racing action. The disabled car park is located at the end of the car park closest to the bar and amenities; please ask a steward to direct you and have your blue badge on display.
There is a unisex disabled toilet at the end of the Hurn Bar, the Course Enclosure’s only building.
Owners & Trainers
The Owners and Trainers Building is on Ground level and the Reception Desk for PASS entry is at ground level with a step free entrance to the course.
We have a wheelchair available for loan; please contact the office on 01482 867488 if you would like to reserve it for a meeting. You will need to leave a £10 deposit.
Our entire raceday experience can be enjoyed by anyone with hearing impairments; in 2018 we became the first racecourse to partner with the British Deaf Association to create a trial ‘deaf-friendly raceday’. We have since developed a number of measures to accommodate our hearing impaired visitors.
You can book online here; if you have any questions you can email us and we’ll be happy to help
Sign Language Interpreted Days
Throughout 2019 we will be hosting a number of racedays with BSL interpretation and guidance to introduce you to the fantastic sport of racing; please contact Kate Mckee for more information.
Friendly Bars and Betting Points
Some of our bars and betting points now feature staff with extra training, some BSL skills, and are equipped with pens and paper for easy communication. We will update further details of these in due course.
We offer a wide range of catering options here at Beverley Racecourse and aim to cater for as many dietary requirements as possible across the venue. If you’re joining us on a raceday or at an event and have a specific dietary need you must let us know in advance, so that we can guide you as to the best option and make sure we’re prepared. Simply email Sara or call on 0113 287 6387 who will be able to talk you through the options available.
Hospitality & Restaurant Dining
If you’re dining with us either in a private box, the Attraction Restaurant, a hospitality marquee, or Dine and View then please do notify us of any dietary requirements in advance. If we’re aware of what you need we can adapt the menu to suit. If you’re not the main organiser it’s always worth notifying them of your requirements so that they can arrange it with us, via the contact details shown above.
The menu in the Attraction Restaurant does include dietary notes for those ordering on the day rather than in advance with the majority of the predominant dietary requirements (gluten free, diary free, vegetarian, vegan etc.) being catered for.
Eateries Around the Course
There are a number of options when it comes to eating around the course and in the majority of these areas our caterers aim to keep a variety of items available for dietary requirements such as vegetarian, nut free and gluten free. Availability of these items can’t always be guaranteed as it depends on the demand on any given day. If you require something specific we’d always recommend getting in touch with us in advance, so that we can be prepared for your visit.
Not a standard inclusion within accessibility guides, however we recognise that being an older visitor who is not a wheelchair or mobility scooter user but with some limited mobility can require some extra provision.
The first rows of the grandstand are priority seating for those with limited mobility (please note you will still need to ascend some steps). Please ask our stewards if you require any assistance in clearing these.
We have also created a ‘Bring Your Own Seating’ zone on the lawn outside the Touch Above Bar; if you need to bring your own chair to the course you can pitch it here.
Staying Warm and Dry
Blankets and umbrellas are available from staff on the Premier and Grandstand & Paddock receptions (you will need to leave a deposit) so if you’re feeling the cold and the rain, come and see us and we’ll do our best to sort it!
Racecards and Reading Glasses
If you require a large print racecard or have forgotten your reading glasses and need to borrow a pair, please contact staff on either the Premier or Grandstand & Paddock reception, who will be able to help!
Visiting With Young Children
We know visiting with young children can be demanding, so we have a few measures in place to help make your day easier.
We’ve organised child size portions at some of our catering units so feeding them needn’t break the bank; in the Course Enclosure you can get a children’s portion of sausage and chips or chicken nuggets and chips for £3.50, and a portion of chips for £2. In the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure for £4 you can enjoy chips with a choice of sausage, fishcake, fish fingers or a chicken strip from the Cod Bless This Plaice shop in the Touch Above Bar.
A dedicated no-alcohol family zone will be available at our busier theme days, a picket-fenced safe zone ideal for families with young children wanting a calmer atmosphere.
Baby Changing and Feeding
Baby changing is available in all three enclosures, located in the disabled bathrooms. Please ask staff on the nearest bar for the key.
There are bottle warming stations located in the Minster Bar and the Hurn Bar; these are our quieter bars, which mean our staff have more time to help you. Breast-feeding mothers needing a private space to nurse can do so in our offices on the second floor of the Paddock building.