About Fakenham Racecourse
Fakenham Racecourse is located in the market town of Fakenham, Norfolk. It’s about a 45min drive north of Norfolk, so it’s in a pretty quiet part of the country. As a result, Fakenham Racecourse is one of the smallest in the country. This is a shame really as it’s also one of the most beautiful in the country too!
Racing first began in Fakenham in 1905, and since then has been offering National Hunt racing. However, in 2002 the venue was blessed with a new £1million grandstand! Due to its national hunt racing, Fakenham is a course which is mostly open during the winter season.
Fakenham Racecourse runs left-handed and covers a distance of about 1 mile. Being a small course means the turns here are quite sharp. Combining this with the short run-off and the tightest jumps in the country; Fakenham Racecourse is easily one of the hardest fixtures for jockeys.
Unfortunately, Fakenham Racecourse doesn’t really have any notable races so to speak. The biggest race of the year takes place during the national hunt meet in March. This is the Fakenham Silver Cup, a class three handicap hurdle ran over two miles. Even so, this race still only has a purse of around £20k, so not the largest sum.
Instead, it may be the facilities that sell you on the idea of a trip to Fakenham Racecourse. The racecourse is a popular caravan and camping site throughout the year.
If you’re only there for the day though, we’re sure you’ll be happy. With Prince Charles as the patron, it’s no surprise this venue is well looked after. Fakenham Racecourse has restaurants, food courts, children’s play areas, picnic areas and live entertainment. If you weren’t interested in horse racing, it’s still a place you’d want to visit!