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FAQs

How many race meetings do you hold at Cocklebarrow each year?

Typically, we hold just the one meeting at the end of January.

Why is Cocklebarrow always in January and not in the Spring when the sun shines?!

Sadly, with the course being on well drained Cotswold brash, we’re unable to hold the racing later in the year when the sun tends to shine more, because the ground would be so hard, we would have no runners! Given we’re fairly snookered by the date, the family tent is a must, hence it being so large!

Do I need to buy my tickets in advance?

No you don't, however there will be quite a queue for tickets on the gate which will also be 50% more expensive if bought on the day, so we highly recommend advance bookings.

What time do the gates open?

The gates open from 7.30am for the trade stands, and 9.30am for the public

What time is the first race?

At the moment, the first pony race is scheduled for around 10.30am.  Horses begin at 12.00pm, however depending on the number of entries, this may be brought forward.

What time is the last race?

The last race is currently scheduled for 3.30pm

What time can trades / exhibitors / sponsors get to site to setup

Access will be available from 0730hrs.  A tractor will also be on standby in case it is needed.

Can I bring my dogs?

Of course. We love dogs, but do please ensure you keep them on a lead.

What happens if there is no racing due to frost or snow?

There is so much going on at Cocklebarrow, it is likely that "the show will go on". 

How do I purchase a racecard?

There will be plenty of people selling these at the entrace to the racecourse.

Is there WiFi at the Racecourse?

YES!!  Everywhere you are likely to be should have WiFi coverage courtesy of Wurzel, suppliers of high speed broadband in hard to reach rural areas.

Is there a cash machine at the Racecourse?

There is no cash machine at Cocklebarrow, however in certain places, we do accept chip and PIN payment.

Do you have an abandonment refund policy?

We regret no refunds will be made as a result of a cancelled fixture.  If racing is cancelled due to adverse weather conditions, the day is likely to resume as normal.  All other activities will be totally unaffected (Retail heaven, Family Tent, Childrens Entertaiment, Music, Tough Farmer, Dog Racing, Hound Display.........  In other words, there will be plenty of fun to be had, so DON'T WORRY - Come along as normal, and you will barely notice racing has been abandoned. 

Is there an official photographer?

Yes.  Ian Tolputt is our official photograper.  This is his official website where photographs can be ordered:  https://iantolputtcountrysidegallery.zenfolio.com/

Can I take photographs?

Amateur photography is permitted, however please refrain from using flash photography, which can distract horses or jockeys.

Can I bring a picnic?

Absolutely!!  We have a massive heated family tent specifically for you to relax in and enjoy your picnic.

Do I need a 4x4 to park?

No. If the conditions are unfavourable, there will be plenty of people around to help push or pull you out in the unlikely event you get stuck. Of course, if you have a 4x4, there’s no harm in bringing it!