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“Good for proper Punters” 3 of 5 bubbles
Review of Haydock Park Racecourse

Haydock Park Racecourse
Ranked #3 of 25 things to do in St Helens
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Owner description: Serious Sport ... Serious Fun ... Whether you are looking for an exciting racing atmosphere that cannot be matched or a unique leading conference centre in the heart of the North West of England, Haydock Park is the perfect choice for you. With 32 racedays a year along with a range of first-class facilities all set in 127 acres of beautiful parkland, you could not ask for a better location for your event. From your very first enquiry, our dedicated team will be there to help you co-ordinate your event and ensure that it runs successfully and smoothly. Why not view our special offers?
Liverpool, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Good for proper Punters”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 June 2014

General , good course for the punter, just avoid the louts in suits and evening dresses at summer evening fixtures - but that's universal I think

Pluses
1) Great view of expansive track from all stands - giant Screen in addition to make sure you dont miss any action - eg:Doncaster suffers badly from this
2) Paddock parade ring well laid out - raised areas, spacious
3) Wide concourses and easy access to Tote and up to 2-3 lines of bookies
4) Adequate cover from rain when needed
5) midweek racing excellent for novice racegoers - easy access to bars/food etc.
6) free car parking next to course - but be prepared to wait a good half hour after last race before setiing off
7) No pretentions, no-nonsense - eg: Chester a bit OTT on this

Minuses:
1) Food n drinks cost a fortune - never seen a reasonable priced ones anywhere though
2) Can be breezy/chilly so take a coat outside hot summer days - open course right on intersection between two major roads - gets a strong breeze even on calm days
3) Gets more expensive at weekends/evening - disproportionately so, bars take forever to get served and full of louts

Avoid summer nights - things that really cheese me off :

1) just rammed with p*ssheads. I go to see racing not to get smashed, I can do that later. Why people think getting wasted and betting are a good mix is beyond me. Waste fortunes on overpriced booze then stagger about to the bookies, dont even see any races at all - total losers

2) Too many posing women there too - the whole place is full of ladies who havent a clue on horses, betting or any sport - so why the **** go horse racing, just strut up n down the high street in town n save a few quid.

3) Posers just getting in the way at the bookies when you're trying to get a bet on at changing odds - thinking nothing of wasting a lot of money on getting tanked up and new outfit yet putting £1.50 EW bets on odds on favourites and each asking what happens if it comes first second third etc. every frigging bet. Then the next one of their 10 mates comes and does the same sh1t. Look if it wins I'll pay you myself, just get out of the way while I have a bet !!! Whooping like a Banshee and waving the ticket in the air when their horse wins, total of £1.90.

All in all pretty good place to go racing, especially for novice punters.

After visiting a few (Sandown, Epsom, Wolves, Uttoxeter, Aintree, Doncaster, Chester, York), I can say the best value is York, second comes Haydock.

Visited June 2014
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Leeds, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Race night”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 June 2014

We have just had a fabulous evening at Haydock Park racecourse. It was an evening meet
Starting at 5 pm and it was a show night. I was a bit on worried about what to wear
And the answer is dress up plus hat or fascinator. You couldn't be overdressed!! The food in Harry's Bistro was superb and the staff extremely friendly and helpful. Drinks were expensive but not silly money. We went with a couple of friends to celebrate a 40th birthday and had a brilliant time would seriously recommend this for a special occasion!! We stayed at the Haydock Thistle hotel which was in walking distance. Hotel good but needed a bit of a refurb, but don't let this put you off we would stay there again.

Visited June 2014
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“a great experience”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2014

i took my three lovely grandaughters on ladies night and they all dressed to impress (i was a very proud grandad).we had premier enclosure tickets which admits you to the very nice premier suite with waitress service and views of the course from the balcony.on the negative side the drinks prices are way over priced and my wallet was trembling at the end of the night.the atmosphere is great but i would rather watch the racing from the county enclosure (which is half price of the premier)and has easier access to the parade ring and bookmaker buzz.overall haydock park is a great venue for a day or night out but can be costly if you like a bevvy or two.

Visited May 2014
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Liverpool, United Kingdom
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Small but fun course”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 June 2014

Haydock isn't as glamorous or large as Chester, but at half the price, if you want to have fun and enjoy the racing, and are not fussed about dressing up to the nines, this is a great choice.

It's flat and small, so easy to get around, and bar service is supplemented by beer being sold by staff on foot on the concourse.

Visited June 2014
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StHelens
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29 reviews
10 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
“Outrageous drinks prices”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 May 2014

Great course for viewing ,usually good racing ,but will not be hurrying back £15.00 for 4 bottles of beer is outrageous,.We have been racing all over the world,Longchamp,Ascot,Pardubice etc etc and not been ripped off like this.

Visited September 2013
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