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A Guide to the Races from Holiday Cottages Cumbria

5 December 2017

The 2018 racing fixtures for Cartmel are always exiting news for the many lovers of Cartmel Races.

2018 carries on where 2017 left off with another 9 days of horse racing at the village racecourse.

The confirmed 2018 racing fixtures for Cartmel Racecourse are as follows:-


  • Saturday 26th May, 2018
  • Bank Holiday Monday 28th May, 2018
  • Wednesday 30th May, 2018


  • Friday 29th June, 2018
  • Sunday 1st July, 2018


  • Saturday 21st July, 2018
  • Monday 23rd July, 2018


  • Saturday 25th August, 2018
  • Bank Holiday Monday 27th August, 2018

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Cartmel racecourse has the 3rd highest average attendance of any race meeting in the UK (after Ascot & Aintree) even though it is one of the smallest race courses in Britain.

The original ‘steeplechase’ course is the only racecourse in Britain actually located within a village and this provides the backdrop to a fabulous event for all the family with a funfair, country stalls and a great Lake District atmosphere.

Horse racing enthusiasts and people after a great day out travel from near and far for this great social gathering and the spectacle and atmosphere that provides a great fun day out for everyone. To top it off, this spectacular event is set against the backdrop of the stunning Lake District fells and mountains.

The ‘National Hunt’ jump racing at Cartmel’s sharp and narrow left handed oval course is quite different from other courses. The home straight veers off the course and dissects the oval course to give a thrilling finish for the crowds on either side of the finish straight. This is unique to Cartmel and is the longest finish straight in the country at just over four undulating and gruelling furlongs.

The steeplechase course has at least six fences, sometimes more and also includes an open ditch and a water jump.

On race days the crowds start arriving quite early as the atmosphere builds around the village and neighbouring villages. The centre of Cartmel becomes a very special place to be with three pubs all located in the medieval village square.

The Kings Arms is hugely popular with tables and chairs outside on the cobbles of The Square. The Royal Oak also has a few tables and chairs on the cobbles at the front and a large riverside garden at the rear which is decked out with a burger bar and large marquee.

Underneath the medieval arch just off The Square is the Cavendish Arms with another riverside garden.

Five minutes’ walk away on the outskirts of the village is the Pig and  Whistle pub that also has another lovely large beer garden overlooking the fields and Cartmel Priory. Needless to say, all four pubs and the Priory Hotel bar are packed all day and all night until the small hours on race days.

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Self-catering accommodation 

We are proud to rent out Cartmel’s best holiday cottage. Weavers Cottage is a gorgeous four bedroomed cottage that sleeps up to eight people and is located on the edge of the village just eight minutes short, flat walk to the racecourse.

On the other side of the village we are equally proud to rent out Cartmel’s best holiday house. Cartmel Hill is a large four/five bedroomed detached house located in the hills above the racecourse.

This amazing house sleeps eight to ten people and is about 15 minutes’ walk downhill to the racecourse.

The locations of Weavers Cottage and Cartmel Hill are close enough for a short walk to the racecourse but are far enough away to avoid the sound of the cheering crowds, the funfair and the revellers in the village square that can keep awake any unsuspecting holiday makers that booked to stay in the centre of the village.

Valley cottages

Just over a mile away we have two luxury holiday cottages in Cark-in-Cartmel that are peacefully located away from the crowds that swell Cartmel on race days.

Bridgelands Cottage sleeps five people and Carree Cottage sleeps six people. Both cottages are just a 20 minute walk through the woods to the racecourse. Alternatively, you can jump on the regular shuttle bus that does the five minute journey between the two villages.

We have a smaller cottage in Allithwaite which is also just a mile away from Cartmel. Shamrock Cottage sleeps up to three people.

See all of our Cartmel Valley properties and read more about the area. You can also check availability and prices via our online booking system.

Author: Holiday Cottages Cumbria

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