Horse racing at Cartmel 2016

Cartmel Races, 2018

17th November 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 1 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 run-in/finish straight. This is unique to Cartmel and is the longest run-in/finish straight in the country at just over 4 undulating and gruelling furlongs.

The steeplechase course has at least 6 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 3 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.

5 minutes’ walk away on the outskirts of the village is the Pig & Whistle pub that also has another lovely large beer garden overlooking the fields and Cartmel Priory. Needless to say, all 4 pubs and the Priory Hotel bar are packed all day and all night until the small hours on race days.



We are proud to rent out Cartmel’s best holiday cottage. Weavers Cottage is a gorgeous 4 bedroomed cottage that sleeps up to 8 people and is located on the edge of the village just 8 minutes short, flat walk to the racecourse.

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On the other side of the village we are equally proud to rent out Cartmel’s best holiday house. Cartmel Hill is a large 4/5 bedroomed detached house located in the hills above the racecourse.

This amazing house sleeps 8 to 10 people and is about 15 minutes’ walk downhill to the racecourse.

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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.


Just over a mile away we have 2 luxury holiday cottages in Cark-in-Cartmel that are peacefully located away from the crowds that swell Cartmel on race days.

Bridgelands Cottage sleeps 5 people and Carree Cottage sleeps 6 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 5 minute journey between the 2 villages.

We have a smaller cottage in Allithwaite which is also just a mile away from Cartmel. Shamrock Cottage sleeps up to 3 people.

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8th April, 2019

Bridgelands Cottage Reviews

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Weekend away”

What a lovely cottage in an amazing part of the world. The cottage had everything we needed.

The village of Cark is very friendly for both children and dogs. There is a lovely safe walk to Cartmel which was enjoyed by all of us. Will defo return 🤗 – Sara, Burnley

31st March, 2019

Carree Cottage Reviews

5 out of 5 Review on Trip Advisor

“Lovely comfortable Cottage!!”

We all thoroughly enjoyed our stay at this lovely comfortable cottage. Cottage is pet friendly too and our pet dog “George” really enjoyed his stay and was very relaxed staying in the cottage.

We loved the whole layout and it was so well equipped. Spotless bed linen and towels also.The real log fireplace was really cosy to light on an evening after enjoyable long /short walks.

We really enjoyed looking up at the star filled sky on a clear night from the cottage garden. It’s in such a lovely peaceful place. It’s in a great location too. Lovely friendly pub “The Engine Inn” is less than 2 minutes walk away. Handy grocery shop/general store “Londis” is also less than 2 minutes away.

Simon has thought of everything and his recommended walks written in the guest book were a great help.

We will highly recommend staying in your cottages to family/friends/colleagues. Thank you!! – Liza

22nd March, 2019

Cartmel Hill Reviews

5 of 5 Review on ‘Trip Advisor’

“Amazing house!”

We can’t say enough about how much we enjoyed Cartmel Hill.

The house is beautiful, even nicer than expected, so spacious. Lots of room for our group of 7, so nice to have so many bathrooms and living space to spread out when we wanted.

The summer house is awesome, what a wonderful place to have a glass of wine and play some games at night.

Cartmel village is wonderful, so many friendly people and great shops and restaurants.

We loved taking the public footpaths through the forest to get to the village. Also enjoyed exploring the footpaths up the hill from the house – what views!!

Simon is a great host, house was easy to find thanks to his directions. We hope to come back to Cartmel one day and wouldn’t hesitate to book Cartmel Hill again. Thanks Simon! – Gillian Pettersen – Prince George, British Columbia, Canada