Help – I've never placed a bet before!
Don’t panic, it’s easy.
First, review your racecard and choose your horse.
Download this handy "All About the Horse" guide to show you what to look for in a racehorse.
Next, choose your style of betting. You can bet with a bookmaker where you will be offered fixed odds (the likelihood of your horse winning) or place a bet with the tote, where your money will be added to their country-wide pool and you will receive a proportionate cut if you win.
The ‘longer’ the odds (where the difference between the first and second numbers is greater, eg 100/1 rather than 7/4) the less chance the bookmakers think the horse has of winning the race – but the more you will take home if it does.
Favourites will have ‘shorter’ odds (where the difference between the first and second numbers is smaller, eg 2/1) and show the bookmakers think the horse has a greater chance of winning the race.
If you like the horse, but are not confident of the win, go ‘each way’. This means you will win if your horse is ‘placed’ (placings vary per race, depending on the number of horses competing - check before you place your bet).
Choose your best viewing position, get ready, and cheer like mad. After the race, collect your winnings (!) and celebrate in style…
We hold six or seven races per fixture and show live racing action from other courses – so watch carefully, take notes and pick a winner. Need more help? Download the Go Bet - The Easy Betting Guide from Racing for Change here. Good luck!
What are the eating & drinking facilities?
There is a huge range of catering options at Kempton Park.
The Panoramic Bar and Restauranht has one of the finest views of any racecourse. With our caterers, the dining can only be described as superb. We can cater for groups of up to 150, private or networking, all with fantastic views and access to Europe’s premier floodlit racecourse. Call 01932 753518 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for bookings and enquiries.
Head up to the Panoramic Bar and check out the views over your favourite tipple. This area offers a fantastic vista of the course and is available on most days, subject to demand.
Food on the hoof?
There is a huge range of fast food in the Paddock Enclosure (ground floor of the Grandstand). You can choose from fish and chips, curry, sandwiches or noodles.
Bubbly in style?
Revel in the glamour of the Champagne Bar. Serving the best bubbly and fresh seafood, this venue has easy access to both the Parade Ring and trackside lawns.
All areas have bars serving a wide range of alcoholic and soft drinks. The bars open at the same time as the gates and stay open for one hour after racing in the afternoon. There’s no need to rush off after the last race – stay and enjoy the atmosphere, while celebrating your win!
What happens after the races?
It’s not just about racing – we want you to have a memorable experience and aim to keep you entertained long after the horseboxes have departed.
After racing on our theme nights there will be live music and for all fixtures the bars stay open for at least an hour.
On Family Days Out we have free indoor kids' activities.
What should we wear?
Kempton Park is an informal and welcoming racecourse, and our dress code reflects that. Dress up or down to suit your occasion – jeans and trainers are allowed in all enclosures. However, those in ripped denim, sports shorts and vests will be refused entry. The most important point of all, dress for the weather!
What time should we arrive?
Gates open for admission two hours before the first race for afternoon Flat and Jump racing, and at 5pm for floodlit evening racing.
View the Race Calendar.
Is there free car parking?
Yes. The main car park is free at all fixtures except on weekend and Bank Holidays. Jump fixtures and summer evenings there is a charge of £5 per vehicle however there is free parking available.
Prices differ at the Christmas Festival.
Do you offer concessions?
Yes. Children under 18 accompanied by an adult are admitted free on the majority of our fixtures, some may be excluded. One adult may accompany a maximum of two children
Students showing a valid NUS card are entitled to half-price admission to the Paddock Enclosure on all days.
Senior citizens can join the Diamond Club for a one of fee of just £10, which entitles members to £5 off Paddock / General admission on all days except Boxing Day. Alternatively, senior citizens are entitled to a £4 discount at the gate. Diamond Club discounts are also available at Sandown Park & Epsom Downs Racecourses, restrictions apply. Call 01932 782292 for application details.
Please note: concessions & discounts do not apply on 26/27 December.
Are there group discounts?
Unlike other racecourses, we offer a generous 20% discount on all pre-booked tickets, group or not. We also offer a table for two in the fantastic Panoramic Bar and Restaurant to the organiser of groups of 20 or more. Being so close to London, we’re popular with hen and stag parties wishing to travel into the city after racing. All are welcome.
Call 0844 579 3008 for information or bookings.
Please note: concessions & discounts do not apply on 26/27 December.
Can I book in advance?
Yes, we recommend you book in advance as it reduces waiting times at the gate, allows you to take advantage of any special packages tailored for pre-bookers and saves you money.
Bookings can be made up to midday on the day of night fixtures or 5pm on the day before afternoon racing. Tickets will be dispatched by post for all bookings received up to five days before racing; all others will be available for collection on arrival.
Call 0844 579 3008 or go to the Ticket Hot Spot. A fee applies to all ticket bookings.
What's included in the price?
On most daytime fixtures and all night races, your ticket will grant you admission to the Main Grandstand and the ares which are open on that day.
These facilities in both the will be the Paddock Enclosure on all fixtures except jump racing, theme nights and family days. On all other days, your admission will allow you access to one of three areas:
The Paddock Enclosure
Located on the ground floor of the main Grandstand
Access to Bars - Fast food - Betfred betting shop - tote betting - digibet.com Sports Bar
Outside access: Parade Ring Betting Ring, Grandstand steppings and trackside lawn.
Low price – The Family Enclosure (available 26/27 December only)
Located to the right of the Main Granstand
Access to Bars – Fast food - Betting Ring
How do I buy tickets?
Click on the Ticket Hot Spot button (top of page) and go through to our online shop to choose your fixture and ticket type. You can buy up to 30 tickets here. If you wish to book more than 30 tickets, call0844 579 3008.
How much does it cost?
Flat Racing Jan - Mar inclusive - £12
Flat Racing April - Sept inclusive - £15
Flat Racing Oct - Dec inclusive - £12
Jump Racing - from £18
How do I find Kempton Park?
By Road Kempton Park sits between Sunbury-on-Thames and Hampton Court on the A308, south-west London. We are less than a mile from J1 of the M3 and J12 of the M25.
By Rail The racecourse boasts its own train station, Kempton Park, 200 yards from the Main Entrance. On race days/nights, trains run every half-hour from London Waterloo (journey time 40min). The last train back into London leaves at 11.16pm.