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Pocket Guide: Cardiff Chepstow Racecourse Hotels

Chepstow Racecourse is one of the leading venues for National Hunt racing in the country. In addition to this, the course also holds many entertainment events, as well as being available for hire for weddings and conferences. Staying in a hotel in Cardiff, from budget to five star, puts visitors just a short journey away from the excitement of this splendid race track.

The course opened in 1926, with both steeplechasing and flat racing on offer, staging the Welsh Derby, Oaks and St Leger, with jump racing in the winter and flat racing in the summer. The entire racecourse was taken over during the Second World War, when it became known as RAF Chepstow, with a runway along the grass in the middle. After the war, the course became host to the Welsh Grand National, with National Hunt racing becoming more popular than flat racing.

Chepstow Racecourse offers not just a day at the races, but a day to really remember, with many party and corporate packages to enjoy. Weddings have become increasingly popular over recent years, and there can be no better way for a racing fan to enjoy tying the knot, surrounded by fantastic scenery of the Wye Valley, than at this venue. The racecourse offers room for up to 300 guests with catering packages to suit all tastes and budgets. Couples can choose a marquee erected in one of various sites around the course, or opt for the stunning Piercefield Park adjoining. The park comprises 100 acres of parkland, with breathtaking views of both the River Severn and the River Wye. Planning a wedding in the park offers a choice of marquee and catering options so the bride and groom can use the location almost as a blank canvas.

The course also has its own restaurant, Silks, with not only fantastic food but superb views of the racing, TVs for close-up looks at the action and tote couriers who will take bets at tables. The restaurant’s staff are also on hand for dinner and banqueting events for up to 300 guests, offering a range of options from finger and fork buffets to formal dinners. The room can be decorated in any way that is required.

There are many special events to be enjoyed throughout the year at Chepstow Racecourse. It has previously hosted music concerts by local boy, Sir Tom Jones, as well as Madness and UB40. There are also events such as the Food & Countryside Day, a chance to see working animals carrying on the area’s long rural traditions, along with falconry displays, fly fishing and even pig racing. The venue also plays host to Christmas Party nights throughout December, with live music, table magic, food, drink and dancing.

With venues such as Chepstow Racecourse just half an hour away, along with many other attractions of the South Wales countryside, a hotel in Cardiff is ideal. Visitors can enjoy the great unspoilt outdoors during the day, then wine and dine and enjoy the city’s vibrant nightlife to end the day.

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