Record crowds attend Boodles May Festival

Ladies Day @ Chester Race Course

Ladies Day @ Chester Race Course - Credit: Archant

The flat season at Chester got off to a winning start with over 56,000 racegoers attending the Boodles May Festival over three days between 10 -12 May.

Enjoy the drama at Chester Racecourse

Enjoy the drama at Chester Racecourse - Credit: Archant

The number of visitors attending this year’s Boodles May Festival increased from 2016, with the appetite for both general admission and hospitality packages going from strength to strength. Dates of Wednesday 9 – Friday 11 May have already been revealed for the 2018 May Festival and if you think you might fancy a fabulous day out at this premier event next year pop these dates in your diary now!

There are still 11 opportunities to experience the thrill of a raceday at Chester this summer season, with fixtures running throughout June to September, so gather your friends and make a plan for a grand day out – but move fast, it’s selling out already.

At Chester, it’s as much about the racing as it is about the raceday experience and Chester has it all, attracting both racing devotees and the social set alike.

You can enjoy your day at the races from as little as £10 per person on the Open Course, whilst children aged 17 and under can attend each and every raceday at Chester completely FREE of charge (when accompanied by a full paying responsible adult). It’s the perfect opportunity to get together with family and enjoy a picnic in a vast open space, in the heart of the fabulous city of Chester.

Want something a little more prestige? A raceday hospitality package offers racegoers the perfect opportunity to maximise every aspect of a raceday at Chester and with a range of on-course restaurants and suites to choose from, including private hospitality, there’s a package to suit any requirement or budget.

Choose from the relaxed surroundings of The White Horse, with its private garden adjacent to the pre-parade ring; Restaurant 1539, overlooking the Racecourse; or The Final Furlong with its superb track-side location and jazz bandstand to keep you entertained.

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Whether you’re looking to entertain clients, treat a loved one on a special occasion or simply get together with friends; lose yourself in stylish surroundings amongst a crowd of fellow pleasure seeking enthusiasts, making memories to look back on for years to come.

Once you sample racing on the Roodee and the delectable cuisine and beverage selections Chester has to offer, you’ll be securing your place at future meetings for seasons to come.

Hospitality packages at the Boodles May Festival 2018 start from just £77.50 per person*. Visit for more information and to secure your places online. Alternatively, to discuss our bespoke package options in detail, contact a member of the Hospitality team on 01244 304 631, or the Box Office for general tickets on 01244 304 600.

*Price is +VAT and represents the cost of a fixture purchased in the White Horse Garden.