Hen and stag do's have become synonymous with going to the races in recent times. At the same time racecourse attendance is going up year on year. So, it may come as no surprise that these two boozy events have coincided with each other. As a matter of fact, it just so happens the big racecourses around the country coincide with the notorious party cities of the UK. Coincidence? I think not.
5) Epsom Downs - Famous globally for hosting one of the biggest horse racing events in the UK (the Oaks & Epsom Derby), the downs has to make my list for this reason. These couple of days constantly offer an unbeatable experience in terms of atmosphere, history and passion. The course is one I have been to many, many time having lived so close to the downs.
When the sun is shining and the drinks are flowing it’s hard to beat. However, this racecourse makes my list for more reasons than one. One may be in the ‘heart of the Surrey countryside’ (their words not mine), but in reality you’re just a stone's-throw away from the city of London. A short taxi ride to Epsom station (around 5 minutes away) will allow you to board a train direct to Waterloo. London may not be everyone's cup of tea but there is certainly no denying of a shortage of things for hen/ stag parties to do!
4) Aintree - I’m sure this was the first racecourse on everyone's mind when you read the word’s hen/ stag; and I’d probably have to say it was mine when I thought about writing this article. The truth is, Liverpool is the most humorous, vibrant and welcoming city I have ever been to. Not only this, a night out in Liverpool is up there with some of the best nights out I have ever had. Ever. There just seems to be such a buzz to whichever place you go. Not only this, it won’t cost you an arm and a leg for the drinks on the night either! Oh yeah, and I suppose the Grand National is alright as well.
3) Cheltenham - Where do I start. Cheltenham is my favourite racing festival in the UK calendar. This 4 day event is perfect for any hen/ stag party (booze, booze, booze). Unlike the Grand National where there is an obvious bigger buzz around the day of the Grand National, Cheltenham has this ‘buzz’ consistently throughout the 4 days. The town center gets rather rowdy in the evenings and every person you meet is in a similar mindset of simply having a good time. Highly recommend attending this festival to anyone I meet! As such, this course certainly makes it on my list.
2) Newcastle - Like liverpool, this is an obvious hen/ stag party city. I see a lot of similarities between the two cities - the atmosphere is friendly, humorous and people are up for a good time. However, unlike the previous 3, no event stands out more than the other fixtures.That being said, the Unibet Fighting Fifth (this year on the Saturday 2nd December) is the standout one to attend for me. If you attend this date I’m sure the atmosphere would be spectacular in the city centre, especially being so close to Christmas.
1) Ascot - A highlight of any British racing fans calendar, the Royal Ascot festival is the pinnacle of horse racing in the UK (at least in my opinion). This fun packed 5 day event showcases some of the best horses from all around the world competing against one another! Having recently been refurbished, Ascot is certainly up there with some of the most modern racecourses in the world.
Ascot is particularly appealing to race goers and hen/ stag parties alike due to its fun, vibrant atmosphere at the course. Not only this, but like Epsom, Ascot had a direct train running to and from Clapham Junction frequently; meaning a night out in London is certainly on the cards. Once in London, it seems as if there is an endless possibilities of places to go. Whether you want to keep it civilised and eat in an upmarket restaurant, or you want that little more rowdy night out, London has it all