Bath Race Course Guide
A DAY AT THE RACES ….
Pack your bags full of your glad rags and come to Toghill House Farm for an equestrian extravaganza! Our historic guest house is situated within easy reach of the beautiful Bath Racecourse, which hosts 23 race days through the summer flat racing season, including an elegant “Ladies Day” (in June) and the fantastic Bath Cup Festival weekend (September).
ABOUT BATH RACECOURSE
Set on Lansdown Hill, a few miles northeast of the City of Bath, Bath Racecourse is small in size but big on its reputation as one of England’s most scenic and attractive thoroughbred horseracing venues, providing a thrilling day out and superb hospitality.
The first race meeting held at the course was back in 1811, hosted over two days by the local Blathwayt family. The popular affair turned into an annual event, drawing the gentry up Lansdown Hill in their carriages, and gradually the number of race meetings increased. The Somerset Stakes became a major race on the course’s ever-expanding calendar and is still run today as the Bath Cup.
The course is currently run by the Arena Racing Company, which owns and operates 16 British race courses. The company funded a major redevelopment programme for Bath Racecourse in 2016, opening a new grandstand (the Langridge), a smart bar and canopied roof garden which provides a perfect view of the racing.
In 2017 Bath Race Course was granted the Racehorse Owners Association Gold Standard Award, and has received awards for customer service from the Racing Post and Racecourse Association. This stunning racecourse is thus, indeed, one of the crème de la crème of racing venues, exuding old fashioned charm despite enjoying new modern facilities and features.
EVENTS AT BATH RACECOURSE
If you are planning to come and enjoy a relaxing stay with us here at Toghill House Farm, why not arrange your visit to coincide with one of the many events that are scheduled throughout the year at Bath Racecourse – and that includes a great deal more than just racing.
The roof garden, executive suites and restaurants make a wonderful venue available for hire for weddings, conferences, birthday celebrations and all manner of occasions, so if you are tasked with planning such an event this could be the perfect solution, coupled with our comfortable accommodation near at hand.
As far as the scheduled programme of events at the racecourse goes, these include charity race meetings, evening “twilight” racing, theatrical productions, equestrian performances, live music shows, and a family fun day (part of the Bath Cup Festival).
If you are heading our way, check online for the latest Bath Racecourse events.
Bath Racecourse is renowned for offering exceptional fine dining at all its race fixtures. Hospitality packages are available for The Royal Crescent Restaurant with a balcony overlooking the course, where you can enjoy a three-course meal prepared by an award-winning chef, and dine at a table specially reserved for you for the duration of the race fixture.
The recently refurbished Mornington Suite is part of the original racecourse stand dating from 1811, and also offers elegant dining packages with a private balcony above the finishing line.
Finally there is the Paddock Pavilion restaurant overlooking the parade ring, where you can enjoy varied international cuisine.
We at Toghill House Farm are happy to arrange hospitality packages for our guests at Bath Racecourse. Just let us know your requirements when you book your room with us.
HOW TO GET TO BATH RACECOURSE
Staying at Toghill House Farm puts you less than three miles, or six minutes’ drive, from Bath Racecourse. Simply follow Freezinghill Lane from the farm south west to Lansdown until you see the turning (signposted) to the Racecourse on the left.
The Satnav code for Bath Racecourse is BA1 9BU.
If you are travelling to the racecourse from the M4 motorway you will find it easily – just six miles south of Junction 18 towards Bath – because it is well signposted.
The Racecourse runs a shuttle bus service on Race Days, picking up punters from Manvers Street outside the Bath Spa station. The trip takes about 15 minutes and costs £5 for a return ticket.
Whether you are a seasoned race-goer or would like to experience horse racing for the first time, Bath Racecourse makes for a delightful day or evening out – just one of the many options for fun things to do when you visit Toghill House Farm.
Guests are treated to a traditional English breakfast and can make use of our laundry room, delightful courtyard area and parking facilities. Well-behaved pets are also welcome.
Toghill House Farm and bed and breakfast is run by the Bishop family, who are devoted to making your stay a truly pleasurable experience.
Toghill’s working farm warmly welcomes all bed and breakfast guests and offers you a real taste of rural life. In fact, visitors to the farm are often greeted by its very friendly team of cats and dogs as they arrive.
Animals on the farm include sheep, bantams, horses and a Shetland pony. Walking routes have been marked out throughout the farm grounds and you can choose short walks or full-day or half-day outings.
A beautiful historic guesthouse and working farm on the edge of the Cotswolds.
We offer inviting and comfortable bed and breakfast accommodation in a building steeped in character and history on the outskirts of Bath.
Toghill House was built in 1691 and originally used as a resting house for monks travelling between Glastonbury and Malmesbury. It was restored in 1861 as a working farm and now offers a traditional B&B service for the travellers of today exploring this charming part of the country.
Visitors to Toghill can relax in rooms in the main farmhouse or barn conversion, all of which have been carefully decorated to reflect the history of the buildings. Our guesthouse also boasts stunning views over the River Severn, the Bristol Channel, the hills of Wales and the Brecon Beacons.
As a guest you will be invited to enjoy visiting our working farm during your stay, to walk around, meet the animals and make use of the stables and arena for your own horse if required