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As our Music Nights are a little different to a usual race day, we have put together some useful tips to help enjoy your experience at Sandown Park.
We hope the following information should help you get the most out of your day.
For Music Nights, the gates will open up to three hours before the first race, usually around 4:00pm.
There is car parking available at Sandown Park, for free in the centre of the racecourse (via the More Lane entrance) or at the front of the Grandstand (via Portsmouth Road) at a cost of £5 per car.
The dress code at Sandown Park is officially smart casual. The dress code for The Grandstand Enclosure applies to all music nights.
The bands will perform live after the last horse race of the day. This will usually be between 8.40pm - 9.00pm as dusk settles across the racecourse.
The bands will perform on stage at the front of the Grandstand next to the racecourse. If you cannot find the stage, you will be able to hear the band when they start to perform!
Sandown Park offers a wide variety of food and drink options from fine dining in our restaurants to fish and chips, sandwiches and hot meals in the family-friendly Food Court. We will also have a Music Night Food Village located next to the stage (see picture at the top of the page) with full bar service and a selection of hot and cold food available.
Picnics are welcome, except through the winter months, with a dedicated picnic area situated at the front of the Grandstand, adjacent to the Grandstand crossing point. Picnic's cannot be consumed in Sandown Park's bars and restaurants.
Unfortunately barbecue's are not permitted at Sandown Park.
We recommend that the large tree between the Parade Ring and the Winner Enclosure is a great meeting point. Alternatively, Grandstand ticket holders could arrange to meet on the Sports Bar patio, overlooking the Parade Ring and Premier Badge holders could meet underneath the clock tower, overlooking the Horsewalk and Parade Ring.
We do recommend you take cash out before you arrive at Sandown Park Racecourse, although there are cash points in the main entrance foyer and in the Premier Enclosure. Esher High Street have a variety of banks and cash points facilities.
Sandown Park is accessable for disabled customers with ramp access, disabled parking close to the entrance, disabled toilet facilities, low level service areas in the Bars and Food Court and First Aid facilities. There will be a viewing platform to watch the band perform for those who have difficulty standing for extended periods of time*. This is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
*Only one carer accompanying one disabled person will be allowed on the viewing platform.
If you are interested in the horse racing, then a racecard is an essential investment for your day, listing all the runners & riders, their form guides and helpful tips. Racecards are sold from kiosks across the racecourse. If you have booked a hospitality package, racecards are usually provided.
You may use a camera in the normal public enclosures, as long as the photographs are not for commercial use. Please refrain from using flash photography in close proximity to any racehorse. On Music Nights, band management retain all image rights. Any photographer that is felt to be impeding or contravening these rights without accreditation and prior written consent will be requested to leave and escorted from the premises. Commercial photographers need to apply for press accreditation (see the Press section of this site).
Unfortunately not, as the Music Nights are extremely popular we cannot allow for chairs (including fold up chairs) to be brought into the racecourse.