What time do the gates open? What time is the first race?

Gate opening time and first race times vary between race days. Gates usually open at least 1 hour prior to the first race. For confirmation of times please call us 02 4961 1573

Can I bring alcohol into the races?

Cessnock Racecourse is a fully licensed and you are not permitted to bring alcohol into the venue. Cessnock Racecourse practices Responsible Service of Alcohol and all goods / bags / eskies etc will be checked prior to entrance to the racecourse.

Can I bring food into the races?

Members and Patrons please note that picnic style non commercially prepared foods are allowed to be brought onto the premises.

Do you have catering?

Cessnock Racecourse has light food snacks and drinks available from the bar on race days. Cessnock Racecourse catering department are only too happy to accommodate large groups or special needs. To enquire contact the club on 4961 1573.

From time to time special catering options will be made available to the public on feature race days

What about marquees?

Marquees are no longer available for hire. Special packages are made available for the Cessnock Racecourse feature Race Days (inc. Jungle Juice) in October each year.

Please phone 02 4961 1573 to enquire further.

What do I wear?

Entry to the general admission areas of the racecourse requires guests to be neatly dressed. Shoes and a shirt must be worn at all times. Please refer to the Terms & Conditions of entry for full details on dress regulations for entering the Cessnock Racecourse.

Can I reserve outdoor tables and chairs?

Outdoor tables and chairs are freely available to all general admission guests on a first-come, first-served basis.

Can I have my bucks party at the WCRC?

No, due to conditions of Cessnock Racecourse licensing & regulations Cessnock Racecourse is not permitted to allow bucks parties entry to the course.

Can I bring my children to the races? Are there any restrictions?

Cessnock Racecourse is a licensed venue. No minors are allowed on the premises unless accompanied by a parent or guardian. A wristband system is in place, whereby all guardians to wear a yellow G wristband and their minors a yellow M wristband - these will be issued at front gate. The parent or guardian must accompany all children under the age of 18 entering the venue at all times.

There are no restricted areas within the racecourse, however children under the age of 18 are not allowed to approach any beverage outlets or the saddling enclosure.


As Cessnock Racecourse is a public venue and is subject to venue smoking laws, smoking will only be permitted on lawn areas. Fines will be issued by Health Officials to those caught smoking in non smoking areas.

Where is lost property?

Lost property is located in the main office at Cessnock Racecourse. Lost property items are stored for a period of 3 months and will then be donated to charity. All enquiries regarding lost property should be directed to 02 4961 1573.

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