PLANNING YOUR DAY
Once you have chosen which Point-to-Point to attend, visit the Courses section of this site to get directions to the course. Details are also available in our free weekly information bulletin 'Go Pointing'.
What to Wear
As the season starts in December and finishes in mid-June there are no hard and fast rules about what to wear - common sense prevails (a warm coat and wellies during the cold and wet months are a must).
However, many of the courses are quite open and it pays to wrap-up warm against the elements. As such, there is no dress code, so come as you are.
Start times vary, depending upon the time of year, but full details can be found on the Talking Point Preview Service by calling 09068 44 60 61*. Also check the Racing Plus, Local Press, and the 'Go Pointing' download on this site for details.
Most courses will open their gates at least two-hours before the 1st race, so you will have plenty of time to study the form and picnic before racing starts.
*Calls cost 61p per minute plus network extras. Service provided by The Point-to-Point Racing Company. Network provider - Oxygen8. Helpline - 0844 9930298.
Admission & Parking
This is also variable, depending on the meeting you are attending. Children are always welcome and, on the whole, those aged 16 years or under are admitted free.
We publish a weekly list of admission charges for the following weekend’s meetings each Tuesday on the site. Please see the 'Go Pointing' download for the latest information.
Responsible dog owners, and their dogs, are welcomed at all Point-to-Points where the rural location provides an ideal opportunity to spend a day in the countryside with your dog.
Please remember though to keep dogs on leads at all times, bring food and water for them, not to leave them in cars unattended in hot weather, and to clean up after them.
Racecards can be purchased at the course on the day and generally range in price from £2.00 to £3.50, however some meetings give free racecards with admission.
Your racecard will contain the runners and riders for each race, along with the colours, and the names of the owner and trainer for each horse. It will also provide information on any Trade Stands and special attractions/events on offer.
The great majority of Point-to-Point meetings rely on the lay of the land (hills, mounds) to provide the ability to view the racing. Some do have Grandstands, but it is best to take a pair of binoculars so that you don't miss any of the action.
Food & Drink
All courses have bar and catering facilities, but the level of these differs from course to course. For many people though, an enjoyable part of the day at a Point-to-Point is the picnic and drinks which you can take along with you.
The majority of Point-to-Point meetings will have Trade Stands selling food, drink and country goods. Some meetings even run a Country Fair alongside their meeting, which adds to the atmosphere and flavour of the day.
The sponsorship of Point-to-Pointing is a great way to promote your Business, Product or Service to a captive local and nationwide audience at a very competitive price.
For details on National sponsorship opportunities in Point-to-Pointing contact the Point-to-Point Authority.
Details of those companies who are sponsoring Nationally or sponsoring Race Series at a local level can be found under the Sponsors information in the Who’s Who section.
Whilst general photography for personal use is allowed at Point-to-Point meetings, commercial photographers must get the permission of the Secretary of the meeting to attend. Please contact the appropriate Area Secretary for contact details of the meeting Secretary.