Your Guide to the World of Point-to-Pointing

What is it?

A Point-to-Point is a form of amateur horse racing over fences held at a variety of Point-to-Point racecourses throughout the UK. It's a great day out in the countryside where people come together to enjoy the sport and to socialise.

What happens on the day?

Most Point-to-Point meetings consist of at least six races. The start times vary depending upon the time of year and number of races. Courses usually open their gates at least two-hours before the first race, so you have plenty of time to grab a racecard, study the form and enjoy your picnic before racing starts.

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Food, drink & entertainment

Whilst all courses have a bar, catering and toilets, Point-to-Points are a great opportunity to enjoy a picnic with friends. Many courses have Trade Stands, whilst some even have a Country Fair running alongside the day. Entertainment for children is often provided in the shape of bouncy castles and fairground rides.

is there a dress code?

There's no dress code – so wear what you will! The season starts in November and finishes in mid-June - so a warm coat and wellies during the colder months are a must, whereas sun cream can be essential as we head into Spring and Summer.

Can I bring my dog?

Yes, Point-to-Points provide an ideal opportunity to spend a day in the countryside with your dog. Although please remember that dogs must always be on a lead, don't leave them in cars unattended, and clean up after them.

*Point-to-Points held at permanent racecourses such as Bangor, Fakenham, Hereford and Hexham may not allow dogs in. So please be sure to check this in advance.

Find your nearest course

You can find your local course using the Course Finder on this site to pinpoint its exact location. Alternatively, if you already know the name of a Point-to-Point in your area, you can use the tools on the Fixtures section to find the course.

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How do i place a bet?

There are normally two ways to place a bet at a Point-to-Point - with the Tote or a bookmaker. Both are usually located near the paddock (where the horses parade before each race). If you're unsure how to place a bet - just ask, and someone will help you out.

Anything else?

Not many courses have facilities for card payments, so be sure to take enough cash to cover the cost of admission and a racecard, any bets you wish to place, and food and drink. And finally...enjoy and share your photos with us on Instagram using the #GoPointing hashtag!