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The Northumberland Plate Festival

The Northumberland Plate Festival 2015

Experience the The Northumberland Plate Festival

A look back at the Northumberland Plate

History of the Northumberland Plate

The Northumberland Plate, previously known as the "Pitmen's Derby", originally took place on a Wednesday, and for many years the meeting formed the centrepiece of the holiday period known locally as "Race Week" for local mine workers. The meeting ceased to be a holiday in 1949, and the race was switched to a Saturday in 1952.

The inaugural Northumberland Plate was won by Tomboy, in 1833, at its original location of the Town Moor. Much to the concern of many Geordies the location was changed to High Gosforth Park in 1881. The change of location brought new courses, new stand and stabling for 100 horses.

Today's Plate Day attracts a diverse crowd of regular and one-off racegoers and many ladies treat it as a North-East's version of Royal Ascot, but with a more relaxed and informal atmosphere.

To view authentic footage from the Pitmen's Derby click the British Pathe thumbnail on the right.

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Enjoy thrilling racing at Newcastle Racecourse

The John Smith's Northumberland Plate is run over two miles and open to thoroughbreds aged three years or older. It is run over a distance of 2 miles and 19 yards (3,236 metres), and it takes place at Newcastle Racecourse each year in late June.

The past 3 winners of the John Smith's Northumberland Plate...

Year Horse Jockey Trainer
2014 Angel Gabrial George Chaloner Richard Fahey
2013 Tominator Graham Lee Jonjo O'Neill
2012 Ile De Re Jim Crowley Donald McCain
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Pictures of Northumberland Plate in 2013 and 2014

make your day even more special

Hospitality Dining

Enjoy hospitality in our restaurants

Ideal for corporate entertaining, a family celebration or getting together with a group of friends, hospitality guarantees a reserved table for the duration of the day.

Whether you choose from the tradition of the Grade II Brandling House suites or the luxury of our private boxes, our award winning catering team will provide delicious food and drink to accompany the thrilling racing action.

With intervals between each race, there's plenty of time to wine and dine, entertain your guests and place your bets!

Park View & Gosforth Park Suite from £168 including VAT

Everything you need for the ultimate Plate experience!

  • Hospitality admission ticket
  • Reception drink
  • Grande Buffet
  • Afternoon tea
  • Raceday programme
  • Unlimited bar - beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks (Excluding Champagne)
  • Tote betting facilities
  • Televised racing action


Prices for this package start from:

Thursday 26 June - £168 inc VAT

Friday 27 June - £210 inc VAT

Charles Brandling Restaurant - £45 inc VAT

Ideal for those wishing to experience hospitality dining.

  • Hospitality admission ticket
  • Two Course Lunch
  • Racecard
  • Reserved seating in our non-viewing
  • Cash bar with waitress service
  • Tote betting facilities and Plasma screen TV


This is available on Thursday 26 June only.


Please note: Hospitality package prices vary over the three days of the festival.

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Treat yourself to Pavilion dining

Why not treat yourself, colleagues or friends to a great day out in style with one of our fantastic Pavilions? We offer premier hospitality, fabulous dining and panoramic views of the course with a variety of different packages to suit all tastes and budgets.

Sergeant Cecil Pavilion - £162 including VAT

Non-viewing

Ideal for those wishing to enjoy exclusive Pavilion facilities.

  • Hospitality admission ticket
  • Bucks Fizz reception drink
  • Three course lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Cash bar facilities
  • Raceday programme
  • Tote betting facilities
  • Televised racing action


Available on Saturday 28 June - £156 inc VAT

Harchibald Pavilion - £228 including VAT

Non-viewing

Enjoy Pavilion facilities with a great value food and drink package.

  • Hospitality admission ticket
  • Reception drink
  • 4 course lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Raceday programme
  • Unlimited bar - beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks (Excluding Champagne)
  • Tote betting facilities
  • Televised racing action


Available on Saturday 28 June - £222 inc VAT

Tominator & Overturn Pavilion - from £168 including VAT

Enjoy exclusive Pavilion facilities with a great value food and drink package.

  • Hospitality admission ticket
  • Reception drink
  • 4 course lunch
  • Afternoon tea
  • Raceday programme
  • Unlimited bar - beer, wine, spirits and soft drinks (Excluding Champagne)
  • Tote betting facilities
  • Televised racing action


Prices for this package start from:

Friday 27 June - £210 inc VAT

Saturday 28 June - £276 inc VAT


Please note: Hospitality package prices vary over the three days of the festival.

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Dine in luxury in the Diamond Pavilion – £390 including VAT

Our fabulous Diamond Pavilion is located in the centre of the course with terraces overlooking the track. On John Smith's Northumberland Plate Day, it simply has the best seats in the house!

Our Grande buffet lunch is a selection of delicious fine foods; from griddled king prawns at our Sushi Bar to a hot roast carvery at the Grill Station, there's something for everyone.

All hospitality packages are advance bookings only and are for parties of two or more.To check availability please call 0191 236 2020. For advance bookings we aim to send tickets out approximately one week before the race meeting.

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Bonbar

Located at the heart of Newcastle, on the ground floor of the Assembly Rooms and just moments away from Central Station, Bonbar boasts a chic restaurant alongside a vibrant bar and late night lounge.

Once inside, you will be met by an exquisite island bar where we will treat you to a display of the old whilst introducing you to the new. Stocked with selection of fantastic cocktails, spirits, wine and beers to satisfy your liquid temptations, our drinks menu is a convergence of the classic and the contemporary - a place where mainstream meets mixology.

Meanwhile, our restaurant menu offers a selection of our most popular homemade dishes, including our social grazing boards, as well as an introduction to some new delights.

Bonbar may have played host to the some of the North East’s finest live acts, but it’s the beautiful and welcoming ‘Bon Girls’ who will be hosting your night, providing a late night bottle-to-booth service in any one of our twelve sumptuous booths.

For an even more luxurious experience, why not try the 467 Club? Bonbar’s private member’s lounge, the 467 Club is available for hire and features a more extensive drinks list including super-premium spirits.

With food, drinks and late entertainment, it is the amazing all-in-one experience that makes Bonbar a truly unique venue.

Open from 12pm till 4am, Bonbar will be serving food from 12pm till 9pm (4pm on Saturday)

Entry is free before 11pm on all three nights of the Plate Festival, with a wristband and exclusive entry to the 467 Club for Diamond Marquee ticket holders.

Drinks packages are available on Thursday and Friday. To reserve a booth from 6pm till 10:30pm or 11pm till 4am, or to make any enquiries, please call 0191 232 8695
or e-mail info@bonbar.co.uk

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plan your day

Newcastle Racecourse

Newcastle Racecourse is located within the 812 acre estate of High Gosforth Park and only 5 miles from the City Centre of Newcastle Upon Tyne.

To find where everything is, from our many food outlets to betting facilities download our course map.

Need somewhere to stay?

Check out our list of local accommodation.

Why not upgrade?

Upgrades are available on the day, subject to availability, but we advise you buy your tickets or badges in advance to avoid disappointment.

GETTING HERE

Click on the icons below for our best avice on how to get here.

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By Car

Follow brown and white tourist board signs bearing a horse and rider from the A1, A1 and main approach roads to the city.

By Train / Bus

By train: Newcastle Central Station is 15 minutes by taxi from Newcastle Racecourse and is also linked to the Metro system. Free buses run from Regent Centre and Four Lane Ends Metro stations on racedays 90 minutes before the first race and for one hour after the last.

By bus: Numbers 40, 41, 42, 43, 44, and 45 leave from Haymarket bus station in the city centre every few minutes.

By Air

Newcastle International Airport is situated 6 miles from Newcastle Racecourse and is easily accessible. If travelling by helicopter please contact the racecourse.

Parking

Parking onsite is free of charge, with some tarmac areas. Please be aware some parking is on grassed areas.

ACCESSIBILITY

Our racecourse enclosures cater for disabled customers and their carers (we give carers free admission), as well as ample space to view the racing we provide the following facilities;

  • Designated disabled parking, in close proximity to the main entrance
  • Majority of facilities are at ground level, with wheelchair access to main public areas and toilets
  • Disabled toilets are available in both the Premier and Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can i bring a picnic?

Picnics are allowed in our designated picnic areas only. You can purchase a ticket for the Picnic Enclosure for £25. Picnic furniture is acceptable in this area with the exception of gazebo’s and windbreakers. Strictly no alcohol or soft drinks allowed.

Can I bring alcohol with me?

It is strictly forbidden to bring alcohol onto the racecourse and it will be confiscated by security staff upon arrival. Alcohol can be bought at our onsite bars available in all enclosures.

When will I receive my ticket?

Tickets will be issued 2-3 weeks prior to the raceday. If you order your tickets 5 days before the raceday tickets will be available for collection only. Advance bookings are all subject to a £2.50 booking fee per booking (not per person) online or on the phone.

Where do I collect tickets on the day?

Ticket collection is from the Racing & Events office, which is located next to the Border Minstrel Public House.

Do you run free shuttle buses?

We run free shuttle buses from Regent Centre and Four Lane Ends Metro stations on racedays 90 minutes before the first race and for one hour after the last. These buses run in a loop, once they are filled, so you may have to wait as there's no set timetable.

DRESS CODE

Premier Enclosure

Our Premier dress code is collared shirts, no polo shirts, dress trousers and shoes (smart denim is acceptable). During Plate Festival racegoers like to dress for the occasion. Ladies dress is smart.

Grandstand & Paddock

There is no dress code in this enclosure, however the removal of shirts is not permitted. Fancy dress is also allowed, so long as it won't cause offence to other racegoers.

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