Chelmsford City Racecourse

£8,000 - £15,000 for Venue Hire
Up to 1100
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Chelmsford City Racecourse is the largest and most flexible wedding venue in Essex. We believe your day should be unique to you and tailored to what you require.
Chelmsford City Racecourse Pricing & Costs

Venue Hire Only

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This is in relation to venue hire only weddings, where cultural catering is required that we cannot provide. - Exclusive use of your chosen venue from 09:00am - Dressing area available from 09:00am - Ceremony & drinks reception for up to 1000 guests - Dining space for up to 1,000 guests seated with a stage - Ample onsite parking for 800 cars with car parking attendants - Experienced Venue Manager - Security - Bar Area (Excludes staff, stock & glassware) - 6ft Round Tables up to 80 - Trestle Tables up to 30 - Chivari Chairs up to 1,100 - Highchairs up to 4 - Easel for your table plan - Silver Cake Knife - Cake Table - Cloakroom Facilities - Stage 8m x 2m You will need to provide: - Table linen - Cutlery - Crockery - Glassware - Waiting staff - Caterers
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use

(price per head)

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Minimum Number of Guests
What is included in this pricing:
Exclusive use
Canapés included
Furniture included
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Wine / soft drinks allowance per guest
Multiple course wedding breakfast
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Non consumables (e.g. linen, lights etc.)

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We offer price per head packages that incorporate everything into one easy cost for you. Packages are completely bespoke but all include: - Hire of selected venue 9am-Midnight - Ceremony space - Dedicated & highly experienced Events Team - Onsite Getting Ready facilities - Wedding Manager to ensure the smooth running of your day - Meetings prior, to finalise each detail - Fully stocked & staffed bar - Stewards, security and serving staff - Chivari chairs, tables & table linen - All cutlery, crockery and glassware - Complimentary 1 year anniversary meal for two in The Club Restaurant & Lounge Packages starting at £75 per person include the following per guest: - Welcome glass of prosecco or beer - Afternoon Tea Wedding Breakfast - A glass of prosecco for toast - Evening sausage or bacon rolls (50 portions total)
What is included in this pricing:
Furniture included
Wedding coordinator available on the day
Private room(s) included (non-exclusive use)
Canapés included
Exclusive use
Chelmsford City Racecourse Features & Capacity


Venue Type
Event Venue
Dining Capacity
Reception Capacity
Usual Access Time
Usual Finish Time
Late Night Extension

Ceremony & Reception

Sound System Available
Dancefloor Available
Confetti Permitted
Fireworks Permitted
Wedding Licence
Outdoor Ceremony Available


Landscaped Gardens
Exclusive Use
Marquee Permitted
Bridal Changing Facilities
Disabled Access
On-Site Parking
Outdoor Reception Space
In-House Wedding Coordinator

Food and Drink

Corkage Charge for Own Alcohol
In-House Wine List
In-house Catering
Halal Catering
Alcohol Licence
Asian Catering

Cultural Specialists

Asian Wedding Specialist
Muslim Wedding Specialist
Chelmsford City Racecourse Full Description
We offer an end-to-end experience, providing you with a dedicated event manager who will be with you from your first site visit, guide you through all the choices that you need to make and will also coordinate on the day, ensuring everything runs smoothly for you and your guests. Our in-house catering team can accommodate any culinary requirements to ensure you and your guests have a spectacular experience, comfortably able to provide a served dinner for up to 1,100 guests in a single space. Chelmsford City Racecourse is ideal for those looking for an event just outside London, providing excellent transport links via the A131, A120 and M11 and free onsite parking for up to 1,000 vehicles. We are a fully accessible venue with ample facilities and a buggy service to assist with transit. QUEEN CHARLOTTE MARQUEE With remarkable views, The Queen Charlotte is a fully equipped, draped, private marquee wonderful for up to 250 guests seated with a dancefloor. Featuring a brand-new beautiful emerald green art-deco bar and a private wraparound terrace that includes comfortable contemporary seating. The marquee is ideal for racing enthusiasts who may wish to host their wedding on a raceday and also works perfectly for seated dinners, speeches and evening dancing all in one space. SUMMER MARQUEE The Summer Marquee boasts a generous seated dining capacity of 1,100. Carpeted and fully draped, creating an elegant and comfortable entertaining area while featuring 2 dedicated bars, cloakroom and a spacious private terrace with outside seating. THE CLUB RESTURANT & LOUNGE This intimately designed space provides a sophisticated culinary experience with a special ambience for your day. The octagonal level provides panoramic views over the entire racecourse ensuring that you do not miss a moment of the action as you indulge yourself with our modern British cuisine. OUTDOOR 150+ acres of grounds allow for an abundance greenery and space for summer drinks receptions to garden games.

Personal Message from the Manager

Name of Wedding Contact: Kate Grimes-Hilbrown
Congratulations on your engagement!! We know that wedding planning can be a lot to take in, especially when you're trying to get started. We're here to help guide you on that journey and make the process as simple as possible. Ask us anything and we'd be happy to give you the best tips and tricks along the way. We hope to welcome you to Chelmsford City Racecourse soon!


Year Business Was Established
No. of Weddings Hosted
Between 10 and 30
Public Liability Insurance
No. of People In Team
Chelmsford City Racecourse Location & Contact Details


Chelmsford City Racecourse, Chelmsford, Essex, CM3 1QP, England

Travel Notes

If travelling by public transport, it is advised to get a taxi from station/airport to here as it is not directly accessible by foot.

Nearest Town


Nearest Motorway & Junction


Nearest Train Station


Nearest Airport

Stansted Airport

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Chelmsford City Racecourse Press & Awards

Press & Awards (1)

Industry Awards (3)

Gold Award at Essex Digital Awards 2017
Lovely Loos Award 2015
RCA Excellence Staff Customer Service Excellence 2017
Frequently Asked Questions

Describe the best wedding that happened at Chelmsford City Racecourse?

We were fortunate enough to hold the wedding of a valued member of staff. It was very special for us to curate a bespoke day for some-one we value so much and has worked so hard for the company.

What is your No. 1 wedding planning tip for couples?

When it comes to planning, a dedicated wedding email address is a must! Everything is so much easier to keep track off and it helps you keep on top of everything when it's in one place.

What’s your favourite personal touch you’ve seen at a wedding?

A wonderful couple took the time to write their favorite memory with each guest on the back of each wedding favor. It was a very thoughtful idea that kept guests talking all evening.

Describe Chelmsford City Racecourse in 5 adjectives

Unique. Luxurious. Welcoming. Adaptive. Friendly.

Where’s the best photo spot at Chelmsford City Racecourse?

There is a terrace we grant special access to that allows an incredible shot of the entire grounds with the happy couple. We also love that this time gives you a chance to get away together and enjoy a little moment just the two of you.

Have you had any celebrity guest or wedding at Chelmsford City Racecourse?

Glenn Johnson, Dan 'Lockie' Locke, Mario Falcone, Gemma Collins, Robbie Fowler, Ian Rush, Jamie Carragher, Billy Ocean, Simply Red, UB40, Blue, The Shires, Madness, Jools Holland and many more!

What’s your favourite canapé?

It has to be our pulled pork bao buns! We can't get enough.

What’s your favourite midnight treat?

Pizza! We have a huge variety of late night bites but who doesn't crave stone baked pizza after a couple hours on the dancefloor?

What is Chelmsford City Racecourse most unique feature?

How can we not say the horses?! From arriving to your special day on horse and carriage or featuring your wedding during the thrill of a raceday we can provide televised interviews, personalized trophies and advertising around site. We are fortunate to have many tricks up our sleeve if you're looking for something different that no-one has experienced before.

What part of your business are you most proud of?

Our food service. The quality of our food and friendly service is always the first compliment we receive from couples and guests. We pride ourselves in our fine dining and are happy to curate bespoke menus around our couples to ensure your day is nothing short of magical.

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