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Where is Fakenham Racecourse?
Fakenham Racecourse is in north Norfolk, 1.5km south of the town centre on the B1146. It is 40km north-east of Norwich and a similar distance east of King's Lynn.
Sheringham rail station is the nearest but close to almost 30km away. There are buses from King's Lynn and Norwich with journey times of at least 45 minutes to Fakenham town centre.
What is Fakenham Racecourse Famous For?
The first Fakenham Races were held on Easter Monday 1905 with the Prince of Wales providing the trophy for the Hunters' Steeplechase. The Queen was patron of the racecourse for 50 years from 1952 before being succeeded by the current Prince of Wales.
Originally known as the West Norfolk Hunt meeting, following its switch from East Winch near King's Lynn, the name was changed to Fakenham in 1964. It is Norfolk's only National Hunt racecourse and popular with the locals.
Fakenham Racecourse Track Specifics
Fakenham is the tightest jumps track in the country – a left-handed one-mile (1600m) circuit which is almost square. There are just six fences on each lap.
The sharp turns and short run-in mean more nimble types are preferred to long-striding horses. Races tend to be run at a fair clip and testing ground can turn Fakenham into a stamina test as well as a speed one.
Biggest Meeting's at Fakenham Racecourse
In tune with its origins, Easter Monday is the most popular raceday. The 2019 feature was the sixth leg of the new Veterans' Chase Series and Fakenham's most valuable ever race.
Before that, the biggest race on the calendar was the Class 3 Fakenham Silver Cup handicap hurdle in its March meeting.
Visit the official Fakenham Racecourse website for more information including upcoming race days, on-course features and more!