Bangor On Dee
Approx no. of meetings
Rail from London (2 Hours 39 minutes, change at Chester)
Railway station to Racecourse (Free bus service from/to Wrexham station.)
Taxis – N/A
No stand, two enclosures, several bars, multiple Bangor-bet outlets and many food options.
We stayed at Shrewsbury, but there are a variety of hotels across the price range in the vicinity, but book early.
We attended on Ladies day and the tickets varied in price from £7 (open course) to £17 (Paddock).
(0) Not return after challenge complete.
3rd August 2018– Tracks Visited: UK (49), Ireland (3), France (1), Barbados (1)
This was the second day of a mini racing break in Wales having previously attended Ffos Las the night before. Getting to the track could not have been more different. Whereas Llandrindod Wells to Ffos Las was a longish journey, the roads were empty and fun to drive. From Llandrindod Wells up to Bangor-on-Dee was a far more frustrating drive and hit a lot traffic on the congested roads around Oswestry, which almost made us late. However, arriving at the track it was well sign-posted and the car parks were expertly manned.
There were two classes of tickets on the day, for which an upgrade could be paid to move to Paddock level, the purpose of which was not clear. Apart from Cartmel, which does have small temporary stands, this is the only racecourse in the 50plus that we have attended not to have a stand. Although the racegoers in the two enclosures could use the natural bank as a seating venue, it was hard to walk on, easy to have the view blocked and I wonder how well it would have worked if it had rained that day. Although the was a number of bars to go in, if the weather had been inclement, it would have been a little bit of a miserable experience trying to keep dry.
The parade ring is situation in front of the racetrack to the right of the site and appears to only be accessible to the upgraded tickets. It is a reasonable size and has a fair amount of stool and bench seating around the outside. In fact, the optimal seats are probably at the front the parade ring as one can swing round and watch the race from there.
Visibility has always been something of a bugbear when we visit the tracks around the UK and we often comment on this. I did not find this an east track to follow the racing from as there are a series of layers between the racegoers and the action and it was hard to get even the pictures I have used for the blog as there always appeared to be a person or a fence in the way.
There are some real positives I feel I should mention to balance. Unlike Ffos Las, the food situation was very good here with a multitude of franchised food options available and also some specialist bars. Additionally, it is obvious that picnics are a massive part of the pleasure for racegoers at this track and this was in evidence. By the sixth race we were treated to a rousing chorus the Andy William’s classic You’re just too good to be true from some dinners at a diner table under a gazebo with a full candelabra. While they sang the children ran sack races in the unusually warm summer weather; this will be a wonderful memory of the track that day.
It is nice to see how different tracks operate around the country and to try to understand the differences due to history, location and the needs of the local racegoers, but the lack of visibility means this is probably not a track to rush back to.