Weddings | Chester Racecourse


Wedding Ceremonies & Celebrations

A unique venue, vast green spaces and an award-winning events team… If you’re looking for a wedding venue in the heart of Chester's beautiful walled city, Chester Racecourse gives you the flexibility and space to create your perfect wedding ceremony amid our sweeping views, manicured lawns and lush grounds. 

Nestled in the heart of Cheshire, we’re licensed for weddings and civil partnerships to give you an unforgettable ceremony. You get the best of the historic city of Chester, in a beautiful Cheshire setting; the convenience of the city alongside the green of the countryside. Chester Racecourse boasts a rich heritage with a mixture of traditional and contemporary wedding spaces, flanked by the River Dee.

With a choice of 6 licensed ceremony spaces, you're really spoilt for choice from small and intimate to large and lavish. The costs soon add up when planning a wedding so we've kept our ceremony charges to just hire charge. The only additional arrangements you will need to make are with the registrar.

We run a number of Wedding Open Days throughout the year, designed for you to experience the variety of rooms and facilities and choose your perfect Cheshire wedding venue. Have a look at our stunning, contemporary Paddock Rooms – flooded with light from the floor to ceiling windows, it overlooks the parade ring and winner’s enclosure. Or how about the soaring Pavilion Suite, perfect for wedding celebrations on a grand scale? If you’re looking for something more intimate, try one of our boxes or private suites… Large or small, traditional or contemporary, we’re confident you’ll find the perfect place for your dream day.

Licensed Rooms Ceremony Breakfast Evening Reception Licensed for Ceremonies
County Long Room 200 180 260
County Concourse 150 150 260
Leverhulme Ground Floor 200 140 180
Leverhulme 1st & 2nd Floors 100 80 -
Paddock Rooms 100 80 120
Pavilion Suite 600 500 550


Wedding Packages

Our expert team has a variety of wedding packages, champagne and canapés, buffets, sumptuous wedding breakfasts and elegant receptions, to help you create your own unique day. Our award-winning caterers, Horseradish specialise in elegant seasonal fare using the best local produce – whether you choose a classic formal wedding breakfast or a contemporary reception buffet, we’ll help you create a menu that reflects you and your partner.

Use our contacts and experience to add something special. From entertainment, wedding photography, hair, makeup and wedding cakes to evening fireworks or a dramatic arrival by hot air balloon, we have the space to let your imagination run wild.


Civil Partnerships

The atmospheric surroundings of Chester Racecourse make your Civil Partnership ceremony a special one, with a variety of elegant spaces, large and small. Choose a venue amid our historic grounds, from an intimate executive box to the dazzling, light-filled Paddock Rooms or traditional grandstand suites. You’re in safe hands with our experienced events team, who’ll talk you through their award-winning local, seasonal menus, listen to your plans and ideas and help you create an unforgettable day. Civil partnership ceremonies can only be booked along side your wedding breakfast, for more information please contact our team.


Asian Weddings

With a rolling, 6 acre green site, we have all the space you need for traditional Asian weddings, and a variety of rooms and outside space giving you huge choice of size, style and location. Chester Racecourse is the perfect setting for a grand scale wedding: our Pavilion Suite is ideally suited for up to 650 guests, and offers you just the blank canvas to fill with flowers and colour. We offer dedicated wedding planners for your special day, and the flexibility to bring in a caterer of your choice to create your perfect wedding celebration.


Wedding Open Days

Don’t take our word for how amazing our spaces and suites are,
take a look for yourself.

Throughout the year we offer couples the opportunity to attend open days at our venues. These are a great chance to take a good look around and meet our wedding planners. 

Spaces are limited for wedding open days, so please call our team on 01244 304660 to book your tour.

Date Time Location
Sunday 1 October 11am - 4pm Bliss: The Chester and North Wales Wedding Show
Saturday 7 October 9am - 1pm Chester Racecourse

We will also be exhibiting at the above wedding shows, please follow the link to their websites for more detailed information. 

Alternatively, get in touch and check if your date is available and make an appointment to view our wedding ceremony or celebration spaces.

Catering by Horseradish

With experience in delivering first class hospitality to over 295,000 visitors in a race season, Horseradish is Chester’s in-house catering and events company. When you book a wedding at Chester Racecourse, you can be assured that the Horseradish team will take care of your arrangements, helping you create a special day from start to finish.


"The whole team took care of everything from our first meeting a couple of months before, right up until both us and our guests left happy, we can't thank them enough..."

"...the food was absolutely outstanding...was so impressed by both the presentation and the taste. The food was a very important aspect for us and it exceeded all my expectations..." 

"The evening was a great success and the Horseradish team did us proud - nothing was too much trouble..."