Oktoberfest, Uttoxeter Racecourse, Staffordshire

We returned to the Uttoxeter Racecourse Caravan Club Site this weekend, having first come here last November.  We arrived in heavy downpours and were greeted by very helpful wardens who immediately guided us to a pitch that had been closed to recover from seasonal use.  They made it available to us as it was less water saturated than other available pitches.  Nice touch.  Most campers had arrived the previous day and all hard standings were occupied (14 in total).  The wardens said that they had been expecting another 9 pitches to be converted to hard standing at Easter but this didn’t materialise.  It would certainly benefit this site which often floods with surface water.


We returned to Uttoxeter to experience a taste of Germany at the Oktoberfest Race Day gathering.  We booked several months in advance following last year’s visit to the November Marston’s Beer Festival (see previous blog post Nov 2015).  These race days are great days out and to top it off, we booked the premier 1907 restaurant (previously Silks Restaurant) hospitality package.


It was an amazing day, great atmosphere, excellent food, German beer & a Bavarian style Oompah Band!  There were 8 races in total and things got off to a cracking start with us backing winners in the first two races with Pickamix and Whatduhavtoget.  We also had good luck throughout the day with Ballycross, Value At Risk, Tantamount, Cobajayisland, Itstimeforapint, and Donna’s Pride.  We seemed more savvy this time around and it was exciting nipping out to the bookie stands in between meal courses (you can order each course at whatever time is convenient to you) and watching some races from the stands and others on the screens inside the restaurant.  Fab atmosphere wherever you were!

After all the excitement, good food and beer/wine, we returned to Jolly at the end of the afternoon and slumped happily inside and relaxed for the remainder of the day.  We decided to cabin up for the night just as the sun was setting, and slept well in the peaceful surroundings.  Next morning we headed back home.

10/10 for this trip.  We just loved every minute and no doubt we’ll be back at some point in the not too distant future.

For now though, our next outing will be in a few weeks’ time and probably somewhere in the Lake District or wherever the mood takes us …


Suzie & Bri

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