Thursday, 28 April 2011

Horsing around for Walk of the Black Country.

Horsing around for Walk of the Black Country.

Wolverhampton racecourse is tightening its laces for the forth coming Beacon Walk of the Black Country.

The Walk of the Black Country will take place on Sunday, 19th June 2011 at 10am, with the walkers starting at Himley Hall.

Wolverhampton Racecourse will be the finishing point for this year’s walkathon, and the team there will be greeting the competitors with a medal and refreshments.

Managing Director of Wolverhampton Racecourse David Roberts said “we are delighted to be involved with the Beacon Walk of the Black Country and it is really great that our on-site trainer Frank Sheridan and his team have been able to help us promote the event today. All of the staff are excited about the racecourse being the end destination for the walk and we look forward to welcoming all the fundraisers and their supporters to the racecourse on the day”

The Walkers will be raising money for Promise Dreams with a percentage of funds also going to the Dudley and Wolverhampton Mayoral charities. Promise Dreams is a registered children’s charity, dedicated to fulfilling the dreams of seriously ill and terminally ill children and their families. Money raised will go to children who are seriously or terminally ill to provide treatment, help and support for both them and their families.
For more information visit Beacons website

Beacon breakfast presenter Fresh pictured with the Frank Sheridan trained horse Icelandic at Wolverhampton Racecourse. 

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Summer Fun at Wolverhampton Racecourse

The summer is looking bright for Wolverhampton Racecourse, even before the floodlights have been turned on!

With a packed events schedule planned for the summer months, it’s never been a better time to visit the racecourse, set in 22 acres of parkland in the West Midlands.

Wolverhampton Racecourse is not only a superb sporting location; it also has a reputation as one of the leading event venues in the West Midlands. Only 15 miles from Birmingham with excellent transport links, the venue offers outdoor event space as well as a range of rooms suitable for conferences, exhibitions and seminar.

An extensive refurbishment of the first floor conferencing, hospitality and events facilities begins at the end of April, with completion expected in mid-June. The racecourse and its facilities will never have looked better. David Roberts, Managing Director of Wolverhampton Racecourse “The refurbishment is an exciting project, the plans are all in place and include all 8 hospitality suites, our meeting rooms, and the Dunstall and Wulfrun banqueting suites. We recognise the importance of continued investment in our facilities”.

Throughout the refurbishment process, Wolverhampton will be still be racing! Their all-weather course will be just the ticket if the sun doesn’t make an appearance. Wolverhampton Racecourse will be hosting a great event for all the family. The 8th of August from 12pm sees Scooby, Yikes, entertaining the kids while the adults can look forward to great food, entertainment and racing.  If that isn’t enough, they will also be having a High School musical tribute band performing the hits from the magical family movie.  The biggest thing of all is that accompanied children are admitted totally free of charge, all of the activities are also free, making it a cost saving summer holiday day out!

Nathan Corden, Head of Commercial Development for Wolverhampton Racecourse “Family fun day is a huge event at Wolverhampton Racecourse, we feel that we have really gone all out to offer a racing and events day that will cater to the whole family”.

If you enjoy the finer things in life, perhaps a sumptuous Ladies evening will be for you, with the event taking place on Saturday the 3rd of September. Big hats and pimms are definitely on the agenda, with prizes for the best dressed lady, best dressed couple and the best hat. The event is not just a great chance for the ladies to dress up, Gents, get out your finest whistle and flute to join in with the festivities! There will be 6 thrilling races followed by live entertainment from superb band Battle of the Divas - this performance is open to all race goers. Ladies Evening is the highlight of the Wolverhampton social calendar, tickets start at just £10 per person, and you are advised to book early to avoid disappointment.

With all this going on, it’s easy to forget that Wolverhampton Racecourse also has excellent facilities available for conferences, Weddings, Gala dinners, proms and parties. With packages to suit all budgets and ideas, their experienced, dedicated coordinators are on hand to help ensure that your planned event is a truly great day for everyone involved.

With their jam packed race schedule each week, now is a great time to book an event at Wolverhampton Racecourse. With party packages starting from £15.00 per person, for a minimum of 6 people, the fantastic offer includes -
  • Grandstand Entrance
  • Race card
  • 3 Drinks Vouchers (worth £2.50 each)
  • Discounted Ladbrokes Betting Voucher
  • Half Price Return Voucher
For more information on any of the planned events at Wolverhampton recourse, please call the ticket hotline on 01902 390000, or visit our website at -

Saturday, 9 April 2011

Miss Black Country 2011

On the warmest day of the year so far, Roshni Pink has been crowned Miss Black Country 2011 at Wolverhampton Racecourse.

The 21 year old from Wolverhampton, wowed the judges on Saturday with her dazzling smile and infectious laugh.

With the title now under her belt, she will be entered to represent the Black Country in the Miss England competition later this Summer.

The finalists aged between 17 and 22 were all quizzed by the judging panel which included 2010 winner Andrea Sturmey, Adam Smythe from Esporta Wolverhampton, Jon Wren from House of  Fraser Wolverhampton, and  also Miss England winner 2010/2011 Jessica Linley.

After their individual interviews with the judging panel and dressed in the outfit that House of Fraser Wolverhampton had kindly supplied them with for the evening, the finalists were encouraged to enjoy the racing with their families and supporters.

Between races, the finalists faced a public interview in front of the crowd of around 2000 racegoes which was shown on the giant racecourse outdoor screen. Despite being nervous, they all did a great job!

After the laste race, the results were announced with Shelly-Ann Willets 19, from Halesowen and Demi Payne 20 from Dudley being names runners up.

Last year’s winner Andrea Sturmey said “Of course I am very sad that my year has to come to an end, I would have loved to be Miss Black Country forever but it's time for someone else to step up and wear the crown. I was very excited to meet the 10 finalists and had a brilliant time judging them all on Saturday night”.  

Nathan Corden, Head of Commercial Development for Wolverhampton Racecourse said “it was a great night for both the Racecourse and Roshni. I’m sure she will take the Miss Black Country baton from our previous winner, and do a great service to the area over the next year. We also wish her the best of luck at the finals of Miss England”.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

Miss Black Country 2010 – the previous winner

Miss Black Country 2010 – the previous winner

It’s been a rollercoaster year for the winner of Miss Black Country 2010. Andrea Sturmey  from Cedar Court Penn, was absolutely delighted after taking the crown at Wolverhampton Racecourse in April last year. But what has the beauty from the Midlands been up to since then and how has the competition changed her life? We caught up with her to find out more…

 “Winning Miss Black Country has been one of the greatest achievements to date, a memory that I will always cherish. My family have been extremely proud of me gaining this title and how I have used it over the past year. I have been involved in many amazing things such as working with Wolverhampton Wanderers Football Club, various fundraising activities including Opening the Acorns Charity shop in Wolverhampton. I mustn’t forget being a part of Miss England 2010, what an amazing experience that was!”

With the finals for the 2011 Miss Black Country being held at Wolverhampton Racecourse again this year, Andrea had these words of advice “I am very excited to meet the 10 finalists and look forward to Judging them all on Saturday night. I hope to find a girl worthy enough who wants to be seen as an ambassador for The Black Country. One who shows natural beauty inside and out and will cherish her title for the next year. Advice to the girls would be to make sure you are yourselves, enjoy every minute and also be prepared to work hard!”

Nathan Corden, Head of Commercial Development for Wolverhampton Racecourse said “It will be great to see Andrea again, she has been a great ambassador for the region over the past twelve months, and we are sure Miss Black Country 2011 will do just as good a job”.

Wolverhampton Racecourse is hosting the final of Miss Black Country 2011 on Saturday the 9th of April, with tickets selling fast. Miss Black Country 2010 winner Andrea will be judging on the evening with help from current Miss England Jessica Linley, Adam Smythe from Esporta Wolverhampton who are kindly providing a prize for the winner, and Jon Wren, women swear Sales Manager from House of Frazer Wolverhampton. House of Frazer kindly supports each of the finalists with an outfit to wear on the evening.

First race is at 6.20pm, with gates opening at 4.20pm. For more information and ticket availability contact 01902 390000.