Free parking at Chester Racecourse to return for 2018

CH1ChesterBID and Chester Racecourse have again joined forces to provide free parking for shoppers.

The scheme follows the success of last year’s initiative which was launched to boost shopper footfall on race weekends.

A free parking scheme introduced by CH1ChesterBID and Chester Racecourse in 2017 is being brought back to the city as part of a continued effort to boost city centre visitor numbers.

Starting on Sunday 28th January, visitors to Chester will be able to take advantage of free parking at the 450 capacity Chester Racecourse car park between 10am and 5pm.

The offer will continue on the last Sunday of every month until the 2018 race season gets underway in May, at which time free parking will be made available every Sunday that follows a Saturday race day to encourage additional city centre footfall. The scheme will then return to the last Sunday of every month for the remainder of 2018 when the race season concludes at the end of September.

Carl Critchlow, BID Manager at CH1ChesterBID – the city’s Business Improvement District – said: “It’s fantastic that we’re once again able to work in partnership with Chester Racecourse to reinstate this free parking initiative that proved to be a real success in 2017.

“Shoppers have told us that the offer of free parking gives them a genuine incentive to visit the city centre on race day weekends and we know that our 500-strong members – Chester city centre’s bars, shops and restaurants – value this scheme because it encourages more shoppers into our city centre.

“With the popular Free After 3 car parking initiative set to be removed over the next few months, it’s become even more important that we do everything we can to make parking in the city centre as accessible as possible. We’re thankful to Chester Racecourse for agreeing to the scheme for another year and we hope shoppers will take full advantage of the free parking on offer throughout the year.”

Chief Executive of Chester Race Company, Richard Thomas, added:

“We’re pleased to be able to facilitate this initative for a consecutive year in collaboration with CH1ChesterBid. We received positive feedback from the scheme in 2017 and welcome the opportunity to be able to offer free parking again this year, enticing shoppers and visitors to the city.”

The full list of free parking days at Chester Racecourse are as follows:
Sunday 28th January
Sunday 25th February
Sunday 25th March
Sunday 29th April
Sunday 27th May
Sunday 1st July
Sunday 15th July
Sunday 29th July
Sunday 2nd September
Sunday 16th September
Sunday 30th September
Sunday 28th October
Sunday 25th November
Sunday 30th December

For more information about parking in Chester, visit