October 20, 2022

The Great Christmas Carnival at Newbury Racecourse is now on sale!

Underbelly and Newbury Racecourse are thrilled to reveal the full programme of attractions for The Great Christmas Carnival at Newbury Racecourse with tickets now ON SALE. Home of the gravity-defying attraction Flying Father Christmas, the Carnival is brought to Berkshire by the producers of the acclaimed Edinburgh’s Christmas, Christmas in Leicester Square, and Christmas in Trafalgar Square. Running from 27th November until 2nd January at the iconic Newbury Racecourse, the festive winter wonderland is a brand new large scale Christmas extravaganza for 2022. Tickets are on sale at greatchristmascarnivalnewbury.com.


Once inside the Carnival site, customers will have a veritable feast of things to do.

This one sleigh stop will feature a whole host of family friendly attractions, including incredible theme park rides such as the The Greatest Hits Radio Big Wheel, the Vintage Carousel and the Fun House. For thrill seekers, the Carnival will feature the spine-tingling Spinning Coaster and the exhilarating Giant Rollercoaster.

Ticket holders are set to be wowed by the Great Christmas Circus. From the creators of Circus Extreme and Circus Berlin, the big top will most multiple performances each day fo this family friendly and sensational circus show, featuring an array of world class performers. Performances are only 45 minutes long so there’s plenty of time to enjoy the rest of what the Carnival has to offer.

Get lost in the twists and turns of the enchanting Christmas Tree Maze, and younger guests are set to be captivated by Father Christmas’ wonderous Grotto, where children can meet the man himself and be read a special Christmas story.

Additionally, guests are invited to pull on their skates and glide across the sparkling Ice Rink. Surrounded by glistening lights, the rink is suitable for the whole family, with skates available to hire and aids to help younger skaters and those taking their first steps on the ice.

The Great Christmas Carnival will also include an expansive Christmas Market, featuring the Nordic Nook bar with a cosy fire pit and the Apres Alpine bar, an Alpine style beer hall. Everything from European produce and traditional festive refreshments will be on offer, including mulled wine, mince pies and raclette, as well as delicious festive street food.

Carnival goers will need to purchase an entry ticket to access the Carnival, with the first 200 pre-booked tickets to be free. Tickets include a complimentary hot chocolate, as well as the incredible Flying Father Christmas outdoor show which will take place on the hour, ever hour that the site is open. Look up to the sky and watch as Santa literally flies over the Carnival site in his sleigh, accompanied by a wonderful festive soundtrack. The magical and jaw dropping event can only be seen at The Great Christmas Carnival and wll make for a very special and ‘one of a kind’ Christmas moment for families.

Entry tickets and tickets to the attractions and shows are available to purchase in advance online or on the day via the box office. We recommend booking in advance as much as possible. For a limited time, visitors who spend £25 or more on rides and attractions by purchasing in advance online will receive 20% off the price of their purchase. There are also fantastic discounted packages available for those who wish to plan their whole day in advance. These can be found at greatchristmascarnivalnewbury.com.

Free parking is available at Newbury Racecourse and included in the Carnival entry ticket, and the site is easily accessible via the M4 Junction 13, National Rail and from Newbury Town Centre, with a free shuttle bus service available for ticket holders.

The Great Christmas Carnival at Newbury Racecourse will see one of the county’s most iconic landmarks transform into a magical winter experience and host the biggest festive event in the South outside of London. Having accommodated a wealth of successful events on the track over the past decade, Newbury Racecourse is the perfect spot to welcome The Great Christmas Carnival, with excellent transport links to wider Berkshire, Oxfordshire, Hampshire, London and other surrounding areas. Welcoming children and adults alike, the major festive event promises a safe and family friendly day out and is guaranteed to be the South’s must visit attraction for the holiday season.


Julian Thick, Chief Executive for Newbury Racecourse commentedWe are very excited about the launch of the Great Christmas Carnival. Having been working on this with our partners Underbelly for several years, we know it will be a great event that will appeal a wide range of audience groups locally and further afield. As a diversified entertainment and leisure venue it fits perfectly with our other activities and will be very complementary to our racedays. I am sure the town and  local area will see many benefits of hosting this event as it builds down the years.

 What could be better than a day at the races coupled with a visit to The Great Christmas Carnival? This will be a must attend event for all the family.

World-leading live entertainment company Underbelly has produced of some of the nation’s best loved winter events including the internationally renowned Edinburgh’s Christmas, Christmas in Leicester Square, and Christmas in Trafalgar Square, with The Great Christmas Carnival at Newbury Racecourse a much-welcomed addition to the festive calendar.


Ed Bartlam and Charlie Wood, directors of Underbelly said:We are delighted to add The Great Christmas Carnival at Newbury Racecourse to our portfolio of exciting Christmas events. We’ve been working hard behind the scenes to make the Carnival the biggest and best Christmas event in Berkshire, and for the South of England. With a wide range of entertainment on offer across the site, the Carnival genuinely has something for everyone – from families looking to enjoy a child friendly day out, to friends planning a magical Christmas get together. Who needs to travel into London when we’ve got everything here to make the perfect Christmas day or evening out? We’ve even got free car parking and excellent train links! We can’t wait to welcome guests to the Great Christmas Carnival at Newbury Racecourse”.

The Great Christmas Carnival at Newbury Racecourse will run from Sunday 27th November until Monday 2nd January 2023, with Friday 25th and Saturday 26th November open following the racing action as an exclusive sneak peek for Newbury Racecourse’s Coral Gold Cup ticket holders.


Tickets for The Great Christmas Carnival at Newbury Racecourse are on sale now at greatchristmascarnivalnewbury.com


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