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Main Grandstand - Surrey Hall

Sandown Park Racecourse, Portsmouth Road, Esher, KT10 9AJ

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Getting Help and Assistance

  • For a map of the racecourse please click here (new tab).
  • There is a member of staff available for help and assistance.
  • There is an assistance dog toilet or toileting area at the venue/nearby.
  • The assistance dog toilet or toileting area is located on the Summer Lawn.
  • Water bowls for assistance dogs are available.

Getting Here

  • By Road View
    • From London, take the A3 and follow the brown venue signs to Sandown Park. Exit A3 on to the A307 and continue to follow the brown venue signs. Alternatively, from the M25, exit at Junction 10 and follow the A3 towards London then exit onto the A307 and follow the brown venue signs. 
      If using a Sat Nav, please enter 'Portsmouth Road' rather than the Sandown Park postcode - this will bring you to the main car park which is just off the A307 (Esher High Street) and is directly in front of the Main Entrance.
    • Parking is free in the centre of the racecourse, which you can reach from the More Lane entrance. Please note that the course will be shut for approximately 10 minutes before and after each race as there will be horses on the course. The entrance/exit will otherwise be open/re-opened. Alternatively, for £5 you can park in the main car park off the Portsmouth Road.
      Coach parking is free - just follow the Sandown Park signposts on all approach routes and park in the area off the Portsmouth Road.
      There are allocated Blue Badge parking spaces in the main Portsmouth Road car park, which is free of charge to all Blue Badge holders. The parking is very close to the Main Entrance and the Grandstand.
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  • By Bus View
    • There is a bus stop within 150 metres of the venue.
    • There are a number of bus stops located along Portsmouth Road.
  • By Train View
    • The nearest Railway Station is Esher Station.
    • Esher station is just a 10 minute flat walk from the Main Entrance and can be reached by crossing the centre of the course on racedays (please note that the course will be shut for approximately 10 minutes before and after each race as there will be horses on the course) or by the complimentary raceday minibus service.
      On a non-raceday, visitors should turn left out of the station onto Station Road and then right at the T- junction to join the A307 Portsmouth Road. The entrance to Sandown Park is on the right hand side.
    • For more information on National Rail please click here (opens new tab).

Raceday Parking

Main Grandstand Entrance and Foyer

Entrance (Main Entrance Foyer to Surrey Hall - Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located at the rear of the Upper Foyer.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm.

Outside Access (Surrey Hall Entrance 14 - Parade Ring)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located next to the Parade Ring.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) automatically.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The width of the door opening is 220cm.

Outside Access (Surrey Hall Entrance 13 - Parade Ring)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located next to the Parade Ring.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 160cm.

Outside Access (Surrey Hall Entrance 12 - Parade Ring)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located next to the Parade Ring.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 230cm.

Outside Access (Surrey Hall Entrance 10 - Parade Ring)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located next to the Parade Ring.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 155cm.

Outside Access (Surrey Hall Entrance 9 - Parade Ring)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located to the left of the Brasserie.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) by sliding.
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 275cm.

Outside Access (Surrey Hall Entrance 7 - Premier Trackside)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located next to the Premier Trackside.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped and stepped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located leading up to the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • Step(s) View
    • The step(s) is/are located leading from the trackside area to the slope and entrance.
    • There is/are 4 step(s).
    • The step(s) is/are not clearly marked.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
    • The height of the step(s) is/are 16cm.
    • The going of the step(s) is/are between 30cm and 45cm.
    • There is not a/are not handrail(s) at the step(s).

Outside Access (Surrey Hall Entrance 6 - Grandstand and Paddock Trackside)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located next to the trackside.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located leading up to the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is slight.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Outside Access (Surrey Hall Entrance 5 - Grandstand and Paddock Trackside)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located next to the trackside.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is ramped/sloped access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 150cm.

Outside Access (Surrey Hall Entrance 4 - Grandstand and Paddock Trackside)

  • Entrance View
    • This information is for the entrance located next to the trackside.
    • The entrance area/door is clearly signed.
    • There is step-free access at this entrance.
    • There is not a canopy or recess which provides weather protection at this entrance.
    • The entrance door(s) does not/do not contrast visually with its immediate surroundings.
    • The main door(s) open(s) towards you (pull).
    • The door(s) is/are double width.
    • The door(s) is/are permanently held open.
    • The width of the door opening is 230cm.
  • Ramp/Slope View
    • The ramp/slope is located leading up to the entrance.
    • The gradient of the ramp/slope is steep.
    • The ramp/slope is permanent.

Surrey Hall

  • There is step free access throughout Surrey Hall.
  • The surface of the flooring is vinyl but temporary flooring can be put in place for some events and the surface will vary.
  • The layout of Surrey Hall varies depending on the meeting or event taking place.
  • During some race meetings Surrey is divided into Grandstand and Paddock and Premier enclosures.
  • There is a cloakroom and information point located next to the Brassiere.
  • The counter has a medium height.
  • There are a number of bars located around the edge of Surrey Hall, these include Embers Bar, Diamond Edge Bar, Chasers Bar and Costa Coffee. These were unable to be surveyed, June 2018, due to an event taking place.
  • There are also a number of betting counters around the edge of the hall. These were also unable to be surveyed at the time.

Eating and Drinking (The Food Market and Coffee House)

  • The following information is for the restaurant/bar.
  • The restaurant/bar is located to the right of Surrey Hall.
  • There is step-free access, via lift, to the restaurant/bar.
  • There is a/are double, light manual door(s) to access this area.
  • Full table service is not available.
  • Food and/or drinks can be ordered from the service counter.
  • Food and/or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • The height of the service counter is medium height (77cm - 109cm).
  • There is not a lowered section of the counter.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • There is step-free access within the restaurant/bar.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Background music varies according to the function/event.
  • The type of flooring in this area is vinyl.
  • No tables are permanently fixed.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • Some chairs have armrests on both sides.
  • The nearest table is approximately 3m from the entrance/opening.
  • The nearest table is approximately 2m from the till/counter.
  • The standard height for tables is 72cm.
  • Plastic/takeaway cups are available.
  • Plastic/takeaway cutlery is available.
  • Drinking straws are available.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Picture menus are not available.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold meals and snacks.
  • The lighting levels are good.

Accessible Toilet(s) (Surrey Hall - next to the Brasserie)

  • There is an/are accessible toilet(s) for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The accessible toilet surveyed is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is located between The Brasserie and Grandstand Entrance 7.
    • There is step-free access to the accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a shared toilet.
    • A key is required for the accessible toilet.
    • The key is a radar key.
    • The key can be obtained from a member of staff.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is heavy.
    • The door is locked by a locking handle.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 86cm (2ft 10in).
    • The door does not have a horizontal grab rail.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 148cm x 207cm (4ft 10in x 6ft 9in).
    • The accessible toilet does not have an unobstructed minimum turning space of 150cm x 150cm.
    • The toilet has a non-slip floor.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the right.
    • The lateral transfer space is 62cm (2ft).
    • The transfer space is obstructed by a non-infectious waste bin.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • There is not a spatula type lever flush.
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is an emergency alarm.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilet.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the toilet.
    • There is a/are female sanitary and non-infectious waste disposal units.
    • There is a/are coat hook(s).
    • The height of the coat hook is 172cm from the floor.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • There is a/are wall-mounted grab rail(s) available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rail(s) is/are on both sides.
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a horizontal wall-mounted grab rail on the opposite side of the seat to the transfer space.
    • There is a mirror.
    • The mirror is placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • There is not a shelf next to the toilet.
    • The toilet has a backrest.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • The height of the wash basin is 74cm (2ft 5in).
    • There is a vertical wall-mounted grab rail on the right hand side of the wash basin.
    • The wash basin tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • Taps have clear markings to indicate hot and cold settings.
    • There is a soap dispenser.
    • The soap dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The towel dispenser is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the towel dispenser is 113cm (3ft 8in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is poor.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is poor.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Changing Facilities View
    • Baby changing facilities are located within the accessible toilet.
    • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
    • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 99cm (3ft 3in).

Standard Toilet(s) (Surrey Hall - next to the Brasserie)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located at the far end of Surrey Hall, by the Brasserie.
    • There is step-free access to the female and male toilet(s).
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is available.
    • There are horizontal grab rails on both sides of the seat and a vertical rail on the left.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.
  • Baby Change Facilities View
    • Baby change facilities are located within the venue.
    • Baby change facilities are located in the female toilets.
    • There is step-free access to the baby change facilities.
    • The baby change table is not set against the wall, permanently fixed at 75cm from the floor.
    • The baby change table is not height adjustable.
    • The height of the baby change table once extended is 89cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments View
    • The details above relate to the ambulant cubicle in the male toilet. The cubicle in the female toilet has horizontal grab rails on both sides and a vertical rail on the right, shown in photograph 3.

Level Change (Standard Toilets - Ember Bar)

  • The step(s) is/are used to access the standard toilets only.
  • There is/are 20 step(s).
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are between 15cm and 18cm.
  • The height of the step(s) is/are 18cm.
  • The going of the step(s) is/are not between the recommended 30cm and 45cm.
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are on both sides.
  • Handrails are at the recommended height (90cm-100cm).
  • Handrails do cover the flight of stairs throughout its length.
  • Handrails are easy to grip.
  • Handrails do extend horizontally beyond the first and last steps.
  • The lighting levels at the step(s) are good.

Standard Toilet(s) (Ember Bar)

  • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female and Male Toilet(s) View
    • The female and male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located down the steps opposite the Embers Bar and behind the escalator.
    • There is stepped access to the female and male toilet(s).
    • There is pictorial signage on or near the toilet door.
    • An ambulant toilet with wall-mounted grab rails is not available.
    • The wash basin(s) tap type is push.
    • There is not a flashing fire alarm beacon within the toilets.
    • Lighting levels are good.

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