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Newcastle Racecourse

High Gosforth Park, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE3 5HP

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Location

  • The venue is situated outside the centre of the town or city.
  • This venue is situated in Newcastle upon Tyne.
  • The venue is not situated on a road which has a steep gradient.
  • The nearest mainline station is Newcastle.

Parking (Main Car Park)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • There are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The car park surface is grass.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Comments View
    • The main car park is located adjacent to a golf course.
    • The main car park is for racecourse visitors.

Parking (Designated Parking Area)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • The route from the car park to the entrance is accessible to a wheelchair user with assistance.
    • The patron does have to cross a road.
    • The road is generally busy.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is 60m from the venue's entrance.
    • The convenient dropoff point is located outside the turnstile entrance
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Parking (Brandling House Conference Building)

  • The venue does have its own car park.
  • Venue Car Park View
    • There are 0 designated parking bay(s) within the car park.
    • The car park surface is loose chippings.
    • The car park does not have a height restriction barrier.
  • Comments View
    • The car park is for visitors to the conference facilities.

Outside Access (the Grandstand Area)

  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open (no doors).

Level Change (the Grandstand Area)

  • The area outside the three main grandstands is accessed by various easy and moderate slopes.

Outside Access (Brandling House Conference building)

  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main doors open towards you (pull).
  • The doors are double width.
  • The doors are heavy.
  • The door opening is 128cm (4ft 2in) wide.

Level Change (Brandling House Conference building)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located leading to the entrance.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.
  • The width of the ramp or slope is 100cm (3ft 3in).
  • There are steps to access this area / service.
  • There is / are 2 step(s) to the area / service.
  • Lighting levels at the steps are bright.
  • The steps are not clearly marked.
  • The steps are deep.
  • The steps do have handrails.
  • The handrails are on both sides.

Reception (Brandling House)

  • The reception desk is 6m (19ft 8in) from the front entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is low height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.

Reception (Racecourse Office)

  • The reception desk is 2m (6ft 7in) from the front entrance.
  • There is level access to reception from the entrance.
  • The reception desk is medium height.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • Comments View
    • The race course reception area is accessed by one steep step and a single, heavy door which you push away from you.

Inside Access (Brandling House Conference Building)

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • All of the conference facilities and the private boxes are accessed from level one.

Inside Access (Grandstand Area)

  • There is not level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • Lighting levels are bright.

Level Change (Grandstand Area)

  • There is a ramp or slope to access this service.
  • The ramp or slope is located underneath the main grandstand.
  • The ramp or slope is moderate.
  • The ramp or slope is permanent.

Eating and Drinking (Cocktail Lounge)

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.

Eating and Drinking (Cafe 2 Go)

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 76cm (2ft 6in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is hot and cold snacks.

Eating and Drinking (Park View Suite)

  • Full table service is available.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Menus are hand held only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is a la carte.
  • Comments View
    • The nearest table is 3 metres (9.9 feet) from the restaurant entrance.

Eating and Drinking (Gosforth Park Suite)

  • Full table service is available.
  • No chairs are permanently fixed.
  • The distance between the floor and the lowest table is 70cm (2ft 4in).
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.
  • Menus are hand held only.
  • Menus are not available in Braille.
  • Menus are not available in large print.
  • Menus are clearly written.
  • Menus are presented in contrasting colours.
  • The type of food served here is a la carte.

Eating and Drinking (The Blaydon Race Bar)

  • Food or drinks are ordered from the service counter.
  • Food or drinks can be brought to the table.
  • There is ample room for a wheelchair user to manoeuvre.

Sports Ground (Grandstand)

  • Home Support Seating View
    • Wheelchair users do not have a designated accessible seating area.
    • A companion can sit beside / near you.
  • Away Support Seating View
    • Wheelchair users do not have a designated accessible seating area.
  • Comments View
    • Designated wheelchair seating is available outside Park View Suite and also at the front of the grandstands.
    • There are stewards available for assistance.
    • The photograph shows the wheelchair seating area located outside the Park View Suite.

Other Floors

  • Steps View
    • The floors which are accessible by stairs are G - 2.
    • There are 15+ steps between floors.
    • The steps are clearly marked.
    • The steps are deep.
    • The steps do have handrails.
    • The steps have a handrail on both sides.
    • There is a landing.
    • The lighting level is bright.

Lift (Brandling House Conference Building)

  • There is a lift for public use.
  • The lift is located on the right of the stairs.
  • The lift is a standard lift.
  • The floors which are accessible by this lift are G - 2.
  • The lift is 7m (22ft 12in) from accessible entrance.
  • Staff do need to be notified for use of the lift.
  • The dimensions of the lift are 135cm x 112cm (4ft 5in x 3ft 8in).
  • There is not a mirror to aid reversing out of the lift.
  • The lift does have a visual floor indicator.
  • The lift does not have an audible announcer.
  • The lift controls do not have Braille markings.
  • The lift controls do have tactile markings.
  • The lighting level in the lift is bright.

Accessible Toilet (Brandling House)

  • There are accessible toilets within this venue designated for public use.
  • Location and Access View
    • The toilet is for the sole use of disabled people.
    • This accessible toilet is 8m (8yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located adjacent to the reception area.
  • Features and Dimensions View
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a twist lock.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 205cm x 160cm (6ft 9in x 5ft 3in).
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 78cm (2ft 7in).
    • The tap type is lever.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is not fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is not a coat hook.
  • Position of Fixtures View
    • Wall mounted rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There are mirrors.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 45cm (1ft 6in).
    • There is not a hand dryer.
    • There is a towel dispenser.
    • The towel dispenser is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder is not placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting View
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are bright.
  • Comments View
    • Wall mounted and drop down rails are available.
    • There are additional standard and accessible toilets located adjacent to The Blaydon Race Bar area, The Colonel Porter Stand, The Silver Ring Grandstand and on levels 1 and 2 of Brandling House Conference building.
    • All of the toilet areas are identical.

Standard Toilet(s) (Brandling House)

  • Availability and Location of Standard Toilets View
    • Standard toilet facilities are available.
  • Access to Standard Female Toilet(s) View
    • The female toilet facilities that were surveyed are located adjacent to the reception area.
    • The female toilets are 8m (8yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the female toilet.
    • Lighting levels are bright.
  • Access to Standard Male Toilet(s) View
    • The male toilet facilities that were surveyed are located adjacent to the reception area.
    • The male toilets are 8m (8yd 2ft) from the accessible entrance.
    • Inside the venue, there is level access to the male toilet.
    • Lighting levels are low.
  • Comments View
    • There are additional standard and accessible toilets located adjacent to The Blaydon Race Bar area, The Colonel Porter Stand, The Silver Ring Grandstand and on levels 1 and 2 of Brandling House Conference building.
    • All of the toilet areas are identical.

Additional Info

  • Staff do receive disability awareness / equality training.