Located in the rural village of Orchard Portman the course was opened in 1927 and was the last racecourse to be opened in England (that is still open if you do not count the failed Great Leighs). The national hunt course is right handed, oval shaped that consists of tight bends and two wide straights.
The course holds race meetings from January through to May then takes a break from racing until October when the racing continues until the end of the year. Stand out events begin in January with the Carlsberg UK Handicap Hurdle and in November there is the Audrey Chudleigh Memorial Handicap Hurdle.
Address: The Racecourse, Orchard Portman, Taunton, TA3 7BL.
Jumps: A right-hand oval course of a mile and a quarter. Eight fences per circuit. Steady rise in home straight and run-in of 150 yards.
Road: 2m S of town on B3170 Honiton road, M5(Jctn25). Parking: All parking free.
Rail: 2 1/2m, Taunton Stn (access London Paddington, Bristol Temple Meads, Exeter St. David's).