Great Western Railway partners with Newbury Racecourse in Olly Murs raceday giveaway

Great Western Railway (GWR) is bringing the races to the railway with Newbury Racecourse, giving its Instagram followers the chance to win an array of prizes worth more than £750, including a live performance by Olly Murs. 

The giveaway, which offers a huge selection of prizes for the BetVictor Hungerford Day on Saturday 19 August, runs from Friday 4 August and will see one lucky follower invited to a day of luxury at the famous racecourse, with two GWR First Class train tickets included in the prize.

Followers can enter the competition on Instagram by tagging a friend in the comments of the original post and sharing the post on their stories. Both the entrant and tagged friend must follow GWR and Newbury Racecourse’s Instagram accounts.

The winner will receive:

  • Two First Class return train tickets to Newbury Races on Saturday 19 August from anywhere on the Great Western Railway network
  • A night’s stay for two people at The Retreat on Saturday 19 August (, rated as Britain’s best hotel by The Times
  • A pair of Premier Enclosure tickets to BetVictor Hungerford Day with Olly Murs on Saturday 19 August
  • Private table for two in the Hennessy Restaurant for racing and the concert
  • Tea & Coffee
  • Champagne & Canapé Reception
  • Three Course À La Carte Lunch
  • Light Afternoon Tea
  • Complimentary, Preferential Car Parking
  • Official Racecards


Olly Murs

The event at Newbury’s famous racecourse is one of the biggest in the racing calendar, and this year sees singer Olly Murs headlining the ‘Party in the Paddock’ event, with live music following the day’s racing.

Visitors to the event on 19 August can easily reach the racecourse on GWR services, with Newbury Racecourse station located on-site and just a short walk to the entrance. Half-hourly services from Reading and Bristol provide a convenient connection to London, South Wales and the south west of England.

GWR Regional Marketing Executive, Katie Axford, said: 

“We have worked closely with our partners at Newbury Racecourse over the years to bring thousands of visitors to an exciting day out at the races by train.

“We are grateful for their incredibly generous prize for one of our loyal followers, and we hope the lucky winner has a fantastic time.”

Newbury Racecourse Marketing Director, Harry Walklin, said:

‘’It’s not long until we welcome Olly Murs to Newbury Racecourse to perform live as part of BetVictor Hungerford Day on Saturday 19 August and it’s great to be able to partner with Great Western Railway to offer such an exciting prize bundle for the much-anticipated music raceday.

“With a rail station on-site at the racecourse it couldn’t be easier to get here to enjoy the action all-year-round and we’re looking forward to welcoming the lucky winner on 19 August.’’

To enter, simply tag another Instagram account in the comments of the original post and share the post to Instagram stories. Both the entrant and tagged account must follow @GWRUK and @NewburyRacecourse.