There’s nothing quite like a day at Poole Greyhounds. Standing alongside hundreds of fellow punters, painstakingly counting down each passing second waiting for your chosen greyhound to tear out of the traps. In a flash, they hit speeds over 40mph chasing after the lure, defying gravity as they screech around the turn before taking to the home stretch as you eagerly anticipate a win.
It gets your heart racing, the adrenaline running, and emotions soar with every step. In a nutshell, that’s the joy of Poole Greyhounds. If you want to find out more about one of the top attractions in Poole, here’s everything else you need to know.
Poole Stadium has been the home of Poole Greyhounds for well over half a century, with race nights on Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday evenings and admission costing well below a tenner. The stadium itself is little over a mile away from our Poole Centre hotel, so you can drive there in less than five minutes, or walk in less than half an hour. Alternatively, if you’re staying at our Poole North hotel, it’s about a ten-minute drive away, and we wouldn’t really recommend walking, firstly because there’s plenty of free parking, and secondly because it would take about 45 minutes to get there by foot.
The number of races varies between meetings, but there can be as many as 14 in one evening. On Tuesdays, turnstiles open at 6pm, on Saturdays, it’s 6:30pm, and 5pm on Sundays. If you didn’t know, greyhounds will race whatever the weather, so come rain or shine, you can still come on down and have a punt on the hound of your choice. But, then again, it doesn’t matter what the weather’s like if you book a table in the restaurant on the first floor of Poole Stadium.
The restaurant at Poole Greyhounds overlooks the track and offers full table service. It means you never have to leave your seat; you can order drinks, eat your dinner, place your bets, and receive your winnings all at your table. Considering that all restaurant packages include at least a two course meal, a race guide and admission, all for less than £25, it’s quite the deal if you fancy a day at one of the most historic greyhound tracks in the country.