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AccommodationBack to top

Accommodation in and around Stamford gets booked up early in the year. General information about hotels, bed and breakfast and other accommodation can be obtained from:

  • Stamford Tourist Information Centre: 01780 755611 or click here
  • Visit Lincolnshire: click here
  • Peterborough Destination Centre: 01733 452336 or click here

Box OfficeBack to top


The 2015 Box Office will open:

For Members and Caravan Members: 30th April - Online Bookings and Telephone Enquiries

For all other visitors: 1st May – Online Bookings and Telephone Enquiries

Burghley HouseBack to top

Burghley House and Gardens will be closed during the Horse Trials. For Burghley House enquiries, please telephone 01780 752451 or visit

Cash PointsBack to top

Three ATMs are available around the shopping village.

Baby Changing Facilities & Children's CrècheBack to top

Baby changing facilities are available; for the Public behind the Main Arena South Stand and for Members behind the Members' Enclosure marquee. No Creche facility is available .

Contact DetailsBack to top

Ticket Box Office: +44 (0)1933 304744
Burghley Horse Trials Office
Barnack Road
Lincs, PE9 2LH

Tel: +44 (0)1780 752 131
Fax: +44 (0)1780 752 982

Event Director: Elizabeth Inman
Tradestands: Jacqueline Stevens
Competition: Anne Whitton (Three Day Event)

Cross Country WalksBack to top


The number of people wishing to host course walks continues to increase - some to earn the promoter a fee, some to promote a sponsor, others on a casual basis. The ground compaction caused by so many pairs of feet causes long-term damage to the sward, reducing the effectiveness of the irrigation, which is essential to provide good going. We are happy for the ‘Leader’ to walk on the cross country track, but request that they instruct their party to remain outside the track.

Burghley has invested heavily in sophisticated irrigation equipment to ensure competitors the best possible going. The cross country track is fenced all year round and receives first class ground management from Philip Herbert - our Clerk of the Course. This policy has been rewarded and riders travel their horses from all over the world to compete at Burghley.

If you wish to organise a course walk, please contact Georgia Papworth ( / 01780 752131), to confirm: date, approximate time, anticipated numbers etc.  As in previous years, if you are charging for your course walk, we request a minimum contribution of 15% of your total takings, which will be donated to The Bill Thomson Bursary. Cheques made payable to Bill Thomson Bursary should be sent no later than 2 October 2015 to:

Burghley Horse Trials Office
Barnack Road, Stamford
Lincs PE9 2LH

Thank you in advance for your co-operation and contribution to this worthwhile charity which facilitates the education of cross country design and course builders.


Lucinda Green will conduct a course walk on Friday 4th September. The two hour 'walk & talk' will commence at 12.15 for 12.30 - please meet the group at Fence 3, with your payment to hand (£15 per person / £12 for Petplan Equine Customers).

Provisional Dates for Next Year: 1 - 4 September 2016

If you are listing these dates in a publication, please call 01780 752131 for confirmation before printing.


Disabled VisitorsBack to top

  • Admission: each disabled visitor requires the appropriate admission ticket and one accompanying carer will be admitted free of charge.
  • Parking: Limited forward parking is available to blue badge holders. The Disabled Car Park can be accessed through Gate 4: 'Station Gate' - to access this car park, you will need to clearly display your blue badge. Visitors wishing to use this car park are advised to arrive early, particularly on Saturday as spaces are allocated on a first come, first served basis. The St. John Ambulance runs a pick-up service from the Disabled Car Park to the Main Arena area. There is a limited amount of forward parking available to blue badge holders at the front of each car park on a first come first served basis; blue badge holders diverted to or entering gates other than Gate 4 will be parked as close as possible to the front of the car park at that time.
  • Main Arena Viewing: there will be a limited amount of spaces in the North Stand, Block E available to purchase for our visitors with wheelchairs. These bookings will be taken via our Box Office enquiry line: 01933 304744.
  • Toilets: there are disabled access toilets situated around the showground and cross country course. In order to preserve these facilities for the use of our disabled visitors, and where possible, the toilets are accessible with a radar key as part of the National Key Scheme.
  • Mobility scooters: Subject to availability, Event Mobility provides electric scooters and manual wheelchairs for the use of our disabled, elderly and mobility impaired visitors. For further enquiries, please contact Event Mobility on 01386 725391, or to book in advance (recommended), visit: All proceeds go to Event Mobility. Please be aware that advance bookings cannot be made by phone and that this facility often becomes fully booked before the Event. Anyone collecting an Event Mobility vehicle should enter through Gate 4: 'Station Gate'.
  • Temporary Impairment: Please note that our disabled visitor facilities cannot cater to people with temporary impairments such as broken bones, healing wounds and women who are pregnant. We kindly ask you to respect this.

DogsBack to top

Dogs accompanying visitors at Burghley Horse Trials must be kept under control and on a short lead at all times (extending leads are not permitted). Take particular care in busy areas not to inconvenience other visitors and our exhibitors, and in the vicinity of the Cross Country fences. Try to avoid taking your dog into confined areas where food is being served or consumed. Please ensure that your dog is sufficiently mature to withstand the pressures and crowds experienced at a large outdoor Event. Please clean up after your dog - bags are available around the showground.

Assistance Dogs only are permitted in the grandstand and Members’ Enclosure.

There are no special parking concessions for vehicles containing dogs and if distressed, they will be removed from vehicles by the RSPCA/Police.

Dog Crèche - We strongly recommend that visitors with dogs use the dog crèche NEWLY sited adjacent to the Exhibition Village (map will be available from 1 May). Open daily 9.00 am - 5.00 pm. Dogs can be left for two hours at a time Thursday and Friday, two hours at a time Saturday am and four hours at a time Saturday pm and Sunday am/pm. The charges are as follows:

Thursday and Friday: £3 per hour. Saturday and Sunday £5 per hour or £15 for 4 hours (ideal to cover Sunday afternoon session of competition/presentation). All proceeds will go to Samsalin Dog Rescue.

Booking is advisable (essential for Sunday afternoon). For further information, call Steve Penistone at Samsalin Dog Rescue on 07764 489 919 or email

Food and DrinkBack to top

There is an excellent selection of bar and catering facilities to suit all tastes, from a more formal luncheon in the Members’ Enclosure to worldly delicacies in the food walk and catering stalls on the showground and Cross Country course.

Getting around the ShowgroundBack to top

The terrain in the Park may not be suitable for visitors with certain medical conditions. We advise you to wear practical footwear and to be aware that it could be difficult to move around freely and easily.

Getting to BurghleyBack to top

Getting to Burghley Map Location of Stamford in the UK map

Click here for Google Maps

By Car

The Event is clearly sign-posted. Using satnav, the postcode PE9 3JY will direct you towards Burghley House. Once you see the temporary yellow signs, please follow these and turn off your satnav.

  • Members' car pass: Gate 1-Pilsgate Lodge on Barnack Road (B1443).
  • Public and season car pass & disabled badge holders: Gate 4-Station Gate (B1443) & Gate 5-Bottle Lodges (B1081).

Particularly on Saturday, you are strongly advised to allow an extra hour for the last 10 miles of your journey.
NB The Police or Traffic Management company may be required to redirect you to another entrance. The Traffic Management outside of Burghley Park is within the authority of the Police.

Cark Parks Map 2012Click to download as a PDFGet Adobe Reader

By Train

The train line to Stamford runs from Birmingham, Leicester, Nuneaton or Peterborough. It takes approximately 20 to 30 minutes to walk into the Event from Stamford station. National Rail Enquiries: 08457 484950,

By Coach

Please telephone the Travel Line public transport information line on 0871 200 2233.

Helicopters and Light Aircraft – it is not possible to land within Burghley Park

Please contact the following local airfields to make prior arrangements:

Nearest Main International Airports

  • East Midlands Airport - 46 miles
  • Birmingham Airport - 71 miles
  • London Stansted Airport - 72 miles
  • London Luton Airport - 74 miles
  • London City Airport - 98 miles
  • London Heathrow Airport - 104 miles
  • London Gatwick Airport - 134 miles

JobsBack to top

If you are interested in working at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, please contact the following companies who may be able to offer you temporary employment:

Lost PropertyBack to top

If you have lost or found an item during the Event, please go to the Organiser’s Office (opposite the Members’ Enclosure). After the Event, please telephone 01780 752131 to check for lost property. We retain lost property for three months, after which point any unclaimed items are donated to a local charity shop.

MerchandiseBack to top

‘Burghley – The Collection’ merchandise will be available August 2015.

Opening timesBack to top

  • Gates open: 7.30 am
  • Members’ Enclosure open: 8.00 am
  • Shops open: 9.00 am

Particularly on Saturday, you are strongly advised to allow an extra hour for the last 10 miles of your journey.

Overseas VisitorsBack to top

Please use these pages to access translations in the following languages:

Past WinnersBack to top

Click here to access a list of past CCI winners

Click here to access a list of past Young Event Horse winners

ProgrammesBack to top

Available to purchase at the first Horse Inspection on Wednesday at 4.00 pm and from Thursday morning of the Event onwards around the showground.

Running Orders & Score SheetsBack to top

These are produced as soon as the information becomes available and can be collected from underneath the Scoreboard (opposite the Members’ Enclosure) or on the British Eventing Stand. Please kindly put your donations in the tins provided.

ScreensBack to top

To watch the Dressage and Show Jumping phases in the Main Arena you will need grandstand tickets and these sell out quickly, particularly for Sunday. There is a limited amount of free standing space but inevitably it is extremely popular. We provide giant screens around the showground at the following locations:

  • Next to the Scoreboard (all four days)
  • Exhibition Village (all four days)
  • Trout Hatchery (Saturday only)
  • Main Arena (Saturday only)
  • Picnic Area by Rural Crafts (Sunday only)

ShopsBack to top

Shops open daily 9.00 am - 5.30 pm, Thursday to Saturday, 9.00 am - 5.00 pm Sunday.

Shoppers’ Drop Back to top - Open from 10am daily

There are two Shoppers’ Drop facilities where you can leave your shopping, which are located behind the East Grandstand (adjacent to the Members' Enclosure) and at the Information Point (near the Rural Crafts pavilion).

Sponsored RideBack to top

Details of the next sponsored ride will be available in the early months of 2015.

Taxi CompaniesBack to top

  • Ace Cabs: 01780 767676
  • Harrier Cabs: 01780 765175
  • 3 Star Taxis: 01780 753300
  • Clapham Taxis: 01780 764161
  • First Choice Taxis: 01780 752748
  • Premier Cabs Of Stamford: 01780 766155
  • Star Taxis: 01780 763245
  • Ag Silver Taxis: 01780 482800
  • 1st Class Cars: 01780 767733
  • Carlton Cabs: 01780 755755

2014 Television CoverageBack to top

Play, replay and analyse the Dressage, Cross Country and Show Jumping performances of every rider competing in this year’s Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials, free of charge on Burghley.TV.

Also available are:

  • Captain Mark Phillips' Cross Country Preview
  • Cross Country Track Map and Fence Guide
  • 'Best of Burghley' - highlights of the past 21 years


TicketsBack to top


The 2015 Box Office will open:

For Members and Caravan Members: 30th April - Online Bookings and Telephone Enquiries

For all other visitors: 1st May – Online Bookings and Telephone Enquiries

ToiletsBack to top

Toilets are situated around the showground and cross country course. These are marked on the map in the programme and on You Are Here boards around the showground.

What to WearBack to top

Due to the Park’s terrain, it may not be suitable for spectators with certain medical conditions. Everybody is advised to wear suitable footwear and should be aware that there may be times when it could be difficult to move around freely and easily.

The seasonal weather at Burghley can range from being hot and dry to torrential rain; please ensure that you dress comfortably and come prepared.