Enjoy the Races in comfort and style!


A trackside marquee is the ideal way to entertain friends, family or work colleagues.


Private marquees are available and are the perfect option for you to enjoy the picnic races with your nearest and dearest. For further details contact Tim Keith or Katie Monkerud. Bookings for marquees will open until 30 April each year.


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Commercial Marquees


This year, the Railway Hotel and the Cambridge Hotel will be hosting Marquees.


Tickets are on sale now. Contact the Railway Hotel on 02 6862 1553 and The Cambridge Hotel on 02 6862 2098. Visit our facebook page for more information and where to purchase marquee tickets.


Due to ing restrictions all marquees are strictly no BYO alcohol, however beverage packages are available through the Race Club.


Design your own Marquee Theme


Tent sites owners for this year’s Parkes Picnic Races are encouraged to decorate their marquees with their own theme.


Prizes will be awarded to the best decorated Private and Fully Catered Commercial Marquees.


The popular marquees inject cheer and country hospitality to the Parkes Picnic Races, making sure it’s a great day out for all.


The June Long Weekend is the weekend to head back to Parkes and the social event of the year!

Frequently Asked Questions


Can I supply my own alcohol in my marquee?


No alcohol is to be bought into the premises. All alcohol is to be purchased from the general bars located on the grounds or ordered through the Jockey Club. You are able to supply your own soft drink and water – however this must be in cans or plastic bottles – NO GLASS ALLOWED


How and when do I order my alcohol through the Jockey Club?


You will required to attend Daqunio’s Liquor a minimum of 14 days before the event to place an alcohol order for the day. All beers are to be Tooheys branded and all beverages are to be in cans or wine poured into plastic cups (no glass is allowed onto the grounds). Your order and bags of ice will then be delivered to your marquee the morning of the event (please ensure that your eski’s are in your marquee the night before the event so they can be filled with your alcohol purchases)


Can I take home any alcohol left over from my tent?


Yes you are able to collect any alcohol left over from the day that you have purchased for your tent the following morning after the races as this is a RSA requirement of the Parkes Jockey Club.


Can I supply my own bar attendant?


Yes you may supply your own bar tender for the day as long as they are fully qualified with a current Responsible Service of Alcohol Certification – this Certificate will be needed to be supplied a minimum of 14 days before the event. If you are unable to supply your own bar tender you may hire one through the Jockey Club at $27/hr per person for a minimum of 6 hours.


Are there any restrictions on the alcohol served on the day?


Yes – full strength beer and spirits are able to be served up until 3pm then mid-strength alcohol will only be allowed until the closing of all bars at 5pm.


Will there be transport available back to Parkes after the races finish?


Yes – buses will be available from the race course into Cooke Park beginning from 4pm with the last bus at 6pm. This will be offered to the public free of charge. There is no transport supplied from Parkes to the race course, you will need to arrange your own transport to the race course.


Is there a cost to enter the event on the day?


Yes – Those 16 years and older will be required to pay $15 per person gate entry on the day.


Do I need to arrange my own marquee?


Yes – You will need to supply your own marquee, tables, chairs, decorations, plastic cups, cutlery, heating and lighting (if required). A few hire companies within the region of Parkes that supply the above are (but not limited to):


  • Lachlan Valley Party Hire – 02 6851 6869
  • Adors Party Hire – 02 6882 9333


More Information


If you have any further questions please contact Katie Monkerud on 0404 385 432.