20 miles. 200 obstacles. One hell of an assault course!


On the 11th May 2013, for one weekend only, the largest Assault Course on Earth is being assembled within the grounds.  Anyone can challenge themselves on this purpose built obstacle course and afterwards, we’re throwing open the doors to all those who attempt it and their supporters, to join us at sport’s most notorious after-party complete with colossal Festival camp-site, camping, a monster live music stage and an enormous beer tent.

Notes from the training camp.

Catch up with our weekly reports from our Assistant Agent Sarah Mayhew as she trains for her first ever Rat Race event.  Live through the highs and lows of a training programme that starts in the snow, both the good kind on the piste, and the less seasonal in the UK!

The adventure is complete – the debrief coming soon!

What to do on your day here.

If you are bringing friends and family to support you, there is plenty for them to do whilst you pitch yourself against giant obstacles and huge distances!  If they are more inclined to afternoon tea than assault courses, then point them in the direction of the Orangery Restaurant for great food in a beautiful setting.  Or if you need to treat your other half for all the time they have spent alone whilst you have been out training, then send them equipped with your wallet to the newly refurbished courtyard shop with great gifts and retail therapy to soothe even the most lonely training widow or widower!

The House is open with freeflow guided tours (so you can spend as much or as little time as you like in the rooms or go in and out so as not to miss the other key times to support!), audio guides and a fabulous collection of great works of art, treat your loved ones to a historical escape away from muddy training and assault courses.

Not to forget the kids, if you are bringing children to the Rat Race, then get them to bring a change of clothes and some waterproof shoes and let them loose in the Garden of Surprises (with adult supervision obviously!). This tudor-inspired trick garden is a great place on a summers day with plenty of fountains to splash in and situated next to the Sculpture garden with 14 acres for running, exploring and picnicing, it offers a great space for families of all ages.

Tickets can be purchased with a 20% Dirty Weekend discount either in advance online using the link sent in your Rat Race emails, or on the day using the vouchers that will be available from the box office and in your race packs.