Uttoxeter racecourse holds regular race meetings, over hurdles.
The most famous event to have occurred in Uttoxeter is the penance of Samuel Johnson. Johnson's father ran a bookstall on Uttoxeter market, and young Samuel once refused to help out on the stall. When Johnson was older, he stood in the rain (without a hat) as a penance for his failure to assist his father. This event is commemorated with the Johnson Memorial, which stands in the Market Place, in the town centre.
The town also saw the last surrender (Royalist to Parliamentarian) of the English Civil War in 1646.