York Racing Guide
Located in North Yorkshire, York Racecourse is one of the largest flat courses in the UK in terms of prize money offered. The venue has undergone numerous developments over the past few years. Most notably, in 2015 work began on the restoration of the John Carr Stand which has enhanced the previous hospitality amenities. With further ambitious redevelopment plans of the course enclosure area, York is constantly trying to improve the racegoer experience. There’s a reason why it voted the ‘Best Racecourse in Britain’ in 2017!
What to do when your there…
Once you’ve grabbed a ticket to one of the race days, you wont be short of things to do once you get there! If you want to grab a bite to eat, then you will be spoilt for choice. If your in the County Stand, then you could make your way down to the John Carr Bar, Grill and Terrace which serves fresh pizza cooked in their pizza oven. The area was recently raised to ensure that racegoers had a better view of the Parade Ring and it has really enhanced the atmosphere of this spot. Alternatively, York provides the option to bring your own picnic - the Clocktower Enclosure is a great spot for this!
During the summer there are many entertainment options to take advantage of including live music in the months of July and June. Events such as Summer Music Saturday and the Music Showcase Weekend are always popular amongst racegoers. York Racecourse also caters very well for racegoers who wish to bring their family along too. Events such as Family Sunday provides numerous activities for all ages and York also offers children under 18 free entry!
The BIG races…
One of the biggest race meets is the Ebor Festival which takes place in August over 4 days. The festival is recognised for the Ebor Handicap which will take place this year on Saturday 25th August. Being one of the last meets before the flat seasons concludes, it draws huge crowds and is definitely not a day to miss! Other feature races during the festival include the Juddmonte International on the opening day and the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on Ladies Day.
Just before the Ebor Festival takes place, York Racecourse plays host to the John Smith’s Meeting in July. At the centrepiece of this meet is the John Smith’s Cup, formerly known as the Magnet Cup with a purse of £200,000. Interesting fact - this race has been sponsored by John Smiths for nearly 60 years, which makes it the oldest commercial sponsorship in flat races!
The racecourse is very easy to get to aswell! It is about 1 mile from the city centre and has vast transport links, whether your coming by car, bus, train or even flying from abroad! If your travelling by car, the racecourse offers free parking, no matter what the raceday. Alternatively, if you decide to come by train, there are direct links from all major city stations including London King’s Cross, Birmingham, Manchester and Edinburgh. Once you get to York train station, the racecourse in only a 10 minute drive, so you can either get a taxi or take advantage is the ever reliable ‘197’ shuttle bus. This costs only £3 for a return so it offers great value and can be purchased directly from the website when you purchase your ticket.
Buy your tickets now!
Link to buy tickets to York Racecourse: https://www.racingbreaks.com/racecourses/york-racecourse