Overview & description

Pontefract racecourse provides excellent motorway links and so offers good communications not only with local horse training centres but also with other major training centres in the country, notably Newmarket, with the result that the racing is both competitive and entertaining.

We host 3 Evening Meetings and 3 Sunday Meetings each year - the popular Sunday Family Days (25th June, 30th July, 20th August) are the highlight of the calendar with superb racing to match great family entertainment.

Our 3 evening meetings offer a variety of entertainment to support some fantastic racing! Bananarama celebrate 35 years in the industry on Friday Eve 26th May, and they will be performing a greatest hits set after racing on our 80s Night!
Monday Eve 12th June is our Rugby League Evening and supporters of Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers, Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity can get discounted entry with their season tickets! There’s even a meet and greet package for the chance to get some photo opportunities with the players!
Our final evening meeting on Friday 21st July is our annual Beer Festival and we’ll be showcasing some fantastic local brews! Cheryl, Mike and Jay, formerly of Bucks Fizz, will be performing to racegoers after racing!

We also host an annual Ladies Day (9th August) and the Best Dressed Lady in 2017 will walk away with an all inclusive holiday for 2 to Sri Lanka courtesy of RIU Hotels and Resorts!

Racedates 2017:

Tuesday 11th April – Season Opener
Monday 24th April – Back to School Raceday
Wednesday 3rd May – Northern Racing College Charity Day
Friday Eve 26th May – 80s Night (Friday Night Music Night Series)
Monday Eve 12th June – Rugby League Evening
Sunday 25th June – totepool Flat Cap & Whippet Family Day
Monday 3rd July – Art of Racing Raceday (part 1)
Tuesday 11th July – Art of Racing Raceday (part 2)
Friday 21st July – Beer Festival and Red Shirt Night (Friday Night Music Night Series)
Sunday 30th July – Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival Family Day
Wednesday 9th August – Ladies Day
Sunday 20th August – Sunday Service Raceday
Thursday 21st September – Throwback Thursday
Thursday 28th September – Throwback Thursday
Monday 9th October – Beat The Monday Blues Raceday
Monday 23rd October – totepool season Finale

Please check our website at or contact us on 01977 781307 for further details.

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Type Price
Adult From £5 to £23
OAP's From £3 to £10
Students From £3 to £10
Under 18s Free