Horse racing, traditionally referred to as the Sport of Kings, makes a fabulous day out for everyone! With nine fantastic racecourses in the county, you are never far away from some heart pumping action, be it over jumps or on the flat.
Each course has its own unique atmosphere and offers everything from top class racing to music nights, the glamour of Ladies Day or Gin and Gents Evening, to more relaxed family days where there are loads of activities for children. Even better, children are admitted free to nearly all race meetings!
Go Racing in Yorkshire organises a Summer Festival in July where the action moves around eight of the counties’ courses, in nine days, with 10 race meetings! Experience the festival atmosphere, as each course takes its turn to host the show and give racegoers an unforgettable experience.
Throughout the Summer months you can attend Ladies Day at every course, which offers a variety of entertainment and puts some sparkle into your day. The winner of each best dressed lady competition is invited to represent their course in the final at Doncaster in October where some great prizes are up for grabs as we host the final of the Best Dressed Lady competition.
If music is your thing, pick from the variety of bands on offer after racing which this year include Five, Madness, Scouting for Girls, Jess Glynne and more to be revealed!
Themed family days offer the perfect entertainment for children. Visit Doncaster for a Wild West Day in March or Dinosaur action on Father’s Day in June. There’s Easter activities at Beverley, Redcar and Ripon, while Beverley also hosts family days in conjunction with Hull FC, Paw Patrol and the Circus! Catterick’s Soldiers’ Family Day include free entertainment with a giant inflatable obstacle course followed by their Carnival Family Day. Pontefract have three family days with a ‘Hunt the Golden Horseshoe’ competition at each. If Lego is your thing, head to Ripon in August for Lego brick modelling tutorials and a Lego model competition. ‘All Creatures Great & Small’ and Pirates are the theme at Thirsk, while Wetherby’s family day in April features the ever-popular mascot race! Head to York in September for racing and a host of activities for the family.
What do you do on Boxing Day and the days after Christmas? Go racing of course! Three tracks host jump racing, Wetherby, Catterick and Doncaster and you can visit all of them at the Winter Festival which takes place from 26th – 29th December every year.
You may also find yourself at one of our racecourses for a conference, party or wedding. The facilities double up as fantastic venues for non-racing events.
Each course has its own website, or visit www.goracing.co.uk for more details.