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‘Following on from the success of last week’s landmark FREE FRIDAY meeting, Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse hold their first Family Day of their season this Sunday, with their annual ‘Traditional Family Fun Day’.

Complementing Ripon’s family friendly Racecourse status, the day focuses on entertainment for the family with their Traditional Family day activities. There will be a wide variety of FREE attractions suitable for all ages (adults included), with Punch & Judy shows, face painting & balloon modelling and lots more fairground rides alongside a classic brass band to set the tone. Children’s entertainment is in the Course Enclosure; ensuring youngsters have a fun-packed day alongside the whole family enjoying the horse racing.

James Hutchinson, Managing Director and Clerk of the Course said:

“Family fun days are a big part of our racing calendar and our Traditional Family Fun Day is great way to introduce the next generation of racegoers to racing at Ripon. With the range of activities alongside the quality racing, it really is a great affordable family day out”

Turning to the racing, the day features’ The Wilmot-Smith Memorial E.B.F ‘Breeders Series’ Fillies’ Handicap Stakes’ a £20,000 Handicap contest for fillies over the sprint distance of six furlongs. The afternoons feature race ‘The Ripon, Yorkshire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’ Handicap Stakes over one mile offers prize money of £23,000.

The race meeting on Sunday 21st May starts at 2.00pm with the gates open from 12.00pm and the last of 7 races at 5.10pm.

Fixture details:

Sunday 21st May

Gates open at 12:00pm – First of seven races starts at 14:00pm

All accompanied u18’s come FREE into any Enclosure with a range of FREE fun for the kids including a visit from the National Festival Circus who will be performing throughout the afternoon alongside a range of fairground rides and other activities.

Feature race of the day: ‘The Ripon, Yorkshire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’ Handicap Stakes (£23,000)


 Racegoers are set to flock to Ripon Racecourse this Friday night (May 12th) for the return of the most generous offer the UK racing industry has to offer and it’s right on our doorstep here in Yorkshire!

The ‘FREEFRIDAY’ initiative that was first introduced last season saw over 6000 racegoers take up the offer of FREE entry to all racegoers into Paddock and Course Enclosures and no, there isn’t a catch it really is as simple as to turn up and walk in for FREE.

A bold move from one of Yorkshire’s most scenic Racecourses, with Ripon’s free fixture enabling those new to racing a chance to ‘try before you buy’ and not only showcases some quality action on the track but gives those an insight into the industry.

Ripon want to embrace the nation’s love for the sport and override the often stereotypical view that racing is for an elite group or isn’t suitable for families. Ripon very much fly’s the flag as a family friendly venue with free admission for accompanied u18’s all year round.

James Hutchinson, Managing Director & Clerk of the Course said “Last year’s event was a massive success and was a great way to bring new people to experiencing racing for the first time. Racing can be anything you want it to be and we encourage everyone to come along and make the most of this fantastic offer” 

For those wanting to get involved and attend, racegoers can walk into both the Paddock and Course Enclosures for FREE from 4pm, with the first of six races starting at 6pm.

In addition to the action on the track, the Racecourse also have live music after racing from Madness tribute band ‘The Madhouse Brothers’ starting just before 9pm.


Fixture details:

Friday 12th May

Gates open at 16:00pm – First of six races starts at 18:00pm

FREE entry is available into the Paddock and Course Enclosures with Club Enclosure upgrade available on the night at £15.

All accompanied u18’s come FREE into any Enclosure.

Feature race of the day: The SIS Celebrating 30 Years in Horseracing Handicap Stakes


As the nation goes ‘Racing crazy’ this weekend for the Tour De Yorkshire, down at Ripon Races it is very much ‘business as normal’ as they prepare for a different kind of racing and their first Saturday raceday of the season.

Alongside an afternoon of quality action on the track, the Racecourse will be showing full coverage of the Tour De Yorkshire alongside the jump season finale action from Sandown.

Ripon’s first Saturday meeting of the season has over £120,000 of prize money on offer, with £30,0000 up for grabs for the main event of the afternoon. The feature race ‘The Download The Free Attheraces App Handicap Stakes’, this contest for staying horses over 2 miles is often a stepping stone for potential Royal Ascot winners with Trip to Paris winning the race before winning the Ascot Gold Cup back in 2014.

James Hutchinson, Managing Director and Clerk of the Course said:

“We are delighted the Tour De Yorkshire is coming to Ripon and have worked closely with Welcome to Yorkshire to ensure our spectators will have no problems getting in or out of the Racecourse this Saturday”

Travel news with reference to Saturday’s racing and the Tour De Yorkshire: –

The Women’s race will have passed through Ripon Market Place by the time their gates open at 11.30am and the action will already be underway (our first race commences at 14.15pm) once the Men’s race enters the city (at approximately 16.15pm).

There will only be short road closures in place on the A61 at Ripley at approximately 09.30am to 10.30am and 14.15pm – 15.15pm and the main access route from the A1 is completely unaffected, with no travel restrictions whatsoever by the time the final race is completed by 17.40pm.

Other big news coming from the track is the return of our #FREEFRIDAY initiative in two weeks’ time. Last year’s event saw over 6000 racegoers turn out to enjoy a Friday evening of racing for FREE.  This year’s fixture takes place on Friday 12th May, with over 6000 people already registered to attend it is set to be another landmark event.

You can keep up to date with all the latest news from the course on their social media pages, or by visiting their website.