Pontefract Racecourse is steeped in history and has been holding race meetings since 1801!
In 2018, we will host 3 Evening Meetings and 3 Sunday Meetings – the popular Sunday Family Days (24th June, 29th July, 19th 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!

Belinda Carlisle will play at the first of the music nights at 80’s Night on Friday Eve 25th May, while the Bootleg Beatles will perform after racing at the fantastic Red Shirt Night and Beer Festival on Fri eve 20th July. Monday Eve 11th June is our Rugby League Evening ands eason ticket holders at Castleford Tigers, Featherstone Rovers, Huddersfield Giants and Wakefield Trinity can get discounted entry with their eason tickets! Theres even a meet and greet package for the chance to get some photo opportunities with the players.

We also host an annual Ladies Day (8th August) and the Best Dressed Lady in 2018 will walk away with an all inclusive holiday for 2 to the Dominican Replublic courtesy of RIU Hotels and Resorts!

On Tuesday 3rd April and goes through until Monday 22nd October.
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Contact Information

Pontefract Park Race Company Ltd., The Administration Office, Pontefract Racecourse, Park Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4QD

(01977) 781307 Banqueting Suite: 01977 781851

(01977) 781850



General Manager, Secretary and Clerk of the Course - Norman Gundill Assistant Manager & Clerk of the Course - Richard Hammill Administration Manager - Carol Nickels

Course Highlights

Tuesday 3rd April – Season Opener Family Day

Friday Eve 25th May – 80s Night (Friday Night Music Night Series)

Monday Eve 11th June – Rugby League Evening

Sunday 24th June – totepool Flat Cap & Whippet Family Day

Monday 2nd July – Art of Racing Raceday (part 1)

Tuesday 10th July – Art of Racing Raceday (part 2)

Friday 2oth July – Beer Festival and Red Shirt Night (Friday Night Music Night Series)

Sunday 29th July – Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival Family Day

Wednesday 8th August – Ladies Day

Sunday 19th August – Sunday Service Raceday

Monday 22nd October – totepool season Finale


On Tuesday 11th April and goes through until Monday 23rd October.

Fun Facts

Pontefract stages five Listed Races during the season. The racecourse is in all probability the longest continuous track in the world staging Flat racing. The Marathon Handicap Stakes on 23rd April is Britain’s longest handicap race on the Flat.

The first recorded meeting at Pontefract in the Racing Calendar took place in 1801, although there’s evidence to show that there was racing in the area as long ago as the Civil War. Racing at Pontefract was staged during the Second World War, with the course hosting four Lincoln Handicaps.