Pontefract Racecourse is steeped in history and has been holding race meetings since 1801!
In 2017, we will host 3 Evening Meetings and 3 Sunday Meetings – 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!

On Tuesday 11th April and goes through until Monday 23rd October.
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After a great Summer of racing, the 2017 season comes to a close at Pontefract on Monday 23rd October. The final meeting ends what has been a fantastic year at the West Yorkshire track with some memorable racing. And the final raceday is no different with a top class Listed 2 year old race on the card. The 25th running of the Listed totepool EBF Silver Tankard Stakes has an impressive roll of... (Read More)

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 11th April – Season Opener Family 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

Monday 23rd 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 Monday, 20 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.