Known as Yorkshire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’, Ripon is renowned for its colourful flowerbeds and well-kept lawns. Ripon is very much a family racecourse and hosts a vast array of racedays to suit all parties and ages, along with some top quality racing. One of Ripon’s key highlights is their FREE Friday meeting on Friday 12th May, with FREE entry into the Paddock and Course Enclosures. Ripon is the perfect introduction for any new or junior racegoer, with four family days throughout the season with the final held on the August Bank Holiday Monday. With lots of entertainment for young families including a visit from the National Festival Circus on Sunday 21st May, their annual Alice in Wonderland day on Monday 14th August, before a visit from the Riggamoor Mini Farm on their annual Children’s Day.
Ripon starts the Go Racing In Yorkshire Festival on Saturday 22nd July and also hosts one of the top 3yo+ sprints in Yorkshire on Saturday 19th August with the William Hill Great St Wilfrid Handicap.
Come join us for a summer of entertainment and experience the excitement for yourself.
Ripon Race Co. Ltd, The Racecourse, Boroughbridge Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1UG
Managing Director & Clerk of the Course - James Hutchinson
Commercial Manager – Jane Hutchinson
Club Secretary - Andrew Hutchinson
Marketing Manager – Erin Boswell, Adminstration Executive
FREE Friday – Fri 12 May
Ladies Day -Thur 22 June
Blues Brothers Evening – Mon 10 July
Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival – Sat 22 July
The William Hill Great St Wilfred – Sat 19 August
Alice in Wonderland Day – Mon 14 August
Bank Holiday Fun Day – Mon 28 August
Theakstons Pop up Beer Festival – Sat 30 Sept
Although racing on the present site began on 6 August 1900, there have been several courses in the Ripon area, with the sport having been recorded taking place on Bondgate Green in 1664. Ripon staged Britain’s first race for lady riders in 1723 and was the first course in the land to have a children’s playground (there are now two) and host the first-ever Children’s Day meeting which continues to this day in August.
Several of Ripon’s race titles reflect the rich local history of the city – the Horn Blower Stakes, the Bell-Ringer Stakes and the Ripon Rowels Stakes, while the feature race of the season, the Great St. Wilfrid Handicap Stakes in August is named after the Patron Saint of Ripon. The Gold Trophy presented for the Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy was given to the racecourse by Jim Joel, one of the leading owner/breeders of the 20th Century, whose colours were carried to victory in many big races, including the Derby and Grand National.