Experience what’s new at York and make your 2017 memories.

Create a highlight to your social calendar, from our choice of 18 racedays from May until October, offering a world class horseracing experience for visitors of all ages.

Our highlights include over £7million in prize money, award winning facilities and the most famous horses.

The showpiece of our season is the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival in August, the week to visit York, featuring our oldest, richest, fastest and most famous races. Enjoy sporting excellence combined with fashion and fun over four fabulous days.

Leaving you to create your social highlights on a backdrop of world class sport.

Flat racing between 17 May and 14 October (18 days)
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Alison Storey of York Racecourse wins tourism award for customer service

York Racecourse is delighted that  Alison Storey, the Chief Receptionist at the course, has won a Visit York Tourism Award. Her success came in the Outstanding Customer Service Category where her work, as the first point of contact for many of the 350,000 visitors to the Knavesmire was recognised. Presented at a glittering ceremony, in the National Railway museum, the evening was a celebr... (Read More)

Proud Gloucestershire mum takes the trophy at Macmillan Charity Raceday

Watched by nearly 27,000 people, amateur rider Belinda Keighley raced to victory on Buckle Street, trained by her husband, Martin, and raised more than £25,000 for the charity An amateur horse rider, Belinda Keighley closed a record breaking charity raceday by taking first prize in the Best Western Hotels and Macmillan Ride of their Lives. She was one of 10 amateur riders who today went head... (Read More)

Contact Information

The Racecourse, York, YO23 1EX

(01904) 620911

(01904) 611071



Chief Executive & Clerk of the Course - William Derby
Head of Marketing and Sponsorship - James Brennan

Course Highlights

Dante Festival: Wed 17 – Fri 19 May, high quality action whilst catching up with friends.

First Saturday: Sat 27 May, first chance to combine York Races with your weekend.

June Meeting: Fri 16 – Sat 17 June, featuring the biggest charity meeting in Britain.

NEW Summer Music Saturday: Sat 1 July, Olly Murs performs after racing.

John Smith’s Meeting: Fri 14 – Sat 15 July, featuring the 58th John Smith’s Cup.

Music Showcase Weekend: Fri eve 28 – Sat 29 July, Jess Glynne performs after racing on Friday evening, see yorkracecourse.co.uk for further details of Saturday music acts.

Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival: Wed 23 – Sat 26 August (Ladies Day: Thurs 24 August), featuring our richest, fastest and most famous races.

September Sunday: Sun 10 September, fun for all with appearances from Paddington.

October Finale: Fri 13 – Sat 14 October, last 2017 chance to visit.

Fun Facts

In recent years, as well as hosting many spectacular York Races, has also played host to Royal Ascot at York in 2005, The Ladbrokes St Leger in 2006, as well as the Olympic Torch, Paralympic Lantern in 2012 and Tour de France in 2014.

York’s highest attendance for a race meeting was recorded in 1851, when a crowd estimated at 150,000 saw The Flying Dutchman, winner of the Derby and St Leger in 1849, beat Voltigeur, who took both races the following year, in the so-called Great Match.

Children under the age of 18 are admitted to the racecourse (under 16’s accompanied by an adult).