Experience what’s new at York and make your 2018 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 nearly £8million 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 16 May and 13 October (18 days)
Dante Festival: Wed 16 – Fri 18 May, high quality action whilst catching up with friends.
First Saturday: Sat 26 May, first chance to combine York Races with your weekend.
June Meeting: Fri 15 – Sat 16 June, featuring the biggest charity meeting in Britain.
Summer Music Saturday: Sat 30 June, Sun Bets Jump Jockeys Nunthorpe, Paloma Faith performs after the sporting action.
John Smith’s Meeting: Fri 13 – Sat 14 July, featuring the 59th John Smith’s Cup.
Music Showcase Weekend: Fri eve 27 – Sat 28 July, popular with music fans, Sir Tom Jones performs on the Friday evening and Boyzone on the Saturday
Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival: Wed 22 – Sat 25 August (Ladies Day: Thurs 23 August), featuring our richest, fastest and most famous races.
September Sunday: Sun 9 September, fun for all featuring special family events.
October Finale: Fri 12 – Sat 13 October, last 2018 chance to visit.
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).