Yorkshire Jockeys Horse Racing

Beverley Logo Catterick Logo Doncaster Logo Pontefract Logo Redcar Logo Ripon Logo Thirsk Logo Wetherby Logo York Logo

The 2017 Season at Pontefract Races may not start until Tuesday 11th April, but tickets go on sale on 1st December with the Racecourse offering punters their best ever deals for those who book their tickets early.

Racegoers will get a massive 50% off the normal price of Premier Enclosure badges and Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure tickets when booking their tickets between 1st December and 16th January. The huge saving applies to ALL race meetings in 2017 with the exception of the popular 80s Night which has a slightly different pricing scale.

80s Night is fast becoming one of the most established race meetings in the Pontefract Racing Calendar and the popular event will be bigger and better than ever before in 2017. On Friday Evening 26th May, the Racecourse will welcome one of the biggest British acts of the 80s. Bananarama are celebrating their 35th Anniversary next year and their achievements speak for themselves. They made two Band Aid appearances and have an entry in the Guinness Book of World Records as the most successful female band worldwide with the most charting singles!

They had a string of international hits with four hitting the US Billboard Top 10, including a No 1 with Venus. To date, they have had 32 Top 40 UK hits, released 10 albums and sold in excess of 30 million records. They became hot property across the world with hits such as ‘I Heard a Rumour’, ‘Robert De Niro’s Waiting’ and ‘Love in the First Degree’ and on Friday Eve 26th May, they’ll become hot property in Pontefract as they play the 2017 80s Night!

Following on from the success of the first music night at Pontefract in 2016, BOTH Friday Evening race meetings in 2017 will be music nights. The Racecourse will welcome back Cheryl, Mike and Jay, formerly of Bucks Fizz, to play at the Red Shirt Night and Beer Festival on Friday 21st July. The band had 11 top 20 singles during the 1980s including ‘If You Can’t Stand The Heat’, ‘New Beginning’ and ‘Now Those Days Are Gone’. They had three massive number ones – ‘Land of Make Believe’, ‘Making Your Mind Up’ and ‘My Camera Never Lies’ – the first two of which made it in to the top 50 best selling singles of the decade in the UK! They sold in excess of 15 million records, spending 219 weeks in the UK charts alone!


The Friday Night Music Night Series promises to promote Pontefract Races to a much wider audience and with the number of available tickets limited, Racegoers are encouraged to secure their place early.


Tickets go on sale at www.pontefract-races.co.uk from 9am on Thursday 1st December.


Contact:           Richard Hammill (Assistant Manager/Clerk of the Course) 01977 781307