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Racecourse Association Showcase Champions!


Experience a fantastic day out at one of Yorkshire’s most traditional racecourses and recently crowned champions at the Racecourse Association Showcase Awards.

You’ll get a warm, friendly, Yorkshire welcome at each of the 16 race meetings that Pontefract stage this summer. Whether it’s the glamour of Ladies day, one of the fabulous Friday night music nights or one of the three family Sundays, there is something for everyone.

With international superstars at Disco Night and Flat Caps & Whippets on Father’s Day in 2020, there are some exciting racedays ahead! With options to suit every budget and food for every palate, a day out at Pontefract is always a winner!

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 at the second meeting of the season 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.

Pontefract Park Race Company Ltd., The Administration Office, Pontefract Racecourse, Park Lane, Pontefract, West Yorkshire, WF8 4QD
Tuesday April 7
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Pontefract Flat Race
Monday April 20
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Pontefract Flat Race
Wednesday April 29
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Pontefract Flat Race
Friday May 22
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm Pontefract Flat Race Evening
Monday June 8
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm Pontefract Flat Race Evening
Sunday June 21
Monday June 29
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Pontefract Flat Race
Tuesday July 7
9:00 am - 6:00 pm Pontefract Flat Race
Friday July 17
4:00 pm - 9:30 pm Pontefract Flat Race Evening
Sunday July 26
Wednesday August 5
Sunday August 16
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Tuesday 9th April Season Opener Family Day
Friday Eve 24th May 80s Night (Friday Night Music Night Series)
Monday Eve 10th June Sports Night
Sunday 23rd June totepool Flat Cap & Whippet Family Day
Monday 1st July and Tuesday 9 July Art of Racing Raceday
Friday 19th July Beer Festival and Red Shirt Music Night
Sunday 28th July Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival Family Day/Tribute bands family day
Wednesday 7th August Ladies Day
Sunday 18th August In The Zone Family Day
Monday 22nd October Season Finale