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Modern amenities in the idyllic countryside

Thirsk Racecourse is situated in the wonderful old cobbled market town of Thirsk, North Yorkshire, forever immortalised as ‘Darrowby’ in the literary works of the World’s most famous veterinary author, James Herriot; who, interestingly, occasionally found himself detailed to work at the Racecourse on racedays!

The Thirsk Racecourse facilities have benefited from huge and widespread investment over the past few years, not least the latest edition, the new Owners & Trainers facility, The Chestnut Room. Numerous options to partake in light (or not so light!) refreshments are spread far and wide around the Racecourse. Experience fine dining a la carte in the historic Hambleton Dining Room; or Dine & View in style in the luxuriously appointed Thomas Lord Restaurant. Savour a delicious seafood platter with fine champagne in their new bar ‘The Shrimp’; or grab some delicious Yorkshire fish & chips outside the James Herriot Hall, with the popular Haddock in the Paddock Package. There really is something to suit every pallet and every pocket!

Renowned for its beautifully maintained paddock, Thirsk Racecourse has an idyllic country charm about it, yet it is a thoroughly modern venue with outstanding facilities; not least free Wi-Fi for everyone, making it ever popular across the generations, from the most seasoned racing fan to the first time racegoer.

In 2020, Thirsk stages 15 days of fabulous, competitive flat racing between April and September and the season gets off to a big start on Saturday 18th April.  With the first of its Saturday afternoon meetings launching proceedings, there are five more Saturday meetings to enjoy throughout the season, including The Cliff Stud Thirsk Hunt Cup on Saturday 2nd May; Thirsk’s most historic race dating back to 1859.

Another Saturday favourite is the ever popular Irish Day on Saturday 16th May along with the fantastic William Hill Thirsk Summer Cup on Saturday 1st August and of course – Ladies’ Day on Saturday 5th September.

Race forward to the summer months where there are lots more opportunities to enjoy the exciting Thirsk action from among the charming and beautiful surrounds of one of the country’s prettiest racecourses. These include: An evening in support of The ABF The Soldiers Charity on Saturday 9th May which coincides with the changed Bank Holiday in commemoration of VE Day. A fitting date! Tuesday 16th June, features all the Royal Ascot action (broadcast live in-between each of Thirsk’s races); the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival comes to Thirsk on Friday 24th July; and there are two Family Days with lots of free activities for the children to enjoy.

After last year’s success, Thirsk is to hold another music event after racing, on Friday Evening 14th August, where the artist will be announced shortly and who will be performing on stage from 8.30pm.  This is set to be another fantastic Summer evening event not to be missed.

Encouraging families to make the most of the ‘kids go free’ value on offer, Family Days are filled with lots of fun to keep the children entertained through the summer holidays and include the James Herriot All Creatures Great & Small Family Day on Friday 7th August; and Pirates Family Day on Friday 28th August.

Finally, saving our best Saturday ’till last, a frenzy of fashion, fascinators and fun awaits with the famed annual Thirsk Ladies’ Day on Saturday 5th September.

A warm welcome awaits you at Thirsk in 2020 – where the racing, facilities and friendly staff will make your visit a winning one, whatever the outcome on the track itself, you’ll enjoy your day with us at Thirsk Races.

Racing on the present site at Thirsk began on 15 March 1855 on what was then the Thirsk Hall Estate of Squire Frederick Bell, and indeed remains in the Bell Family to this day. Royal patronage was first welcomed at Thirsk in 1895 when the Prince of Wales – the future King Edward VII – attended the autumn meeting, for which a special grandstand was built as the Royal Pavilion, which stood on the Racecourse for some thirty years. Thirsk Racecourse is also a ‘Classic’ venue having staged the 1940 renewal of the St. Leger Stakes (the world’s oldest classic race) which was won by the Aga Khan’s Turkham and ridden by the greatest jockey of that era, Sir Gordon Richards.
Apart from James Herriot, Thirsk has another very accomplished son in Thomas Lord, who was born there in 1755. An accomplished cricketer himself, Lord founded the world’s most famous cricket ground, Lord’s. His old house in Thirsk is now the Town Museum.

Thirsk Racecourse Ltd., Station Road, Thirsk, North Yorkshire, YO7 1QL
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Friday 23rd July Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival
Saturday 4th September. Ladies’ Day