Known as Yorkshire’s ‘Garden Racecourse’, Ripon is renowned for its colourful flowerbeds and well-kept lawns. Ripon is very much a family racecourse and hosts a vast array of race days to suit all parties and ages, along with some top quality racing. One of Ripon’s season highlights is the Fiver Friday meeting on Friday 10th May, with entry into the Paddock and Course Enclosures for just £5 and 90’s/00’s pop icons Five playing live after racing.
Ripon is the perfect introduction for any new or junior racegoer, with four family days throughout the season, including on August Bank Holiday Monday 26th August. With lots of entertainment for families including free chocolate for kids on Easter Family Day Thursday 18th April, a visit from the National Festival Circus on Sunday 19th May and the inaugural Family Brick Adventure on Monday 5th August.
Ripon also kicks of the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival on Sat 20th July and also hosts one of the top sprints in Yorkshire on Sat 17th August – the William Hill Gt St Wilfrid Handicap.
Come and join us for a summer of entertainment and experience the excitement for yourself.
Ripon Race Co. Ltd, The Racecourse, Boroughbridge Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1UG
Managing Director & Clerk of the Course - James Hutchinson
Commercial Manager – Jane Hutchinson, Marketing Manager – Jonathan Mullin,
FIVER Friday – Fri 10th May
Ladies Day -Thur 20th June
Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival – Sat 20th July
The William Hill Great St WilfrId – Sat 17th August
Bank Holiday Fun Day – Mon 26th August
Although racing on the present site began on 6 August 1900, there have been several courses in the Ripon area, with the sport having been recorded taking place on Bondgate Green in 1664. Ripon staged Britain’s first race for lady riders in 1723 and was the first course in the land to have a children’s playground (there are now two) and host the first-ever Children’s Day meeting which continues to this day in August.
Several of Ripon’s race titles reflect the rich local history of the city – the Horn Blower Stakes, the Bell-Ringer Stakes and the Ripon Rowels Stakes, while the feature race of the season, the Great St. Wilfrid Handicap Stakes in August is named after the Patron Saint of Ripon. The Gold Trophy presented for the Ripon Champion Two-Year-Old Trophy was given to the racecourse by Jim Joel, one of the leading owner/breeders of the 20th Century, whose colours were carried to victory in many big races, including the Derby and Grand National.