A statue of racing legend, Lester Piggott, will be unveiled at York Racecourse on the opening day of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival, Wednesday 21 August. Though born in Wantage, the Piggott family trace their roots back to the north and the eleven time champion jockey often described York as his favourite track. It was also a successful venue for the man often known as “the Long F... (Read More)
Experience what’s new at York and make your 2019 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 £8 million 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 15 May and 12 October (18 days)
The Victoria Racing Club (VRC) and York Racecourse are to celebrate their close ties with the announcement of a new exciting initiative to further cement their global partnership. The VRC will provide the winning connections of the £1 million Sky Bet Ebor Handicap with a once-in-a-lifetime experience for two to the 2019 Melbourne Cup Carnival. The package includes business class flights, acc... (Read More)
Champion Trainer John Gosden is looking forward to bringing back to York the outstanding Enable for the Darley Yorkshire Oaks on Thursday 22 August. The five-year-old mare, owned by Prince Khalid Abdullah, has become a racing superstar over the last three seasons, winning 11 races on the trot. Nine of those successes have been at Group 1 level, including the 2017 renewal of the Darley Yor... (Read More)
Dante Festival: Wed 15th – Fri 17th May, high quality action whilst catching up with friends.
First Saturday: Sat 25th May, first chance to combine York Races with your weekend.
June Meeting: Fri 14th – Sat 15th June, featuring the biggest charity meeting in Britain.
Summer Music Saturday: Sat 29th June, Sun Bets Jump Jockeys Nunthorpe,
John Smith’s Meeting: Fri 12th – Sat 13th July, featuring the 60th John Smith’s Cup.
Music Showcase Weekend: Fri eve 26th – Sat 27th July
Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival: Wed 21st – Sat 24th August (Ladies Day: Thurs 22nd August), featuring our richest, fastest and most famous races.
September Sunday: Sun 8th September, fun for all featuring special family events.
October Finale: Fri 11th – Sat 12th October, last 2019 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).