Family Days are an integral part of Horse racing and Great British Racing have some great videos to show you how much fun racing can be with #StirrUpSummer.  Here a few other reasons why you should get outdoors and come racing.


Children under 18 have FREE admission when accompanied by a paying adult, and no we are not kidding #notkidding.  As it is free entry to all under 18's on any of our racedays throughout the season, it makes racing at Thirsk a very cost effective choice when choosing a family day out. With a wide array of ticket packages to choose from it’s easy to tailor a day to suit your budget.

The great outdoors

With the modern comforts of technology we are all guilty of neglecting the importance of a day spent in the fresh air.  A day out at the races will certainly get you outdoors and with lots of on course activities that will keep the kids entertained, you can be sure that the journey home will be a happy one.

Fun for the whole family

Racing offers a wide range of activities to suit all ages. It is easy to keep your children entertained with a dedicated family area with activities that include pony riding, bouncy castles and some favourite iconic ‘meet and greet ‘characters.  Meanwhile, the adults are able to relax by heading to one of the child-friendly eateries or indulge in extra quality family time by unpacking a picnic in the family enclosure. 

We have four fun filled family days this season. 

  • 'Discover Racing' Family Day Sunday 30th April
  • Star Wars Family Day - Tuesday 15th August
  • James Herriot 'All Creatures Great & Small' Family Day - Monday 21st August
  • Pirates Family Day - Friday 1st September

 All the entertainment listed above is located in the Family Enclosure with the exception of the Discover Racing Family Day where activities will be taking place throughout the racecourse.  CHECK OUT OUR FACEBOOK PAGE FOR MORE DETAILS.

 The Family Enclosure boasts grandstand viewing, a betting ring, Totepool betting windows and a fantastic children's playground for the youngsters.

Snacks, fast food outlets and bar facilities are available throughout the Family Enclosure, and you are also welcome to bring a picnic to eat alongside the course. Please note we do limit one bottle of wine OR four cans of beer / cider per person, and no spirits are allowed. Anyone arriving with more alcohol will not be permitted to bring it into the Family Enclosure and Thirsk Racecourse will NOT store any alcohol on the racecourse premises.

A Park & View ticket admits a car plus up to four adults to a specified trackside area within the Family Enclosure, ideal for car-boot picnics. 

Family Enclosure patrons may transfer-up to the Paddock Enclosure on the day for the designated transfer fee (with the exception of the Discover Racing Family Day where access to the Paddock Enclosure will be included in the admission price)

You can book your tickets online or by contacting the Racecourse Office Tel:  01845 522276 Email

If you are struggling to think of what to do on your next family day out, need somewhere that won't break the bank, is child friendly and will have something every family member can enjoy,  then a day out at Thirsk races is the perfect destination.