New Racegoer


Thirsk Racecourse extends an especially warm welcome to visitors who are new to horse racing. It’s easy to plan your day with us; first of all, choose which of our three Enclosures you would prefer to try first and with Children under 18 having FREE ENTRY when accompanied by a full paying adult, it's a day out suitable for the whole family.

  • PREMIER ENCLOSURE - for top quality dining and bars, grandstand viewing and seating near the winning line; plus access to access the Parade Ring and the Winner's Enclosure. Premier badge holders may also access the Paddock Enclosure and the Family Enclosure. The place to be seen! A dress code does apply, Gentlemen are required to wear a shirt with collar, smart long trousers and shoes; jackets and ties are not mandatory, but are encouraged. The following items of dress will not be permitted - any items of sportswear, fancy dress, short trousers, ripped or torn garments, mottle-dyed denim, trainers, plimsolls, or any other items that, in the opinion of management, are not in keeping with the Code or may cause offence to other racegoers. Anyone in breach of this dress code will be asked to leave the Premier Enclosure until such a time as they are correctly dressed.  

  • PADDOCK ENCLOSURE - for good cafeteria-style meals, fast-food and snacks, plus numerous bars in the modern, spacious buildings. Direct access to the Parade Ring and the Winner's Enclosure. Paddock Enclosure racegoers may also access the Family Enclosure. The no nonsense racing aficionados choice! (No dress code)

  • FAMILY ENCLOSURE -  for a fun, budget day-out with snack and bar facilities, children's playground, trackside car park & view (for a fee) plus the option to bring your own picnic. The family choice! (No dress code)

Car and coach parking for all enclosures is well signposted, situated right outside the Racecourse and,  except for the Family Enclosure trackside Park & View, FREE of charge!  

We also offer a free shuttle-bus service from Thirsk railway station on racedays.  

Each enclosure is well serviced by bookmakers and Totepool betting points and each has plenty of ladies' and gentlemen's lavatory facilities and baby-change stations. To book your tickets and badges click here.



When you arrive on the day, make sure you buy your racecard straight away, which is packed with useful information as well as listing all the runners and riders for each race. Alternatively you can purchase this in advance online at to benefit from a massive 40% discount!

Now you can think about having a flutter! Here’s a brief guide:

  • About 20 minutes before the race go to the Parade Ring to view the horses.

  • When the jockeys mount-up, make your way to the Tote or the Betting Ring to place your bet – from as little as £2.

  • Whether you win or lose, return to the Winner’s Enclosure after the race to see the celebrations!


Don’t let the hustle and bustle put you off!  You can either:

  • Bet with the Totepool, which offers a friendly service and wide choice of bets, starting from £2; or

  • Bet with the bookmakers situated in the betting rings in front of the grandstands. Most bookies offer ‘each-way’ or ‘to win’ bets. Make sure you shop around for the best odds!


For frequent racegoers, why not become a Thirsk Annual Badge Holder and save almost 50% on our daily Premier Enclosure admission charges? You get access to the Premier Enclosure including exclusive bar facilities for all 16 of Thirsk's fixtures, as well as enjoying a whole host of other generous benefits including some 30+ free racdays at other racecourses, free admission to selected Yorkshire County Cricket Club matches and generous local restaurant discounts too!

We look forward to welcoming you to Thirsk Races soon!

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