About Thirsk Racecourse


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! 

Herriot’s former surgery (and home) is now the World of James Herriot Museum – definitely worth a pre-race visit if time permits.

The Thirsk Racecourse facilities have benefited from huge and widespread investment over the past few years and really are up there amongst the best in the land. 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 on the Shrimp & Stirrup terrace; or grab some delicious Yorkshire fish & chips outside the James Herriot Hall. There’s 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! Thirsk is ever popular across the generations and really is suitable for anyone, from the most seasoned racing ‘nut’ to the first time racegoer. In 2018 Thirsk stages 16 days of fabulous, competitive flat racing between April and September, including a Local Residents Raceday, 3 evening meetings, 2 summer Family Days featuring lots of fun for children and no less than 4 fantastic Saturday afternoon racedays.

The Thirsk season gets off to a big start on 21st April with the first of its Saturday afternoon meetings launching proceedings for 2018. Hot on the heels of this come 2 more weekend race meetings, including he increasingly popular Irish Day on Saturday 19th May.  

The historic Totepool Thirsk Hunt Cup Day on Saturday 5th May has been transferred to Wetherby Racecourse due to a clash with the Tour de Yorkshire and more details can be found HERE.

Race forward to the summer months where there are more opportunities to enjoy the exciting Thirsk action from amongst the charming and beautiful surrounds of one of the country’s prettiest racecourses. These include: Tuesday 19th June, featuring all the Royal Ascot action (broadcast live in between each Thirsk race); the self-explanatory Pennine Brewery Beer Festival Evening Meeting on Tuesday 17th July; the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival comes to Thirsk on Friday 27th July; and the summer highlight – The Thirsk Summer Cup Day which will be run on Saturday 4th August.

Encouraging families to make the most of the ‘kids go free’ value on offer, the Summer Cup Day action is rapidly proceeded by some wonderful Family Days, complete 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 Monday 20th August; and Pirates Family Day on Friday 31st August.

But, we save the best ‘til last! The season climaxes in a frenzy of fashion with the famed annual Thirsk Ladies’ Day, Saturday 8th September. And what a day this is – where fashion meets the flat and the girls (and boys) never disappoint! Colour, Champagne, hats, competitions, flirting and fun define this fabulous occasion, which never ever disappoints. One of the highlights of the North Yorkshire social calendar, it’s the day we all look forward to all season long and tickets sell fast, so be sure to book yours now!

A warm welcome awaits you at Thirsk in 2018 – where the racing, facilities and friendly staff will make your visit a winning one, whatever the outcome on the track itself. Get a day at Thirsk Races in your diary now!