About Thirsk Racecourse

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!

The Thirsk Racecourse facilities have benefited from huge and widespread investment over the past few years, not least the latest edition, the new Owners & Trainers facility, The Chestnut Room. 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 in their new bar 'The Shrimp'; or grab some delicious Yorkshire fish & chips outside the James Herriot Hall, with the popular Haddock in the Paddock Package. There really is something to suit every pallet and every pocket! *** Please note operating facilities for 2021 may differ

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, making it ever popular across the generations, from the most seasoned racing fan to the first time racegoer.

In 2021, Thirsk stages 15 days of fabulous, competitive flat racing between April and September and the season starts 'Behind closed doors' on Saturday 17th April. With the first of its Saturday afternoon meetings launching proceedings, there are five more Saturday meetings to enjoy throughout the season, including The Cliff Stud Thirsk Hunt Cup on Saturday 1st May; Thirsk's most historic race dating back to 1859.

Other feature days at Thirsk include the fantastic William Hill Thirsk Summer Cup on Sunday 1st and of course - Ladies' Day on Saturday 4th September.

Race forward to the summer months where there are lots more opportunities to enjoy the exciting Thirsk action from among the charming and beautiful surrounds of one of the country’s prettiest racecourses. These include: An evening Saturday 8th May before our first raceday with public spectators on Thursday 3rd June. We race again on Tuesday 15th June, featuring all the Royal Ascot action (broadcast live in-between each of Thirsk's races); the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival comes to Thirsk on Friday 23rd July; with three further fixtures in August on Friday 6th, an evening fixture on Friday 13th August before racing again on Friday 27th August.

We encourage families to make the most of the ‘kids go free’ value on offer, Thirsk offer free entry to accompanied u18s with a children's playground in our Public Enclosure. Our fixture on Sunday 1st August is our official family day with additional free family fun on Friday 6th and Friday 27th August. View our family day page

Finally, saving our best Saturday 'till last, a frenzy of fashion, fascinators and fun awaits with the famed annual Thirsk Ladies’ Day on Saturday 4th September. We look forward to announcing further details on this meeting shortly.

A warm welcome awaits you at Thirsk in 2021 – where the racing, facilities and friendly staff will make your visit a winning one, whatever the outcome on the track itself, you'll enjoy your day with us at Thirsk Races.