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! 

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 new Haddock in the Paddock Package. There really is 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, making it ever popular across the generations, from the most seasoned racing fan to the first time racegoer. 

In 2019, Thirsk stages 16 days of fabulous, competitive flat racing between April and September and the season gets off to a big start on Saturday 13th 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 4th May; Thirsk's most historic race dating back to 1859.

Another Saturday favourite is the ever popular Irish Day on Saturday 18th May along with the fantastic William Hill Thirsk Summer Cup on Saturday 3rd August and of course - Ladies' Day on Saturday 7th 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 in support of The ABF The Soldiers Charity on Saturday 11th May; Tuesday 18th 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 26th July; and there are Family Days, with lots of free activities for the children to enjoy.

Thirsk is to hold its first ever music event, after racing, on Friday Evening 16th August, where the brilliant and talented Scouting for Girls will be performing on stage from 8.30pm.  This is set to be a fantastic Summer evening event not to be missed.

Encouraging families to make the most of the ‘kids go free’ value on offer, Family Days are filled 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 Friday 9th August; and Pirates Family Day on Friday 30th August.

We save our best Saturday 'till last in a frenzy of fashion, with the famed annual Thirsk Ladies’ Day on Saturday 7th September. 

A warm welcome awaits you at Thirsk in 2019 – 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.