A day-out at Thirsk races is the perfect destination for day out for all the family and Thirsk Racecourse also offers free admission for all accompanied children under 18, with no ticket purchase required. We have three dedicated family days during our 2023 season, hosting a variety of entertainment for children of all ages to enjoy. In addition to the action-packed race programme, all family raceday entertainment is provided free of charge and located in the Grandstand Paddock and Picnic Enclosure.
Tuesday 4th April – Easter Family Day
Meet the Easter Bunny and take park in our Easter craft workshop, with bouncy castles, inflatable slides, balloon modelling and face painting also available.
Friday 28th July – GRIY Family Day
As this popular Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival meeting falls within the summer school holiday’s we’ll be hosting a variety of entertainment for children of all ages to enjoy. We’ll also have a visit from ‘Festival Freddie’!
Friday 11th August – Circus Family Day
A visit from the National Festival Circus keeps your whole family entertained with their award-winning performances in their big top. We will also host bouncy castles, inflatables, balloon modelling, face painting and a range of traditional fairground stalls.
Friday 1st September – All Creatures Great and Small Family Day
Join us in celebrating our town’s heritage as the home of the world-famous Yorkshire Vet, James Herriot. With a visit from a mini petting farm, with everything from Lamas to ducks, to pigs to bunnies! We will also host bouncy castles, inflatables, balloon modelling, face painting and a range of traditional fairground stalls.
Our new Family Ticket includes entry for two adults plus accompanied children into Grandstand Paddock and Picnic Enclosure. Now available for all racedays, this ticket can be pre-booked in advance for £20 and also bought on the day for £25.
Family Ticket holders are welcome to park in the public car park, however, should you wish to bring the car into the Park and View area we would advise purchasing the Park and View ticket instead.
Please enter via the family turnstile only and any patrons attempting to admit without a child present will not be admitted.
(Nb. This ticket is for families only and parties must include at least one child)