Plan Your Day

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Do I need to pre-book tickets or badges?

    All dining packages do need to be booked in advance, however, we may have walk-in availability on the day. Please check by calling the office.

    We strongly advise pre-booking to benefit from our pre-booked discounts. Pre-booking discount will end at midnight 2-days before the raceday itself, e.g. midnight on Wednesday for a Saturday race meeting. Tickets can be purchased at the daily rate online OR on the gate thereafter.

  • What is the difference between enclosures?

    We have two different enclosures, The Premier Enclosure and the Grandstand Paddock and Picnic Enclosure. The Premier Enclosure has prime grandstand viewing adjacent to the winning post, exclusive restaurant options, including fine dining and the most comprehensive bar choices with covered outside drinking lawns.

    It has plenty of seating and its own car park and entrance – you will step onto beautifully manicured lawns and pass by the colourful and picturesque parade ring. The Premier Enclosure has everything you need to make your day a special and memorable one at Thirsk Races.

    The Grandstand Paddock and Picnic Enclosure is great if you’d like to bring your own picnic into the racecourse, however, there are food outlets and numerous bars in this area. The Grandstand Paddock and Picnic Enclosure does not have a dress code, and this is the most cost-effective enclosure for families where we also offer a Family Ticket from £20. All racegoers in both enclosures have access to view the horses in our Parade Ring in addition to a range of on-course bookies, Tote points and a William Hill shop.

  • Is Thirsk Racecourse suitable for families?

    Yes, we have a permanent playground, and always have bouncy castles and slides at every weekend race day. In addition to this we have four family days where we make sure there is plenty of children’s entertainment. Please see here for more information on our Family Days.

  • What’s the refund policy?

    If you are unable to attend a Thirsk raceday, unfortunately we cannot offer any refunds. However, if you have pre-booked your ticket and cannot attend, we can exchange your e-ticket for an alternative with 24hrs notice of gates opening. If you have bought a badge and have it in hand, we will need to return it to use to enable us to apply the credit.

  • What should I wear?

    We have a dress code in the Premier Enclosure, which includes our Private Hospitality Boxes. Gentleman are required to wear any type of shirt with a collar, smart long trousers (dark denim is acceptable) or tailored shorts and shoes (smart leather trainers are acceptable), jackets and ties are not mandatory, but are encouraged.

    Ladies are also respectfully requested to dress smartly for the Premier Enclosure and many do opt to wear a hat or fascinator to complement their outfit. The following items of dress will not be permitted – any items of sportswear, fancy dress, short, ripped or torn garments, mottle-dyed denim or any other item that, in the opinion of the management, are not in keeping with the code.

    There is no dress code in the Grandstand, Paddock and Picnic Enclosure.

  • Can I bring in my own food and drink?

    Picnics are only permitted into the Grandstand Paddock and Picnic Enclosure. No food or drink is to be brought into the Premier Enclosure.

    All picnic items/drinks must only be consumed in the Picnic Area and must cannot be taken or consumed outside of this area.

    Should you wish to bring alcohol to accompany your picnic, we allow four cans or one bottle per person but this must be brought in via the Picnic Entrance and cannot be brought into the Grandstand Paddock main entrance.

    Please note bag searches will be made at management discretion.

  • Can I take photographs?

    You are welcome to take your own photographs for personal use, we do not however allow any photography for commercial use. Should you require images of a particular horses if you are an owner with a runner, our race day photographer Hannah Ali  is present at every race day and she can be contacted beforehand should you wish to arrange bespoke photography of your horse.

  • Where can I place a bet?

    There are various Tote facilities throughout the racecourse. We also have two William Hill shops and a betting ring with many independent bookmakers accessible from both enclosures.

  • What is your policy on drinking at the races?

    We want a raceday at Thirsk to be a place for everyone to enjoy. We actively support the RCA and Drink Aware’s Pace Yourself campaign – encouraging responsible drinking on a raceday to make sure you last the distance. Find out more about Drink Aware here but the message is simple – allow one soft drink to every alcoholic one. Anyone disregarding this advice that becomes drunk and disorderly will be immediately evicted with no refunds.

  • What is your accessibility provision?

    We are committed to making the racecourse an accessible and enjoyable day out for everyone. We are continuing to improve our accessibility facilities. For more information visit our Accessibility page.

  • Can I buy tickets on the day?

    You can, but we strongly advise you to book via our website in advance. It’s the easiest and cheapest way, and you’ll get your e-tickets instantly. Premier Badges and restaurant bookings will be posted within two weeks of the raceday.

    Tickets and Badges will be available on the day subject to availability.

  • Where are my e-tickets?

    You will be emailed your e-tickets as soon as your purchase is complete. Please check your spam folder straight away as it can often find itself in there. We advise you either move your email to a safe place or print your tickets immediately.

  • Can we bring a barbecue into the Picnic Enclosure?

    We do not allow barbecues to be brought into the enclosure for the safety of all racegoers.

  • Can we bring our dog to the races?

    We do not allow dogs onto the racecourse at any time unless it is a registered assistance dog. Please be responsible and do not bring your dog and leave them in the car – especially on hot days.

  • Can we park our car in the racecourse grounds?

    We have free car parking on site for all racegoers and the public car parks are well signposted and within very close proximity to the racecourse. Only when purchasing a Park and View ticket are racegoers permitted to park within the Racecourse. Please note – no vehicle can be left overnight and we do not allow motorhomes in either the Premier Car Park on on our Park and View ticket.

    Vehicles entering the Park and View area that obstruct other racegoers’ views will be asked to park towards the back of the parking area.

    Find out more information on parking

  • Do children get in for free?

    Yes, all under 18s are welcome free of charge when accompanied by an adult, and do not require a ticket. Should you require a restaurant or dining package for a child, please contact The Racecourse Office on 01845 522276  or

  • Do you allow gazebos?

    We do not permit gazebos, tents or any other temporary structure to be erected on the racecourse grounds for the safety and enjoyment of all racegoers.

  • Can cars be left overnight?

    Unfortunately, cars cannot be left in any of the Racecourse car parks overnight.

  • Can you use cash at the racecourse?

    Yes, we accept cash or card throughout the Racecourse. This includes all catering outlets, bars and Tote betting facilities. Please note, we no longer have a cash machine on site. The nearest one is approx 500m away at the Tesco Supermarket opposite the racecourse.

  • What are the terms of entry for the Racecourse?

    The terms and conditions of entry can be found here  Website Thirsk Racecourse 2023 – Terms and Conditions of Entry (All Attendees)