Family Days

If you are struggling to think of what to do on your next family day out, need somewhere that won't break the bank, is child friendly and will have something every family member can enjoy, then a day-out at Thirsk races is the perfect destination.

Here a few reasons why you should get outdoors and come racing to Thirsk.

KIDS GO FREE - It's true!


Children under 18 have FREE admission when accompanied by a paying adult, and no we are not kidding. As it is free entry to all under 18's on any of our racedays throughout the season**, it makes racing at Thirsk a very cost effective choice when choosing a family day out. With a wide array of ticket packages to choose from, it’s easy to tailor a day to suit your budget.

**Please note Friday 14th August - Evening Racing followed by our music event is the only exception to this and is where teenager tickets will apply. These are applicable for ages 13 to 17 inclusive. Those aged 12 and under will still have free admission and all under 18's must be accompanied by a paying adult.

The great outdoors

With the modern comforts of technology, we are all guilty of neglecting the importance of a day spent in the fresh air. A day out at the races will certainly get you outdoors and with lots of on course activities that will keep the kids entertained, you can be sure that the journey home will be a happy one.

Fun for the whole family

Racing offers a wide range of activities to suit all ages. It is easy to keep your children entertained with a dedicated family area with activities on Family Days that include pony riding, bouncy castles and some favourite iconic ‘meet and greet ‘characters. Meanwhile, the adults are able to relax by heading to one of the child-friendly eateries or indulge in extra quality family time by unpacking a picnic in the family enclosure.

We have TWO fun filled family days for the 2020 season.

  • James Herriot 'All Creatures Great & Small' Family Day - Friday 7th August
  • Pirates Family Day - Friday 28th August

All family raceday entertainment is located in the Family Enclosure and is provided free of charge, in addition to the action-packed race programme.

The Family Enclosure boasts grandstand viewing, a betting ring, betting windows and a fantastic children's playground for the youngsters.

Snacks, fast food outlets and bar facilities are also available throughout the Family Enclosure and you are welcome to bring a picnic to eat alongside the course.

Family Enclosure ticket holders can 'transfer up' to the Paddock Enclosure on the day for the designated transfer fee

**Alcohol policy** Please note we limit each picnicking racegoer aged 18 and over to one bottle of wine OR four cans of beer / cider per person. NO spirits can be brought into the family enclosure at any time but are available to purchase. Anyone arriving with excess alcohol will not be permitted to bring it into the Family Enclosure and Thirsk Racecourse will NOT store any alcohol on the racecourse premises.

A Park & View ticket admits one car plus up to four adults to a specified track-side area within the Family Enclosure. Ideal for bringing along your own car-boot picnics (see above for alcohol policy).


Family Enclosure patrons may transfer-up to the Paddock Enclosure on the day for the designated transfer fee.

You can book your tickets directly HERE or by contacting the racecourse office Tel: 01845 522276, Email