Racing at Thirsk in 2021


With the long anticipated return of spectators to sporting events from 17th May (at the earliest) our priority will be to ensure crowd safety. Therefore we ask that all attendees understand our ‘Spectator Code of Conduct’ (insert link) and adhere to all the requisite social distancing and other Covid-19 protocols designed to protect us all.

PLEASE READ ALL THE DETAILS BELOW CAREFULLY – lots of things have changed! Be sure to read through the FAQs section at the end too.


Initially Thirsk will operate a single enclosure, the PUBLIC ENCLOSURE, for all the general public, which will extend from the Park and View facility at the west end of the racecourse, right up to the Parade Ring. Moreover, for bio security purposes, racecourses are required to maintain a separate zone for key racing workers, which must be separated from the public enclosure; this is known as the GREEN ZONE.

Thirsk Racecourse Map 2021

The Public Enclosure will essentially be an outdoor experience, however, bars and food outlets will be open to offer a great range of refreshments, to be consumed outdoors in the designated areas. No gathering inside bars will be permitted. There will be plenty of outdoor overhead cover available, but our ‘top-tip’ is to dress for the weather!

Entry to the Public Enclosure will be either by the standard Public Enclosure Ticket (outdoor) or for those who would like to race from the comfort and convenience of their own car, via the Park & View Ticket.


Adult tickets are available for £12.50 (plus booking fee) and may be BOOKED HERE.

Tickets for children are also available and these must also be pre-booked. Whilst there is no charge for the child-ticket, the ticket-booking fee is still applicable. Children will not be admitted on the day without a pre-booked child-ticket.

Our normal capacity has been reduced considerably, moreover TICKETS may only be purchased from the website IN ADVANCE of the raceday, or ordered over the phone on tel: (01845) 522276.

Therefore, you cannot arrive on the day in anticipation of simply paying to enter at the entrance. This is to facilitate the capture of attendee-data for track and trace and other Covid-19 protocols, but also because of the reduced capacity, which means fixtures may well sell out quite quickly.



Situated and accessed at the west end of the racecourse, but with access on foot (once parked) to all the Public Enclosure, the Park & View ticket option is ideal for those who would like to park their vehicle trackside and use it as a base for the day.

Picnics are permitted, including alcohol, but may only be consumed from the boot of your car. Alcohol in particular may not be carried away from your vehicle.

Park and View

Park & View Tickets are available for £36 (plus booking fee) and this includes entry for a maximum of 4-adults per vehicle, plus any children. These tickets can be booked HERE.

For those seeking indoor dining and hospitality options:


In addition to the Public Enclosure, Thirsk is offering several indoor dining and private hospitality options. Again, the capacities of our restaurants have been reduced by the present Covid-19 operating protocols and so we anticipate the dining options will prove popular and sell fast, therefore we advise booking swiftly to avoid disappointment.

The Thomas Lord Dine and View restaurant
The Thomas Lord Dine and View restaurant at Thirsk
The Hambleton Dining Room
The Hambleton Dining Room

Thirsk will be operating two restaurants, The Thomas Lord Dine & View Restaurant and The Hambleton Dining Rooms. Both restaurants will be offering a delicious à la Carte menu, served to you at the table.

Thomas Lord Dine & View Restaurant Package

The Thomas Lord Dine and View Restaurant is located on the first floor of the Hambleton Stand, with a commanding view across the racecourse from the comfort of your table.

The minimum size party in this restaurant is FOUR and presently we do not anticipate the operating protocols allowing tables of more than SIX, however, larger parties may be accommodated on more than one table.

Places in this restaurant are available for £100 (plus booking fee) which includes everything except your bar purchases.

To see the example menu please CLICK HERE..

To book this restaurant please CLICK HERE.

The Hambleton Dining Room Package

Situated on the ground floor of the Hambleton Stand, Thirsk's traditional, silver-service restaurant offers first-class service and comfort, with the convenience of being able to step straight outside into the vicinity of the Parade Ring. The restaurant does not command a direct view of the racing but is well serviced with TVs, so you can keep abreast of the racing whilst you dine.

There is no minimum size party in this restaurant and presently we do not anticipate the operating protocols allowing tables of more than SIX, however, larger parties may be accommodated on more than one table.

Our packages in this restaurant are available for £80 (plus booking fee) which includes everything except your bar purchases.

To see the example menu please CLICK HERE.

To book this restaurant please CLICK HERE.

Hambleton Dining Annex Package

In addition to the main Hambleton Dining Room we will also be offering the adjoining Hambleton Annex, which is a smaller dining room with a capacity of 24-people, just aside the main dining room. Our packages in this restaurant are available for £70 (plus booking fee) which includes everything except your bar purchases.

To see the example menu please CLICK HERE.

To book this restaurant please CLICK HERE.


From a commanding position on the second-floor of the Hambleton Stand, opposite the Winning Post, with a spectaular view across the whole racecourse and beyond, a private box at Thirsk Racecourse is a fantastic way to enjoy an exhilarating day at the races with friends, family or a select group of colleagues or clients.

With the capacity restrictions currently applicable to hospitality boxes at sports grounds Thirsk’s private box capacities range up to a maximum of 16 guests in one box.

Thirsk Private Box
Private Box with viewing balcony

In addition to Private Boxes, however, Thirsk can also offers private marquee options, which are more suitable for larger parties.

Private marquee at Thirsk

We offer a choice of dining options in the private boxes, which start from £100 (plus booking fee person). To see the example menus please CLICK HERE.

To make a booking and for all enquiries into Private Box Hire and Hospitality please contact ERIN as follows:

Owners and Trainers

For full details on the facilities and provisions in place for Owners and Trainers please visit our dedicated page CLICK HERE.


What time do you open?

The gates will open 2½hours before the scheduled first race time; i.e. if the first race is at 1.30pm the gates will open at 11.00am.

Can we buy tickets on the day?

No, all tickets must be pre-booked. This includes tickets for accompanied children who must also have a pre-booked child-ticket. There is no entry charge for children however they will incur the standard booking fee. This is to ensure that all patrons adhere to the requisite protocols for track and trace and also ensure we remain within our permitted capacity.

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How do we get there?

Private transport is preferable, however, there is a station at Thirsk and you may be able to source train or bus timetables from your point of departure online.

During the pandemic, however, Government advice remains to avoid congested public transport so far as possible. To that end Thirsk will not be operating any free shuttle bus transport from the station to the racecourse, as we have done in the past. The station is a 15-minute walk from the racecourse enclosures.

Where do we park?

Public parking for those buying standard entry tickets or dining/hospitality packages is situated in the car park directly behind the grandstands, on the south side of Station Road. This will be sign-posted ‘Owners & Public Car Parking’.

Park & View ticket holders should enter the racecourse at the west end of the racecourse and park as directed on arrival.

May vehicles be left on site overnight?

Vehicles may not be left in any of the racecourse car parks overnight.

May we bring a barbecue in Park & View?

We do not permit barbecues anywhere on site.

Do you allow gazebos?

Gazebos are not permitted for safety and viewing reasons.

May we bring our dog ?

We do not allow dogs or any other pets onto the racecourse except in the case of a registered assistance dog. Please leave your dog or other pets at home, where they will be much safer and more comfortable than left waiting in a potentially hot car interior.

Where is the entrance to the Racecourse after I have parked?

Directly across Station Road, opposite the car park.

What do I need to bring?

You must have your entry ticket or badge, which will be scanned before you may enter the site.

You must also comply with any Government bio security requirements in place at the time for attending sporting events, such as wearing a facemask, producing your vaccination or negative Covid test evidence. (We will post further details if and when made available).

What is the dress code?

Presently there is no official dress code in place. Please dress for the weather if you have a standard Paddock or Park & View tickets.

Those purchasing dining and hospitality tickets are asked to dress reasonably smartly as a courtesy to other guests in these areas and fancydress is not permitted in the restaurants.

Will there be cover if it rains?

There is plenty of cover around, even without entering the bars, therefore if it rains you should be able to find some shelter. We do recommend you take a look at the forecast before setting off and please dress and equip yourself generally for the predicted weather.

Will there be bookmakers?

There will be bookmakers and Tote betting facilities available.

Will there be WiFi?

There is site-wide free Wifi available.

What catering services are available in the Paddock Enclosure?

There will be food outlets available offering various takeaway dining options and bars will also be open offering a full bar service.

May I bring my own food and drink?

Other than those who bring a picnic in their cars after purchasing Park & View tickets, no food or alcohol may be brought into the enclosures. Those with a Park and View ticket may only consume the refreshments they have brought with them either within or from the boot of their vehicles.

Can I get to the Parade Ring to see the horses before they go on the track?

Yes – everyone will be able to access the Parade Ring before each race if they wish to. You will be able to see the jockeys there too, but not be able to get close to them or ask them to sign autographs due to the requisite bio security measures in place.