*The information below is correct at 5pm on Tuesday 11th August and will be updated as and when further information is available and/or updated advice is received.*
At Pontefract Racecourse the safety and welfare of our visitors, racegoers, participants and team is paramount. We are keeping up to date with the latest information and advice from the Government and the British Horseracing Authority and have a team ready to implement recommended actions.
Race Meetings Behind Closed Doors
We have 10 race meetings in 2020.
These are on:
Wednesday 10th June
Monday 15th June
Tuesday 7th July
Thursday 23rd July
Friday 31st July
Friday 14th August
Thursday 17th September
Thursday 24th September
Monday 5th October
Monday 19th October.
Race meetings up to the end of September will ALL be run 'behind closed doors' . This means that there will be no public in attendance and race meetings will be open to jockeys, trainers and officials only.
Subject to Government guidance and approval from the British Horseracing Authority, limited numbers of hte public MAY be able to attend race meetings AFTER the 1st October. However, we await further information as to whether this will be allowed.
When will the first meeting at Pontefract take place that the public can attend?
While race meetings are 'behind closed doors' there will be no members of the public in attendance. At the moment, all race meetings up to the end of September will be behind closed doors.
We will update these details as and when we have updated information from the Government.
If limited numbers of the public are able to attend race meetings in October, there will be strict hygiene protocols in place and the normal 'raceday' experience will be very different to what racegoers are used to. Guidance suggests that the public would need to be separated into various zones and would not be able to cross these zones and so access around the Racecourse would be limited.
What if I have already purchased raceday admission tickets?
All bookings for raceday tickets and badges for April through to August that were made through the Pontefract Racecourse website or over the phone with the Racecourse team have been refunded in their entirety.
We will be processing refunds for those with prebooked tickets for race meetings tin September in the week commencing Monday 17th August. Refunds will be made back to the same account from which the booking was made.
Customers who have purchased through third parties should contact that organisation.
What if I have a restaurant booking or have a private hospitality box?
You will have the option of either:
- A full refund
- Transferring your booking to the corresponding race meeting in 2021 subject to availability.
The Racecourse team will be in touch with you to discuss your requirements in the coming weeks
What will happen if I’m an annual badge holder?
All Annual Badge Holders have been contacted directly - if you have not received a letter from us regarding information on transferring your badge to 2021, please call us on 01977 781307.
Non raceday conferences and events
Pontefract Racecourse will continue to follow advice from World Health Organisation (WHO) and Public Health England.
As racing approaches any additional measures that are recommended will be implemented.
In 2020 at Pontefract, we have 16 race meetings with something for everyone!
Why not bring the family to one of our 3 Family Sundays? While each Sunday race meeting has a unique, exciting theme, they all also have a circus, clowns, kids rides, pony rides, face painting and even free sweets for the kids!
Our Family Sundays in 2020 are:
Sunday 21st June
Sunday 26th July
Sunday 16th August.
We also have 3 evening meetings to try too. Our two Friday Evening race meetings will both have live music and lots going on! They're on Friday Evening 22nd May and Friday Evening 17th July.
Our third evening fixture is on Monday eve 8th June.
On 5th August we have our Annual Ladies Day too!
Browse through our Fixtures and Theme Days to pick your favourites!
Whatever your choice, there is something for everyone!
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