Discover all the facilities that Pontefract has to offer by exploring the tabs below.

Which Enclosure?

There are 3 different areas or ‘Enclosures’ at Pontefract Racecourse – the Premier Enclosure, the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure and the Picnic Enclosure.


Broadly speaking, the more expensive the enclosure, the better the facilities are. The more you spend, the closer you are to the Winning Post too!


But that’s not to say that every enclosure does not have its advantages!


Whichever area you choose, if you decide you’d like to ‘upgrade’ on the day, then please visit the transfer gates or the Raceday Office where you will simply pay the difference in price between the areas.


Premier Enclosure

A Premier Enclosure Badge gives access to each of the facilities listed below.

  • Covered seating
  • The Parade Ring/Pre-Parade Ring
  • Champagne Bar and Terrace
  • Lounge Bar
  • Premier Dining Room
  • Park Suite
  • Premier Sports Cafe Bar
  • Annual Badge Facilities (for Annual Badge Holders only)
  • Owners & Trainers Facilities (for Owners & Trainers only)

With a Premier Enclosure Badge, you also have access to all other Enclosures.




Premier Gold

You can upgrade your Premier Enclosure badge to a ‘Premier Gold’ Experience. The ‘Premier Gold’ Experience brings an element of luxury to your day and includes your admission badge, along with your food for the day AND a guaranteed seat (in a Restaurant or Box) for the whole day.


Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure

During a racing season, Grandstand and Paddock is the most popular Enclosure!


A little further away from the Winning Post but still with excellent viewing, you’ll also have access to the following facilities:

  • Terraced viewing stands
  • The Parade Ring/Pre-parade Ring
  • Furlong Bar
  • Paddock Bar
  • Balcony Bar
  • Self Service Dining Room
  • Pizza in the Paddock Bar
  • Lounge Bar (in the second stand)
  • Tea Bar & Servery (on the first floor of the second stand)
  • Bar (on the first floor of the second stand)

The Grandstand & Paddock ticket also gives you access to the Picnic Enclosure.


Picnic Enclosure

The most cost effective Enclosure is the Picnic Enclosure!


With a large expanse of grass, this area is normally packed out on Sunday race meetings with families enjoying a picnic, children’s rides, bouncy castles and the like!


It’s open on every raceday and is especially popular with racegoers who like to bring their car into the Course and park up next to the rails!


The fabulous Pavilion Cafe is a new addition to the Picnic Enclosure. With a range of hot and cold food and drinks, betting facility and toilets, it’s a great place for the family to spend a cost effective day at the races.


Accessibility Information

We have a number of facilities to assist those who may have accessibility problems including step free access to each of the enclosures at the Racecourse. We also have lifts available in the Main Stand and in the Dalby Stand giving access to all floors.


There are disabled toilets in all enclosures along with viewing ramps in every area.


To view the full Accessibility Information for the Racecourse, please click here


Accompanied Under 18s are admitted FREE OF CHARGE into every enclosure ON EVERY DAY!


Please note that during 2021 we require all individuals to be accounted for due to capacity reasons. While booking in advance remember to include all Under 18s attending.


We have three Family Sundays with loads of stuff going on for the kids –  funfair, pony rides and free racecards, activity books and sweets! You can even download an activity pack here!


Or why not ask the jockeys for their autograph on the racecard?


We have a creche in operation in the Picnic Enclosure at every Sunday race meeting each season.

Racecourse Plan

Take a look at the layout of the Enclosures on the map below:

(When restrictions are lifted)