Discover everything 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.


Park Suite

The Park Suite in the Premier Enclosure offers you a reserved table for the whole meeting.

With tables overlooking the Winning Post or the Parade Ring, it’s the ideal choice for those who would like to have a base for the day, whilst enjoying exquisite cuisine.


The Park Suite Experience includes:

  • Premier Enclosure Admission badge
  • 4 course carvery lunch
  • light afternoon tea
  • balconies overlooking the winning post, winners enclosure and
    parade ring
  • fully air conditioned room
  • in-room totepool betting
  • bar
  • CCTV raceday coverage

The Park Suite is £89 for Midweek/ Monday Evening race meetings, £92 on Sundays and £95 on Friday Evenings and Ladies Day


Please note that the price does not include any drinks. We can, however, arrange Drinks Packages for your table.


You can book your place in the Park Suite online. Alternatively please call us on 01977 781307 and we’ll make the booking for you.


Annual Badge Holders and Owners & Trainers with runners on the day can obtain a discount on the Park Suite Restaurant by calling the Racecourse on 01977 781307 to book their table.


The 2023 menus will be confirmed it March, you can view the 2022 menu here.

Dalby Stand Buffet

The Dalby Stand Buffet option allows smaller groups or corporate parties the opportunity to enjoy a buffet in one of the Dalby Stand boxes.


The Dalby Buffet is available on every raceday except Sunday meetings.


Your raceday experience will include:

  • Admission to the Premier Enclosure
  • A table for the day in the Dalby Stand boxes
  • Racecard
  • Buffet with a selection of hot and cold items
  • Dessert

The Dalby Stand Buffet is £60 for Midweek/ Monday Evening race meetings and £65 on Friday Evenings.

You can book the Dalby Stand Buffet online or give us a call on 01977 781307.


The 2023 menus will be confirmed in March, you can view the 2022 Dalby Stand Buffet menu here.



Sunday Special

Our Sunday Special offer is only available on our Sunday Family Days.


For just £65 per adult (£17 for Under 18s) your ticket includes:

  • Admission for the Premier Enclosure
  • Racecard
  • Table for the day in the Dalby Stand
  • 2 Course Carvery Lunch


Book here

Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure

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


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 accessible toilets in all enclosures along with viewing ramps in every area.


We are also very pleased to announce that every race meeting in 2024 will be Autism Friendly racedays, making us the first Racecourse in the country to host Autism in Racing Racedays on every day.


We are thrilled to be working with Future Ticketing to host Autism Friendly racedays throughout the year. As part of our Autism Friendly racedays, the Racecourse and Future Ticketing will provide designated quiet and safe spaces for autistic Racegoers, or those who may have additional needs, including complimentary soft drinks and biscuits. In addition, there will be a dedicated sensory room, provided by Immersive, at every meeting.


Any racegoers wishing to apply for places at any Autism in Racing fixture should contact Autism in Racing on X at https://twitter.com/autisminracing (@autisminracing). A brand new Autism in Racing website will be developed over the coming months. In the meantime, to learn more about Autism in Racing please visit https://twitter.com/autisminracing


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!


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?

Racecourse Plan

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