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Post Covid-19 FAQ's

You may have some burning questions on what racing is like after the pandemic. We hope to be rid of all restrictions in 2022 but here are some FAQS to help ease your mind…


What about staff? Will they be wearing a face covering?

Staff working indoors will abide by Government guidance where appropriate but will be asked to wear a face-covering in areas where they will be in close contact with lots of other people, particularly indoors.

If someone is found to be Covid Positive, will everyone on the racecourse be asked to self-isolate?

Should an individual subsequently test positive for Covid-19 having attended a race meeting, the venue will be issued with a recommendation notice to be tested. This means that if you attended we will contact you and encourage you to take a test as soon as possible.

You will only be asked to self-isolate if this test proves to be positive. If you were in close contact with the individual who tested positive, you will be contacted by Track and Trace and asked to self-isolate as per Government guidance.

Is Alcohol Permitted?

Racegoers are allowed to take a small amount of alcohol (4x beers per person or half bottle of wine) into both the Picnic Enclosure and the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure.

You are NOT permitted to bring your own alcohol into the Premier Enclosure. There will be plenty of concession stands and bars serving food and drink in each enclosure.



What facilities will be on course to help with sanitation?

Pontefract will continue to provide copious opportunities for racegoers to sanitise their hands, with alcoholic gel stations and wash basin facilities provided.

Do I still need to book in advance?

We are now accepting on the day walk-ins.

Booking in advance is cheaper and also permits considerably faster entry on the day compared to walk-ups.


Can I use cash?

All bars will accept both cash and card.

Which enclosures are available?

All enclosures are now available to the public. Book now.

Can I place a bet?

There will be tote facilities open in the areas where you have booked tickets.

Alternatively, there will be a number of bookmakers on site on each raceday.

Can I book a restaurant?

If you’re considering booking a table in a restaurant, please note that there will be a limited number of tables and we advise booking your packages in advance to avoid disappointment.




Car & Coach Parking

Car Parking

All car parking is free of charge and is in the Park itself.

Parking is available in the Picnic Enclosure at a cost of £20 per car with a maximum of 4 adult occupants. This price includes a racecard and your entry into the Picnic Enclosure.


Hospitality Parking

For those of you who’ve booked a Private Hospitality box, car parking labels for the Hospitality Car Park will be sent out with your admission badges.


Coach Parking

Parking for coaches is, again, free of charge.

Complimentary Grandstand & Paddock passes are available for coach drivers who present their Driver’s Manifest/Worksheet at the turnstile. If you’re coming by coach, please ask for a ‘Coach Pass’ when you book.

Where can I buy Gift Vouchers?

Struggling to find the perfect present for your loved ones?

If they enjoy racing at Pontefract why not consider purchasing a gift voucher for them.

Here’s a list of what’s available:


  • Joint Annual Badge Holder Gift Voucher
  • Premier Enclosure Gift Voucher
  • Single Annual Badge Holder Gift Voucher
  • £10 Gift Voucher
  • £20 Gift Voucher


Gift Vouchers are available to purchase here.

Cash Machine

The cash machine is provided at every raceday and is located outside the Raceday Office behind the Winner’s Enclosure. The cash machine is marked in position ‘3’ on the plan below.

Children / Under 18s

Accompanied under 18s are admitted free of charge into EVERY enclosure at EVERY race meeting.


A free creche will be in operation at our 3 Sunday race meetings in 2022 19th June, 24th July, 14th August.

Credit / Debit cards

Online booking is available in advance for all race meetings, and you are more than welcome to use a credit or debit card for this purpose. Please note that we do not accept American Express.

Dogs & Guide Dogs

Dogs are allowed in the Picnic Enclosure at every race meeting. However, owners are requested to keep their dogs on a lead and under control at all times.


Guide Dogs are permitted throughout the Racecourse.

Dress Code

There is only a Dress Code in operation in the Premier Enclosure.


We want you to be comfortable and therefore do not insist on a jacket and tie. However, we do request that you have smart/casual attire and do not wear scruffy jeans, shorts, t-shirts, sportswear or trainers into the Premier Enclosure.

Gift Vouchers

We now offer Gift Vouchers for the Premier and Grandstand & Paddock Enclosures.


These are valid for any race meeting and can be booked here.


Picnics are welcomed in every enclosure EXCEPT the Premier Enclosure.


A small amount of alcohol can also be brought in to the Racecourse as part of a picnic. This equates to a maximum of 4 cans per person or half a bottle of wine per person. However, please note that no glass bottles can be brought in to the enclosures. If you would rather bring spirits, please bring the pre-mixed cans.


There are several food outlets around the Racecourse, and we have additional items available at every race meeting that can be added to your raceday tickets. There are also a number of vending vans available throughout the Racecourse enclosures.

Opening & Closing times


The Racecourse opens at

  • 12 noon on a midweek afternoon race meeting
  • 11.30am on a Sunday
  • 4.30pm for an evening


The bars close 30 minutes after the scheduled off time of the last race.


First Race

The first race times are likely to be

  • Around 2pm for an afternoon meeting
  • Around 6.30pm for an evening meeting.


Racecards are available in all enclosures and are £3 in all areas.

You can also order a racecard in advance for just £2 when you book online.


The Racecourse operates a No Smoking policy in all indoor areas. This includes the use of e-cigarettes.

Social Media

You can find us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!

Betting Vouchers

You can purchase betting vouchers for all race meetings when you book your tickets online!