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Post Covid-19 FAQ's

As things slowly return to normal you may have some questions regarding racing post-Covid restrictions. We hope to answer them below but if you have any burning questions please call 01977 781307 or send us an e-mail!


Will I need to use the NHS app to check-in?

Racegoers are strongly advised to continue to check in with the NHS QR codes provided at the course entrances but this is at your discretion.

Will I have to wear a face covering?

Racegoers are strongly encouraged to wear a face-covering in areas where they will come into close contact with lots of other people, particularly indoors. This is for the safety of your fellow racegoers but remains at your discretion.

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.

Will I need to take a lateral flow test in advance of attending?

All racecourses are strongly encouraging racegoers to ensure they are proven to be Covid Negative in advance of attending for their own peace of mind. We recommend taking a lateral flow test 24 hours prior to attending and 48 hours afterwards. If you receive a positive test, please follow this up with a PCR test.

Racegoers can claim a full refund if the event of a positive test means you have to miss the race meeting.

Do I have to prove my vaccine status to attend a race meeting?

British racing is not currently utilising Covid Certification as a condition of entry and you will not be asked to show any vaccine status.

Is Alcohol Permitted?

Similar to rules in 2019, 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. However, we do encourage you to book in advance as this is the only way to guarantee your place on the day.

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


Can I use cash?

All bars will accept both cash and card but encourage the use of contactless card for reduced handling of cash and quicker transactions.

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.

Will the raceday experience be as it was pre-Covid?

British racing has worked stringently with the Government, local health authorities and safety groups to safely allow racegoers to return. With the removal of all remaining legal requirements, we are confident that racegoers will enjoy a familiar environment with all the usual elements that are loved about a raceday: seeing elite thoroughbred racehorses and elite athletes, fantastic food and beverage choices and a variety of betting options.

We ask that racegoers remain considerate of their fellow racegoers and respect the environment that they are in for the enjoyment and safety of all on course.

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.


It is essential to book your restaurant package in advance.



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

On ‘normal’ racedays, a 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.


If you are booking in 2021, you MUST add each Under-18 as a product in your booking. You will not be charged – this is required to monitor capacity numbers during the pandemic. 


A free creche will be in operation at our 3 Sunday race meetings in 2021 on 20th June, 25th July and 15th August.

Credit / Debit cards

In 2021, you will be able to pay by credit or debit card at all entrances.


Restaurant and bar accounts can also be settled by card.


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 £3.00 in all areas.

You can also order a racecard in advance for just £2.00 when you book online.


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

Social Media

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Betting Vouchers

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