*The information below is correct at 5pm on Tuesday 22nd September 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.
All race meetings in 2020 will 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.
We hope that we will be able to welcome back spectators once again for our 2021 racing season.
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.
The 2021 racing season gets underway in April 2021 and we hope that we will have racegoers back with us then.
What if I have already purchased raceday admission tickets?
All bookings for raceday tickets and badges for the 2020 racing season that were made through the Pontefract Racecourse website or over the phone with the Racecourse team will be refunded in their entirety. Bookings from April to September have already been refunded and refunds for October bookings will be processed before the end of September.
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.
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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