13th July 2021

The Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival Press Launch

Perfect Power pictured with Paul Hanagan (photo credit to Hannah Ali)

The biggest racing festival in Yorkshire returns! 10 meetings over the course of 9 days (listed below):

Charlotte Russell, general manager of Go Racing in Yorkshire said,

“We really missed not having the festival last year, and the racecourses, along with our loyal sponsor Sky Bet, were determined that it would take place in some form this year.  It has been refreshing to be able to make plans again and exciting that the majority of the week will take place without crowd restrictions.”

Pontefract will host the final GRIY Summer Festival fixture on our In-The-Zone Family Day. As well as our general raceday entertainment there will be appearances from Festival Freddy our favourite mascot – always a hit with the kids!

Each racecourse will celebrate everything we know and love about Yorkshire. Expect fun themes, Sky Bet sponsored best turned-out winners, and historical footage provided by the Yorkshire Film archive with original audio!

Jockey’s will test their football skills scoring points for chipping a football into a target from different distances. This should be good following the 2019 success of ‘Paddock and Chips’ and the jockey’s having another year to practice! Tune in 1 hr before the first race in the parade ring.

Jack Berry House, the jockey and stable staff rehabilitation centre in Malton, will also be open to members of the public between 12 noon and 2pm on Tuesday 20th July, the one day of the festival when racing does not take place in Yorkshire.

Feeling peckish? Tickle your tastebuds with CGC’s festival foodie specials including the Masons Tea Edition Gin and Tonic and a ‘Yorkshire Rascal’, served with clotted cream, jam and butter with a cup of Yorkshire Tea.

Keep up to date on our socials to see how to get involved.

Want tickets? Visit our website on www.pontefract-races.co.uk/tickets and select 25th July

10th July 2021

Everything there is to know about tickets after 19th July

We currently have 3 meetings on sale for:

Your preferred enclosure is sold out? Don’t worry release a second batch of tickets after 19th July, including the Marquee Site option for Ladies Day.

Tickets for the rest of the season (dates listed below) will be released after 19th July.

It’s the return of our Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure!

Our most popular enclosure option is back! Priced at just £17 you can enjoy all the benefits of both the Picnic area and the amenities within the Grandstand and Paddock. Add on a Self Service restaurant voucher or grab a slice of Pizza before you watch the horses in the parade ring.

Bring on Raceday Entertainment!

As we start to get back to normality live music will return along with kids rides on Family Sunday’s, free sweets, Ladies Day activities and much more. We hope to see you on 25th for our Tribute Bands event!

May 28th 2021

How we are keeping you safe and secure as Covid-19 restrictions begin to lift….

How we are keeping you safe and secure as Covid-19 restrictions begin to lift….

There are various steps we have put in place to ensure the safety of all racegoers and essential workers for each race meeting. It’s decided that our first 3 race meetings are behind closed doors. This is to comply with the government regulations on spectator capacity. Here are some of the measures we are taking:

  • Social Distancing [two-metre rule in place across the course]
  • Advance Bookings Only [no walk-ins]
  • Card Only Bars [to reduce the handling and contamination of cash]
  • Hand Sanitising Stations [to stop the spread on a raceday]
  • Social Distancing Officers [keeping you and other racegoers safe]
  • Compulsory Face Masks [must be worn on site]
  • One Way Systems [reducing the need to cross paths with others]

‘Normal’ Raceday operations will unfold in stages throughout the year. If by June 21st all restrictions are lifted – we will no longer require the above points. Until then, please be conscious of keeping yourself and others around you safe. We hope to see you very soon face mask or not!

The Roadmap out of Lockdown


If you’ve not yet secured your early bird tickets, there are still discounts to be had up to the 2nd March. At the moment there’s £5 off Premier Badges and £4 off Paddock tickets for all meetings other than the Friday evenings. You can secure tickets here

Did you know that if you have a HG, YO, S, DN, WF, LS, HU, HX, HD or BD postcode, you could come to a specified race meeting for FREE? There are still tickets available for each of these postcodes – click here for full details.

Are you a regular racegoer? If so, then you could pick up free racedays by joining the Loyalty Card scheme or raceday discounts by being part of The Ponte Faithful

There are also a number of raceday promotions in 2020 when you could win plenty of prizes ranging from betting vouchers and free drinks to raceday tickets or even a free Hospitality Box. Be part of the It’s Champion and Wall of Fame promotions.

There are also some exciting new promotions coming to Pontefract in the 2020 season:

2021 Raceday Themes

While many of our favourite race meetings will be back in 2020, we’ve shaken things up on other racedays. We are introducing Disco Night on Friday Eve 22nd May when the incredible Sister Sledge will be performing after racing. However, during racing, there’ll be a fantastic ‘funk and soul’ band performing through the evening at the rear of the second stand with a huge pop up bar in the same area. Ponte is definitely getting it’s groove on in May!

It’s Father’s Day on the 21st June and there’s no better way to treat your Dad than with a day at the races. It’ll be a proper Yorkshire Day Out with whippets and flat caps galore!

New in 2020 is our Very Yorkshire Raceday when we’ll be celebrating some fantastic events in the county such as the Great Yorkshire Show and the Pontefract Liquorice Festival. A full list of all our racedays in 2020 are available here

Upcoming race meetings

The new season starts on Tuesday 7th April 2020.

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