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Fri 08 May 2020

V-E Day 75 Bank Holiday

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For 2020 only May Bank Holiday has been officially moved from Monday to Friday 8th May to coincide with the 75th anniversary of VE Day! Head to Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse for a wonderful evening of celebration.

Sun 17 May 2020

Traditional Family Day

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On the Traditional Family Sunday raceday Ripon are rolling back the years to bring you the ultimate traditional family fun!

Thu 28 May 2020

Afternoon Racing

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Head to Ripon for an afternoon of racing at ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’.

Wed 03 Jun 2020

Evening Racing

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An evening of racing at ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’

Wed 17 Jun 2020

Evening Racing

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An evening of racing and music at ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’

Featuring the ‘The Wells Memorial Cup’

Thu 18 Jun 2020

Ladies Day

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Whether you want to strut your stuff at the bookies, sip champagne on the lawn or resurrect that beautiful hat and shoes combo, Ladies Day provides a great excuse to let your hair down!

With competitions for the ‘Best Dressed Lady’ hosted by Slingsby Gin and The Secret Spa in Bedale, ‘Best Hat’ with Jenny Roberts & Stray FM’s Will Smith, there are some wonderful prizes up for grabs! Ladies’ Day on Thursday 18th June 2020 is a date not to be missed!

Mon 06 Jul 2020

Gentlemen’s Evening

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Fancy a night of quality racing with the lads? A whisky tasting experience with a difference? Or maybe treating the other half to a summer’s evening at the races?

Sat 18 Jul 2020

GRIY Festival

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The Opening Day of Go Racing in Yorkshire Festival

Featuring 'The Ripon Bell-Ringer Handicap'

Mon 03 Aug 2020

Children’s ‘Fancy Dress’ Day

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Children's Fancy Dress Day - with free activities for the kids and a fancy dress competition with great prizes!

Mon 10 Aug 2020

‘Family Brick Adventure’ – Fun for Lego fans!

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The inaugural Family Brick Adventure in 2019 was so popular that its back again and making it even bigger and better for 2020! Again there will be FREE Lego Masterclasses in the Course Enclosure – so arrive early to get your name down!

Sat 15 Aug 2020

The William Hill Great St Wilfrid

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It’s the most valuable race day of the season at Ripon on Saturday 15th August with over £144,000 of prize money on offer including a total pot of £75,000 for the feature race ‘The William Hill Great St Wilfrid’. The race which has been sponsored by William Hill for 27 years, showcases some of the country’s top sprinters and this season will see the 8th running of the consolation race, The William Hill Silver Trophy.

In 2019 the big race was won by Dakota Gold, trained by Michael Dods and ridden by Connor Beasley. Previous winners include: Gunmetal (2018), Mattmu (2017), Nameitwhatyoulike (2016), Out Do (2015), Don’t Touch (2014), Baccarat (2013), Pepper Lane (2012 & 2011) & the much loved Pipalong (1999) to name a few.

Mon 24 Aug 2020

Evening Racing

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An evening of racing and music at ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’

Mon 31 Aug 2020

Bank Holiday Family Day

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Not only will it be the final family fun day of the season, on the Bank Holiday showdown on Monday 26th August we look forward to the only listed race of the season, the EBF Ripon Champion Two-Year Old Trophy. It’s a perfect day out for all the family, pack the picnic basket and the blanket and head to Ripon for a brilliant Bank Holiday get together!

Tue 01 Sep 2020

Afternoon Racing

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An afternoon of racing at ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’

Featuring ‘The City of Ripon Handicap’

Sat 26 Sep 2020

Theakston Beer & BBQ Festival

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Celebrate the final meeting of the season with the return of the Theakstons BBQ n Beer Festival.

Featuring the ‘Ripon Cathedral City of the Dales Handicap’


Where to be for the best views

Club Stand

As the premium enclosure, in the Club Stand you can enjoy lunch or afternoon tea in the Club Dining Room, or sip a glass of champagne in our popular Silks and Saddles Bar. You can go down to the Winning Post to catch a glimpse of the horses dashing by or view them from our seated and covered ‘Club Stand’. The excitement of the Parade Ring and Winner’s Enclosure are close by and can be viewed on the balcony of the popular St Wilfrid Bar located on the first floor. Coming to Ripon is often a celebration and this area provides the chance to dress up as Ladies often wear hats and gentlemen often take advantage of the opportunity to put on their best suit for the occasion.

Paddock Enclosure

Admission into the Paddock Enclosure allows you access to the main areas of the racecourse, including access to the Parade Ring to view the horses, and with fantastic views of the track. With our fantastic pre-booked group rates, it’s the biggest and most popular area of the course for large groups. There is no dress code for the Paddock Enclosure so you can come casually dressed. Enjoy a drink in the popular Wakeman Bar, or try a pint of Yorkshire’s best in the Theakston Terrace Bar. There is a large variety of areas in which to eat, including the Fountains Café, serving a wide range of tasty home comforts or try our home cooked Fish ‘n’ Chips (made with real beef dripping!).

Course Enclosure

This is the most informal area of the racecourse which is always very popular on the Family and Feature Racedays, for those wanting to bring a picnic and have a great, affordable day out . It offers a view of the finish line and has a bar, and food outlets available. With limited cover on a wet raceday, visitors can still view all of the action on the TV’s in the Course Enclosure Bar. There are plenty of places to get your bets on with on site bookmakers, William Hill and RiponBET. Picnics are welcome in the Course Enclosure and racegoers have the opportunity to bring their own alcoholic drinks to accompany their picnics. Please note there is a maximum allowence of 4 cans per person, or the equivalent, and strictly no glass bottles. BBQ’s are allowed but only in designated areas and these must not be located next to the track. Some racegoers do like to take their own tables, chairs and gazebos, this is OK, but it is asked that you do not restrict anyone’s view of the track.

The Racecourse, Boroughbridge Road, Ripon, North Yorkshire, HG4 1UG
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Travel Information

How to find us


By Train

The nearest stations are Harrogate (11 miles), Thirsk (11miles) and York (27 miles)

By Bus

36 – Leeds – Harrogate – Ripon. Which runs every 20 minutes. 70 – Northallerton – Thirsk – Ripon. 142, 143 – York – Boroughbridge – Ripon.

By Road

From the South Leave the A1 at the turning to Ripon (junction 48), which is just after the Harrogate exit, and follow the brown signs for Ripon Cathedral. Once over a fairly narrow bridge you will be approaching the Racecourse on your left, the first entrance is the Cars on Course (£18 for a car of up to 4 adults in the centre of the racecourse) and the second entrance is the main free car park with access to the Club or Paddock Enclosure and also the Course if you are planning on walking into the centre at a price per person.

From the North Leave the A1 where it is joined by the A61 which becomes the Ripon bypass. Turn left at the third roundabout and the racecourse is just a few hundred yards on the right. The first entrance on your right will be the main free car park with access to the Club or Paddock Enclosure and also the Course if you are planning on walking into the centre at a price per person, if you are wanting the Car on Course Enclosure this is the first entrance on the right after the main gates which allows you to drive into the centre of the racecourse (£18 for a car of up to 4 adults in the centre of the racecourse).

Dress Codes

What to wear

People in the Club Enclosure are asked to dress respectably and in smart/casual attire. By smart/casual attire this means no ripped or torn denim, sportswear, trainers or t-shirts. Smart denim and tailored shorts are now accepted. There is no formal dress code for the Paddock or Course Enclosure but the racecourse does ask that people still dress in a manner of taste and decency. Bare chests are not acceptable.

Racecourse Information

The History

The first recorded horse races in the Ripon area took place in 1664 on Bondgate Green. Over the next 236 years, several other venues were used to stage race meetings. Indeed, during one meeting in 1723, Ripon race goers witnessed a moment of horse racing history, when they watched the first ever race exclusively for lady riders.

However, none of the historic venues had long lasting success, and it took the opening of the current course on Boroughbridge Road to establish Ripon as a regular flat racing venue. In 1900 Ripon Racecourse moved to its current location at Boroughbridge Road, and has been an important fixture on the racing scene ever since. The very first meeting at the modern course was held on the sixth of August 1900, and since that time, the racecourse has developed so well, it is now regarded as the sporting flagship of this medieval market town.

Well respected within the industry and a popular choice with Yorkshire based owners, Ripon retained its title as ‘Best Small Racecourse in the North’ once again in 2014 & 2015 as voted by the Racegoers Club.

Due to its most pleasant surroundings, Ripon is known as Yorkshires Garden Racecourse, and during the flat racing season, racegoers can enjoy the Ripon facilities on any one of seventeen race days in 2017.

Staging only flat racing, horses run right handed over an undulating oval course measuring one mile five furlongs in circumference. There is a sharp bend into the home straight, and the home straight is one of the longest in the country, being five furlongs in length. The last furlong of the run in to the winning post is also noticeably uphill with undulations, and on softer going, stamina becomes important. On firm, or good going, statistically, the sprint course favours low drawn horses.