Annual Badgeholders

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Benefits of Annual Badgeholders

This page was updated at 11am on Monday 20 September.

Thank you for the continuing support as Annual Badgeholders at this challenging time for racing as both a sport and major employer.

It was our pleasure to welcome back so many of you on Saturday 22 May and again in June and for the John Smith's meeting.

The Prime Minister’s confirmation that formal Covid-19 restrictions ended on Monday 19 July means that the remainder of the York season looks set to operate in a far more familiar, effectively “normal” manner. This includes racing at York for our Music Showcase racedays and the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival.
The first racedays to benefit from the lifting of protocols are those of the Music Showcase Weekend on Friday evening 23 July and Saturday 24 July. Please be aware that both racedays will be busy, involve more normal York raceday attendance and feature live music performances, with a standing audience in front of the stage.
As the Prime Minister stressed, the coming weeks will require a significant degree of personal responsibility. Our recommendation is that all racegoers voluntarily do a self-administered Lateral Flow Test on the day of, or the day before, racing for their own peace of mind. Please do not put your fellow racegoers at risk by travelling if you feel unwell.
The Government guidance around “hands, face, space, fresh air” remains appropriate advice to all individuals attending a raceday at York. York Racecourse will provide plenty of hand sanitiser, guidance and signage around the racecourse, to support this advice. Of course, we are blessed with plenty of outdoor spaces for racegoers to enjoy their raceday in the fresh air and have well ventilated grandstands. Government guidance to individuals regarding face coverings is that these are advisable when indoors or in a busy area. Please be aware that this is Government guidance to personal individuals, so as a venue we recommend racegoers wear a facing covering when inside our grandstands or in a busy area. To make racegoers aware in advance, we  will not be mandating racegoers to wear face coverings when inside or in busy areas – rather it is encouraged and recommended. Our close contact team, such as those in the restaurants or in busy indoors positions, will be asked to wear a face covering. 
It is the intention to open the Clocktower Enclosure for this meeting and the eight subsequent days of the season. The Clocktower Enclosure remains a pay on the day enclosure.
The normal York dress code for County Stand racegoers will apply for remaining racedays – gentlemen in the County Stand are expected to wear a jacket, collared shirt and tie. If a warm day is forecast, York Racecourse will advise County Stand racegoers that jackets are not required, via our website and digital channels.

Wider Government advice and best practice, as applicable at the time of the racedays will be followed, as required.

To respect the elite sport provision that has allowed racing to operate since June last year, the BHA is now considering the detail in response to the welcome news of Monday 12 July.

For now, we continue to wish everyone the very best of health.

For a copy of the email sent to Annual Badgeholders on 20 September please click here.

In a typical year, Annual Badgeholders receive the following benefits –

• 18 days of high quality flat racing action including the Dante and Ebor Festivals with 30 black type races

• Use of the exclusive Nunthorpe Suite with its unrivalled view over the finish, full cash bar, cash buffet, tote betting and toilets*

• Use of the VIP Lawn Bar near the new Weighing Room*

• Use of premier car park D

• Complimentary racecard every day

• Rebate of £40 when booking the Ebor, Voltigeur,The Parade Ring Restaurants or a Box Package; please note this will be refunded only to the person who paid for the original booking. Junior Annual Badgeholders will qualify for a £15 rebate on the same basis. All rebates settled after the raceday.*

- Annual Badgeholders opting to use the Tailor Made Box Badge Option, will be provided with free access to that box.*

• Discount of £5 for the Melrose Club Lounge and Premier Racing Lounge, as well as discount of badge price.*

• A family member can join you in the Nunthorpe Suite on Family Sunday for just £13.00, a 50% discount on the daily County Stand badge rate

• Invitation to our Annual Badgeholder event

• Invitation to the Ebor Preview Evening on Tuesday 17 August, as places are limited please contact Debbie Shirt to secure your place. There will be a casual supper included in your subsrciption and a public bar

• reciprocal racedays*

• Reciprocal admission to Yorkshire County Cricket Club*

• Complimentary weekday access to Living North Fairs in spring and autumn.

• Earn Rewards4Racing loyalty points on online subscriptions

*These benefits remain subject to Covid -19 protocols and any resultant amendments to room capacities and service styles.

To apply to become an Annual Badgeholder please contact Debbie Shirt - [email protected] or 01904 683936. (Please note these contacts will be monitored remotely during any period of national or local lockdown, though your patience is much appreciated.)


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