Updated as at 9am Wednesday 28 July.
PLEASE NOTE BOTH COUNTY STAND AND GRANDSTAND & PADDOCK FOR SATURDAY 21 AUGUST (SKY BET EBOR DAY) HAVE NOW REACHED CAPACITY. Clocktower Enclosure will be available for on the day sales only, from 11am. Any late returns for these areas will be made available on the website at 10am on Wednesday 11 August, on a first come-first served basis; there is no guarentee that there will be any such returns. Accompanied Under 18s will still be admitted on the day, subject to proof of age and a valid order for the accompanying adult.
The three weekdays of the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival each offer Group One action, a warm welcome and a fabulous atmosphere of fashion and fun. Currently, there is availability in all areas on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, however they are selling quickly.
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 the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival (18-21 August) and the four racedays in September and October.
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 on the day before, racing for their own peace of mind. Neither proof of vaccination status nor proof of a negative test is required to gain admission; this is an aspect that all sports and venues are continiung to discuss with Government.
To allow you to book with confidence, York Racecourse offers a full refund (up to Noon on racedays) to anyone who tests positive, is in self isolation or feels unwell - so book with confidence but 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 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.
The Clocktower Enclosure will be open for future meetings. The Clocktower Enclosure remains a pay on the day enclosure, with cashless payment an option- though a four day pass for the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival was able to be purchased online.
For subsequent racedays, the York dress code for County Stand racegoers will be in operation. Gentlemen in the County Stand are expected to wear a jacket, collared shirt (can be short sleeved) and tie. The weather around a specific raceday will be assessed and any variation in dress code communicated on this website and through our social media channels.
Tickets and badges for the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival are not yet despatched.
Given the uncertainties, the Melrose Club Lounge and Premier Racing Lounge are not currently being offered for new sales. Those racegoers who “rolled over” their booking will receive a direct email from York Racecourse in due course. Those booking for County Stand may later be offered the chance to upgrade, should capacities allow.
A full Code of Conduct and Guide to the Experience will be posted to this website, if applicable.
As the course of this pandemic has demonstrated, the positive outlook is tempered by the understanding that there can be no guarantees about the future.
For those looking at more information in regards to the John Smith's Cup Meeting, which was limited to a crowd of 4,000, please click here.