This page was correct at 12.10pm on Friday 26th February 2021.

Thank you for your support of York Racecourse.

To meet with Government requirements, the Racecourse Office is currently working at reduced capacity. Some members of the team will have access to email and phone messages, remotely. Thank you in advance for your patience with regard to any delayed response.


It is encouraging for everyone that recent scientific data and the ongoing vaccination programme give cause for optimism for the summer ahead.  The "Government roadmap" as announced by the Prime Minister on Monday 22nd February, gives hope that we might see a lifting on the restrictions on social contact over the months ahead.

Though positive in overall direction, there are details still to be clarified regarding the implications for specific racedays and what protocols may be in place on any given date.  More detail is expected from Government over the weeks and months ahead.  Thank you in advance for your patience, whilst we as a sport and venue await that detailed further guidance to be able to give a more detailed response.

As the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival (Wednesday 18th to Saturday 21st August) and four racedays in July (Friday 9th, Saturday 10th, Friday evening 23rd and Saturday 24th) are all due to be held later than the current date of Step 4 (indicated by the Prime Minister as being no earlier than 21st June), we are positive about welcoming a crowd for these and any subsequent racedays.

Three of our racedays (Saturday 22nd May, Friday 11th and Saturday 12th June) are scheduled to operate during the current Step 3 dates, which will not be sooner than Monday 17th  May. The roadmap indicates we may be able to welcome a limited crowd for these three dates, although the final capacity and operational protocols are yet to be confirmed.

The Dante Festival (Wednesday 12th to Friday 14th May), is indicated to operate under Step 2 requirements of the roadmap, meaning it is most likely to be staged “behind closed doors”.

Details with regard to the concert element of the Music Showcase Weekend dates in late July, will require additional consideration, given the combined nature of these events. The racing aspect of the day would be as for other dates in this timeframe. The music aspects will be updated here, along with any news of artist bookings, As with all days, a full refund would be available back to the card used for booking. Thank you for your continuing patience.

Once the details become clearer, if required, customers who kindly “rolled over” their bookings from 2020 will be contacted directly by the Racecourse team, setting out a process for transfer or full refund.

Hospitality enquiries for racedays including Saturday 22nd May and dates thereafter, can be made to

York Annual Badgeholders will be emailed directly when we have more information to share.

The team at York continue to plan for a range of scenarios in response to the hoped-for change in circumstances set out in the roadmap. We remain in contact with the appropriate bodies, both nationally and locally, to best inform these plans.

Consequently, though the formal 2021 racedays are now confirmed after the recent publication of the national fixture list by the British Horseracing Authority, admission is yet to go on sale.

The roadmap indicates that permission for Car Boot Sales, subject to protocols, is from step 2 currently dated 12th April. Consequently, the third party operator of the Car Boot Sales held on Saturday mornings on the Coach Park, hopes to return on Saturday 17th April.
2021 fixture list

York Racecourse is scheduled for an eighteen-day season with the pattern of the majority of those dates, familiar to regular racegoers.

In a change to recent years, Saturday 26th June is no longer a York raceday, however Friday 24th September becomes a York date. This switch is part of the wider response of racing to the Covid-19 pandemic. The British Horseracing Authority is understandably keen to reduce the number of journeys made by jockeys and others. Since the successful resumption of racing last June, this has meant only one meeting per day, per jockey. Looking ahead to summer 2021, it has been decided to reduce the strain on the riders by reducing the number of fixtures on some Saturdays. Consequently, York is no longer scheduled to stage a fixture on Saturday 26 June, a situation that will be replicated at other tracks over those busiest weekends. As the world may look brighter again by early autumn, the new raceday on Friday 24th September might hold appeal.

Please rest assured that we continue to assess the situation.

Thank you for your support and patience.

If you would like to buy a gift voucher ahead of our 2021 season please click here.

The racedays for 2021 are as below;

Dante Festival: Wednesday 12th, Thursday 13th, Friday 14th May

First Saturday: Saturday 22nd May

50th Macmillan Charity Meeting: Friday 11th & Saturday 12th June

John Smith's Cup Meeting: Friday 9th & Saturday 10th July

Music Showcase Weekend: Friday (e) 23rd & Saturday 24th July

Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival
: Wednesday 18th, Thursday 19th, Friday 20th & Saturday 21st August

Family Day: Sunday 5th September

William Hill Raceday: Friday 24th September

Finale Meeting: Friday 8th & Saturday 9th October


2020 Refunds

The response to the Covid-19 pandemic meant the cancellation, in front of a crowd, of all eighteen days of the scheduled York Racecourse season 2020.

Whilst this was a disappointing decision for racegoers, racing professionals, all of us at York Racecourse and many in the wider City, it was understood that public health remained the priority. 

Customers who booked direct with York Racecourse are entitled to a full refund. 

The revenue from gate receipts is vital to the ongoing well-being of York Racecourse; it helps fund the prize money which regularly attracts the star horses and jockeys and is the life blood of racing stables, it contributes towards the facilities for all to enjoy and keeps together the team that work to deliver the racedays. 

So, over the strange 2020 season, we requested that our racegoers simply allow us to transfer their existing bookings to the 2021 season. This has meant a price freeze on what we hope is a regular event and that no further action is required by the customer. The 2021 badges/tickets will be sent out ahead of the racedays. We have been humbled at the level of support we have received.

It is understood that not everyone will be in a position to offer us this support, so only if you require a refund, please contact the team by email to request that refund. To help us to help you, please include a copy of your original confirmation email as that will include important information such as your order number and postcode. Please then use the dedicated email 

Though the option remains in place for customers, this refund process is substantively complete for all racedays, with "ordinary" refunds now sent to customers who booked for any of the eighteen days of 2020.  Racegoers should have seen their refund appearing on a valid card, used for the original transaction.

Please note the team will have contacted customers directly with any queries over the processing of a refund, for example where a payment card has expired since the time of booking.

If you purchased your admission through a third party such as Racing Breaks, please contact the original point of purchase to process a refund. 

Those who have booked a Private Box or a table in one of our restaurants also have the option to transfer the booking to 2021 or to receive a refund. Hospitality customers will have been contacted directly by the team, however any further messages can be sent by email to 

In a further sign of the time of year, the Car Boot Sale is taking its winter break. The operating team would like to thank both sellers and buyers for their support over this challenging time.




2021 Season at a glance

  • Dante Festival | Wed 12 - Fri 14 May
  • First Saturday | Sat 22 May
  • June Meeting | Fri 11 - Sat 12 June
  • John Smith's Cup Meeting | Fri 9 - Sat 10 July
  • Music Showcase Weekend | Fri 23 - Sat 24 July
  • Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival | Wed 18 - Sat 21 August
  • September Sunday | Sun 5 September
  • September Friday | Fri 24 September
  • October Finale | Fri 8 - Sat 9 October