2021 Season

Revised as at 9am Wednesday 5th May.

With the Racecourse buildings gradually returning to life, in accordance with Government requirements, there is a more optimistic outlook for the summer months.

It is encouraging for everyone that the hard work behind both the scientific data and the ongoing vaccination programme give cause for genuine optimism. The "Government roadmap" places twelve York racedays comfortably after the given date for a nationwide move to “step 4” (currently being 21st June) so there is an expectation that there should be an easing of the restrictions on social contact from that date, offering the ability to welcome racegoers in nearer to normal numbers and circumstances.

Having successfully reached “step 2” of The Government roadmap" offers genuine hope that we should see a further easing on the restrictions on social contact from Monday 17th May. This would allow three racedays at York (Saturday 22nd May, Friday 11th & Saturday 12th June) to operate with a limited crowd. Alongside Owners, Annual Badgeholders, Sponsors and those who kindly rolled over their 2020 booking there is now a limited availability of badges for Saturday 22nd May and both dates in June.

Beyond then, York Racecourse is pleased to offer something extra to look forward to, by putting admission on sale for the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival (Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st August) and eight other racedays, from July to October in a near normal manner.

Furthermore, for Saturday 22nd May and Friday 11th & Saturday 12th June, a limited number of admissions are now on sale for what will be a single Stands Side enclosure, that will follow the protocols for “step 3”. The dress code will be relaxed to “smart casual”. 

Both Annual Badgeholders and those racegoers who supported York in 2020 by rolling over their booking are already amongst those who will be welcomed back to the Knavesmire - they need take no further action.

All bookings come with both a money back guarantee and the assurance that the venue will observe whatever Covid-19 measures are expected, at the time of the racedays.

As some detail is yet to be confirmed by Government, a full Code of Conduct and Guide to the Experience will both be sent to racegoers nearer to their attendance date.

Given the uncertainties, the Melrose Club Lounge and Premier Racing Lounge are not currently being offered for new sales. The strong number of rollover customers when considered with the limited physical space in these unique areas, as well as the nature of serving food and drinks within them, needs further consideration and those who “rolled over” their booking should look out for a direct email form York Racecourse as their raceday approaches. Those booking for County Stand will be offered the chance to upgrade, should capacities allow.

The Music Showcase Weekend (23rd & 24th July) is confirmed as a racing fixture. The artists set to perform are Rick Astley on Friday evening 23rd July, with McFLY due on stage, after racing, on Saturday 24th July. Please note the additional complexity of the combined nature of a racing and music event may mean that different Covid-19 protocols may be in operation. More details are expected from Government, so will appear on this website or by following our social media channels. Thank you for your understanding.

For the dates under “step 4” being July 9th and later, a range of early bird and group offers, starting with just 6 in a party are available. The popular meal deals can also be booked in advance.

The ticket options for “step 3” dates, are restricted to full price County Stand parties of 5 or less members. A number of what are usually Grandstand & Paddock facilities will be added to the standard County Stand options, to create space both inside and out. Please note the formal dress code for the dates in “step 3" only, is relaxed to be “smart casual”.

Four-day admission to the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival is on sale, however three-day admission sales have been suspended. Existing purchasers of three-day admissions are thanked for their patience, pending further advice.

Clocktower Enclosure is traditionally a “pay on the gate” so is not on sale nor available, at this point.

The Voltigeur, Ebor and Parade Ring Restaurants for 2021 are also open for enquiries on

Unfortunately, the Dante Festival (Wed 12th - Friday 14th May) is scheduled to operate as a “behind closed doors” event as it falls within “step 2” of the roadmap guidelines. People who kindly rolled over their booking should have been contacted by email with the offer of a transfer to later in the season, a further rollover or a full refund. The ITV cameras will show five feature races each day, with Racing TV subscribers able to enjoy all twenty-one contests.

Admissions for any available days will only available to book online, this is so people have the ability to best understand the conditions under which 2021 racedays may be required to operate, prior to booking.

To meet with current restrictions, the Racecourse Office is still operating at reduced capacity, with emails being dealt with remotely - thank you in advance for your patience.

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 works 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

The team will continue to respond to the situation and are making a wide range of plans, they look forward to welcoming racing fans back to the Knavesmire in the warmer months of the year ahead.