This page was correct at 5pm on Wednesday 4th November.

Thank you for your support of York Racecourse. 

In accordance with Government requirements, the Racecourse Office is currently closed. Some members of the team will have access to email remotely, thank you in advance for your patience with regard to any delayed response.

The announcements by Government confirmed that the October Finale Meeting at York Racecourse was required to operate strictly "behind closed doors" and so was not open to the public.

Consequently, this 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 is understood that public health must remain 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 this strange season, just finished, we have requested that our racegoers simply allow us to transfer their existing bookings to the 2021 season. This would mean 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 next season. 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 contact 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 have 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 be contacted directly by the team, however any urgent messages can be sent by email to 

In a further sign of the time of year, the Car Boot Sale season for 2020 has also come to a close, there will be no more Car Boot Sales until the spring of 2021. The operating team would like to thank both sellers and buyers for their support over this challenging time.

Thank you for your understanding and patience. 


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

Summer Saturday: Saturday 26th 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

Finale Meeting: Friday 8th &  Saturday 9th October

 NB These have been confirmed by the British Horseracing Authority as all bar Friday 8th october contain a Pattern race. As you would expect, racing will remain flexible in its response to the pandemic and act in accorance with the advice applicable at the time of any raceday.



2021 Season at a glance

  • Dante Festival | Wed 12 - Fri 14 May
  • First Saturday | Sat 22 May
  • June Meeting | Fri 11 - Sat 12 June
  • Summer Saturday | Sat 26 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
  • October Finale | Fri 8 - Sat 9 October