Pontefract Races

A warm welcome awaits at Pontefract Races in West Yorkshire, a Yorkshire flat racing course hosting 16 meets annually from April to October. Easily accessed just half a mile off the M62, Junction 32, Pontefract is a real family friendly course with three Family Sundays in its racing programme featuring everything from a circus with clowns to children’s rides, free sweets and ice cream and a marching band! First Time Racegoers can expect a warm welcome too – Pontefract is a great racecourse for the first time racegoer. The ethos here is firmly that racing is a sport for everyone! Visit the race course’s website for a detailed ‘first time racegoer’ guide.

Fixtures & Highlights

Pontefract’s 16 race meets include the 3 Family Sundays, 10 midweek afternoon meets and 3 evening race meets. Evening meets are usually followed by themed music nights or festivals and the race course hosts a popular Ladies Day each year in early August. Pontefract is also at the heart of the annual Yorkshire Summer Racing Festival with a Sunday festival race day in July. The racecourse always features special themed days during the season.


Pontefract has four Enclosure areas – the Premier Enclosure, the Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure, the Silver Enclosure and Picnic Enclosure. A Premier Enclosure Badge gives you access to all other Enclosures, plus a range of luxury facilities in the Premier Enclosure itself including a Champagne Bar, Park Suite and Premier Sports Cafe Bar. The Parade Ring and owner/ trainer facilities are also here. The Grandstand and Paddock Enclosure is one of the most popular options, with inclusive access to both the Silver and Picnic Enclosures. Here at The Grandstand and Paddock you’ll find a choice of friendly bars, The Parade Ring, a self-service style dining area and terraced viewing stands.

The Silver Enclosure sits just 100 yards from the Winning Post and features an onsite bar, fast food outlets, a tea bar and Silver lounge bar. The Picnic Enclosure is great value and a popular choice with families, featuring an extensive grass space always busy on family Sunday race meet days. Parking is conveniently directly adjacent to the Picnic Enclosure and you’ll also find a tea bar and fast food outlets in this area.


Ideally situated just off the M62, Pontefract Racecourse is the perfect location for your conference or banqueting event. A first class catering service is available on request for everything from weddings to birthday parties and team building events. Businesses are warmly welcomed, with Raceday Conference Packages available – the perfect combination of business and leisure, with conference events combined with an afternoon or evening’s racing. Non Raceday Events are also warmly welcomed. The racecourse has years of experience hosting conference events, with onsite catering manager, conference day delegate packages, hot beverage service and a choice of lunch all available.

Getting Here

Located a mere half a mile off the M62, Junction 32, Pontefract Races are easily reached off the A1, M1 and and the M18 motorways which all sit within a 10 mile radius of the course. Pontefract Park is directly adjacent to the racecourse and hosts numerous events through the year. A bus stop is conveniently located just outside the race course and railway stations including Monkhill, Tanshelf and Baghill are all within easy reach. Glasshoughton station next to the Xscape leisure complex is just 2 miles from the course.

Where to Stay

Plan your race meet at Pontefract and book accommodation with iknow. The Pontefract and Castleford area contains an excellent choice of quality affordable hotels, many with onsite parking and family friendly restaurants, and all just minutes from the racecourse. Or stay in a luxury guest house or a Grade Listed country house hotel with onsite function rooms, restaurant and bar. Browse below and book online with iknow.

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