Thirsk Racecourse stages 14 race meetings from April to September, making the most of the Flat racing season in scenic Yorkshire. While the site at Thirsk might not be the biggest racecourse around, it is certainly one to watch, considering local trainers David Nicholls and Les Eyre frequently take their charges for a spin here. Thanks to such infamous names on its list of regulars, Thirsk Racecourse has over the years become attractive to a number of high class contenders, which makes a race day at this course a day full of pleasant surprises.
Address: Thirsk Racecourse Ltd., The Racecourse, Station Road, Thirsk, North Yorkshire Y07 1QL
Phone: 01845 522 276
Racing in the Hambleton region, the area surrounding Thirsk, has been recorded as far back as 1612 when King James I organised horse races on his land in the Hambleton Hills. Racing was frequent but without a permanent location for over two decades when Thirsk opened its racecourse on Station Road. While the town of Thirsk had conducted horse races since 1740, it was not until the 15th March 1855, when the racecourse was established and inaugurated, that racing became a regular spectator sport in the city.
Thirsk Racecourse acquired a reputation quickly. During the 1880s famous jockey Fred Archer made a number of appearances on the track; in 1895 the course was graced with the presence of Edward VII Prince of Wales, which was taken as an occasion worthy of the construction of the first grandstand, the Royal Pavilion. During World War I racing at Thirsk was suspended for a decade, however the suspension was followed by excessive renovations, including the removal of the Royal Pavilion and construction of new and larger grandstand. In 1924 the improved racecourse re-opened for business and has been drawing crowds ever since.
Note: Thirsk Racecourse is in walking distance of Thirsk Train Station; however, a courtesy bus is provided on race days.
From South: Take A1, leave at A168 to Dishforth. Then take the B1448 to Thirsk.
From North: Take A1 and follow signs to Thirsk. Enter Thirsk from the West along the A61.
Champagne & Seafood Bar: If you want to indulge yourself in the finest bubbly and some excellent seafood while cheering for your favourite, you have come to the right place. The package for £39.50 includes admission to the Club enclosure, a fish or meat platter, desert, champagne, and a betting voucher.
Hambleton Restaurant: The Hambleton Restaurant offers the quaintest, most luxurious package available at Thirsk Racecourse. For £77.50 you can reserve a table for the whole race day, enjoy a three course meal, morning and afternoon tea, complementary wine and race cards, as well as included admission to the Club enclosure.
Cherry Tree Bar & The Woolpack: Anyone who would just like a few snacks and some great local brew to go with the races, should chill out in either one of these low key, relaxed venues.