Thirsk Races

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North Yorkshire is undoubtedly one of the United Kingdom’s most beautiful areas and Thirsk Races is the place for those who like to get out in the open and enjoy the country’s best loved equestrian sport. From April through September, fans of flat racing will find their appetite for graceful, powerful and exhilarating competition well met at this special racecourse.

Just as there are people from every walk of life who enjoy being around racecourse action, so, are there many ways to experience a day of Thirsk Races. Depending on whether you’re the type who likes to enjoy all the finery and sophistication of a sport which is often termed ‘The Sport of Kings’, or whether you simply like to be surrounded by the speed and powerful presence of the finest thoroughbred horses, there are a variety of options available to suit every preference.

Free Racing Tips Which is not to say that if you’re on family picnic you won’t be able to lay a bet or two, just that you won’t have to worry about wearing a collared shirt and tie. Similarly, if you’re hoping to find discerning folk with sartorial flair, then you won’t have to sacrifice a friendly, convivial atmosphere and all the good food and wine which goes with it.

Annual membership is popular with all who love the sport and know this racecourse. Day badges are available for the Club Enclosure, which is always a hum with Members who are there to take advantage of the excellent facilities, and, naturally, make sure they make it back from the parade ring in time to place a bet with one of the bookmakers or at one of the tote facilities.

The Club Enclosure also offers members and pass holders the chance to enjoy some excellent fine dining are venues which are not open to those who have Paddock or Family Ring tickets.

The Seafood Bar is one of the most coveted spots on the racecourse, not least for its great view of the Thirsk races track. Here Club Badge holder will find beautifully prepared seafood and meat dishes, as well as touch raceday Champagne class. Those who pre-book their tables will have everything waiting for them, and a place to base themselves throughout the day. Another popular venue for Members and Club Badge holders is the Hambleton Restaurant. Packages for the duration of the meeting are also available and afford lucky diners and racegoers the chance to enjoy delightful food and drink from morning coffee and biscuits to a three-course lunch with wine, followed by delicious afternoon tea. For less formal surrounds, or just a pint of traditional ale before the horses leave the gate, the Club Enclosure also boasts two lovely bars, The Woolpack and The Cherry Tree Bar.

But the course is not only for those who are at ease wearing a shirt and tie during their leisure time, much of the charm of this North Yorkshire venue is that it’s a racecourse of many sides where everyone is welcome. Passionate racing fans can always be found in The Paddock enclosure. A Paddock badge won’t allow you access to the abovementioned restaurants and bars, but it does boast lovely places to grab a meal and a drink, from accessible and tasty hot and cold meals and snack at The Saddle Room, to the bars and buffet to be found in The Grimthorpe Hall, there are places to replenish and ready yourself for another trip to the parade ring. Of course, betting facilities are to be found everywhere.

Even those who venture to Thirsk Races with the intention of having a fun day in the sun with the family, who opt for the economical Family Enclosure tickets, will have facilities like bars and a buffet, as well as a tote.
Thirsk Races, inside rail

The Family Enclosure is popular for picnics and, with its spectacular view of the fishing stretch, it offers some of the best racing action of anywhere on the racecourse.

Thirsk Races does offer some excellent corporate entertaining options on a raceday. There are five private boxes on the upper tier of the grandstand, all of which offer excellent views of the winning post. Parties for corporate guests can be booked in the private boxes for up to 20 people, but don’t be surprised if they’re already booked, since the number is limited and they are highly desirable. Those looking for more capacious venues, would do well to consider the The Manton Suite. The first floor is available on racedays, but only if your corporate party is above 60 or below 120 persons.

Thirsk Races, winner For a different type of event, a Marquee can be booked. These can either be enjoyed in the area opposite the winning post or adjacent to the parade ring. They can also be setup for events like morning trade displays which give way to an afternoon of exciting racing action. Bar, tote and catering can be arranged.

When one of the 14 racedays are not being enjoyed, many of the facilities of this North Yorkshire racecourse can be booked for conferences, meetings and events. Venues offer different proportions and lend themselves to various kinds of gathering, both large and small. The Hambleton Rooms are ideal for banqueting, conferencing and other functions of up to 200, while The Grimthorpe Hall is better suited to events like fairs and exhibitions.

The Manton Suite is exceptionally well designed for fully-comprehensive conferences with its two versatile levels. Naturally, all venues can be adapted to suit the needs of clients. With the smaller, more intimate environs of The Garden Room, perfect for meetings, and the expansive outdoor areas, it’s plain to see why Thirsk Races is not only the region’s favoured flat racing track, but its premier conferencing and events location.