Fancy a family day out at the races? Ripon could be the place!

If you are looking for a fun, family action-packed activity to take part in or are simply after a great day out then a trip to the races should definitely be on the cards. Regardless of age, there is something for everyone to enjoy at these events. Ripon Racecourse is popular for its well-maintained lawns and vibrant flowerbeds which have earned it the fond title of ‘Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse’. Aside from being beautifully well kept, Ripon also boasts high-quality racing and fun events. There are 180 days of racing held across each of the courses in the UK throughout the year which include family days and championship races.

Locations of the Courses 

Yorkshire is big on horse racing, in fact, there are nine courses based across the region that you can attend. These courses can be found in Beverley, Catterick, Doncaster, Pontefract, Redcar, Ripon, Thirsk, Wetherby and last but not least York.  Each of these courses provide a wide range of events to attend across a number of different dates which means that no matter where you are in Yorkshire theres always something going on.

What to Do at Ripon Racecourse

Ripon Racecourse is a family friendly venue which hosts a vast number of race days. Each year there are many family activity days that you can join where you can find great entertainment and treats for children. For example, free chocolate is given to children on the Easter Family Day. Some of the races that took place at Ripon Racecourse last year included the Ladies Flat Race and the Family Flat Race which took place in early June 2018. Flat Racing is a type of horse racing that is run on a level racecourse and does not include any obstacles, in these races its stamina and speed that win the day, so if you fancy a flutter, place your bets now!

Speaking of ‘fancying a flutter’, Ripon racecourse caters well to this need by providing lots of different bookmakers including some of the biggest names in the gambling industry, such as William Hill who are also known for their bingo sites.

Ripon Racecourse also kicks off the Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival. This is a great family event to join where you can see many great tribute acts before and after racing. Children can have a great time at this event with face painting, free sweets and activity books as well as free pony rides.

Season Tickets: Savings and Memberships

Local to Ripon? You can get a season ticket which is valid for a full year and these are available now from March 2019 to February 2020. New members joining from 1st December were given 15 months for the price of 12 which is fantastic value for money. Not only do these season tickets give you the opportunity to transfer up to the Member’s Enclosure at most meetings, but they also allow you to watch every race in Yorkshire live! With the season ticket you can save up to £1,300 which is a fantastic amount and after attending a meeting once every fortnight, the season ticket has paid for itself.

Events at the Racecourse: What’s On? 

At Ripon Racecourse, there are a number of events that you can go to. For example, you can join in the fun at the Ladies Day, Summer Festival which kicks off at Ripon Racecourse and the Winter Festival Where you can watch racing events and listen to live music as well as join in the fun with the family entertainment.