What is the FREE Friday and How do I order tickets?
No strings or catches, simply turn up on the night with your friends and family and enjoy a night at the races!
Alternatively you can pre-book your tickets online as normal, priced at £0. Simply print your email confirmation and bring on the night.
Please note that there is a maximum limit of 4 tickets per customer/order. Club Enclosures and upgrade prices still apply, upgrades to the Club Enclosure on the night will incur an £15 charge once through the gates. Please make sure that you are aware of our dress code if upgrading.
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Are dogs allowed at the racecourse?
As with other racecourses, in view of the potential danger to dogs from the racehorses the course policy is to exclude entry to dogs into ALL enclosures for safety purposes, with the exception of guide dogs.
Are there baby changing facilities at the racecourse?
Ripon has both baby changing and nursing facilities located in the Paddock & Course Enclosure Ladies’ toilets. High chairs are also available in the restaurant upon request.
What time do the gates open?
The gates open two hours before the start of each race meeting. On a feature race day (Saturdays) & Bank Holiday Monday in August the gates open from 11.30am and on Ladies’ day we open at Noon. This gives you plenty of opportunity to arrange to meet up with friends, enjoy some food and drink and familiarise yourself with the layout and facilities at the racecourse.
Are children allowed at the racecourse?
Children accompanied by an adult are made very welcome at Ripon, under 18’s are admitted for free. We have a permanent grassed playground area with swings, roundabout and slide. At many meetings there are additional attractions such as rides and bouncy castles, which is weather dependant.
Our ‘Traditional Family Day’ takes place on Sunday 20th May. On the first Monday in August (6th) we have a special Children’s Day meeting with lots of added activities for families. We also have a Family Fun Day on the August Bank Holiday (27th) and an Alice in Wonderland themed raceday on Monday 13th August.
Please note that children under 18 are not allowed to place bets in accordance with government gambling legislation.
If I pre-order my tickets when will they arrive?
If your order has been placed more than 5 working days before the race meeting you are now guaranteed your tickets in the post, we try to send out all tickets where possible and ensure they arrive with you at least 3 working days before the race day. If you order out of this time period all tickets will be left to collect at our ticket collection point. Please call the office if you would like to check the status of your order.
IMPORTANT: If you require next day or urgent delivery please contact the racecourse office on 01765 530530 and this can be arranged or purchased online, an additional charge will be made for this. Our standard working hours are Mon – Fri 9am – 5pm.
Do we have a cash machine?
Yes, we have two cash machine on site, the first is located outside the sweet shop with the second in the Club Stand Hall next to the lift. Although we have two machines on site, we advise making sure you have plenty of cash with you on a race day as it does get extremely busy and cash machines can run out of cash on our busier days. Please note, we only access cash on the turnstiles/gates.
Which Enclosure should I go into?
It depends on the type of occasion you are coming for. The Course has betting and food / bar facilities and is great for families to have a picnic. The Paddock has access to the parade ring, bandstand and a variety of food outlets and betting facilities. The Club has access to all public areas, including the Paddock area and has some seated grandstand viewing as well as prominent finish post viewing.
Are there disabled facilities?
Ripon are continually working to improve their disabled facilities. There are disabled toilets and most of the bars and restaurants are accessible for wheelchair users. Many disabled visitors have commented that the ability to bring a car into the course enclosure and park directly adjacent to the track is a great advantage over many other courses. We also have both mobility scooters and wheelchairs available for hire on a raceday; please note this must be done by prior arrangement. For more detailed information please call our main office on 01765 530530.
Can I bring a picnic?
Visitors are welcome to bring a picnic into the Course & Paddock Enclosure; however we do not allow picnics in the Club Enclosure.
Can I bring alcohol onsite with me?
We allow a small amount of alcohol (4 cans or the equivalent per person, strictly no glass) to accompany picnics in the Course Enclosure ONLY. Please note, checks will take place at the management’s discretion. Any alcohol attempted to be brought into the Club or Paddock Enclosure will be confiscated on entry. Bottled soft drinks are permitted to be brought into all enclosures. There are bars with alcoholic beverages available to purchase. No persons under 18 years of age will be served or allowed to consume alcohol on these premises.
We now allow racegoers to enjoy their drink at leisure whilst walking around the enclosures. We would however ask racegoers to respect the racecourse and others by using the bins provided.
Is it possible to book a restaurant table in advance?
In order to guarantee a table in the Club Dining Room it is recommended that you book in advance by calling our catering division on 0113 287 6387
What is the dress code?
We ask that people in the Club Enclosure dress respectably and in smart/casual attire. Our interpretation of smart/casual is no ripped or torn denim, sportswear, trainers or t-shirts. Smart denim and tailored shorts are now accepted.
There is no formal dress code for the Paddock or Course Enclosure but we do ask that people still dress in a manner of taste and decency. Bare chests are not acceptable.
Further detailed information is available here.