August’s Venue of the Month- York Racecourse Part 1

York Racecourse is arguably our biggest and one of our most prestigious venue partners in Yorkshire. We’re honoured to have been working together for over thirty years on racedays and non-raceday events, we even have a dedicated, stand-alone team of forty full time York Racecourse Hospitality staff including chefs, event managers and sales executives, and believe us this world-class venue is so busy, it needs it.

This month our venue of the month feature will be done in two parts, part 1 starting with a non-raceday events focus then with part 2 looking at the full raceday experience, just in time for the highlight in the Yorkshire racing calendar…the Welcome to Yorkshire Ebor Festival.


Outside of the racing season York Racecourse also successfully manages an enormously busy calendar of non-raceday events. The venue consistently delivers high quality business events, from small local meetings to global corporate conferences, flying the flag for the historic city of York, the county of Yorkshire and beyond.


If you’ve only ever been to York Racecourse on a raceday you may be surprised to learn that it’s one of the city’s key hubs for business events and was the proud recipient of Conference Venue of the Year at The Visit York Tourism Awards.


Hosting up to 500 non-raceday events a year York Racecourse boasts seven large event spaces, 2,000 sqm of exhibition space and over 2,500 metres of external tarmac courtyard, as well as an unlimited area of grassed space which can be called upon when required, there really aren’t any other venues in York that can claim this.

York Racecourse Room Capacities:


Whether it’s a business trade show, specialist festival, outdoor marquee event, indoor exhibition, meeting or training event, product launch or a conference, York Racecourse really can deliver all of these things.  You can benefit from:

  • A professional, knowledgeable event management team
  • Excellent value day delegate meeting rates
  •  Flexible meeting rooms for hire, to cater from 5 to 650
  • Additional syndicate rooms
  • Free? Wi-Fi
  • Indoor exhibition space and extensive outdoor space
  • A wide choice of regionally inspired lunch menus and healthy options
  • Over 2,000 free on-site parking spaces
  • Excellent train links – York being one of the main rail hubs in the UK network
  • Easy travelling distance from a number of airports



Say your vows in the beautiful backdrop of the never-ending Knavesmire. You can say your vows in the beautiful barn-esque Parade Ring Restaurant overlooking the grounds and stables, providing you with the perfect photo opportunity.

To take any stress out of planning your wedding the team have developed three packages, or maybe you’d like to go down a more bespoke route. Whatever you decide to do the racecourse’s wedding coordinator will be on hand to help and inspire you through the process. Earlier this year the team held an open day, read all about it and see some pictures of the beautifully dressed venue here.



Not only does York Racecourse play host to a  wide variety of dinners, celebrations and award ceremonies monthly but from November through until New Year, it’s a one-stop shop for your festive activities! Whether you are looking for a classic disco or a live party band, or wanting to dress to impress and try the floor-filling ABBA live tribute, it’s the home of ‘Proper Parties’ this year and there is certainly something for everyone. If you’re looking for a shared or private Christmas party night York’s party packages include a three-course meal including Christmas Dinner and festive floor-fillers.

“It was fantastic, every member of staff was better than last year. It felt organised, no issues and the staff were very happy. There was even a collection going around on the night for the waitresses”

We caught up with Louise Daly, Commercial Manager at York Racecourse Hospitality to ask her why she thinks York Racecourse stands out from the rest.

What do you think makes York Racecourse a great venue?

For a start it’s a wonderfully historic venue with a fantastic reputation. The staff we employ have a real Yorkshire ‘can-do’ attitude which is regularly reflected in the testimonials we receive. Another thing would have to be the food,  our award winning hardworking on-site chefs are experts at creating fresh and tasty dishes for as little as 5 to as many as 700 guests at an event.


What can York Race Course offer that no other venue in York can?

  • Easy access with no traffic and plenty of parking
  • Great views, overlooking the beautiful Knavesmire
  • Indoor & outdoor space as well as an expanse of green space, and just space alone!
  • Choice of rooms
  • Multi-faceted venue offering a combo of horse racing and corporate facilities
  • Excellent reputation


Look out for Venue of the Month part 2, live on the website later this month

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