A Day at the Races in Harrogate District
There are few things as exhilarating as standing on the rails near the winning post as half a ton of thoroughbred racehorse thunders past... the power, majesty and athleticism of these beasts is truly something to behold.
So during your stay in God’s Own County, join the roaring crowds for a ‘Day at the Races’ at one of the great racecourses near Harrogate.
Whether you just wish to pack a picnic and relax on the infield, or dress in your best ‘Bib and Tucker’ and enjoy the buzz of the Enclosures, from family days with all the fun of the fair, Group One race-days with all its glitz and glamour, to Evening Meetings with Live Music, there really is something for everyone at the Racecourses around Harrogate.
There are also plenty of ways to make a real occasion of it and combine your day at the races with a meal at one of our fine dining restaurants or enjoy a luxury chauffeur driven experience to arrive in style.
Although it is still regarded as ‘The Sport of Kings,’ horseracing is the 2nd largest spectator sport in Great Britain today, and even non-aficionados of racing will be familiar with the names of some of the greats, both horse and rider – Arkle, Nijinsky, Shergar, Red Rum and Lester Piggott, Frankie Dettori, Willie Carson and A.P. McCoy to name but a few.
Yorkshire has a special affinity with the sport, with racing on the Knavesmire in York dating back to the days of the Roman Emperor Severus, and the County is blessed with 9 wonderful Courses, providing over 100 days top class entertainment throughout the year featuring both Flat Racing and National Hunt.
Furthermore, the County can stake a claim as being seminal in the development of the sport as we know it, with Goldsborough Hall near Knaresborough having been the home of The Byerley Turk, one of the 3 stallions from which all today’s thoroughbreds can trace their lineage.
So, whether you have been before or fancy giving it a go for the first time, it’s an odds-on cert you will enjoy a ‘Day at the Races.’
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