Beverley Racecourse

The Grandstand, York Road, Beverley, E Yorkshire, HU17 8QZ - Map & Directions
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Beverley Racecourse	Entrance
Beverley Racecourse Entrance (Ian S /

Beverley racecourse has stood proudly in its place in the East Riding of Yorkshire since 1690, although racing wasn’t properly established there until 1767. A flat course, there are generally around 19 days of racing at Beverley each year. Interestingly, a horse named Rapid Lad won 12 races at Beverley between 1983 and 1989 but never won anywhere else. As a result, a race at Beverley – The Rapid Lad Handicap – is run there every year in recognition of this unusual achievement.

A lot of money has been invested in Beverley over a number of years, with £75,000 being spent on a solar panel system in an effort to make the course more environmentally friendly and to improve the facilities in general. Similarly, £300,000 was spent on a new sprinkler system to keep the grass in the best possible condition, so the quality of racing is consistently at a very high standard. The first grandstand at Beverley was opened in 1767 when the racing first started there, at a cost of £1,000. A second stand was introduced in 1968 for a more costly sum of £90,000.

Beverley is very accessible as the racecourse is located just one mile from Beverley town centre and only ten miles from the next closest city – Hull. Not only are there local buses which take spectators directly form the station, but there are also buses that regularly serve those travelling form York, Hull and Leeds so it is not difficult to get to no matter what direction you’re travelling from.

The Grand Stand at Beverley Racecourse
The Grand Stand at Beverley Racecourse (Paul Glazzard /

Ticket Prices

If getting there wasn’t convenient enough, then the generous ticket prices will be very welcome. With entry to premier facilities costing as little as £20, you’ll be able to experience high quality service even if you’re on a budget. With grandstand tickets costing just £13 or only £5 if you just want to enter the course, Beverley really is an affordable and fun day out. Under-18s go free when accompanied by a full paying adult but note that administration fees apply when purchasing tickets online.

The Course

Beverley Racecourse Map

Stretching over 1m3f, Beverley is a right-handed galloping course with a stiff uphill finish and a number of difficult, tight turns. The oval shaped, grade 3 course features a sharp downhill turn into the home straight, which adds to the excitement of close finishes.

Due to the sharp right hand turn and the ground running away on the left, a low draw is hugely advantageous in comparison to a high draw. In straight 5f races the course is almost entirely an uphill struggle from start to finish, so it is very wearing on the horses and requires a severe amount of power and stamina.

Major Meetings at Beverley

The Parade Ring at Beverley Racecourse
The Parade Ring at Beverley Racecourse (Ian S /

It is often debated which of Beverley’s biggest two race is more important – The Beverley Bullet Sprint Stakes or the Hilary Needler Trophy. Both races are run over 5f and both are very popular among spectators, taking place in September and May respectively.

Dining and Hospitality

There are a number of affordable luxury hospitality packages available when visiting Beverley. If you are looking for a suite package, there are three available. The Breeze Up package is the cheapest of the three, priced at just £80 + VAT per person. The Yorkshire package is available for £98 + VAT per person, whilst the most expensive of the three is the Thoroughbred Package, which is £115 + VAT per person.

If you are just looking for luxury food then Beverley also offers two separate types of race day package for £42.50 or £23 – either a buffet or the chef’s special take away food, as well as a selection of champagne, wines and beers.

As well as all this, there is the option of dining in the Attractions restaurant, where you can hire a table for your party for the entire day for just £10 per person, with the option of a three-course meal for a further £30 per person. Also available is the opportunity to hire conference suites for business functions, weddings and exhibitions.


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