Catterick Racecourse is the largest and busiest Thoroughbred racecourse in North Yorkshire set in a beautiful location at the village of Catterick Bridge. Horse racing has been taking place at Catterick Bridge informally since 1783 and the permanent racecourse was set up in 1813 developing steadily through the years to the substantial racecourse it is today.
There is racing throughout the year with the first race of each year beginning on New Year’s Day and the last race taking place on the 28th December. The dual purpose racetrack is used for the 17 flat races and the 10 National Hunt races that make up the fabulous mix of racing fixtures and the track is built around a beautiful lake which also has the special ‘Course Enclosure’ within it for visitors.
There are two enclosures in addition to the course enclosure, the two tiered Grandstand and the Paddock enclosures which are by the side of the track and these both have access to the Parade Ring and the Winners enclosure. A broad range of restaurants and bars are available for refreshments at this charming racecourse which has retained a lot of the old characteristics whilst carefully adding the new features. There are outstanding entertainment, business and conference facilities available in the refreshingly relaxed atmosphere of Catterick Racecourse which has a widespread reputation for friendliness and informality. The racecourse itself is the site of the largest Sunday market in the North of England and is a focal point for the community from the whole area and beyond.