Yorkshire racing festival ready for lift off

Yorkshire’s love affair with racing is set to continue with 100,000 people expected to attend the eighth annual Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival – 18 – 26 July – which starts this Saturday at Ripon.

The Festival heads to all nine Yorkshire Racecourses, and incorporates a total of ten fixtures before finishing at Pontefract’s Family Raceday on Sunday 26 July. And, as well as expecting to attract large numbers of racegoers, Welsh superstar singer Tom Jones will be performing at York on Friday, 24 July, whilst Scouting For Girls will perform at the same track on Saturday.

Emma White, general manager of Go Racing In Yorkshire, said: ” Yorkshire has a proud racing tradition and The Go Racing In Yorkshire Summer Festival has something for everyone.

“It doesn’t matter if you’re an avid racegoer or you just want a fabulous day out with your family and friends. There is always plenty to see and do, from the brilliant action on track to all the additional entertainment that courses put on and, with children going free, each of the days makes for a great day out.”

Going racing in Yorkshire has always been a popular pursuit, with a million racegoers heading to Yorkshire tracks annually and the county playing host to some of the best races throughout the year including the upcoming Ebor Festival at York (19 -22 August), and Doncaster’s St Leger Festival (9 -12 September).

In all, the racing industry is believed to contribute over £200 million to the county’s coffers and support over 2000 jobs. And, Yorkshire racegoers aren’t shy of enjoying themselves once they get to the racetracks, with an estimated £10 million being spent on catering alone.

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