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The York Ebor Festival: A Racegoer’s Dream

Eventmasters are delighted to provide official York Ebor Festival corporate hospitality packages at the illustrious York Racecourse for 2022. This fabulous festival represents one of the final major meetings of the tremendous flat racing season and features Europe’s most affluent flat handicap race – The Ebor. Treat your valued clients and guests to one of the greatest racing events with the Dante Suite, Roberto Pavilion and Knavesmire Stand Private Box facility, all providing an outstanding VIP experience to savour.

When is the York Ebor Festival?

The York Ebor Festival takes place annually each August and is undoubtedly one of the British summer’s finest sporting and social events. The Ebor Festival features world-class horse racing action across four glorious days on the venerable York Racecourse. The splendid York Ebor festival attracts the very finest horses year-on-year-out along with some of the most decorated jockeys in the business, all vying to compete on the Knavesmire for the ultimate sporting accolade.

What races take place at the York Ebor Festival?

Taking place over four fabulous days, there are several fantastic races and events to look out for during the York Ebor Festival. Avid racegoers can indeed relish a delightful day of unrivalled racing, with the feature races in particular sure to catch the eye.

Juddmonte International Day

The feature race on day one of the Ebor festival, Juddemonte International Day, is, without a doubt, Juddmonte International. The race has been ranked as the singular best horse race in Britain by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities since 2015. Some of the sport’s finest specimens have won this outstanding contest, including the seemingly invincible Frankel, who soared to victory in 2012. The stunning win signified the colt’s thirteenth straight win, enhancing his reputation as one of the greatest horses in the sport’s colourful history.

Another year to remember was 2016, when Postponed continued his fantastic season as he took the Group One race in stunning style, a moment that trainer Roger Varian reflected as the highlight of his career.

But Juddmonte International Day not only comprises one signature race as fans also take an avid interest in the Great Voltigeur Stakes, a competition that has produced 13 winners of the final classic of the season – the St Leger Stakes.

York Ebor Festival Ladies Day

York Ebor Ladies Day takes place on the second day of the festival and represents one of the most splendid events in the social and sporting calendar.

This sumptuous social occasion is synonymous with class, elegance and sophistication and is the signature event combining the very best in fabulous fashion and riveting horse racing. Ladies will once again flock in their thousands to York Racecourse for this beautiful day out as they compete furiously for the coveted prize of ‘Best Dressed Lady’.

Some might say that this wonderful day of revered fashion is just as important as the occasion itself. But the finery and luxury of the social event of the British summer belie the fact that it merely provides the backdrop for world-class, high octane action on the racetrack.

The sporting highlight of the day is undoubtedly the Group One Yorkshire Oaks which takes centre stage on the sun-splashed second day.

Nunthorpe Day

Friday represents a fabulous day the at prestigious York Ebor Festival with Nunthorpe Day, offering distinguished guests the chance to witness one of the fastest and most exciting sprints of the season – The Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes. This five-furlong race is a quintessential element of the British Champions Series and often determines the finest sprinter in the country.

Ebor Day

Ebor Day is the final day of the York Ebor Festival features one of the greatest races in Europe – The Ebor Handicap. The race has been a permanent fixture on the Knavesmire since the 1840s and it continues to hold the title as Europe’s richest flat handicap race. The fantastic air of this momentous occasion is genuinely like no other; the electrifying atmosphere that reverberates throughout the crowd as the horses’ thunder towards the finishing post is undoubtedly an experience that will live long in the memory of any racegoer. It certainly promises to be another splendid event this term.

York Ebor Festival Hospitality 2022

Eventmasters’ wide range of York Ebor Festival corporate hospitality packages are the perfect way to treat your valued clients and guests to a luxurious day of hospitality at one of the UK’s leading horse racing events. Experience the fantastic atmosphere and superb racing in VIP style from inside the Dante Suite and Roberto Pavilion – the two finest corporate hospitality facilities at York Racecourse.


York Ebor Festival: A Beginner’s Guide

York Ebor Festival: 2022 Guide

The York Ebor Festival is a scintillating horse racing meeting held over four days at York Racecourse in late August each year. The prestigious meeting was first established in 1843, which saw the first running of the Ebor Handicap race. Find out more about the Ebor festival below with our handy guide!

When is the York Ebor Festival?

The Ebor Festival usually takes place in late August. In 2022, it will be held from Wednesday 17th August until Saturday 20th August.

When does the York Ebor Festival start?

The gates at the York racecourse open at 11am for a Welcome to the Yorkshire Ebor Festival. Following this, the first race commences between 1:30pm and 2pm.

What do I wear to the York Ebor Festival?

Guests at the York Ebor Festival dress exquisitely, as though attending a fine formal occasion. Within the County Stand, there is a dress code to adhere to. Men are encouraged to way a shirt with a collar paired with a jacket and a tie. Short sleeves, bow ties and shorts are acceptable for men. Ladies usually opt for formal dresses paired with heels and a hat or fascinator.

Outside of the County Stand Enclosure, there is no formal dress code; however, most racegoers do enjoy dressing in formal attire. Guests should aim for comfort just as much as style, allowing for a greater race day experience. Ladies Day at York Ebor Festival is one of the most anticipated days of the entire meeting, celebrating glamourous race day style. All who attend are eager to take home the best-dressed lady and gentleman award on the Ebor fashion lawn.

Guide to the four days

As one of the final key race meetings of the flat racing season, the York Ebor Festival is a unique event itself! Without a doubt, the event features the oldest, richest, most famous races within the UK. Gathering horse racing fans from all over the globe, enjoying four days of thrilling horse racing action. Find out more about each day below.

Juddmonte International Day – Wednesday 17th August 2022

The phenomenal opening day boasts the Group One race Juddmonte International. This is the richest race held at York Racecourse and was rated number one of all thoroughbred horse races during 2012-2014. Indeed the race was won by one of the greatest – Frankel!

Ladies’ Day – Thursday 18th August 2022

Ladies’ Day at York racecourse is without a doubt the social highlight of the festival. All are dressed to impress with prizes even being allocated on the Ebor Fashion Lawn!

What’s more, the racing on Ladies’ Day is of the finest standard, with the Group One Darley Yorkshire Oaks race taking centre stage. In 2017 this was won by the highly acclaimed horse Enable.

Coolmore Nunthorpe Day – Friday 19th August 2022

Racing continues at York well into the weekend, with Nunthorpe Day taking place on Friday. The stand out race on this day is another Group One race, the Coolmore Nunthorpe Stakes, which is one of the fastest races in the entire world! Get set to witness some of the most thrilling horse racing action.

Sky Bet Ebor Day – Saturday 20th August 2022

The grand finale of the York Ebor Festival takes place on Saturday. The oldest and most famous race – the Ebor – takes place on this day. Since it was first run in 1840, the race continues to make history each year and is undoubtedly missed.


You can enjoy both the York Ebor Festival and the York Dante Festival with our luxurious York Hospitality Packages in 2022. Secure your VIP place today and enjoy an extraordinary race day at York!