|Gates Open:||2:30 pm|
|First Race:||5:00 pm|
|Admission Prices:||€10 incl. card. Kids are Free|
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Kinsale Point to Point Racing Festival is a two-day premier racing meeting held on the June bank holiday weekend. A great family day out, the racetrack has superb viewing with food, drink and entertainment. The Kinsale meet marks the end of the Point-to-Point season, where jockey and trainer championships are decided, and there is great rivalry with horses competing from as far afield as Northern Ireland. Sunday also features family entertainment, with a hound parade, dog show, pony rides and best-dressed competitions, topped off with a concert.
The first official record of a South Union Foxhounds point-to-point race dates from 1945, when it was held at Warner’s Cross. In 1947, the races moved to Ballinrea near Carrigaline.
In more recent years, the races were held at Cappagh, very close to Kinsale, with winter fixtures at Rochestown.
The races moved to Fort Arthur on the Old Head of Kinsale briefly before alighting on the current site at Farrangalway in 2007.
Kinsale is the gourmet centre of Ireland ! Don’t forget to plan for some seriously good food in one of Kinsale’s award-winning restaurants such as Fishy Fishy, Bastion, The Blue Hazen and Finns Table, to name a few.
There is plenty else to do with activities in Kinsale range from sightseeing and walking to adventure sports, arts and culture. Check out Kinsale.ie for full details of attractions like Charles Fort.
There’s something for everyone – did you know Kinsale people are environmental pioneers, leading the way as a “Transition Town”? Or that Kinsale marks the start of the famous Wild Atlantic Way?
Kinsale Point-to-Point Races
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How To Get There
From Cork City – Jack Lynch Tunnel. Take South Link (N25) West for about 10 km and exit left onto the Bandon Road N71. Take N71 for about 10km to the roundabout at Halfway Village and take 1st exit to Kinsale, R 607 and stay on for 10km. Turn right at White post and Rail fence. Racecourse is well signposted.
Our point-to-point is located 20 minutes from Cork airport.
Did You Know?
“Over 1,200 races on the track in Ireland & Britain were won by horses who had started their careers in an Irish Point-to-Point”.
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We have a number of excellent facilities at the track. We are lucky to have an abundance of car parking space and parking is free to those attending the point to point.
The car park attendants will direct disabled patrons to a designated area in the car park. There will also be a dedicated section of the spectators’ area for disabled patrons. There will also be a portaloo suitable for disabled access.
There will be portaloos spread throughout the venue aswell as a dedicated unit for disabled patrons and changing facilities for babies & toddlers.
There will have a seated pavilion to ensure all racegoers can enjoy the day in comfort.
The Betting Ring is conveniently located in close proximately to the parade ring and track, throw an eye over the runners before deciding where to place your hard earned cash !
There will be food stalls and a seating area which will allow all race goers to enjoy the day in comfort.
We will have a number of food outlets located at the track for the day which will serve a wide range of hot and cold foods and snacks for our patrons to enjoy.
For something a little sweeter, there will be an Ice Cream Van and a number of confectionary stalls. There is sure to be something for everyone.
There will be arange of hot and cold drinks on offer.
There is a full bar and there will be music and entertainment after racing, so stick around and enjoy all that Kinsale Racing Festival has to offer.
There will be a full day of free fun for kids!
Kinsale Point to Point gives free entry to to children who are accompanied by an adult. It’s a safe environment where the “smallies” are occupied leaving the “biggies to enjoy the racing.
Kinsale Races provides free inflatables for kids to burn off a bit of energy. The only bad news? Sorry, no adults… Turn into a tiger or pretend that tattoo – it’s their choice, and it washes off when you get home! Once they see the horses, most children want to “have a go” so we have safe ponies and handlers to give them an idea of what riding a horse is like.
Kinsale Point to Point Racing Festival organises an art competition with local schools – did your child win?
Don’t forget to bring the dog! The dog show is a hugely popular annual event with a wide range of classes from working dogs to family pets to “waggiest tail”. Visitors welcome!
Kinsale is a historic and picturesque town known for good food and entertaining nightlife. It’s a favourite holiday location with great craic to be had in the pubs and restaurants after the racing is over.
Kinsale is about half an hour’s drive from Cork City, so it makes a day at the races very accessible.
The best place to find accommodation is through Kinsale tourist office and the excellent Kinsale Chamber of Tourism website.