Barfoot & Thompson 

Twilight Summer Night

Thursday 10 December 2020

Turn it up at the Barfoot & Thompson Twilight Summer Night - a party like nowhere else.

The festive season will descend upon us before we know it and as work slowly starts winding down for the year, your social life should be heating up.


Kicking off late afternoon & leading into a warm summer's evening, there's plenty of entertainment on offer at this party - whether it's out on the track or from around the bar.  

An event not to be missed, think your standard raceday - glamorous & stylish - but at the same time fast-paced and action-packed.


It's racing as the sun goes down and that means get set to party! 

Each year Aucklanders descend on upon Ellerslie Racecourse for this crowd-favourite event, soaking up the buzzing atmosphere of a fast-paced evening at the races in any number of precincts.

Then, once the horses have gone to bed, everyone gets together & really lets their hair down in our contemporary Cuvée Bar at the on-site after-party. 

What to Wear

Part raceday, a lot party - we suggest you have fun with your outfit & incorporate a little 'cocktail hour' into your racewear look.  Headpieces aren't compulsory but an on-trend crown, headband or hair 'jewel' wouldn't go astray - it is the races, after all. 


Tickets & Hospitality

Always a sell-out affair & hugely popular for Christmas parties, check out our ticketing options or contact us direct for private hosting enquiries.  


Event Schedule* 
  • 3.30 pm: Gates & the Garden Party open

  • 4.00 pm: All other shared hospitality areas open 

  • 4.35 pm: First race (of six) 

  • 7.36 pm: Last race 

  • THEN: The official onsite after party kicks off in Cuvée 


All bars close shortly after the last race, except Cuvée and the Winning Post.  All guests on course are welcome into those areas until the event closes at 11.30 pm but please note, this is an R18 event, a dress code applies & will be strictly enforced. Intoxicated persons will not be permitted

* All times are approximate and subject to change


Event information

  • BYO alcohol is not permitted anywhere on-site, however guests aged 18yr+ can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars on site 

  • You're able to bring your own picnic food & unopened, non-alcoholic beverages into outdoor public / general admission areas on course & can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars on site. There are a number of food outlets on site too. BYO food & non-alcoholic beverages are not permitted in any hospitality precinct or the Ascot Stand

  • There is a dress code in all hospitality precincts (including Silks, the Garden Party and the after-party in Cuvée) and the Ascot Stand. While we hate turning people away, the dress code will be enforced as required and entry will be refused if it is not adhered to. Please ensure anyone you are purchasing tickets for is aware of this 

  • Free parking is available on course on a first-in, first-served basis

  • We strongly encourage you taxi to the track and leave your car at home. Don’t drink and drive, use our preferred taxi supplier Auckland Co-op Taxi who will drop off / pick up at the main entrance or infield. Ring 09 300 3000 to book

  • We encourage responsible drinking & intoxicated persons will not be granted entry into Ellerslie Racecourse 

  • Ellerslie Racecourse is located close to public transport networks including the Greenlane Train Station which is a 600m walk away

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • Promotional photographs, social media content & film footage will be taken at this event. By entering the racecourse, event-goers consent to use of their image by the Club & New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing for promotional purposes

  • Event terms & conditions apply


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