Barfoot & Thompson

Twilight Summer Night

Thursday 12 December 2019

Welcome to the Barfoot & Thompson Twilight Summer Night - a party like nothing 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 - 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 Ellerslie for this crowd-favourite event, soaking up the buzzing atmosphere of a fast-paced evening at the races in corporate marquees, private rooms & balconies, shared dining spaces or the infamous Garden Party.

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

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 work Christmas parties, check out our ticketing options or contact us directly for private hosting enquiries.  


Event Schedule 
  • Gates open 3.30pm*

  • Shared hospitality areas open 4.00pm, with Garden Party open from 3.30pm*

  • First race approx. 4.35pm*

  • Last race approx. 7.40pm*

  • THEN after-party 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 (official after-party is in Cuvée) until the event closes at 11.30pm 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

Twilight Summer Night at Ellerslie is proudly brought to you by:

Event information

  • You're able to bring your own picnic food & unopened, non-alcoholic beverages into outdoor public areas on course & can purchase alcoholic beverages from bars on site. There are a number of food outlets on site too

  • Attending the races offers the perfect opportunity to dress to impress! Raceday attire is required to access all hospitality areas, the Ascot Stand & other events (including the after-party). While we hate turning people away, the Dress Code will be enforced as required and entry may be refused if it is not adhered to 

  • Tickets are non-refundable

  • Ellerslie encourages responsible drinking

  • Intoxicated persons will not be granted entry into Ellerslie Racecourse

  • We strongly encourage you to 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. Ring 09 300 3000 to book

  • Whilst cash and eftpos are available, we recommend you bring cash

  • Events terms & conditions apply

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