Let me start with this one crucial piece of information – KIDS GO FREE! So now I’ve got your attention I can tell you more about the family fun you can have at the races.
There are nine racecourses in Yorkshire and each one hosts at least one family day throughout the year. The flat season started in March and there are nearly three times as many racedays in our glorious county as there are school holiday days, so plenty of opportunities for you to have an excellent value for money day out, while the children have masses fun. With plenty of space to run around and burn energy you can be sure of a good night’s sleep too!
The family days are usually themed, with a whole host of free or low-cost activities taking place over the course of the afternoon, mainly in the family enclosure (that’s the cheapest one for paying adults.) Meet TV characters from Paw Patrol, train with Hull FC, get scarily close to dinosaurs, have a brick adventure, learn circus skills and play with pirates! There will be live music, animals to pet and a carnival atmosphere. Add to this face painting, bouncy castles and fairground rides and you really have got each second of the day accounted for. Bring your own picnic or try some of the delicious catering from the racecourse and don’t forget the ice-cream van!
Get close to the racing action and watch the magnificent horses stride down the final furlong as their jockeys tactically encourage them to be in the right place at the right time – in front! Take the chance learn a bit more about the sport and its participants, be it horse, trainer, jockey or owner.
Visit Wetherby on Sunday 28thApril for the Guinness World Record holding Mascot Gold Cup! They will also have three performances by the National Festival Circus, Rigmoor Petting Farm and Barrel train as we all as a huge inflatable slide and castle – all of which are free! There will be a small charge for the fun-fair rides, climbing wall and face painting.
Gates open at 11.45am, the first race is at 2.15pm. Ticket prices (Adults pay only- kids are free) start from £8 for the course enclosure.