There are 3 family race days this August:
Monday 6th August – Children’s Day
Our annual Children’s Day is a fantastic way to introduce your children to the exciting world of horse racing at its best.
Not only do we have thrilling racing, on our Children’s day we have lots of FREE activities to make the children’s experience of Ripon even more enjoyable.
We have lots of free fun for the Children including:
- Mini Farm
- Face Painting
- Barrel Train ride
- Balloon Modelling
- Cup and Saucer Ride
- Kub Karts
- Bouncy Castles
- Interactive Racing Roadshow
*Activities are subject to change
Monday 13th August– ‘Alice in Wonderland Day’
Carrying on from last years 150th Anniversary celebrations, not only do we have thrilling racing, we are inviting the young racegoers to experience the ‘Alice’s Magical Wonderland’ with our special secret adventures for FREE!
We have lots of other entertainment for you to treat your little ones to on the day as well as an afternoon of racing including:
Alice’s ‘Into Wonderland’ Games
Mad Hatters Tea Party
Tea Cup Rides
Get involved in our ‘FANTASY DRESS COMPETITION’ – hosted by Minster FM’s ‘Ben and Ellie’– choose your favourite Alice in Wonderland character and celebrate with us!
Best Adult Costume ( over 18 )
Best under 6 year old costume
Best over 6 year old costume
‘Wonderful’ prizes on offer including : Lightwater Valley Passes, Forbidden Corner Passes, Sweets Hampers & much more!
Monday 27th August – Bank Holiday
Not only do we have our final family fun day of the season, on our Bank Holiday showdown on Monday 28th August we look forward to our only listed race of the season, the EBF Ripon Champion Two-Year Old Trophy. It’s a perfect day out for all the family, pack the picnic basket and the blanket and join us for the perfect Bank Holiday get together!
For our Bank Holiday Family Fun day you can expect lots of FREE fun for the Children.
Here at Ripon we believe that horse racing is a sport that should be enjoyed by all the family, we offer FREE admission into all enclosures to all children under 18 as long as they are accompanied by an adult.
We also have two permanent playgrounds available at each meeting, located in our Course and Paddock enclosures to keep the children entertained. Bouncy castles and fun slides are also available in the course enclosure on Saturday meetings (weather dependant).
There are lots of lovely options for something to eat whilst here with us and also welcome picnics in our Paddock & Course Enclosures.
There are catering outlets in the course enclosure (which is where the majority of our Children’s entertainment is based) and over in the Paddock & Club enclosures we have a wide variety of options including jacket potatoes, home cooked warm dinners in our Fountains Café along with Fish n Chips and Hot roast sandwiches & toasties.
And for afters, we have the wonderful ‘Charlotte’s ice creams’ and our traditional sweet shop on site.
If you would like a sit down meal, we have our Club Dining room in the Club Enclosure where Children are more than welcome. Our caterers are more than happy to offer them a Children’s version of what is on the day’s ‘A La Carte’ menu.
Free shuttle bus collecting racegoers from the coach park opposite Ripon Bus Station before dropping racegoers on course. It will run from 90 minutes before the first race, before continuing with a return journey for 30 minutes after racing.
We will also be racing 18th and 28th August – all ages are welcome.
The Racecourse, Boroughbridge Road, Ripon, HG4 1UG