Did you know that you don’t have to pay for under 18’s at the races?
And did you also know that there is a lot more to do at the races than just watch the horse racing?
Well if you didn’t then read on.
As a parent myself, and a single one at that, it can be a challenge to find something fun and affordable to do with the family. You really want a good day out don’t you?
So Great British Racing have launched a series of short films with David Walliams and Billy Jenkins, to show the public what they are missing. Joshua and I were thrilled to be invited to the screening at Sandown Park Racecourse last week, to learn more about it.
Child actor Billy Jenkins, better known for his role as ‘Young Charles” in The Crown, plays the part of David’s son. The short films are very amusing, and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud at the part in episode three where David reads out the names of the horses, only to discover its actually the food menu.
I have to admit, it wouldn’t have occurred to me to take Joshua to the races until we went to the event at Sandown Race Course. It was only once we arrived that I remembered the days that I used to go to Sandown as a child with my family. I’ve always loved horses, so I enjoyed going purely to see these gorgeous animals. The great thing about kids is that they love the competition of picking their horse without having to place a bet. You can introduce your own game. Bring a bag of sweets or other treats with you and whoever picks the winner gets a treat.
Races are very close together, so once it all starts there is no long waiting around for the next piece of action. My suggestion would be to bring a picnic blanket and some food. Sit down a good couple of hours before the race to enjoy something to eat. Pick your horses and take the kids for a bathroom break before everything starts. If you do want to place bets, again I would do this in advance, rather than in between races.
Before the first race, you can all head down to the pre-parade ring so that the children can actually see their horses. At Sandown, it is set out very easily so that we could see the horses in the ring, then walk down to the winning post and enjoy the race from there.
Here is a glimpse of Frankie Dettori riding Without Parole who went on to win his race.
Each event offers different things for the family. For example Windsormania is a family fun day held at Royal Windsor Racecourse on Sunday 1st July and includes a free all day fun fair for the children and after race music with tribute acts including Katy Perry, One Direction and Pink.
A family of 6 can go for £28 and for just £2 more they include 4 ice cream vouchers and a race card.
If you don’t want to take your own food, there is plenty on offer. With restaurants, bars, food trucks and mobile gin, champagne and Pimms bars, they have everything covered.
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