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Our family day out at Ascot Racecourse on Saturday was utterly perfect from start to end. The sun shone all day long, but there was a breeze too so we didn’t feel flustered, and the kids, wait for it, were in in good spirits and didn’t argue once- a first!

Under 18s Race Free-Great British Racing Honest Mum's son Oliver

The good vibes were indeed testament to Great British Racing and their jam-packed, super fun launch event which saw us returning to work with the brand again this year, in support of their summer boredom-busting initiative Under 18s Race Free (you might remember we worked with them last year, meeting David Walliams).

Under 18s Race Free-Great British Racing

Ascot racecourse child at the racecourse Honest Mum's sonThis super initiative sees 60 racecourses all over the UK offering under 18s free entry when accompanied by a paying adult all year long, and over the summer holidays, there are over 200 fixtures where kids can race free with a paying adult, as well as lots of family days at racecourses, bursting fairground attractions and activities for the whole family.

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If you’re anything like me, you’ll be desperately on the hunt to fill the next 7 weeks with as many entertaining, stress-free, low cost days out in the open air, and this is just the ticket. Literally!

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Ascot hosted a vast fairground area for families on Saturday with a free-fall bouncing area my kids were obsessed with and wanted me to try (I was a wimp as per so said ‘no’), mechanical horses to help them with form, a Virtual Reality bus the kids could game on Oliver was enraptured by, teacups and Helter Skelter, free sweets (the first time I’ve eaten a Murray Mint since the 90s), dance workshops and stimulating storytelling sessions.

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There were tons of places for children to eat and drink too from pop-up restaurants to ice cream vans, and we felt lucky to be invited to get up close to the beautiful horses before they raced on the day, as well.

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We also dined in a stunning box with expansive views of the racecourse and there were bubbles aplenty for the parents too (I’m such a lightweight I had stop at 2 glasses and still needed a disco nap, when I got home).


Inside the box, the children enjoyed colouring in a huge racing themed poster as well as playing on a a life-size Connect 4 (I lost 8 times to Oliver-argh) and Xander couldn’t get enough of the ‘Don’t Buzz the Wire’ game which neighed if you touched the pole.

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Lunch was an expansive buffet featuring smoked salmon, crayfish, quiche, cold meats and custard tarts and chocolate cake. The children’s table offered up all of the kid’s favourites with Sausage and Mash, Mac ‘n’ Cheese and petit pois.

There were plant-based options for me with turmeric rice with veggies, a potato medley and strawberry and rocket salad.

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We also got to meet the brilliantly dynamic and utterly stunning, Tess Daly, who is the face of the campaign and spent the day filming with GB Racing. Tess was patient enough to chat to my suddenly shy two boys, and kindly remarked how gorgeous they were. Aw.

Now, while the boys lapped up the lavish buffet put on for us in the box, being kids, they wanted to eat every flipping 5 minutes, so also gobbled up chicken burgers at the Katsu Burger van where we met super chef, Saraa, who asked if we could all have a photo together. The boys announced the burgers were the best they’d ever eaten so hats off to Saraa!

Honest Mum, chefs and family Oliver with burgers burgers Honest Mum's son

…Such a fun family day out.

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* I was styled by Lauren Jobling Styling (blazer a gift c/o Baukjen, bag- Louis Vuitton neverfull, Dress-H&M, headband-Topshop, personalised necklace- Thoughtful Impressions gifted, wedges Tommy Hilfiger. Boys’ shirts by Gant and Ralph Lauren also gifted, boys’ chinos Ralph Lauren and Next respectively, pumps-M&S).


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10 Responses

  1. Lucianne Lewis

    Hi Vicki, this is a fantastic idea, I had no idea this was a thing. There aren’t enough events like this that actually look like fun for the parents too. Hope you have a fun weekend planned. Thanks for sharing this, I’m just reading it aloud to my husband emphasising all the amazing food and drink.

  2. Lizzie Roles

    My Dad and brother love the races, I had no idea you could take kids, let alone for free with a paying adult – woohoo!! Fab pictures of a great day out. You all look gorgeous, love that Topshop headband 💕

  3. Laura's Lovely Blog

    It looks like such a fantastic day out and like you had lots of fun. You managed to get some completely stunning photos too! We’re going in August and I am really looking forward to it now.

  4. Angela Milnes

    Wow this sounds super fun for the whole family. I’ve never been to the races before but I bet it would be great for me and Sylvia. I love all the activities and that food looks so good!

  5. Michelle Reeves

    What a fun day out! I would have been a bit nervous to take our two to the races in case they got bored during the day but boy was I wrong – look at all the cool things there is for them to do! Definitely on my list now, thanks for sharing Vicki. (And the boys are looking super cute as always 🙂 )

  6. Lucy

    Love the races! Such a fun day out! I’m from Cheltenham so it’s in my blood and love going with my family

  7. Clare

    Looks like an amazing day! What a great idea for the kids! I would never have thought of taking the kids to the races – but I will now – fab idea!

    Thanks Cx

  8. Tinuke

    Oh wow, looks like such an awesome day out. I didn’t know the race. Purses did this for kids. The free fall area looks awesome, as does the buffet. I think my two would mirror yours in wanting to eat everything in sight every five minutes!!

  9. Lisa Smyth

    Looks like a fantastic day, I am so impressed that the boys didn’t quarrel! That’s always a sign of children who have been kept entertained in my house! I am so jealous of you getting so close to the horses as well, they are such truly stunning creatures. In fact, I used to own an ex-racehorse and she was incredible…I used to take her down to the beach and race the train as it went whizzing up past the beach!


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