Last Sunday at Epsom Downs Racecourse (Racing Welfare’s) Family Day kicked off bright and early with The Epsom’s Trainer’s Open Day where the kids and I got up close to a bevvy of stunning horses who loved being petted and fed polos. It couldn’t have been more perfect.
It was an utter privilege to spend time with the horses and also chat to their trainers, many who work out of the Epsom Gallops.
It was as hot as could be but the kids still revelled in the opportunity to jump on the Bouncy Castle set up near the stables, cooling down with soft drinks and a few polos themselves!
Then it was high-energy fun watching the races fuelled by high-energy sweets (the fudge was insanely good) before a late lunch (hallumi wraps, veggie burgers and packed lunches) before playing games (Oliver won a cuddly toy) and I enjoyed a beer in the sunshine!
There was so much for the kids to do with activities including face painters, crocodile encounters, pony rides, a climbing wall, colouring wall, high rope assault course, golf simulator and trampoline bungees to name but a few activities on offer.
How cool is this crossing?!
There were also 3 children’s running races in afternoon along the final furlong of the racecourse, split into age categories; under 5’s, under 8’s and under 11’s my own children were too shy to apply for but enjoyed watching. Maybe next year!
Some families brought their own picnics and enjoyed sandwiches and Pimms in the grounds too as they watched the races. It was a relaxed, fun day for all the family.
Luckily, there are 60 plus racecourses in the UK with most taking part in the Under18sracefree initiative where under 18s can race free with every paying adult.
With regular Family Days all year (check the racecourse’s individual sites for information) offering you and your kids the opportunity to enjoy a day at the races will beat boredom but most importantly, will instil and love for horses.
My son, Oliver, 9, was particularly taken by pony Star when he and Alexander were kindly gifted horse riding lessons recently thanks to Great British Racing, and my eldest been asking me daily when his next lesson might be.
Alexander, 6, wasn’t as confident as his brother but that’s all the more reason to encourage him to get back on the saddle again (literally) and soon.
It was super witnessing Xander’s excitement at the stables a week after the lesson. He’s a vegetarian and loves animals with all his heart. In the piece, he declares he wishes he was a horse so he could get lots of cuddles. He def gets lots from us already!!!
Check out our video from the day!
What a super day out and utterly wonderful summer working with Great British Racing. Thank you!
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