Last weekend we spent the day at Ascot for our very first family race day experience. We are working with Great British Racing over the summer on their Under 18’s Race Free campaign which will see 60 racecourses throughout Great Britain offer free entry to under 18s when accompanied by a paying adult. There will also be 50 special family days with additional activities put on for families and young people.
When we first arrived at Ascot we were shown to the private box which would be our base for the day. We then spent some time meeting the Great British Racing team and taking in the amazing views of the racecourse. There was plenty for the children to do in the box including colouring and other games, they had lots of fun.
We were then taken down to the weighing room, which is where the jockeys are weighed before their races. The children even got the chance to stand on the scales and be weighed, just like a jockey. After that we went to see the parade ring, which is where you’ll see the horses shortly before their race.
I’d always thought of Ascot as somewhere just for adults, I certainly never expected it to be suitable for a family day out with kids. But there was actually loads for them to do in the family enclosure including face painting, temporary tattoos, fairground rides, circus skills workshops and more. I was really impressed that there was no additional charges for any of these activities.
Max particularly enjoyed the free fall drop, where he got to leap down onto a stunt bag. He is such a little thrill seeker, so he was in his element.
The children also had a go at being jockeys themselves…
We then enjoyed a delicious lunch back in the box, the kids very much enjoyed the chocolate cake! We also got to meet and chat to the lovely Tess Daly, who is the ambassador for the Great British Racing’s Under 18s Race Free campaign this summer.
After lunch we were lucky enough to be taken down across the track to watch the start of a race close up. We got to see the horses and jockeys arriving at the start line and being loaded into the box. It was an amazing experience.
For the rest of the day we took advantage of the views from the box and enjoyed some more activities in the family enclosure before heading home. It really was a fantastic day out that every single one of us enjoyed. We are very much looking forward to more race days over the summer.
To find out more about Under 18s Race Free and find a family race day near you, head over to www.under18sracefree.com
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