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Last month, we enjoyed our first ever day out at Ascot races and had a brilliant time. It was a really enjoyable day for the whole family and we couldn’t wait to experience the fun again. As part of Great British Racing’s ‘Under 18’s Race Free’ initiative, 60 racecourses up and down the country have family friendly fixtures where under 18s are admitted free of charge when accompanied by a paying adult. Our local racecourse is in Wolverhampton and last week they held their Summer Family Funday so we went along to enjoy a day out of family fun in the West Midlands.
Fun for the whole family
The theme for last weeks Summer Family Funday was “Oh, I do like to be beside the seaside” and with that in mind there was fun for the family based on being at a traditional British seaside. Unfortunately the weather was horrendous (think blanket rain, wind and much cooler temperatures than we should be having in August) so all the family-friendly activities were moved inside.
The boys had a brilliant time on the inflatables. There were bouncy castles, a dualling challenge and beat the pole challenge. There was a ride on activity to enjoy, Olly really loved this and enjoyed whizzing around the track with the other children trying to beat each other to the finish line.
There was a NERF challenge (I successfully managed to shoot down a floating ball so won the gloating rights), a Punch and Judy show, face painting and a sandpit with buckets and spades for all the children to enjoy.
My boys had a brilliant time enjoying the party music and bouncing on the bouncy castles. We even got to meet Freddie Furlong, Wolverhampton’s mascot who was very friendly (although my Freddie wasn’t so sure at first but soon came round) and accepted a racecourse flag from him.
We weren’t just there for the free family activities we were there to watch some horse racing and although it was wet, Wolverhampton Racecourse is an all weather course meaning it’s open on racedays come rain or shine. We headed up to the Horizon restaurant to enjoy a seaside inspired meal and watch the racing from the comfort of the restaurant.
Sitting in The Horizon restaurant is a really brilliant way to watch the racing. It has excellent views across the whole of the racecourse. My husband bet on a few horses which to our delight, won their races, so he enjoyed knowing how to pick a winner based on their form. We had fun picking out names to have a flutter with. The boys and I chose which horse names and colour of jockey silks we liked the most and it was fun to watch the horses take part.
Olly and I decided to brave the rain and watch one of the races out by the track. It was a bit wet but we loved watching the horses run past us as they headed over the finish line. Despite the weather, the atmosphere was brilliant, we all enjoyed a delicious meal and had a brilliant day out.
Upcoming Family Race Days in the Midlands
Monday 26th August – Southwell – ‘Nottinghamshire Sports Day‘ 11:50am – 5:20pm. – Join them for their yearly Nottinghamshire Sports Day, which features exhilarating All-Weather racing, and a host of different activities for the kids including golf and cricket.
Sunday 1st September – Worcester – ‘Family Fun Day‘ 12:15pm – 5:15pm – There will be plenty of free entertainment for the children as well as 7 thrilling races for the grown ups to enjoy.
To find out more about ‘Under 18s Race Free’ and find a family race day near you, visit www.under18sracefree.com