A Family Day at Cheltenham Races


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An early win on the 1984 Grand National (I chose Hallo Dandy simply because I read the comic) left me with a lifetime affection for the odd bet and occasionally attending race days. In that time, there has been an increased attendance of families attending the ‘races’, and this is helped with modern courses providing all sorts of kids entertainment and activities – out with the racing.

Cheltenham’s Family Festival

One such inclusive course is Cheltenham and their upcoming Festival on the 15th-18th of March 2016 provides an event day out for all the family – visit William Hill’s site for info on Cheltenham Festival horse races. It’s free for children under the age of five and youngsters are provided with a feeding, changing and rest area solely dedicated to parents of young children and babies. Outside this, the whole family can admire the colourful winning silks and shining silverware in the Hall of Fame and the Trophy Room, even viewing a lifelike hologram of the iconic Desert Orchid. As they move around the course, live music from a number of different bands can be heard; from the legendary Irish folk of the Dublin Legends to the jazz and swing of the Hipcats.

There is something to suit all ears but what about tastes? Cheltenham boasts 11 different hospitality venues at a range of prices to keep the family fed throughout the day from breakfast to evening meal, but if that’s perhaps a little too formal, there are a number of mobile catering units offering family favourites such as fish and chips, burgers and pizza.

Shopping, Shopping, Shopping

Despite the race results, the family doesn’t have to come home empty handed – the popular Shopping Village at Cheltenham boasts trade stands full of gifts, products and souvenirs of the day. Who knows? Perhaps mum can get a last minute addition in her bid for the best dressed lady competition…

Photo by William Warby, Creative Commons. 

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