On 2 April, we popped down to Ascot’s Family Day – Jack’s first day at the races (and mine, also). He adores animals, and we often take long country walks in search of the occasional lone horse or sheep, so the prospect of seeing multiple horses running around… I knew he’d love it.
This picture sums up our day quite well…
Every time Jack saw a horse, sheep, or anything with four legs, actually, he absolutely squealed with delight, and when the racing horses charged past he lost it completely.
— The Mother Edit (@Rebecca_Cox) April 2, 2017
Aside from the racing (which we won’t talk about – the odds were not kind to us) there was plenty of entertainment for the little ones. A highlight was the ‘lamb national’ – in which a group of lambs raced round a track (complete with jumps) with teddies attached to their backs. I don’t recall who won (it might have been Ed Shear-an) but it was hugely entertaining for kids and big kids alike.
The Gruffalo and Peter Rabbit made appearances throughout the day but somehow we managed to miss them – pretty gutted. For Jack of course. It’s not me that has an unhealthy Gruffalo obsession… At all.
Ascot Family Race Days 2017
Tempted? The rest of the year’s family fun days at Ascot are as follows:
Summer Mile Racing Weekend Saturday 15th July
With a teddy bear’s picnic and fairground rides. Tickets for adults are available in the King Edward VII Enclosure and the Queen Anne Enclosure, starting from £23 if bought in advance and children go free.
Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday 4th November
With children’s entertainment and fairground rides on the Lawns (free until 4pm) including Dodgems, Mini Jets and Teacups. Plus, one of the largest fireworks displays in the region in celebration of bonfire night, with all proceeds going to support local charities.
Tickets for adults are available in the King Edward VII Enclosure and the Queen Anne Enclosure, starting from £23 if bought in advance and children go free.
Christmas Racing Weekend Family Day – Saturday 23rd December
With a host of free festive family entertainment including an appearance from Father Christmas, storytelling with Mrs Christmas from her mailroom on the Grandstand concourse, appearances from husky dogs and reindeer and a brass band will provide musical entertainment playing Christmas favourites throughout the day. Tickets for adults are available in the King Edward VII Enclosure and the Queen Anne Enclosure, starting from £23 if bought in advance and children go free.
Find out more here: www.ascot.co.uk
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