Since I was very young I can remember my Dad watching the horse racing on TV. We went to a few race days when I was younger and it was such a fun day out. Newmarket was the main one we used to visit and now I am older and have my own children I love to take them.
A day out at the races isn’t just for grown up men and woman to go drinking champagne and betting on horses for the day… well that is one part of it however it can also be an amazing family day out as well. We visited Newmarket this weekend and the kids did not want to go home and asked to go back the next day! We were in the Garden enclosure which is the family part, you can take your own picnic, gazebos and make of the day what you wish.
There is a massive children play area and other free games including a bouncy castle and face painting. We put our picnic and blanket right by the course and the horses raced past us just a metre or 2 away from the fence.
As a family we decided that the children could pick a horse in each race. They make the decision and if the horse comes first we gave them £2 and if it was 2nd or 3rd we gave them £1. They got so excited cheering on their horse to win as they came past us. We had an absolutely fantastic day and I would highly recommend this for a day out to anyone with a family. Doug decided to go big at the end on the last race… It paid off and we won!
Newmarket is the home of horse racing and it isn’t just a day at the races that you can do here. You can visit palace house where there is always something different going on. There is a horse racing museum, which we have visited before. The best bit is that there is a lot of interactive parts that children can get involved in, we all know children can get bored easily so this really keeps their attention whilst learning. From 27th June to 1st September Palace house have scientific workshops, studio lab, trails and much more going on so this is something to put in the diary for the summer holidays.
If you check out my Instagram I have saved my stories from the day as highlights.