Family Raceday at Chepstow Racecourse

Andy Day

On Bank Holiday Monday the Welsh Mummy Blogs family had an experience we’d never forget. We were invited by Great British Racing to experience a family raceday at Chepstow racecourse.

The family raceday is all part of a new Under 18’s Race Free campaign.

The Under 18’s Race Free initiative allows accompanied children under 18 to attend selected racecourses for free during the summer holidays. There are also family racedays in September which will include activities for kids!

Go to under18sracefree.com to find your local family raceday.

As we arrived at Chepstow racecourse I started to feel a little nervous. Could horseracing be entertaining for a 6 and 4 year old child!? In my mind, horse racing was for wealthy, red faced old men, drinking brandy while shouting for their horse to win.

I was pleasantly surprised to find this was not the case. In fact, when walking up to the racecourse gates, I found groups of families. They were smiling and looking very excited as they waited to purchase tickets.

After collecting our tickets we were ushered to the hospitality suite. The suite was fantastic! It was reserved for the influencers of the day so was lovely and quiet. The suite can also be reserved for families or guests wishing to gain a better view of the racecourse.

View
View from our suite

We watched race one and then decided to put on a bet for the following race and have a wander around.

The family entertainment on offer included football skills, go-karts, a magician, cricket skills, a Taylor Swift tribute, fairground rides and an on stage performance from Paw Patrol and CBeebies star Andy Day!!

My sons were super excited, they are huge fans of Paw Patrol and Andy.

Fun day

The on stage performance was not due to start until after the next race, so whilst we waited we headed to the fairground rides. The tea cups looked like fun so the boys and Nanny (my mum) had a go.

Tea cup ride

After a ride on the tea cups we went in search of the jockeys.

We caught up with them whilst they were being weighed. I could not believe how small they were in person! I mean, I’m small but I fear they may be smaller than me!

As a fan of sport, I was curious about the health, fitness and weight restrictions jockeys face.

Jockey weigh

Jockey Facts

  • There are fewer than 500 professional jockeys riding in Britain
  • The fitness levels jockeys maintain are some of the highest in sport
  • A jump jockey is generally heavier than a flat jockey
  • The need to have strength and endurance
  • A flat jockey is generally smaller in height and lighter for shorter, faster races
  • Jockeys have weight restrictions, including kit
  • Jockeys are weighed pre and post race

 

After a brief meeting with the jockeys we headed back to the racecourse to watch our race. My husband and I put on a bet each. We had the boys pick our horses based on the colour of the jockeys outfit.

With our adrenaline pumping we watched the horses galloping full speed down the track. My sons were more excited than me!! “Go on Trotter, you can do it! Yeehah” “Assassinate you beauty, come on, go go go!

Yay, we won! Assassinate came in first!!

We headed down to collect our winnings and then made our way to the food area. Welsh daddy treated us to some treats with his winnings.

And now for the most epic part of our day. Paw Patrol and Andy!!

We gathered to the front of the stage and took a seat on the grass. Paw Patrol was up first. My 4 year old was starstruck! When they had finished the performance, Paw Patrol met with excited children before handing over the stage to Andy!

Paw Patrol
Meeting Paw Patrol

Smiling children and parents alike sat patiently waiting for Andy to come on stage. The crowd atmosphere was fantastic and when Andy appeared on the stage the crowd screamed out!

Andy was spectacular. The way he entertained and engaged with the audience was suburb. He was a smooth singing dinosaur rapper!

It was a shame we had to leave a little before the performance ended but we were in for much more of a treat than watching his show, we were to meet the man himself backstage!

I don’t know who was more excited, me or my boys. Our family is such a huge fan of Andy’s dinosaur adventures.

Andy was a lovely man. He took his time to meet and greet his backstage guests. He conversed with children and parents, he posed for pictures and made each and every child feel special. He was a bit like Santa only slimmer with less of a beard!

Andy Day
Yay! Andy!

It was a day we will never forget.

Why I think it’s great!

  • Value for money (kids go free)
  • Fresh air
  • Fun for everyone

On-site facilities

  • Silks Restaurant
  • Wye Valley Marquee RestaurantR
  • The Premier Bar
  • The Grandstand & Paddock Bar
  • Marquee Bars
  • Fast Food
  • Owners & Trainers Bar
  • Cash Machines
  • Toilets
  • Disabled Toilets
  • Baby Changing Facilities

Go to under18sracefree.com to find your local family raceday.

 

 

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