Last week we were invited to a family fun day at Windsor Racecourse. I hadn’t been here before as I had thought horse-racing was more for the grown-ups. I didn’t realise that children were welcome too. The event we went to was an ‘Easter Eggstravaganza’ day, that was part of the Great British Racing’s ‘Under 18s Race Free‘ campaign.
We arrived around 12.30pm and upon entry we could see loads of children’s activities. The kids went straight for the bouncy castles, and there was no extra payment required – this was included in the price of the racecourse ticket. The slots were for about 5 minutes of jumping. We got ice cream afterwards from the ice cream van.
There was a nice grassy lawn to sit on and it was a lovely sunny day, not too hot. My friend got some hot dogs from one of the food huts. The food choices were burgers, hot dogs, pizzas, Indian street food and fish and chips. Food was a bit pricey, but luckily the kids and I had eaten sandwiches before we got here. We also got some slushies from the cutest little drinks van.
Races started at 2.30pm, and before the first race we saw the horses come out and walk through the parade viewing area. We headed to the racecourse and waited for the first race with the crowds. It was a very buzzing atmosphere. The children were so excited to watch the horses galloping towards the finish line, which was where we were standing. There was also a big screen to watch too.
After the race the kids played on the lawn, and then decided to do the Easter Egg hunt. Tyler loved doing the egg hunt, and then claiming his prize of sweeties. Lily wanted to get her face painted but the queue was quite long as it was popular. We convinced her to get sweeties instead. We also looked at the farm animals as there was a pop-up Odds Farm area.
I didn’t place any bets, but my friend did and she won £7. I think some of the pros put on a bit more money as we could hear the cheers! But for me, this day wasn’t about placing bets, I wanted to see what it was like at a racecourse and it was something different for the children to experience.
We had a lovely afternoon at Windsor Racecourse, and I can recommend going to an ‘Under 18s Race Free’ event – there is plenty to keep the kids occupied. There are 60 racecourses in the UK, so if you’d like to find one near you, have a look here.
Disclosure: We were gifted tickets for the purpose of this review. These are all my honest thoughts and opinions as usual.