We were lucky enough to be invited to a day at Newmarket races last Saturday to kickstart the season of their Summer Saturdays. I have been to Newmarket racecourse several times before, but never with the kids. If I’m honest I never really thought of it as a venue for a family day out. I’m pleased to say that I was wrong, and we all had a fantastic day.
A Day at Newmarket Races
Last Saturday was the Animal Health Trust’s Charity Race day, and was also the first of this years’ Summer Saturdays at Newmarket Racecourses’ Adnams July Course.
When we arrived we were shown to the family enclosure. In all the times I have been to Newmarket races previously, I had never been in the family part! The family enclosure is a large open green space next to the track, and within viewing distance of the finish line. There are loads of picnic tables along track side, and lot of open space for people to set up there spots. I hadn’t realised that in the family enclosure you are allowed to bring in your own picnic, food and drink. We headed straight for one of the picnic tables and tucked into the luxury picnic that was very kindly provided for us, it was absolutely amazing.
The kids however could not sit still for 5 minutes! They were running around enjoying the space and soon headed straight for the bouncy castles before the racing started.
We let the kids help us pick which horses they thought might win, and they really enjoyed watching the horses come galloping past. The girls especially got excited cheering on their horse.
Between the races, me and James sat and relaxed and chatted, and the kids made full use of the facilities.
The new children’s playground was great. We could see it clearly from where we were sitting so the kids were able to come and go as they pleased. There was a large tower with a slide that the girls loved, and a large rope swing which was awesome. There was also a sand pit with a smaller play area for the little kids. Surrounding this there was a raised bank, with tunnels built in. Oliver absolutely loved it! He was laughing his head off as he was running around, hiding in the tunnels and popping his head up in the perspex spheres!
Adjacent to the playground was Rowley’s kids club, with little tables and activities for the kids, and two gazebos. One had face painting and the other a small petting zoo. The girls queued up to get their faces painted, whilst me and Oliver had a look at the animals. Oliver was bit shy and didn’t want to touch, but was interested to look at the tortoise, snake and spiders.
After a few races we decided to move into the Grandstand and the Paddock area so we could see the horses up close. We still couldn’t pick a winner amongst us though!
When the horses left the paddock, we headed back to the family enclosure for the last few races and set up camp on the grass. We got some drinks from one of the bars, and treated the kids to an ice cream. As the crowd started thinning out, the children continued to make full use of the facilities running around and enjoying the playground. Honestly we hadn’t planned to stay all day, but we were all having such a fab day that it was the last race before we knew it!
If you, like me have never considered taking your kids to a day at Newmarket races, then I would urge you to reconsider. The facilities for the children and adults are ace which makes for a great family fun day out. There are some amazing Summer Saturdays coming up, and with prices starting from as little as £11 per adult and children are free, they are a really affordable family day out. We had such a blast that we are in fact organising a return visit with friends next Saturday. It’s Heroes Day, and there is going to be guest appearances from Paw Patrol which should keep Oliver very happy!
Have you ever taken your children to the races before? Is it something you would think about doing? I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Disclaimer: We were kindly invited to this event in return for this review, but all words and opinions are my own.