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Howden Christmas Family Raceday 2023

Colts and Fillies members enjoyed a treat before racing at our special brunch with Father Christmas, Mrs Christmas and Scotty, our club mascot. A delicious brunch was enjoyed by the children before Father Christmas handed out a special early Christmas gift to all of them.

Out on the track we saw six exciting Jumps races with Crambo winning the Howden Long Walk hurdle for trainer Fergal O'Brien.

Away from the track the children enjoyed some festive fun starting with the Christmas Parade which saw our Christmas characters arrive at the Parade Ring. During the afternoon there was the chance to meet Father Christmas in his snug, hear stories from Mrs Christmas, take part in Christmas crafts and decorate some yummy gingerbread.

Rudolph and his friends were here and there were pony rides for the budding young jockeys in attendance. With fairground rides, face painting and a scavenger hunt there was plenty of fun for everyone.

To round off the day we held our Christmas carol concert with lots of Christmas cheer and audience participation.

Fireworks Spectacular Family Raceday 2023
Ascot's first meeting of the new 2023/2024 Jumps season was great fun for our Colts and Fillies members. There were seven races to enjoy during the afternoon and trainer Venetia Williams won the £100,000 SodexoLive! Gold Cup Chase with Victtorino.
Down on the lawns the brave could enjoy thrills and excitement on the white-knuckle fairground rides while younger racegoers could enjoy some gentler rides and the dodgems proved popular for the whole family. 
There was creepy crawly animal handling, arts and crafts and a slippery slime workshop.  In the Fireworks Funhouse children could get their face painted, take home a balloon art sculpture and decorate a delicious biscuit. There was also cartoon Cinema and the chance to show your moves at the UV disco.
A group of Colts and Fillies Members won the chance to go on a behind the scenes tour before racing and the evening highlight was a charity firework spectacular in association with the Ascot Round Table. Everyone gathered in the grandstand to watch the fantastic fireworks which was a great finish to our family fun day.
Summer Mile Family Raceday 2023

The Summer Mile Family Raceday had entertainment for the whole family to enjoy. There were seven exciting races out on the track with Master of the Seas taking the Group 2 Summer Mile for trainer Charlie Appleby and jockey James Doyle.  Earlier in the day children took centre stage with 2 pony races, it was great to see them on the Ascot turf and we may have seen some of the jockeys of the future!  Other children looking for a career in the saddle were able to take a pony ride during the afternoon.

Families were invited to the Old Paddock Family Enclosure where there was plenty of space to relax while the children were entertained.  Children could join our welcome party, meet a dinosaur and say hello to mermaids and fairies.  New skills were learnt with circus skills, gravity boots and segways to masters, crazy golf to try and a mobile cave to explore.  There were also assorted fairground rides, music and dancing throughout the day.

Located under cover at the end of the Grandstand was the Colts and Fillies area where members could decorate a tote bag and then collect a yummy lollipop.  There was also dino egg decorating and the ever-popular face painting on offer.

Thrilling racing and full-on fun resulted in a great day out for the whole family.

Spring Family Raceday 2023

The Spring family raceday featured an afternoon of Jumps racing alongside a range of countryside activities to keep the whole family entertained.  Colts and Fillies members could collect a free junior lanyard on arrival which contained details about the day and a host of facts, puzzles and activities.

The Club sponsored the fifth race and Colts and Fillies members Brianna and Oliver did a fantastic job of representing the club, picking the best turned out horse and presenting mementos to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. 

In the main arena, there were entertaining performances throughout the afternoon including dog agility, sheepdogs and the cheeky ferret roadshow.  Away from the arena, there was a chance to be hands-on with woodwork, bushcraft skills and seed bomb creation, before learning all about the wonderful world of bees.

There were furry friends to meet, a climbing wall to scale, ponies to ride and remote-control cars to drive round an obstacle course. Scotty, our club mascot, was on hand to ensure all the children were having a good time with face painting, arts and crafts and the interactive soft toy wildlife hospital.

Club members could access the exclusive Easter biscuit decorating activity to decorate a scrumptious biscuit for themselves.

The weather was kind and the rain stayed away to ensure a great day out for the whole family.



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