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 fourth race and Colts and Fillies members Luca and Ava did a fantastic job of representing the club, picking the best turned out horse and presenting mementos to the winning owner, trainer and jockey. Members also had access to our club craft area to decorate a terracotta pot to take home.
In the main arena, there were entertaining performances throughout the afternoon including dog agility, gun dogs and cheeky ferret racing. Away from the arena, there was a chance to be hands-on with bygone country skills and den building, and learn about the wonderful world of bees.
Children could meet Paddington Bear and Scotty, the Ascot Mascot, who was on hand to ensure all the children were having a good time with face painting, arts and crafts, climbing walls and remote-control cars. Children also enjoyed getting close to the animals in our petting zoo.
The weather was kind and the rain stayed away to ensure a great day out for the whole family.
Colts and Fillies members enjoyed a festive treat before racing at our special brunch with guests Father Christmas, Mrs Christmas and Scotty, our club mascot. A delicious brunch was available for the children to enjoy and Mrs Christmas read a special Christmas story. Father Christmas was delighted to hear that all the Children at the brunch had been good this year so they each received a special early Christmas gift.
Out on the track we saw six exciting Jumps races with Jockey Jonjo O’Neill Jnr enjoying his first grade-one race success in the Howden Long Walk hurdle aboard Champ.
Away from the track the children enjoyed some festive fun starting with the arrival of Father Christmas and a whole cast of Christmas characters from around the world. During the afternoon there was the chance to hear stories from Mrs Christmas, take part in Christmas crafts and decorate some yummy gingerbread.
Rudolph and his friends were here and there was the chance to take a pony ride for the budding young jockeys in attendance. With fairground rides, face painting, Jugglers and balloon modellers there was plenty of fun for everyone.
The day ended with a Christmas carol concert around the Ascot Bandstand with lots of Christmas cheer and audience participation.
Ascot's first meeting of the new 2021/2022 Jumps season, and our first family day since 2019, was great fun for our Colts and Fillies members. There were seven races to enjoy during the afternoon and trainer Gary Moore won the £100,000 Bateaux London Gold Cup Chase with Larry.
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.
As it was All Hallows Eve, we were getting preparations underway for a frightfully fun Halloween. There was creepy crawly animal handling, pumpkin carving, spooky themed arts and crafts and a slippery slime workshop. As a real treat our younger racegoers were able to enrol in Magician School where they learnt a few tricks of their own!
A group of Colts and Fillies Members won the chance to go on a trip to the start where they could see the horses up close and then catch them jumping a fence
The evening highlight was a charity firework spectacular in association with Ascot Round Table. Everyone gathered in the grandstand to watch the fantastic fireworks which was a great finish to our family fun day.