It’s always great if you can find a new way to spend with the family, especially if it means spending lots of time outdoors in the fresh country air.
A day out at the races isn’t something you’d necessarily think of when looking for something to do with the kids, but actually it can be a great option. There are lots of race courses all over the country and many of them run family days on a regular basis. On a family race day, you’ll find that it’s not just about the horses. There are other forms of entertainment laid on – such as bouncy castles and small funfair rides, or activities like face painting. There are plenty of different dining options and, of course, there’s the main draw – the horse races.
No matter what level of interest you have in racing as a sport, it’s easy to get into the spirit of the day when you can watch the races live, and see the horses in the parade ring before and after the races. For added excitement when watching the races, you could even have a few bets. To make life easier, you can even put your bets on in advance at a site like bet365 so you don’t have to spend time doing it at the race course itself.
There’s no need to go to one of the big events – like the Cheltenham Festival or the Grand National in the UK, or the Kentucky Derby in the States. The smaller race courses will prove just as exciting for the kids, and those big events might be a little too crowded and overwhelming for little ones, anyway. What it might be a good idea to do, though, is watch a couple of the bigger events on TV before you take the kids to a real race day, so that they have some idea of what to expect.