Wincanton racecourse stages a fun filled Children’s Day

image001There aren’t many places that you can take the kids for free, but Wincanton Racecourse is a great exception with children under 17 admitted free of charge throughout the year. And there’s never been a better time to visit than this Sunday (13th April) when the course will be hosting Children’s Day.

A new interactive ‘Kids love the Races’ roadshow designed to entertain and engage children in the sport will be in action. Here, budding young jockeys can enjoy finding out more about the equine and human stars of the sport, design their own racing silks and take a look at some specialist racing equipment. Children will also be able to check out what racehorses eat to keep them in tip-top condition and learn about what happens at the track.

Shetland Pony Rides, an Easter Egg Hunt, a unique Duck-herding display, Cookie the Clown and a stream of complimentary activities from the traditional bouncy castle to galleon assault and a rodeo bull will complement the day’s activities. With the ever popular sporting mascots set to line up in an Egg and Spoon race down the home straight during racing, and a Tug of War contest in the Parade Ring.

Two Charles Owen pony races will start the racing day, giving racegoers the chance to see the stars of the future making their Wincanton debut. In just eight years, Pony Racing has become one of the country’s fastest growing equestrian sports and now plays a pivotal role in training and developing many gifted young riders; and launched the careers of the talented Sam Twiston-Davies and Harry Derham.

There’s also complimentary goody bags for the first 300 children on-course containing an array of Cadbury’s treats and equine related goodies.

Steve Parlett, General Manager, Wincanton Racecourse, said: “Racing provides fantastic entertainment and sporting action for all the family and is one of the few leisure activities where kids go free. As well as thrill of watching horses and top flight jockeys we have a wide range of complimentary activities for all ages and will help children and their parents get the most out of a great day’s racing.”

Gates open at 11:30am with the Charles Owen Pony Races underway from 1.00pm with the first race at 2.20pm and last race at 5.40pm. Tickets for adults start at £12 and children 17 and under go free. For more information go to:

Next month Wincanton Racecourse celebrates two finale feature racedays: Evening Racing on Thursday, May 8th and the ever popular Ladies Day on Tuesday, May 13th.


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Wincanton Racecourse is situated in the heart of Somerset – home to rural jump racing. Wincanton stages 17 meetings each season. Please find more details at through Twitter (@WincantonRaces) and Facebook