A family day at the races
Horse racing is one of the most popular sports in Britain and there are race meetings held on most days throughout the calendar year. Although families have traditionally veered away from racecourses, more and more family groups are beginning to visit the best venues all over the country to witness some of the top rated horses in the world compete against each other.
While the horse racing is obviously the main spectacle, there are a number of ‘family friendly’ meetings that provide plenty of additional entertainment to keep the entire group occupied. Haydock is just one of the many racecourses across the country that hold a number of concerts in tandem with the live racing and these events have helped to appeal to a new crowd in recent years.
The most important aspect of your day at the races is obviously enjoyment and having fun, but it’s also nice to take home some money after a profitable day of betting. Research is crucial and many race goers opt to read up on the latest tips, odds and news via bookmakers such as Coral. They also include a straightforward guide on the runners and riders, meaning that you can pick out your selection with relative ease.
At some racecourses, there are even certain areas where children can relax and play with other attendees whilst the parents enjoy a quick drink at the bar or place some bets ahead of the upcoming races. These facilities are incredibly useful and have played a key role in attracting families to the races, as many feel that the racecourse environment may be a little too hectic for younger children.
In an era where technological advancements have had a detrimental effect on family bonding, a day out at the races is just one of the leading activities that provides fun for all involved. The parents can relax and enjoy watching some of the best horses in the world in action, while the kids can enjoy play areas specifically designed for their pleasure. Afterwards, they can enjoy some live music or grab a bite to eat in the on-site restaurants; there is more than enough choice.
Certain meetings will continue to attract a strong, adult presence but there is no doubt that racecourses are a lot more welcoming to younger children and family groups in recent years. The facilities and activities available will only grow as more and more families attend the races in the future.