Family days planned at Catterick Racecourse

Two family days will be held at Catterick Racecourse during August.

Forces’ Family Day, in association with ABF The Soldier’s Charity, will take place on Tuesday, August 6 when the gates will be open from 12pm.

Alongside the racing action, children can enjoy a variety of free entertainment available in the course enclosure.

They can test their skills on the Bootcamp Challenge, an inflatable obstacle course, and box with former world champion Charles ‘The Bull’ Shepherd.

Minster FM radio can also be found in the course enclosure, where young racegoers will have the chance to race hobby horses and enter a prize draw to win a PlayStation 4.

The racing action on the day gets underway at 2pm, while the feature race The Racing TV Profits Returned to Racing Handicap Stakes is scheduled for 4.10pm.

As with all Catterick’s fixtures, under 18’s race free and do not require a ticket and the racecourse is also offering free admission to all military personnel and their families.

Military personnel will need to collect complimentary tickets in advance, either from the garrison headquarters or from the racecourse office.

On the second family day, Monday, August 19, the carnival is coming to Catterick.

There will be seven races, with the first at 2pm and the last at 5pm. The carnival atmosphere will bring side stall games and fairground rides into the course enclosure for younger racegoers to enjoy free of charge throughout the afternoon.

Minster FM radio will also be in attendance with another chance for young racing fans to enter the prize draw to win a PlayStation 4, while Mary Webb, a local singer-songwriter, will be entertaining the crowds in the grandstand and paddock enclosure in between races.

Emma Binnian, sales and marketing manager, said: “An afternoon of racing gets the whole family outdoors, spending time together and enjoying the action on the track – we always look forward to August, with some of the course’s most popular race days.

“This year we have two fun-filled family days, as well as Ladies’ Day on 28 August and Racing Careers Day is back on Monday 12 August.”

Adult tickets start at £5 for the course enclosure, or £15 for the grandstand and paddock enclosure.

Discounts are available online in advance at www.catterickbridge.co.uk.

Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day.

There is a free shuttle bus which brings racegoers to the racecourse from Richmond Market Place. The bus leaves approximately one hour before the first race and will return after the last race.