Tickets go on sale for annual Middleham Open day

Visitors at Middleham Open Day 2023.

Tickets have gone on sale for this year’s Middleham Open Day, which will be held on Good Friday, March 29.

The event, sponsored by ARC, gives the public the chance to go behind the scenes at some of North Yorkshire’s best horseracing yards.

Tickets for this family friendly event are on sale now, with seven trainers already confirmed to be opening their stables in the morning.

Visitors will be able to meet their favourite equine athletes, chat to the trainers and dedicated staff who look after them before enjoying an afternoon of activities on Middleham’s Low Moor.

The event is organised by Racing Welfare – the charity which provides a range of support services to people working in or retired from the racing industry, including help with accidents and injuries, mental health, money matters and even housing.

It typically attracts up to 3,500 visitors year-on-year and raises vital funds for the charity, which all goes back into supporting the Middleham racing community.

Racing Welfare’s chief executive, Dawn Goodfellow, said: “We’re looking forward to welcoming racing fans to this year’s ARC Middleham Open Day, a vital fundraising event in Racing Welfare’s calendar and a unique family day out.

“Not only do guests have the opportunity to go behind-the-scenes and see how these fabulous animals are looked after, there’s also a host of family entertainment throughout the afternoon, including the popular dog show and Retraining of Racehorses display.

“Proceeds from this event directly benefit racing’s people by funding our life-changing wellbeing support services. I hope everyone has an enjoyable day and extend thanks to the many people that continue to support this event year-on-year.”

The list of trainers confirmed to be opening so far is as follows:

 

  • Ben Haslam
  • Charlie Johnston
  • Micky Hammond
  • Neil Mechie
  • Jedd O’Keeffe
  • Danny Brooke
  • Liam Bailey at Foulrice Park

 

Yards will be opening from 9.30am to 1pm with activities to follow on Middleham’s Low Moor including the inter-yard team challenge and dog show.

Sam Cone is head of communications and public affairs for long-standing event sponsor ARC.

Sam said: “Everyone in British Racing is aware of the importance of Racing Welfare’s services to those working across the industry, and we are proud to once again support the Middleham Open Day, alongside a number of other of the charity’s events.

“Good Friday is an important date in the racing calendar and this is an excellent opportunity for fans to get a look at what goes on, day-to-day, in the region’s racing stables.

“We hope that everyone visiting Middleham Open Day has an enjoyable and insightful day.”

Tickets are now available to purchase at the early bird rate of £10 for adults and £6.50 for concessions if purchased before February 22. Under 16s go free.

Book now at www.middlehamopenday.co.uk.