Gloucester Races and Country Fair, in association with MS Amlin, promises to be a fun-filled sporting event for the whole family this month.
Set in the grounds of Maisemore Park on the banks of the River Severn, the event on Sunday 25th March from 10am-6pm showcases the best of British amateur horseracing over the jumps combined with rural crafts and an action-packed Country Fair.
Along with eight competitive races, racegoers can enjoy pony racing, an opportunity to meet Gloucester Rugby first team players, a gun dog display and scurry, falconry display, hound parade, ferret racing, rare breeds, fly tying, wood turning, a poultry and bee keeping exhibition. In addition to the racing and demonstrations there will also be a shopping pavilion with 40 stalls showcasing local and artisan food and drink plus a range of gifts, handmade crafts and clothing, along with trade stands, food outlets, licensed bar and bookmakers. There will also be additional entertainment for children including face painting and a bouncy castle, plus giant horse hopper racing for the ‘grownups’!.
David Redvers, chairman of the race meeting said “Gloucester Races is growing into a major sporting event in the local calendar. We’re delighted to be joined by the Gloucester Rugby community this year, and as part of our commitment to introduce more and more young people to racing and the countryside we’re welcoming families and staff from St James Gloucester City Farm and several inner-city schools.
Point-to-Point racing is an amateur sport that provides a vital nursery ground for many of today’s top National Hunt horses – the winner of our young horse race at Maisemore in 2017 is now favourite for a race at the Cheltenham Festival – you really can expect to get up close and personal to some equine stars of the future at Maisemore.”
Gates open at 10am. Dogs are welcome on a lead. Discounted tickets are available online for £10 per person, under 16’s free. Tickets are available on the day for £12.50 per person. Parking is free. For further information and for a full event timetable please visit www.gloucesterraces.co.uk
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