Ripon hosts the opening meeting of the 'Go Racing in Yorkshire Racing Summer Festival' this Saturday 22nd July, as Yorkshire gears up for the biggest racing event of the summer.
The Festival, now in its landmark 10th year - which aims to showcase the best of what Yorkshire racing has to offer - concludes at Pontefract on Sunday week, with a day's racing at each of the Yorkshire Racecourses with the exception of Wetherby.
With the schools summer break approaching, what better way to celebrate and join in the festivities with a family day at Yorkshire's Garden Racecourse? With adult entry from just £7 and FREE entry for all accompanied under 18's, why not pack the picnic and the whole family together for a great summers day out.
'Festival Freddie' the Go Racing in Yorkshire mascot will be making an appearance and available for photos with the children from when the gates open at 11.30am, before an afternoon of quality action on the track.
James Hutchinson, Managing Director and Clerk of the Course said:
"The festival is one of our highlights and busiest days of the season. It's great that all the Yorkshire courses unite once a year to showcase what Yorkshire has to offer and we are very proud to get the festivities started here at Ripon"
Sir Gary Verity, Chief Executive of Welcome to Yorkshire, said:
"Yorkshire is the home of horse racing in the UK, it's part of the county's lifeblood and the Go Racing festival is a celebration of this. We have nine racecourses stretching across the county so a day at the races is never far away."
"And horse racing is not only a fantastic day out, it's also a booming economy generating £228m a year for our county and supporting around 3000 jobs. We know it's a major visitor attraction in Yorkshire for millions of people from near and far and this festival is a brilliant opportunity to discover all it has to offer."
Racing at Ripon on Saturday features a seven race card worth a whopping £76,000 in prize money, with the principal race 'The Ripon Bell-Ringer Handicap Stakes' a contest over a mile and a half offering £25,000 in prize money. The day also features two races from the festival headline sponsors SkyBET and racecourse partners VW Van Centre (West Yorkshire).
Musical entertainment on Saturday is provided by The Tom Roberts Jazz Band, while Ripon's permanent giant screen will enable racegoers to see even more of the action along with their extra screen located in their Paddock BBQ area. With bouncy castles and inflatable rides for the children (weather permitting) in the Course Enclosure, along with the Ripon's two permanent playgrounds.