Family Days

Family Days

Here at Ripon we believe that horse racing is a sport that should be enjoyed by all the family, we offer FREE admission into all enclosures to all children under 18 as long as they are accompanied by an adult.

We also have two permanent playgrounds available at each meeting, located in our Course and Paddock enclosures to keep the children entertained. Bouncy castles and fun slides are also available in the course enclosure on Saturday meetings (weather dependant).

There are lots of lovely options for something to eat whilst here with us and also welcome picnics in our Paddock & Course Enclosures.

There are catering outlets in the course enclosure (which is where the majority of our Children’s entertainment is based) and over in the Paddock & Club enclosures we have a wide variety of options including jacket potatoes, home cookedwarm dinners in our Fountains Café along with Fish n Chips and Hot roast sandwiches & toasties.

And for afters, we have the wonderful ‘Charlotte’s ice creams’ and our traditional sweet shop on site.

If you would like a sit down meal, we have our Club Dining room in the Club Enclosure where Children are more than welcome. Our caterers are more than happy to offer them a Children’s version of what is on the day’s ‘A La Carte’ menu.

New for 2017, Great British Racing UK have launched #StirrUpSummer a national campaign to promote racing to the next generation of racegoers, promoting the FREE entry offering for all accompanied under 18’s which is available at over 60 racecourses throuhgout the UK.

Never been racing? Watch as Radio DJ Sara Cox as she goes behind the scenes to give us guide to the races. For more information of the #StirrUpSummer check out their dedicated website.

Monday 7th August – Children’s Day_D7X6343

Our annual Children’s Day is a fantastic way to introduce your children to the exciting world of horse racing at its best.

Not only do we have thrilling racing, on our Children’s day we have lots of FREE activities to make the children’s experience of Ripon even more enjoyable.

We have lots of free fun for the Children including:

  • Mini Farm
  • Face Painting
  • Barrel Train ride
  • Balloon Modelling
  • Cup and Saucer Ride
  • Kub Karts
  • Bouncy Castles
  • Interactive Racing Roadshow

We also have the wonderful ‘New Beginnings’ with us, who are great local charity who re-home and re-train ex-racehorses who are no longer racing.

*Activities are subject to change


Monday 14th August– ‘Alice in Wonderland Day’CNP-gAjVEAA7d-x.jpg large

Carrying on from last years 150th Anniversary celebrations, not only do we have thrilling racing, we are inviting the young racegoers to experience the ‘Alice’s Magical Wonderland’ with our special secret adventures for FREE!

We have lots of other entertainment for you to treat your little ones to on the day as well as an afternoon of racing including:

  • Alice’s ‘Into Wonderland’ Games
  • Mad Hatters Tea Party
  • Face Painting
  • Balloon Modelling
  • Tea Cup Rides
  • Bouncy Castles

We are holding a ‘FANTASY DRESS COMPETITION’ as judged by Minster FM’s breakfast show presenters Ben and Ellie – choose your favourite Alice in Wonderland character and celebrate with us!

Prizes for:

  • Best Adult Costume ( over 18 )
  • Best under 6 year old costume
  • Best over 6 year old costume

‘Wonderful’ prizes on offer including : Lightwater Valley Passes, Forbidden Corner Passes, Sweets Hampers & much more!


Monday 28th  August – (Bank Holiday)IMG_3622

Not only do we have our final family fun day of the season, on our Bank Holiday showdown on Monday 28th August we look forward to our only listed race of the season, the EBF Ripon Champion Two-Year Old Trophy. It’s a perfect day out for all the family, pack the picnic basket and the blanket and join us for the perfect Bank Holiday get together!

For our Bank Holiday Family Fun day you can expect lots of FREE fun for the Children in our Course Enclosure including:

  • Balloon Modelling
  • Cup and Saucer Ride
  • Barrel Train Ride
  • Kiddie Cub Kart
  • Bouncy Castles


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