Redcar Racecourse is throwing open its gates on Monday to welcome what it hopes will be a bumper Bank Holiday crowd.
The two-day horse racing meeting on Monday and Tuesday coincides with the school half-term holidays.
All accompanied under 16s get into the racecourse free of charge – and for adults it’s just £5 on Monday and £4 on Tuesday. On the opening day, the showpiece event of the spring at the Tees Valley racecourse will be run – the Zetland Gold Cup. In the past, the race has been won by a horse owned by The Queen.
The one-and-a-quarter mile race, which has been run at Redcar Racecourse since shortly after the end of the Second World War, will attract plenty of good horses for spectators to watch.
Lots of family entertainment is being laid on too, including bouncy castles, slides and face painters.
The racecourse’s general manager Amy Fair said: “As well as our regular visitors, it’s a splendid opportunity for people who maybe haven’t been racing before to try out the sport for the first time.
“The entertainment is tremendous value for families seeking an affordable afternoon out when, as always, accompanied under 16s are admitted free of charge.”
The racecourse’s website – www.redcarracing.co.uk - offers the convenience of online purchasing of tickets for all racing days.
There is also a guide to where to eat and drink at the racecourse – and discount vouchers can be downloaded.
Redcar’s course enclosure, which offers a café, bar and picnic area, costs just £5 for adults and £4 for students and pensioners on Monday.
On the second day of the meeting, on Tuesday, the prices are £1 less. The Grandstand Enclosure is £15 admission on Monday and other big meetings – and £12 on Tuesday.
Gates open on Bank Holiday Monday at noon.
The first race is at 2.20pm.