Horseracing is a thrilling spectator sport, which is one of the reasons why horseracing events at Jockey Club racecourses are so popular with people of all ages.
Days out at the races are also famed for their glamourous dress codes, sociable atmospheres and fine dining. So, you’d be forgiven for assuming that horse racing isn’t suitable for children, but that’s where you’d be wrong!
Can children go to the races?
Children under 18 are welcomed at many of the Jockey Club horseracing events. In fact, at many events children go free!
Family days out at our racecourses are packed with fun activities for children and adults alike. We’ve answered commonly asked questions about bringing children to the races, to help families plan a fun day out.
What activities are there for children at family days?
You’ll find fun-packed activities for kids of all ages at all our family day events. Every family event is different, but here are some of the children’s activities we’ve offered in the children’s zones at past events.
- Meet the jockeys
- Fairground rides
- Ice cream
- Face painting
- Running races
- Pony rides
- Bouncy castles
Are there child-friendly facilities at Jockey Club racecourses?
If you’re heading to the races with babies or toddlers, you’ll find baby changing and feeding rooms at various locations at Jockey Club racecourses, as well as accessible entrances for pushchairs and wheelchair users. Please check the individual racecourse information for further details on where the child-friendly facilities are located.
Is there a kids club at the family friendly events?
We don’t offer a kid’s club at family days as we believe a family day at the races is better spent together. Did you know that on average, British families only spend three hours a week together? We’re all busy with school, work and other commitments, but a family trip to the races is the perfect opportunity to spend some quality time outdoors with loved ones.
Can I bring my own food to family days?
Some Jockey Club racecourses have a Picnic Enclosure to allow families to relax on the grass and enjoy their own al fresco lunch while they soak up the atmosphere of a family day at the races.
Each racecourse has its own rules around bringing food and drink, as well as plenty of affordable and tasty food stalls within the racecourse grounds, so be sure to check before bringing your own picnic.
What should I expect from a day at the races with children?
If you’re still unsure about taking your family to the races, let David Walliams and his son Billy show you all the fun that can be had at the races. Our friends at Great British Racing have created a series of videos with the comedian and his son, where they take you through what you can expect from your family day out. There portal is packed with fun games and tips to make sure you get the very most from your day out.