Set on top of Lansdown hill, overlooking the famous spa town, Bath Racecourse is in a stunning location. This historic race track boasts over 200 years of racing history. It is known for it's challenging course, and was the scene of a notorious attempted racing fraud in the 1950s. Having undergone a huge refurbishment last year, it opened it's gates for the first meet of the season on Good Friday. To celebrate the start of the season Bath Racecourse hosted a family friendly race day which we were lucky enough to be invited to.
The family entertainment was ideally situated right on the edge of the track, allowing parents to watch the races while still keeping sight of the kids. There was face-painting, bouncy castles and pony rides to keep the kids entertained, but the area my kids loved the most was the circus skills area.
Bath Racecourse offers all facilities you would expect, with a range of bars and dinning options to suit all tastes. Sadly my dream of sitting on the Roof Terrace sipping champagne was short-lived, with the kids opting for burgers and ice-creams at the track side instead! It should be noted that our gambling laws do not allow children to be involved in any aspect of placing a bet. This means that children can not be seen to be choosing a horse, even if it is the parent who then places the bet. Hubby and I did have a little flutter, and a couple of small wins which was a lovely bonus to the day. It's not often we take the kids out for the day and come back with more money than we left with!
It was lovely to try something a bit different as a family, and we all enjoyed our day out at the races. Bath Racecourse are holding 23 race fixtures this year, including Ladies Day and a music night where UB40 are playing. They are also holding lots of non racing events such as the Caravan and Motor-home Show, The Labyrinth Challenge which involves the worlds longest inflatable course and a Chilli Festival, so do go over and check out their website.