Ascot Racecourse is celebrating the conclusion of its Jumps Season as country pursuits and activities come to Ascot for The Prince’s Countryside Fund Raceday on Sunday 29th March.
The Prince’s Countryside Fund is a unique group of brands and businesses brought together by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2010 to help secure a brighter future for British farmers and the countryside. In its first five years it has provided £5m of funding across the UK to a multitude of remarkable organisations working tirelessly to keep farmers farming and our rural communities alive.
Boasting a full day of exciting jump racing alongside a wide range of countryside inspired activities and Easter entertainment, there will be plenty of action both on and off the track making it a fun day out that the whole family can get involved in.
Children gain free entry and will be spoilt for choice with the number of fun events and performances on the day. Pony rides, welly throwing competitions and a full petting farm are just some of the activities on offer to keep the whole family amused. In addition, interactive and educational demonstrations will take place between races, including a magnificent falconry display, the hilarious duck herding ‘Quack Pack’, and much more. Ascot’s Colts & Fillies Club* ambassadors, TV presenters Ant & Dec will also be coming down and taking part in a live chat in the Parade Ring.
Helen Aldis, Manager of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, said “It is really important that we value the countryside and the people that live and work there. This unique raceday will provide the opportunity for families to find out more about the valuable work of The Prince’s Countryside Fund, the innovative projects we are supporting right around the UK and meet some of the people and businesses we have helped to date.”
As an Easter treat, Lindt will be hosting a Gold Bunny Easter Hunt. If you see a flash of gold bunny ears or hear the gentle tinkle of a bell, then you have found one of the clues. Trails will lead children through a magical Easter adventure as they solve the clues to receive their golden Lindt chocolate reward at the end.
Horses won’t be the only animals competing as the ‘Lamb National’ is set to take place. Watch in amazement as Herdwick sheep negotiate a specially designed course and leap over hurdles in an attempt to earn their place in the Winners’ Enclosure. Fame and glory awaits the winner, it is a race that cannot be missed.
If that’s not enough visitors will also have the chance to meet ‘Know How’ the ex-racehorse, take a visit to Ferret World and marvel at the skilled craftsmanship in the saddle and wool making displays as well as watch a Dry Stone Walling demo. For the keen shoppers there will be many traditional countryside stalls located around the racecourse as Ascot plays host to some of the best suppliers of British made goods and produce including Hampshire Fare and Heritage Harvest who have been supported by The Prince’s Countryside Fund.
*The Colts & Fillies Club, which currently has over 18,000 members, aims to bring horseracing to the next generation of racing enthusiasts by making the sport accessible and fun. It is free to join for children aged 17 and under and members can enjoy dedicated family days at Ascot, with specifically tailored activities exclusively for Colts and Fillies members including live chats in the parade ring.
Joining the club couldn’t be easier, justclick here and complete the online joining form.