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Under starter’s orders at Beverley Racecourse
After a successful 2017 season of bumper attendances, new partnerships and exciting themed race days, Beverley Racecourse is looking forward to a thrilling new season, starting in April.
Racegoers can expect new themed race meetings, more family-friendly days, new and improved party nights, plus, of course, exhilarating flat racing over one mile and three furlongs on the spectacular Westwood course. In all there will be a total of 19 race days.
The season gallops out of the stalls with the opening day on April 18 and follows that up with a second spring meeting on the afternoon of Thursday April 26.
The first family day of the season on the May Bank Holiday, May 7, is one of this year’s new highlights – Bygone Beverley – a themed race day taking you back to the Swinging Sixties. From tic-tac men to traditional entertainment, it’s Beverley Races as you’ve never seen it before.
The team at Beverley Racecourse will be inviting community groups to reminisce and share their memories of this iconic era ahead of the big day, to build the most accurate picture of race days on the Westwood in times past.
Another new attraction is the Paw Patrol Family Raceday on Tuesday, July 31. This midsummer race day at the start of the school summer holidays will feature characters from the hugely-popular animated series, Paw Patrol, and will also see the return of the hilarious Bark de Triomphe, a comedy race for jockeys’ dogs.
Never a racecourse to stand still, Beverley is also hosting an attempt to smash the Guinness World Record for Horse-boarding, in a drag race taking place on the popular Beverley Bullet Raceday in September. Horse-boarding brings together surfing, skateboarding and horse riding in an extreme sport that sees a rider on a horse tow a board rider at speeds of up to 35mph.
Kate McKee, marketing manager at Beverley Racecourse, said: “We’re working on some very exciting plans for this season. Bygone Beverley is the first new themed race day and we’re also working hard on plans to make this year’s Flemingate Ladies’ Day an unforgettable experience.
“Some of our favourite events such as The Very British Raceday, Hull FC Family Day and the Beverley Bullet are returning, as they were hugely popular with racegoers last year. And we are, of course, looking forward to the famous Donkey Derby, Camel Derby and Bark de Triomphe!
“We’ve also listened to visitor feedback and moved our popular 70s Race Night featuring Bus Stop from a Tuesday to a Friday evening, so people can let their hair down and not worry about work the next day.
“Not only that, we’re trying to incorporate a beer and cheese festival into the season, so there’s a huge amount for racegoers to look forward to this year.”
Sally Iggulden, chief executive of Beverley Racecourse, said: “After such a successful year in 2017 we have our work cut out to make this season even better, but we’re determined to rise to the challenge.
“We’ve reviewed the full fixture list to give people even more reasons to come racing to Beverley this season.
“We’ve also been busy upgrading our facilities, including investing in improvements to the parade ring, and we’ve introduced e-ticketing technology so tickets can be emailed or downloaded to a smartphone, which will be more convenient for racegoers.”
Attendances at the popular course during 2017 were six per cent up on 2016, bucking the trend for racecourses across the country, which showed a dip on the previous year.
Beverley Races tickets for the season opener, on Wednesday, April 18, and the rest of the fixtures are available online at www.beverley-racecourse.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline on 01482 867488. Racegoers are advised to book in advance, especially for the most popular meetings.
Details of the full 2018 fixtures can be found at www.beverley-racecourse.co.uk/racing/season-calendar
Beverley Racecourse 2018 Fixtures
Wednesday 18 April – Season Opener
Thursday 26 April – Afternoon Racing
Monday 7 May – Bygone Beverley Raceday
Tuesday 15 May – Afternoon Racing
Wednesday 30 May – Half-term Raceday with Hull FC
Saturday 9 June – A Very British Raceday
Tuesday 19 June – Evening Racing
Tuesday 26 June – Afternoon Racing
Friday 6 July – 70s Racenight featuring Bus Stop
Saturday 7 July – The Big Saturday Raceday
Tuesday 17 July – Afternoon Racing
Monday 23 July – Carnival Racenight
Tuesday 31 July – Paw Patrol Family Raceday featuring the Bark de Triomphe
Wednesday 15 August – Flemingate Ladies’ Day
Thursday 16 August – Afternoon Racing featuring the Camel Derby
Sunday 26 August – Family Raceday
Saturday 1 September – Beverley Bullet Raceday
Wednesday 19 September – Afternoon Racing
Tuesday 25 September – Season Closer