Reviewed by: Mojomums reviewer Rabea
What they say: Racegoers at the Summer Mile Raceday, Ascot Racecourse, can look forward to the perfect family day out combining fantastic entertainment for all ages with quality horse racing.
Alongside a seven race card featuring the £110,000 Group 2 Fred Cowley MBE Memorial Summer Mile and the £100,000 Totepool Heritage Handicap visitors can kick off the summer holidays with Champagne and picnics on Ascot’s elegant lawns, and a Family Area featuring a children’s carnival, free fairground rides, a Teddy Bear’s picnic, and much more.
Young racegoers will be entertained throughout the day within the Family Area, where they can meet and greet furry friends such as Paddington Bear, Cheer Bear and Scotty the Ascot mascot at the Teddy Bear’s Picnic.
Interactive story-telling of ‘We’re Going On A Bear Hunt’ will be led by Rosie Tells Tales, and an arts and crafts area will be led by Lloyd Warbey from Art Attack.
Other activities for youngsters include Clip Clop Pony rides, magicians, balloon modelling, face painting, live music, jugglers and soft play.
Attracting the world’s best jockeys and horses year-round, the racecourse is synonymous with showcasing the best of British summertime.
Accompanied children under the age of 18 enter for free.
What we say: “I have been to Ascot a couple of times before, and I was curious to see how the experience would be for the children, as my own experiences with Ascot in the past involved a little a bit of “grown up” bubbly (shhh) and a little bit of “grown up” betting! (double shhh)! So I was eager to see what was in store for the little ones…
Let me tell you, the summer mile racing/family day at Ascot did not disappoint!
Parking was easy, we had a prepaid parking ticket that wasn’t too far a walk to the entrance. The queue was a little long to get in and I thought we would be waiting around for a while but it went quickly and swiftly.
As we entered the grand entrance the children were in awe of the exquisite and lively surroundings and extremely excited by the view of the horses galloping round the course in the background. We were welcomed by friendly staff and a crowd dressed to impress.
Everything was clearly posted as we made our way to the family zone. There were various stalls set up with endless activities for children of all ages: soft play, face painting, arts and crafts, entertainers, dancing, pony rides, cooking, funfair rides… to name a few.
There really was enough to keep the children entertained all day long. Did I mention all this was free? I expected there to be long queues but I can confidently say we did not queue for longer than 5 minutes at a time. And there were plenty of children around!!
The atmosphere was amazing, generous amounts of seating was available next to the food stalls with childrens entertainers in the background performing songs that brought me back to my own childhood.
We had tickets for the King Albert VII enclosure which we walked through now and again throughout the day. It’s a very exquisite enclosure with a strict dress code, so if you head over there make sure you have a peek at the dress code requirements!
Although there wasn’t much available for the children to do in the actual enclosure, it was still a nice experience and the views that were available to watch the racing from on the enclosure balconies were excellent! My husband was very happy! Restaurants are available to eat at in the enclosure but some of them are for pre-booked customers only.
The main building has a number of places to eat, but to be honest we spent the majority of our time in the family zone as we couldn’t get the children away from that area!
All in all it was a great family day out and I would highly recommend taking your children there if you haven’t been before.
My youngest speaks about it all the time and refers to the day as: “The fun day we saw all the unicorns!”
For more information about Ascot races and events visit www.ascot.co.uk