Family fun at Gloucester Races and Country Fair
By David Wood
Where: Maisemore Park, Gloucester GL2 8HX
When: Sunday, March 31, 10am-7.30pm
Gloucester Races and Country Fair, in association with MS Amlin, promises to be a fun-filled sporting event for the whole family this Mother's Day.
Set in the grounds of Maisemore Park on the banks of the River Severn, the event this Sunday (March 31) from 10am-7.30pm showcases the best of British amateur horseracing over the jumps combined with rural crafts and an action-packed Country Fair.
Along with seven competitive races, racegoers can enjoy pony racing, a gun dog display and scurry, falconry display, hound parade, ferret racing, terrier racing, alpacas, wood turning, a poultry and bee keeping exhibition.
In addition to the racing and demonstrations there will also be a shopping pavilion with 20 stalls showcasing local and artisan food and drink plus a range of gifts, handmade crafts and clothing, along with trade stands, food outlets, licensed bar and bookmakers.
There will also be additional entertainment for children including face painting and a bouncy castle, and new for 2019, local Cotswolds band 'The Shadow Monkeys' will be playing from 5.45pm until 7.30 pm to finish off what will be a memorable day of racing.
David Redvers, chairman of the race meeting, said: "Gloucester Races is growing into a major sporting event in the local calendar. There is something for everyone to provide a fun-filled sporting event for the whole family to enjoy.
"Point-to-Point racing is an amateur sport that provides a vital nursery ground for many of
today's top National Hunt horses - the winner of the young horse race at Maisemore in 2017 was favourite for a race at the Cheltenham Festival - you really can expect to get up close and personal to some equine stars of the future at Maisemore."
Gates open at 10am. Dogs are welcome on a lead. Discounted tickets are available at the Gloucester Races website for £10 per person, under 16s free. Tickets are available on the day for £12.50 per person. Parking is free.
See the website for a full event timetable.
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