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Watch camels race as well as the horses!

Where: Paxford, near Chipping Campden

When: Easter Monday, April 22, first race 1pm

Horse racing fans are in for a treat on Easter Monday if they venture into the Cotswolds for the North Cotswold Point-to-Point at Paxford, near Chipping Campden.

Paxford Races is at the height of the local social calender and a perfect day out for all the family.

Torrential rain caused the last-minute cancellation of last year's meeting but the opposite is true 12 months later as the current dry spell is expected to continue over the holiday weekend.

Apart from the traditional selection of competitive horse races, there will also be the spectacle of camel racing for the first time at Paxford this year.

Camel racing is a huge sport in the Middle East and is becoming increasingly popular in the West. JAC has been thrilling audiences around Britain since 2000.

The camels and the jockeys are specially trained and wear fantastically colourful Arabian style outfits to add pzazz to the event. As well as racing, the camels are on display all day so the public can meet these splendid animals and learn more about them.

This year at Paxford there will be a parade of retired racehorses in between the first and second race. Between them Miko De Beauchene, Saphir Du Rheu and My Way De Solzen have made over £1 million in prize money!

The Paxford course opened in 1997 and provides an excellent day's entertainment for the whole family, with good views of the racecourse, betting facilities, picnic spaces, hound displays, trade stands, bars, food stalls, hospitality and children's amusements.

For more information, visit the Paxford Races Facebook page.

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