Horseracing is back - and family fun day!

They're off! Racing returns to Great Yarmouth Racecourse to conincide with Family Fun Day

They're off! Racing returns to Great Yarmouth Racecourse to conincide with Family Fun Day - Credit: Archant

Great Yarmouth Racecourse stages its annual Family Fun Day on Bank Holiday Sunday, August 30).

Last Sunday saw the course successful in impressing a British Horseracing Authority inspector who watched horses gallop on the new grass for the first time.

After last year’s Festival ended in mid-September, all racing closed at Yarmouth for a £300,000 project by owners Arena Racing Company to swing into action. An increasingly uneven surface along the straight mile had caused concerns from several horsemen, trainers and jockeys.

It had been hoped racing could start earlier this season however time passed and Sunday’s BHA inspection, by former jockey Nicky Carlisle, gave Yarmouth officials the boost they needed.

The August Bank Holiday meeting is usually the best attended race day of the year at the course and officials are hoping for a record turnout to welcome back the sport to the east coast.

While adults can enjoy the usual competitive and exciting racing, the kids will be having a great time enjoying all the special fun activities ... and all for free for the under 18 year olds.

People are warned to make sure they are early birds as up to 7,000 are expected to attend. Gates open at 11.30am with the first race at 2.10pm.

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There will be children’s races on the actual racecourse itself for all ages and the annual mascot race is definitely one not to miss.

Mascots from local attractions will line-up in a race like no other and the first 1,000 children through the turnstiles will be on to a winner straight away as they will collect a free goody bag. There are bouncy castles, kiddies’ rides, donkey rides and face painting to keep the youngsters happy while mums and dads study the form.

There will also be a chance to enter a competition to win a holiday for four courtesy of Haven Holidays

“This is our biggest family day of the year and we are expecting a bumper crowd. If you have not been before this is the day to try horse racing for the first time with lots of extra activities for the children,” said Great Yarmouth racecourse general manager, Glenn Tubby.

For more information call 01493 842527 or email

For more about the riders expected to attend see the Mercury sports pages