Fantastic Events 2018: Grafton Races and Family Country Day
The joys of life in the sticks are many and varied, but a family day out at a traditional British sporting fixture takes some beating. At Michael Graham we love getting involved with events across our region and Sunday 20th May is a firm date in our diaries when we’ll pack a picnic and join the crowds who flock to the Grafton Races and Family Fun Day.
Until this year, the home of the Grafton has been Whitfield Race Course, but sadly the turnstiles there were forced to close due to HS2. This year the Grafton has a wonderful new venue at Edgcote Racecourse north east of Banbury. In fact, equestrian loving hearts are racing as the track is renowned for its incredible gallops. If you know your horses, world-class thoroughbreds Royal Relief and Spanish Steps were trained there.
Michael Graham is delighted to be a sponsor of the Grafton for the eleventh consecutive year, and if you’re a new-comer to point-to-pointing, you’re in for a treat. Described as amateur horse racing over fences, at the Grafton gates open at 11am with the first of three pony races at 1pm, followed by the first horse race at 2pm. Seven horse races will be run over the afternoon. Away from the track there is entertainment guaranteed to keep everyone amused, whatever their age or inclination. A children’s corner with rides and activities, a vintage car display, birds of prey, a licensed bar, artisan food market and shopping opportunities galore mean you certainly don’t have to be a point-to-point purist to enjoy the day. In fact, you need to get there early to make the most of everything on offer. Entry is £10 per adult (children under 16 go free) and if you visit edgcoteraces.co.uk and buy tickets in advance you can get 20% off the ticket price. We look forward to seeing you there!
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