Flower beds designed and planted by school children from the villages around Market Rasen will be unveiled for the first time at the racecourse’s family fun this weekend.
It’s the annual Don Noble Bookmakers Family Day racing fixture on Sunday, 3rd July – when the Family Enclosure is formally re-named the Lawn Enclosure. The exciting picnic-themed occasion includes personal appearances by Peter Rabbit throughout the day.
Pupils from five local schools – De Aston, Middle Rasen, Legsby, Osgodby and Tealby – have been involved in the Lawn Enclosure Community Project which also includes the planting of a time capsule.
As well as the schools, local businesses have been involved, with Jacksons Buildbase, Bathroom Desires, Peter Rhodes, Mole Valley, the Co-op and Tesco showing their support. Robbie Parry, owner of Mill Farm Nursery in Middle Rasen, has also been offering advice to the young gardeners.
The day also sees the racecourse teaming up with Lincs Inspire to promote health and wellbeing among young people in the county. They are coming together to stage what is aimed to be Lincolnshire’s Biggest Junior Workout.
Two fitness instructors from Lincs Inspire will lead the youngsters in the workout, and Lincs Inspire’s Sports Development Team will hold a range of fun-filled activities, such as a penalty shoot-out and giant games.
As part of the first ever Stable Staff Week in British horse racing, initiated by the charity Racing Welfare, grooms will also be given free meals on Sunday.
Nadia Gollings, General Manager, Market Rasen Racecourse, said:
The new Lawn Enclosure celebrates all that is good for families on our race-days, showcasing top quality racing combined with high quality children’s entertainment. Market Rasen Racecourse is very much part of its community and we are pleased to be giving something back to our customers who support us throughout the year.
We are delighted to be getting together with Lincs Inspire to promote a healthy lifestyle for youngsters and it’s sure to be an exciting day out for all the family.
The racecourse opens on Sunday, 3rd July at 12.05pm, two hours before the first scheduled race for professional jockeys. There are also two pony races for up-and-coming teenage riders. Tickets are from just £7.20 in advance.
Tickets for all race meetings can be purchased in advance at a discount at http://marketrasen.thejockeyclub.co.uk or through the ticket line on 0344 579 3009. Accompanied children aged under 18 are admitted free of charge on almost all days.