Visitors to Huntingdon Racecourse for the family fun day on Bank Holiday Monday will be seeing double.
Two Geralds to be exact … the racecourse’s new mascot and the real horse he is based on.
The ‘Big Caribbean Family Fun Day’ on 25th August is Gerald the mascot’s debut at the racecourse where the Mascot Grand National was held for many years. He takes over the role from veteran Hugo the Hound who is retiring after almost 20 years.
Gerald the horse is an Appaloosa and is a hack at the Lincolnshire racing stables of Steve Gollings, who sent out Soudain to win the inaugural Cambridgeshire National at Huntingdon Racecourse last November.
An array of free family entertainment is being laid on in the Main Enclosure of the racecourse on ‘Big Caribbean Family Fun Day’. As well as the horse races, there is a race on the track for children.
Visitors can also take part in a Caribbean fun run, compete in a limbo competition and test their balance on a surf simulator. There’s crazy golf and a treasure hunt, plus a live steel band playing Calypso sounds and a face painter.
Compere for the day is racing personality Derek Thompson.
Nadia Gollings, General Manager of Huntingdon Racecourse, said: “August Bank Holiday Monday is traditionally one of the racecourse’s most popular meetings of the year. Before the schools return, it’s a fantastic and exciting chance for families to enjoy an affordable day out at the races. We’re laying on an array of entertainments in the Main Enclosure – and, as always, accompanied children aged 17 years and under will be given free admission.
“We’re also delighted to be introducing not only Gerald our new mascot but the horse that he is based on who is coming down by horsebox from his home in Lincolnshire to be with us.”
A special family admission package is available for advance bookers – two adults, plus children, and two bags of Pic ‘n’ Mix for £22. This can be booked online at www.huntingdon-racecourse.co.uk or by calling the ticket hotline on 0844 579 3007 quoting ‘August’.
Admission starts from £9 (for the Picnic Enclosure) for adults when booked in advance. The Main Enclosure – the site for all the entertainment – is £13.50 in advance. The day is in support of Cancer Research UK and is sponsored by Simply the Best Events.
Gates on Monday 25th August open from 11.35am for a first race time of 1.35pm. Accompanied under 18’s are admitted free of charge. Adult tickets booked in advance are discounted by ten per cent at www.huntingdon-racecourse.co.uk or on the ticket hotline on 0844 579 3007. Main Enclosure tickets are £15 on the day and the Picnic Enclosure £10.