racedays in August: Top class racing and fun for all the family will be the two keynotes of Thirsk’s themed Family Day series this month.

The three-day spectacular is spread across the August holiday period and have light sabres at the ready as it gets under way with a Star Wars-themed Family Day next Tuesday, 9th August.

Racegoers will be able to meet their Star Wars Heroes or, for the more adventurous, there is an invitation to come racing dressed as your favourite Star Wars Characters, whether it’s Hans Solo, Darth Vader or just a Storm Trooper.

With a children’s play area and inflatable castles, this really is a fun family day out and children under 18 go free with a full paying adult.

Monday 15th August is the James Herriot “All Creatures Great and Small” Family Day, offering action-packed racing for the adults, but with plenty of fun to keep the younger racegoer entertained too, including a small petting farm, pony rides and inflatables, all in the Family Enclosure.

And then it will be the turn of Captain Jack Sparrow to provide the off-track entertainment for everyone on Friday 26th August with his swashbuckling shenanigans on Pirate Day.

The kids will love the 25-metre inflatable pirate ship and as always accompanied children under the age of 18 are admitted free of charge, making a day at Thirsk races great value for families.

All the children’s entertainment is in the Family Enclosure, which has grandstand viewing, a betting ring, Totepool betting windows and a fantastic children’s playground for the youngsters. Snacks, fast food outlets and bar facilities are available throughout the Family Enclosure

A Park & View ticket admits a car plus up to four adults to a specified trackside area within the Family Enclosure, ideal for car-boot picnics.

Family Enclosure patrons may transfer-up to the Paddock Enclosure on the day for the designated transfer fee.

Karen can usually be found glued to her computer or at the stables. Having edited several national magazines she co-founded Eclipse Magazine in 2008 after realising that many of her friends were nervous about going racing due to lack of information – what to wear, how to bet etc. She absolutely loves her job (how many people can say that?!) and is truly grateful to all supporters of and contributors to Eclipse Magazine. If you are reading this she would like to say THANK YOU! (And please spread the word about Eclipse...!!)

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