Wincanton Racecourse in Somerset has become the 26th racecourse to join Britain’s first ever free racing month.

It’s an unprecedented move for a spectator sport, with the racecourses opening their doors in April and giving the public the chance to watch horseracing free of charge.

The date at Wincanton Races is Thursday 21 April. There are 500 free tickets available and like all the free admission offers can be accessed initially via www.lovetheraces.com.

It’s ‘Somerset Day’ at the popular jumps racecourse, with the Mangled Wurzles playing live after the horse races.

The national free racing venture is organised by Racing for Change, the racecourses and lovetheraces.com. Seventeen fixtures are entirely free in at least one major enclosure at each racecourse, while there are a total of 6,000 free tickets available in advance at a further 12 meetings. Tickets are already being snapped up. Read more here

FREE TICKETS ‘SOLD OUT’ WITHIN A DAY

Redcar Racecourse’s website was deluged after the offer of 500 free tickets for the opening racing day of 2011 on Monday 18 April.

The places at the races were all snapped up within 24 hours of being made available. The Tees Valley racecourse has now responded swiftly with another money-saving deal for its visitors.

Anyone buying a Grandstand ticket for the second meeting in April – on Easter Monday 25 April – will also be given free admission on Monday 18th.

Amy Fair, general manager of Redcar Racecourse, said: “The 500 free tickets for 18 April were all taken up within 24 hours. Our website was amazingly busy, as our friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter in particular booked their places.

“Now we are very pleased to offer another great deal – buy a Grandstand ticket for Easter Monday and you can come along free on 18 April too . . . two days at the races for the price of one.”

Further details are available at www.redcarracing.co.uk. News about the racecourse can also be followed on Twitter – twitter.com/Redcarracing.

Allison Graham

Allison is the Publisher of Eclipse Magazine. She loves going to the Races and is learning to bet (despite being officially the worst bettor in the History of the Universe), there's a lot more to learn...

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