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Horse Racing

Howden Christmas Racing Weekend – Friday 17th & Saturday 18th December

🏇 Ascot Racecourse is the place to be for the popular Howden Christmas Racing Weekend, the latest of several jumps fixtures throughout the winter at the famous Berkshire racecourse.  Tickets are available


A quality two-day national hunt meeting kicks off with a seven-race card this afternoon at Ascot.  Expect some thrilling racing featuring a pair of Grade 2 races – The Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle and The Swinley Novices’ Chase, both valuable prizes that often throw up notable performers on the road to the Cheltenham Festival.


A top quality card features the Grade 1 Marsh Hurdle (registered as The Long Walk Hurdle), one of Britain’s most prestigious long-distance hurdle races

Off the track, there’s an abundance of seasonal fun for all with a range of festive entertainment set to delight racegoers of all ages.  This year’s event promises to be a memorable one for all, with a theme of Christmas round the world, marking the return of the global community Christmas spirit in 2021.  From American cookie decorating and Canadian ice hockey shoot outs to steel pan carollers and furry mascots from around the globe, the Howden Christmas Racing Weekend is jam-packed with exciting activities for all ages.  The traditional fairground rides and candle-lit carol singing with the Ascot Brass Band remain firmly part of the weekend’s entertainment.

Little ones will be kept entertained with festive arts and crafts, face painting and bubble magicians while Father Christmas and his reindeer will be in attendance. Mrs Christmas will also make a return for her much-loved story telling by the fire.

(Preview courtesy of the Ascot Racecourse website).

🗝️ Gates open at 10.45am on Friday and Saturday.

🏇 First race at 12pm on Friday and 12.40pm on Saturday.

🏇 Last race at 2.55pm on Friday and 3.35pm on Saturday.

🎟️ Tickets in advance advance are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.  Under 18s (maximum of 4) go free in the Queen Anne and King Edward VII enclosures on Friday and Saturday when accompanied by an adult.

🎟️ Tickets on the day are subject to availability.  Checking the Ascot Racecourse Facebook page before travelling is recommended.

🚊🚗 Travel tips: By train:  South West Trains runs a frequent service to Ascot from both Reading, Guildford and London Waterloo. The average journey time is 27 minutes from Reading and 52 minutes from Waterloo. The railway station is a seven-minute walk from the racecourse.

By car: Ascot is accessible from the M3, M4 and M40 and free parking is available during the jumps season.  For directions visit the Ascot website.

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