It is nice every once in a while to treat yourself, without the little ones, and spend some quality time with your friends. So how about a day at the races? This is the one time you can have the whole day to yourself, getting fully dressed up and sipping champagne, whilst soaking in the atmosphere and having a little flutter.
Or how about having a family day out at the races, on family days? Not only are you having to think about what you’re going to wear, but there’s also factors such as how you’re going to get there, and where are the best places to stay.
‘Just girls’ day
Fashion at the races is all important. You want to create that right look but need some inspiration. Dress codes at race tracks usually advise that you dress as you would if you were going to a wedding. You can get ideas on the formal dress you are looking for, to express your desired look. Many ladies enjoy wearing hats, which range from the simple design to the flamboyant, which you can pick up at local department stores, or have specially made by a milliner. Shoes come in a range of shapes and colours, and can be easily found online to compliment your outfit. Handbags and the right jewellery are the accessories which can finish off your race outfit perfectly.
Once you’re dressed up and at the races there are tips to bet on straight from the horse’s mouth. Coral has information on race days, and the horses which will be running. Also different racecourse websites offer advice to picking that winning horse, such as Cheltenham’s tips. Things to look out for when placing your bet are aspects like if the horse has had any previous wins, the horse’s age and weight, it’s top speed ratings, and its latest betting odds. Handy tips to picking your horse are found easily on various websites, and information is also available at the racecourse itself.
A family day
Family days at the races include extra activities to keep your cherubs entertained throughout the day, from an appearance of their favourite children’s characters, bouncy castles, to interactive racing zones. Whether you live close to a racecourse or are travelling, racecourse websites advise you as where to drive in and park onsite, or local bus and rail information, with many places offering shuttle buses taking you directly to the course, from the nearest stations and town centres.
If you are travelling you also might consider making a night of it, and staying in local accommodation. Whatever your requirements you might want to splash out on a lavish hotel, to an affordable boutique bed and breakfast, or stay in local flats and rooms. However you wish to spend it, a day out at the races is a way of having fun with your friends or entertaining your family.