Festive gift of free entry to Kelso races for U18s

Racecourses across Scotland – including Kelso – will be providing free entry to under-18s during their Christmas holiday diaries.

Thursday, 12th December 2019, 4:00 pm
A glimpse back at Kelso's 'Festive Fling' from 2016.

The festive fixtures aim to provide families with a seasonal day out during the school holidays which won’t break the bank.

These fixtures – at Kelso, Ayr and Musselburgh – form a part of Great British Racing’s ‘Under 18s Race Free’ campaign, which has been created to showcase for families the number of racedays taking place across the country to which under 18s are admitted free of charge.

Many of these days also offer free, family-friendly entertainment in addition to the horseracing, with exciting activities including live music, ceilidh, winter fashion competitions, and a host of food and drink stalls to cater for all tastes.

The big day at Kelso is on December 29 (followed by Musselburgh on January 1, Ayr on January 2 and Musselburgh again on January 3).

Earlier this year, Great British Racing shared research divulging that more than 80 per cent of parents felt cost prevented their children from participating in activities outdoors.

A day at the races delivers fresh air, exercise and excitement and, through the Under 18s Race Free campaign, affordability for families.

Toby Shaw, director of communications & marketing at Great British Racing, said: “We know parents find it hard to find affordable family days out during the school holidays, so we want to highlight our Under 18s Race Free campaign and to make sure that families are aware about the great racedays on offer to them, all over the country this Christmas.

“There are very few occasions that offer spectacular sporting action, additional entertainment and free entry to under 18s, so this is something we are immensely proud to shout about.”