…And they’re off!!

On Sunday, we were lucky enough to be invited along to the family fun day at Hamilton Park Race Course, which was also collecting in aid of Cancer Research Uk.

Now, when I got the invite, I got ever so slightly over excited as it was our first event invite. Such a novelty! I knew we would love it because the hubby loves anything betting related, the boys love anything that involves fun fairs and bouncy castles and I love being outside attempting to top up my non-existent tan.

So off we trotted (i know, I’m such a hoot 😉 ) to Hamilton, not really knowing what to expect, but excited all the same. The sun was attempting to shine and we ended up with a slightly overcast but extremely clammy day.

All in all, I can say we had an absolutely fantastic time. From arriving at the race course until we left we felt amazingly looked after (with thanks to Brian from the BIG partnership) and were spoiled for choice with what we could do.

Straight away, the boys made a beeline for the crazy golf and small playpark that was set up. I knew straight away that this would keep them amused for hours – so much so that I was starting to worry If we would actually get to see any of the races! Alongside these, there was a bouncy castle, a massive inflatable ball pit, a laser quest (which i refused to let the boys into as I still think they’re too young – queue their screams and tantrums) a small merry-go-round and a couple of other small fun fair rides. They also had set up several typical fun fair stalls (which I don’t know the proper names of, so I’m going to improvise here) a “Shoot-the-cans” game, a “lob-the-ball-at-the-coconuts” game and a “try-and-grab-the-massive-yellow-duck-with-a-tiny-hook” game. The boys (and P and I) loved it!

I could tell the husband was starting to get a bit tetchy as he still hadn’t put on any bets and the first race was close to starting. So we walked through to racing bit (my horse racing terminology isn’t the greatest) and we spent a few hours sitting about on the grass, enjoying the sunshine, and shouting abuse at my husband who seemed to have an amazing talent at picking only the losing horses. Typical. Aiden landed lucky, and the horse he picked won, landing him a little £6 win… which he says is going towards his next Playmobil purchase…. great.

There was plenty of parking at Hamilton Park and it was all really well sign posted on the day – so if you have a sense of direction as bad as mine – you will still be absolutely fine!

If you’re looking for a great family day out, or an adults only night at the races (their Casino Royale night is coming up!) then have a look at Hamilton Park Racecourse‘s website here. Their ticket prices start from £12 per person.


The Southside Girl x

*Disclaimer – We were sent tickets for the whole family, free of charge. Massive thanks to the BIG Partnership.

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