City Stakeholders Join MBNA and Chester Racecourse for a Family Fun Bonanza Next Sunday 5 August | Chester Racecourse

City Stakeholders Join MBNA and Chester Racecourse for a Family Fun Bonanza Next Sunday 5 August

Preparation is now well underway ahead of the annual Family Funday fixture at Chester Racecourse. Taking place on Sunday 5 August and once again sponsored by Principal Partner MBNA, MBNA Family Funday is packed full of activities for youngsters in addition to the seven races throughout the afternoon.

Car parking pay lanes open from 9am on the day and parking is available to purchase at just £11 per car on arrival by cash or card. Pedestrians are invited to come onto course and pay on the day on the gate. Gate 9 will be open from 9am and racegoers with pushchairs can avoid the steps onto the Open Course and enter via Gate 12 (from 11.30am), underneath the Grosvenor Bridge. All other enclosure gates will open at the usual time of 11.30am.

Racing begins with The Thyme People Nursery Handicap Stakes at 1.50pm and concludes with The Horseradish Handicap Stakes at 5.10pm.

Throughout the day, a carefully curated list of activities will be on offer for youngsters. Kids can try their hand at crafts, giant games, a climbing wall and enjoy the inflatable play zone. Chester FC will be hosting a football zone, with speed and target shots, beat the keeper, mini games and skills sessions. Special guests from Chester FC’s First Team have also been invited down to the Open Course to show mascot Big Lupus how it’s done.

Spearheading the day’s activities, MBNA will be hosting a competition to win multiple prizes throughout the afternoon and handing out goodie bags and activity raceday programmes to youngsters (subject to availability), with the help of Dee 106 who’ll be broadcasting from the racecourse during the afternoon. DJs David Phillips and Darren McCoy will be joined by Chester the Cat and the Dee Street Team and looking to interact with the crowd and entertain with music and chat.

Face painting, a petting zoo and a giant colouring in wall add more fun to the running order and affiliate Partners of MBNA, Storyhouse will be hosting interactive story-telling sessions and a colouring in competition to win tickets to the opening of the Wizard of Oz later in the year.

Hip North West regional publication for parents, Parentfolk, will be bringing a cool pop up for littlefolk (and ParentFolk too), with nail bar, hair braiding, face art and glitter bar, littlefolk will love the makeover madness, and parents can grab the chance to pick up their summer holiday printed issue too.

Local funk and soul band Yubaba, a hit at last year’s event are back for a second year to entertain all ages throughout the afternoon between races, there really is something for everyone.

Tickets to the 23rd annual Family Funday fixture start at just £12 per adult on the Open Course, whilst entry for Children aged 17 and under is COMPLETELY FREE to this and all Chester Racecourse meetings! Did you know, the Open Course has a designated Picnic Area, where BBQs, gazebos and a small amount of alcohol are permitted – when brought in by car and consumed within this area.

Some hospitality packages and enclosures are already sold out but there is still time to secure your tickets to this fantastic day. Purchase your tickets online here, over the phone – 01244 304 600 or in person at the Chester Racecourse Box Office. The last posting date for tickets is Wednesday 1 August.

All children’s activities are provided free of charge. Minimum age and height restrictions may apply for some of the activities on offer. Due to the volume of attendees on the Open Course, queues for activities should be expected. Please be aware a dress code is in operation. Football shirts will only be permitted on the Open Course.