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Horses and History the Theme for a new Free Treasure Trail around Chester

A new family-friendly treasure trail game has launched around Chester, based around the city’s historic racecourse – the oldest racecourse in the world still in operation.

‘Chestopoly’ turns the city into a racecourse, with participants tasked with solving a number of puzzles, taking on some fun physical challenges and learning about the history of horses, the racecourse and racing over the centuries.

The trail is the first of a series of new initiatives being created by Chester Race Company, in partnership with city-based heritage organisation Big Heritage, to bring the rich history of racing and Chester Racecourse to a wider audience.

Chester: A Life Story, the latest Big Heritage attraction in the city will also feature a new exhibition about Chester Racecourse, in addition to a number of high-tech 3D holograms that will be installed around the city as part of the Chestopoly trail.

To launch the trail to a crowd of Roodee racegoers, a character from Chester's past, Marmaduke Langdale opened the trail with a special proclamation about Chester and its historical connection to the racecourse in front of thousands at SportPesa Ladies Day on Saturday 31 August. 

Dean Paton, Managing Director at Big Heritage said: “Our team have had an amazing time developing this treasure trail. We’ve unearthed some real gems from the archives that tell a story of 480 years of racing at Chester. Chestopoly is informative, competitive but most of all fun – so we’re proud to be delivering this.”

Whilst the emphasis is on fun, the trail has a strong educational element and participants who take part can win some exclusive prizes for their friends, family and school, including a day at the Roman Day on Saturday 23 May for everyone in their class and perhaps even more exciting for teachers – a day at the races for every teacher in their school.

Richard Thomas, Chief Executive of Chester Race Company said: “2019 is a big year for the racecourse, one in which we celebrate 480 years of racing at Chester. At the start of the season we launched a pop-up exhibition about the history of the course at the city’s Grosvenor Museum that runs until the end of September and having been awarded the Guinness World Record for oldest horse racecourse still in operation, this new initiative will continue to tell the story of our heritage during this important commemorative year.

“We hope by presenting it in a fun and interesting way for the general public, it will encourage interest in the racecourse, the sport of racing and encourage visitors to the city.”

Chestopoly game packs are free and can be collected at Chester Racecourse Box Office, Chester: A Life Story in Bridge Street, the Grosvenor Museum or from the Tourist Information Centre at Chester Town Hall.

For more information about the trail and to enter your completed trail answers online, click here >