After the hugely successful Boodles May Festival, Chester Racecourse is about to see their popular family-friendly race day – “Roman Day” – make a historic return to the world’s oldest racecourse on May 28.
All children on ICM Stellar Sports Roman Day will be able to attend for free with an adult ticket holder, and to complement the entertainment of the racing itself, the racecourse has organised a host of activities to keep young race-goers happy and occupied.
The racecourse grounds are to be transformed into a young Roman’s play zone and dress-up area where children can adorn themselves in Imperial outfits, complete with Centurion’s swords and shields. There will be lots of opportunities to learn a little too, with an exhibition of roman artefacts from Chester’s Grosvenor Museum, and of course a spectacular parade of (real!) Romans marching from the city centre down to the racecourse and through the grounds.
Alongside all this will be archery, roman-themed crafting, an ancient woodland workshop, face painting, garden games and giant inflatables.
Louise Stewart, Chief Executive Officer, Chester Racecourse said: ‘Our much-loved Roman Day is a celebration of racing, families and the city’s amazing history. We’re not as old as the Romans but Chester Racecourse is the oldest operating racecourse in the world – so we love to celebrate our heritage and just like the Romans – we know what makes for a wonderful spectacle and a good day out.’
‘As well as the excitement of the races themselves, there will be plenty to enjoy for families this year, including a parade and Roman themed activities.’
Roman day tickets are available directly through the Chester Racecourse website from £10 if purchased in advance and from £15 on the day.
For Chester residents, the racecourse offers those in postcodes CH1 and CH2 a buy one, get one free ticket.