Chester's favourite family day out makes its annual return

This fixture holds a special place in thousands of hearts across the North West. Since it first began in 1995, on Family Funday alongside our much-loved racing, we transform the Open Course into a wonderland full of free activities for children and families. Whilst the parents can enjoy the racing, chance their odds with a bet and kick back and enjoy some of the best food and drink available, children are spoilt for choice with fun things to do throughout the whole day.

This year we have teamed up with the amazing team at ParentFolk to bring PlayFest to Family Funday. With exciting activities for all ages to enjoy including , a beach play space, football skills area, a BRIO play space and a Wonderbly imagination area. There will also be giant versions of retro popular arcade games brought to life. There will be a MusicZone which will feature DJ Nikki Beatnik, a world-famous DJ and Ministry of Sound resident who has worked alongside Beyonce, Jay Z and Kelis. A kids Live Lounge where little ones can have a go at becoming the starring act, and the ever-popular silent adventure disco will be back with their choreography style dancing tours. Children can enjoy Face Art too to look the festival part. The MakeZone and EntertainZone is set to drive children’s creativity and wellbeing with summer inspired arts and crafts, a graffiti wall and workshop, story time, comedy theatre show, and yoga workshops.

This is the ideal place for families to spend some much-needed quality time together. Get the kids out of the house and off their video games, and into the fresh air outdoors where they can run and play safely all day long. Make some memories that will last a lifetime and book today for the Chester Racecourse Family Funday.

This year the early bird definitely catches the worm, as we’re rewarding customers that book early with the best ticket prices. Ticket prices are split into different categories, with the lowest price always going to those that book early. This means the quicker you book, the better price you’ll get!

For group bookings, please call the box office on 01244 304610 or email

Please note that all tickets will be subject to a £1.25 per ticket administration fee.

For more information, please visit our terms & conditions page.

Raceday Schedule



1:50 pm

The Britvic Nursery Handicap Stakes (Class 5, 2yo)
Distance: 7f 1y | Prize: £9,900

2:20 pm

The EBF Novice Stakes (Class 4, 2yo)
Distance: 7f 1y | Prize: £11,546

2:55 pm

The Queensferry Stakes (Class 1, 3yo+) (Listed Race)
Distance: 6f 17y | Prize: £41,000

3:30 pm

The Handicap Stakes (Class 4, 3yo+)
Distance: 1m 4f 63y | Prize: £11,400

4:00 pm

The EBF Stallions Conditions Stakes (Class 2, 2yo)
Distance: 6f 17y | Prize: £21,198

4:30 pm

The Handicap Stakes (Class 3, 3yo+)
Distance: 7f 127y | Prize: £15,365

5:00 pm

The Handicap Stakes (Class 4, 3yo+)
Distance: 1m 2f 70y | Prize: £11,400