Ascot Family Day – Sophie’s first visit to the races

I have always loved horses, right from being small I was around them. I got my first pony when I was 7 and it appears that my love for all things equine has been passed along to my daughter too! She has no fear and loves nothing more than giving her friend Hopper (who happens to be a 17hh ex racehorse!) a big cuddle. She loves to sit on him and will shout him to come to her across the field, so going to Ascot Family Day was a big treat for her!Ascot family day

Michael and I have often visited our local racecourse pre-Sophie, which is relatively small, so I certainly wasn’t expecting anything as huge or as grand as Ascot! I have to admit I was a bit overwhelmed by the sheer size of it, it really is amazing and a must visit for any racing fan!

There were just 6 races on Saturday as part of the Dubai Duty Free Shergar Cup. As much as I love horses, I know very little about horse racing, so I always leave the betting to Michael – hes not an expert himself, but he always seems to pick the right horse! He managed to win on a couple of the horses.

The highlight of my day however was meeting up with the lovely Carolin from Mummy Alarm! Our girls hit it off immediately and had a great day playing together. We also bumped into Tanya from Mummy Barrow – it was brilliant to finally meet some of my favourite bloggers!

All in all we had a fantastic day at the races. There was loads for the children to do, with a soft play area, colouring, fairground rides and of course the horses. All this was followed by a concert held in the Old Paddock, which really took me back listening to Blue, Atomic Kitten and Rick Astley!

Ascot Family Day

Thanks for reading! x


  1. Wasn’t it a fabulous day? It was lovely to finally meet up and it was so great that everyone else got on so well too x

  2. looks like you all had a great day – & lovely weather too!

  3. There’s nothing to beat a day at the races. It’s years since I’ve been to Ascot but we have attended family days at Newmarket and Huntingdon. Always great fun.

    • Andrea @ love and cake

      We had always shied away from it a bit with having Sophie, but she loved it, so we are taking her to a family day at our local races soon too!

  4. We take our children to Family Day at York Races each year. Its become a family tradition. My Dad gives them money so they can bet £2 on each race 🙂

  5. Oooo I’ve never been to any races – it looks fun though, and how cool that you got to schmooze some time Carolin and Tanya too!

  6. Looks like a great day all round for you all 🙂 xxx

  7. Although I am from a racing town I have never visited, looks like you had a great time

  8. Nichola fabfortymum

    What a fantastic day out and so much fun for the children. As a bit of a horse fiend myself I’d have loved it, I’m not sure about Mr Astley though – argh 🙂

  9. It does look amazing. I love horse racing and don’t really get to follow it these days (something about having too many other things to do), but a day at the races would be a real treat.

  10. Sounds like lovely day out & meeting up with other bloggers is always fun x

  11. How lovely that she enjoyed going to the races too. I’ve never been, but I do know that it feels great when one of the children shares my interests.

  12. I wish I’d known who else was there!

  13. Wow i love the races however its been such a long while since we go to go.

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  14. Wow, that looks brilliant! I like horses and horse racing, but it’s never occurred to me to go on a family day out like this – didn’t know they did family fun days there! Will look out for them now, thank you 🙂

  15. What a fun day out for all the family, and how nice that you met up with a couple of fellow bloggers too! I love the look on your daughters face – it’s so sweet, thanks for sharing your race day fun with Country Kids.

  16. I’ve never been to the races, if its like this every time I’m VERY TEMPTED 😉
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  17. I love how they turn race meets into concerts these days, but rick Astley????! 😉
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