YOUNG people under 18 in Uttoxeter are in for a treat as the town’s racecourse now offers them free entry.
Uttoxeter Racecourse, in Wood Lane, is bucking the trend at a time when family leisure activities are increasing in price and the age limit for free entry is forever lowering, by offering free entry to under 18 year olds.
It said this makes a family day out at the races an affordable yet entertaining option.
David MacDonald, executive director at Uttoxeter Racecourse, said the idea for the free entry came from wanting to make events more accessible to everyone.
He said: “Free entry used to be for under-16s at our racetrack, but we wanted to make our fantastic events and races more accessible to cash-conscious families this year so we extended the age limit.
“We also host a number of family days at our course that provide another opportunity for families to get involved in racing and these are full days out, offering a variety of other entertainment alongside the racing.”
At the moment, adults currently pay from £9 a ticket for standard fixture rate days so a family of two adults and two under 18 year olds could save £18 or more under this new scheme.
It will also lead to a much higher saving when using the racecourse’s premier enclosure.
Mr MacDonald added: “When compared with family trips to the cinema and local attractions, we really do offer a competitive option, making racing affordable for everyone.
“We hope that by introducing free entry for all under 18s, racing can become a regular fixture for families in and around Uttoxeter.”
Throughout the year there is a range of afternoon and evening racing which race-goers are able to choose from.
Some of the racecourse’s most popular events last year which brought in crowds of people to the town included Ladies’ Night, the Midlands National, the James Bond themed day and the John Smith’s Summer Cup.
Uttoxeter Racecourse is part of ARC and operates 15 racecourses across the UK and is committed to proving it can lead the way when it comes to providing fun, affordable days out.
ARC is the largest racecourse group in the UK, hosting 39 per cent of the UK’s annual horseracing fixtures.
More information about venues, prices and special events is available from the racecourse on 01889 562561 or visit www.uttoxeter-racecourse.co.uk