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Apr 05, 2017

Easter Eggstravaganza - Saturday 15 April

Searching for something exciting to do with your children this Easter? Then be sure to head to Newton Abbot Racecourse for an action-packed day of fun, entertainment and great give-aways.

The annual Easter Special on Saturday April 15 is a chance to get outdoors in the stunning South Devon countryside and enjoy the thrills of a day at the races.

And whether they’re knee-high to a thoroughbred or shoulder-height to a stallion, this unforgettable family fixture will be a winner with children of all ages.

For the first 200 children through the gate on Easter Saturday, the racecourse will once again be handing out free Easter eggs, so get there early.

Entry is free for 16s and under, as well as students with valid ID, as it will be at every fixture in 2017, making a great day out far more economical and appealing for families.

Then, once inside the racecourse, children will be treated to an Easter eggstravaganza packed with racing, family activities and fun in the racecourse’s new dedicated children’s play area.

Patrick Masterson, Managing Director at Newton Abbot Racecourse, said: “The Easter Special is always a fun day out for families and a chance for children to experience the excitement of a day at the races, possibly for the first time.

“The racecourse welcomes crowds of people through the gates for this event and we are expecting a great turnout this year. Where else can you experience such excitement and fun in a beautiful setting?

“We want racing to be accessible to everyone and are continuing our free entry for children and students to give them the opportunity to come along and see for themselves what a brilliant day out horse racing offers. We hope they will keep coming back, as it is these children and teenagers who will be spectators, owners, jockeys and trainers in years to come.”

The Easter fixture will be the first of some great family events, including a Family Day planned for the start of the summer holidays on July 23.

Another highlight will be the family-friendly Sounds of the Summer music festival on July 16, when the chart-topping line-up will include reggae royalty UB40, pop band All Saints, FYC (Fine Young Cannibals) and China Crisis.

These are part of a thrilling 18-fixture programme that returned to Newton Abbot after a winter break which saw tens of thousands of pounds being invested in ongoing upgrades to the course.

Following on from repairs to the Grandstand roof, which resulted in flooding in February, please note that the Course Enclosure betting hall will not be opened for the Easter fixture. The programme of repairs has been delayed by two weeks and the racecourse apologises for any inconvenience, however the disruption was totally outside of their control. All facilities such as tote betting, toilets and bars will be available around the Course Enclosure on Easter Saturday. The Paddock Enclosure will be fully open as standard.

The first race on Easter Saturday starts at 1.55pm and gates open at 11.55am. For online ticket bookings visit our online ticket store or call 01626 353235.