Ripon residents have long celebrated their city’s connection with one­-time resident, Lewis Carroll

 the British author of the famed children’s fantasy novel, Alice’s’ Adventures in Wonderland.

Carroll is also well-­known for his obsession with madness and, it seems, it’s rubbing off. With Ripon Races set to hold their ‘Alice in Wonderland Family Raceday’ for the third year running.

Marketing Manager, Erin Boswell of Ripon Races­ who are also set to host their most prolific race of the season next Saturday, the William Hill Great St Wilfrid – admits to going slightly loopy with excitement for the ‘Alice in Wonderland Day’ event, which is free to all under 18s and could be said to be getting ‘curiouser and curiouser’ each year.

“The book – Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland -­ has a special place in the hearts of us here with such close links to the City” said Erin, “This is the third year we have held our ‘Alice in Wonderland Day’ and it gets bigger and better every year. It’s a great day out for all the family, with lots on for the Children alongside some quality action on the track.”

As well as enjoying an afternoon of racing, little ones can go crazy with a ‘Mad Hatter’s Tea Party’ which is to be staged at 1.15pm. Children are encouraged to bring their picnics and join in with Alice and friends before an afternoon of fun and games. The Racecourse also have tea cup rides, bouncy castles, balloon modelling and face painting.

The main event of the afternoon is the kids fancy dress competition for both over and under 6s, with some ‘wonderful prizes’ up for grabs including Lightwater Valley Passes and racing packages. Adults need not get ‘down, down, down’ in the dumps though; with prizes for ‘Best Adult Costume’ for over 18s and perhaps a little bet on the gee-­gees, everybody is catered for.

The gates on Monday open at 12:00pm with the first of six races starting at 14:00pm, with FREE entry and FREE fun for all accompanied under 18’s. Adult admission is available from £7 per person in the Course Enclosure, or £20 (inc admission for four) perfect for those picnics with the family.


Ripon continue racing next week on Saturday 19th for one of the most highly anticipated sprints of the season, the ‘William Hill Great St Wilfrid’. The day which is Ripon’s most valuable raceday of the season has over £150,000 of prize money on offer, with the winner of the prolific sprint also presented with a unique handmade floral gala.


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