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Catterick Races August Family Days are always one of the highlights in the fixture calendar and this year is no exception.

First of the two family days, Forces’ Family Day in association with ABF The Soldier’s Charity, falls on Tuesday 6 August when the gates will be open from 12pm.

Alongside the racing action, children can enjoy a variety of free entertainment available in the Course Enclosure throughout the afternoon.  Amongst the fun they can test their skills on the Bootcamp Challenge, an inflatable obstacle course, and box with former world champion Charles ‘The Bull’ Shepherd.

Minster FM radio can also be found in the Course Enclosure, where young racegoers will have the chance to race hobby horses and enter a prize draw to win a PlayStation 4.

The racing action on the day gets underway at 2pm, while the feature race The Racing TV Profits Returned to Racing Handicap Stakes is scheduled for 4.10pm.

As with all Catterick’s fixtures, under 18’s race free and do not require a ticket and on Tuesday 6 August the racecourse is also offering free admission to all military personnel and their families. Military personnel will need to collect complimentary tickets in advance, either from the Garrison Headquarters or from the Racecourse Office.

On the second family day, Monday 19 August, the Carnival is coming to Catterick! There will be 7 thrilling races, with the first at 2pm and the last at 5pm. The Carnival atmosphere will bring side stall games and fairground rides into the Course Enclosure for younger racegoers to enjoy free of charge throughout the afternoon.

Minster FM radio will also be in the Course Enclosure on 19 August, with another chance for young racing fans to enter the prize draw to win a PlayStation 4, while Mary Webb, a local singer-songwriter, will be entertaining the crowds in the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure in between races.

A new study conducted by Great British Racing revealed that 85% of parents in Yorkshire want their children to spend more time outdoors during the school holidays. With under 18’s racing free at all Yorkshire racecourses, they’ve got the summer covered.

Emma Binnian, Sales & Marketing Manager said: “An afternoon of racing gets the whole family outdoors, spending time together and enjoying the action on the track – we always look forward to August, with some of the course’s most popular race days. This year we have two fun-filled family days, as well as Ladies’ Day on 28 August and Racing Careers Day is back on Monday 12 August.”

Adult tickets start at just £5 for the Course Enclosure, or £15 for the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure. Discounts are available online in advance at www.catterickbridge.co.uk. Tickets will also be available to purchase on the day.

There is a free shuttle bus which brings racegoers to the racecourse from Richmond Market Place. The bus leaves approximately one hour before the first race and will return after the last race.