Ripon Racecourse is preparing to host the inaugural ‘Visit Ripon’ Community Raceday on Monday 16th July. The event will see a number of local attractions join forces at Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse to showcase what they each have to offer and to collectively promote the City of Ripon as a destination.
Ripon Cathedral, Newby Hall & Gardens, Ripon Museums, Lightwater Valley and Fountains Abbey will each sponsor a race on the day and will have trade stands set up on course where racegoers can obtain information and insight about their attractions and the City of Ripon.
Richard Compton, owner of Newby Hall, is delighted to be involved saying:
“It is a privilege to be involved with the inaugural Visit Ripon race day on the 16th July. Ripon has such a lot to offer for visitors we hope that all the attractions being represented on race day will show the world what a great place our corner of Yorkshire is”.
Linda Furniss, Market Development Manager at Ripon Museums, is also embracing the opportunity:
“Although many of the inmates of the workhouse and prison wouldn’t have had the opportunity for a day at the races, we are looking forward to the Ripon Museums Handicap. It’s a great opportunity to promote our three museums and we will be there dressed in museum character to add fun and colour to the day”.
James Hutchinson, Managing Director of Ripon Racecourse said:
“We thought it would be beneficial to use one of our racedays to bring the members of the Visit Ripon group together and work with them to promote the City of Ripon, which has a very rich heritage and strong community spirit.
“Ripon is renowned for its customs and traditions such as the Hornblower, Bell-Ringer, the Wakeman and the St Wilfrid Procession and has a lot to offer. We hope that by joining forces with other fantastic attractions in the area on the ‘Visit Ripon’ Community Raceday, we can promote Ripon as a destination and benefit the local community.
“Here’s hoping for a great afternoon of racing and community spirit at Yorkshire’s Garden Racecourse!”.
Gates open: 12.15
First Race: 2.15 (seven races with the last race scheduled for 5.25)
Prices (if booked in advance): Club Enclosure £22, Paddock £14, Course £6.