Under 18s can go racing for free at Haydock Park this Christmas

David and Billy at the races
David and Billy at the races
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This Christmas, Haydock Park racecourse features two stunning festive and fun-filled family days out, with youngsters aged 17 and under admitted free of charge, as part of a campaign fronted by TV personality and author, David Walliams.

Great British Racing’s Under 18s Race Free campaign has been created to highlight the fact that young people can go racing for free at almost every single British racecourse, on almost
every single day of the year.

Many of the racecourses will also put on a huge variety of free additional family-friendly activities and entertainment, including visits from Father Christmas and his reindeer, story-telling, funfair rides, carol singing and even ice-skating, all of which takes place alongside a brilliant backdrop of horseracing resulting in a day that is both unique and affordable.

Haydock Park Racecourse opens its gates on Saturday, December 22 for its Tommy Whittle Chase Day, featuring an afternoon of top-quality jump racing and festive fun for families.

Tickets start at £21 with accompanied youngsters aged 17 and under admitted free.

The racecourse also features its final fixture of the year on Sunday, December 30, when racegoers can enjoy The Last Fling – tickets start at £14 and those aged 17 and under again go free.


David Walliams, a Britain’s Got Talent judge and star of hit TV show Little Britain, teamed up with Great British Racing to create a series of comedy sketches that promote the fact that under 18s race free.

The series, entitled ‘Horsing Around’ and written by Walliams, also stars The Crown actor, Billy Jenkins.

Keen to teach his father (Walliams) about a day at the races, Billy has to endure his father’s bumbling character in a series of scenes, including an awkward encounter with former champion jockey Ryan Moore, meeting a racehorse, experiencing the excitement of the parade ring as well as watching a race by the rails.

Walliams said: “I had a ball filming Horsing Around and really enjoyed my time at the track. It’s clear that there’s loads for families to enjoy at their local racecourse.

"The Under 18s Race Free initiative is a brilliant concept that I hope more families will take advantage of.”