Thursday, January 06, 2011


Many Brigg folk like to enjoy a day at the races at our local course. The snow that claimed the Boxing Day meeting has almost gone - and now Market Rasen Racecourse is preparing for a feast of horse racing all the way through to its new fixture on Easter Monday.
The opening meeting of 2011 - and the first at the Lincolnshire racecourse since November - is on Sunday 23 January when spectators are being invited to don their hats and scarves and warm their cockles with great food and drink.
Into February, and Tuesday 8th sees the traditional "Residents' Day" when anyone living in Lincolnshire is given half price admission on production of proof of their address.
Sunday 20 February is "Circus Sunday" when families will be entertained by clowns, Punch & Judy and balloon modelling.
Three weeks later - on Sunday 13 March - it's a "Festival of Sport", a day designed for boys and their toys, with fast cars and motorbikes.
Another three weeks on, and it's the annual Newcomers' Day - on Mothering Sunday 3 April - when the racecourse offers behind-the-scenes insights into the sport of horse racing, with tours, demonstrations and displays.
Then, for the first time in memory, Market Rasen Racecourse races on Easter Monday - 25 April - which promises to be one of the most popular days of 2011.
On the four Sunday fixtures, a new Sunday Roast package is on offer - £55 per person to include use of a private hospitality box overlooking the track, two-course Sunday lunch, County Enclosure admission (worth £19 alone) and the racecourse's new-look raceday guide.
Pip Kirkby, the racecourse's managing director, said: "We were most disappointed for all our visitors that we had to call off the Boxing Day meeting before Christmas. However, there's nothing we can do about the wintry weather which hit Lincolnshire so hard.
"Now we are preparing for a packed programme of racing all the way through to the next public holiday at Easter time. We are thrilled to be racing on Easter Monday - it's a new venture for us and sure to be a big hit with spectators."
Gates open at the racecourse at 11.20am for the first fixture of the year on Sunday 23 January. The first race is at 1.20pm, with the finale at 3.55pm.
General admission (Sunday 23 January, Tuesday 8 February, Sunday 20 February, Sunday 13 March and Sunday 3 April):
Premier Members £26; County Enclosure £19; Tattersalls £14; Family Enclosure £9; Picnic Car Park £5 per car + Family Enclosure admission per adult. Accompanied children 18 admitted free of charge. Senior citizens and students - £4 off admission into County and Tattersalls (identification required). More information at

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