Family Day at York Races

It has become somewhat of a tradition in our family to attend the Press Family Day at York Races each September.  We first took Ben when he was just over a year old and have been every year but one since.  Each year we have struck lucky with the weather and this year was no exception.  I can’t say I was quite so lucky with the horses!

We popped Amy in the Beco Soleil V2 as one of the straps was missing on the pushchair.  To make life easier for me, Grandad got in on the baby wearing – I think it suited him! Amy was certainly happy in there and had a good sleep while we were watching the races.

baby wearing grandad
Grandad trys out a bit of baby wearing!

Ben and Chloe chose a horse in each race and we put them a £2 bet on – Chloe didn’t quite “get” the whole idea of a race and was really quite upset that her horse didn’t win.  Once she got over the disappointment of the first race she kept asking “Is my horse going to win?” but didn’t understand that the whole point was that we didn’t know and we were just guessing which ones we thought might run the fastest.  She had one horse come in second, luckily one we had put an each way bet on, so she won a few quid but didn’t really grasp that bless her.

crying girl
This is what your face looks like when your horse doesn’t win . . .
As Ben is obviously older he remembers having been to the races before and was much more aware of what was going on.  Of course he understood that he couldn’t always win, and would in fact be lucky to win at all.  He picked his horses (usually the ones wearing a green jersey unsurprisingly) and was fortunate enough to have a win.  (He has since spent his winnings on some new Lego)
winner at the races
The moment he realised his horse had won!
Everyone’s a winner!

I chose horses for Amy (purely based on their names – I’m not one for studying form) and we managed to get a place so she won a few quid too – Aunty Nic was the big winner of the day though and won three out of six races!  She treated everyone to an ice cream with her winnings because she’s lovely like that.

strawberry ice cream
Strawberry ice cream
horse racing at York knavesmire
The last race of the day
Family day at York Races
It was a really lovely way to end the summer and I’m sure Family Day at York Races is a tradition we will continue to uphold for years to come!

*Read about more family days out in Yorkshire here*


  1. Clare Nicholas
    September 11, 2014 / 9:05 pm

    Sounds like a lovely fun day out.
    It's kinda cute that that didn't get the whole 'race' idea, I like it when they are little and need to figure things out….before the whole stroppy teenage 'I know' begins

  2. September 11, 2014 / 9:08 pm

    oh wow last time i went to york races it was a sealed knot event and i slept in a tent next to the track! .. i have never been on a race day but it looks epic! xx

    • September 11, 2014 / 10:05 pm

      York Races is fabulous – I've been to other racecourses but they're not a patch on York (of course I'm biased as it's my "home") x

  3. katefever
    September 12, 2014 / 12:29 pm

    Awww Chloe's little face when her horse didn't win! Bless her.

    • September 12, 2014 / 1:46 pm

      I couldn't help but giggle (and take a picture of course)

  4. Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely
    September 12, 2014 / 1:08 pm

    I've never thought to take my boys to the races but I think they might like it (but probably be equally as gutted if they didn't win). We're only fifteen minutes from Chester racecourse so I might drag them along with us next year.

    • September 12, 2014 / 1:48 pm

      Under 16s are free at York so I imagine it would be the same? You can always go "cheap side" too for a more relaxed day 🙂 It's great fun x

  5. September 13, 2014 / 8:52 pm

    we have been racing but my daughter thinks its awful for horses so not going again! such fun though..

  6. Melanie Bridge
    September 19, 2014 / 8:02 pm

    Loving the baby wearing, I wear my little one in a ring sling and feel so close to her, it's wonderful! 🙂

  7. Pippa Ainsworth
    September 27, 2014 / 8:36 pm

    I can't believe I've still never made it to York Races, I was good at tutting along with the rest of the locals when the races were on though! This looks like a really fun day out for you all. Thanks for linking up to #WHWH

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