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More public events at Huntingdon Racecourse is good news for Cambridgeshire economy

Famed for its horse racing, Huntingdon Racecourse is witnessing a surge of interest in hosting fairs, shows and exhibitions after being officially recognised as a venue for national outdoor events.
Already this summer the Cambridgeshire track has welcomed the East of England Koi Show, the largest event of its type in Britain.

The racecourse has now been chosen as the start and finish for this year’s Wiggle Steeple Chase Sportive cycling event.  

Cyclists will set off on routes of up to 95 miles around Bedfordshire, Leicestershire and Cambridgeshire on Saturday 7 September before returning to the racecourse.  

Field Dog Fairs, which hold bargain hunt antiques fairs, have selected the racecourse – which is part of Jockey Club Racecourses, the largest commercial group in British horse racing – for their opening and closing events of 2014, in April and September.  

The racecourse has also formed a partnership with Gable Events, the Peterborough-based corporate events management specialists, to grow its business further.  

Nadia Gollings, General Manager of Huntingdon Racecourse, said: “The official award of accreditation by the National Outdoor Events Association is certainly helping us to attract an increasing number of public events that diversify the business of the racecourse.  

“That’s not only good news for Huntingdon Racecourse it’s also great for the economy of Cambridgeshire as we bring in more visitors to the county.  

“With the on-site Holiday Inn hotel due to open next month, we are becoming one of the most attractive outdoor events venues in the east of England.”  

Meanwhile, the racecourse is getting ready for the resumption of horse racing later this month after its summer break.  

There will be an exciting afternoon of jump racing and free family entertainment at the start of the final full week of the school summer holidays.  

The beach is the theme for the August Bank Holiday family fun day on Monday 26 August.  There will be volleyball, a surf simulator and a barbecue, as well as mini Shetland ponies, a coconut shie and a bungee trampoline.  

The Cambridgeshire racecourse is particularly attractive for offering an affordable family day out.  The free family entertainment is in the Main Enclosure only.  

A special family admission package is available for advance bookers – two adults, plus children, and two bags of Pic ‘n’ Mix for £22.  This can be booked online at or by calling 0844 579 3007 quoting ‘August’.  

For those spectators wishing to make their visit to the races extra special, a Wow! hospitality package is on offer for £55 per person, including admission, use of a private hospitality suite and bar, waitress service, a two course meal, car park passes, racing programmes and kids activity packs.  Bookings can be made on 01480 453373.  

Admission on Bank Holiday Monday 26 August: Scheduled first race time is 2.35pm.  Gates open at 12.35pm.  Adult admission £15.  Picnic car park £10.  Accompanied under 18s – free.  Parking is free. 

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