Nothing celebrates a typical English summer more than a sunny afternoon at the races, traditional fairground attractions and a refreshing glass of something bubbly – topped off with a rousing singalong!
And that’s what racegoers can expect next week as the hugely successful A Very British Raceday returns to picturesque Beverley Racecourse, celebrating all that makes this country great.
The quintessentially British afternoon of racing, on Saturday, June 9, will see Beverley-based Remarkable Rock Choir serenade patriotic racegoers with classic anthems by rock legends such as Queen, The Beatles, Oasis and Status Quo. In their largest-ever singalong, the 70-strong company of singers will complete the day with a rip-roaring rendition of legendary Queen classic Bohemian Rhapsody and a rocking finale of God Save the Queen.
Remarkable Rock Choir founder Mark Howley said: “We’re really looking forward to performing at A Very British Raceday. Our singers will lead the racegoers in a huge singalong – all accompanied by a live band of professional musicians – and we’ll be encouraging everyone to join us in belting out the British rock classics that we all know and love.
“Our fantastic singers will be wearing patriotic colours and really get into the spirit of the occasion. It promises to be a fantastic end to a perfect day’s racing. So drape yourself in red, white and blue, tune up your vocal chords and dust off your air guitar!”
As in previous years, racegoers and racecourse staff alike will join in with the patriotic spirit and don British-themed outfits and accessories. Kate McKee, Marketing Manager at Beverley Racecourse, said: “Everyone loves our Very British Raceday. It’s one of our most popular race meetings of the season and a lovely celebration of the great British summer. Many racegoers don their finest red, white and blue outfits and Union Jack accessories and it’s great to see and hear people join in with the singalong.
“Off the track we have a full-size carousel, traditional side stalls and our usual top-quality dining offerings. It’s also one of our biggest meetings of the season with lots of good sprinters running, so avid racegoers can expect some first-class horseracing. It will be an unmissable day with an amazing atmosphere, so start planning your outfit and book your tickets today!”
The meeting’s racing line-up features two of the season's top races – the Hilary Needler and Brian Yeardley Trophies for two-year-old fillies and colts respectively. The two flagship races set many young horses on the road to stardom at Royal Ascot on June 19, and throughout the rest of the season. Each carrying a purse of £25,000, the races are highly sought after by owners, trainers and jockeys.
The popular meeting will also see a return of the hilarious Beverley Donkey Derby, which sees professional jockeys compete to be first past the post on their stubborn and unruly steeds! The donkeys will then be on their very best behaviour as they take children on rides throughout the afternoon.
Racegoers are being advised to book in advance for one of Beverley’s most popular racedays, especially if they wish to dine in The Attraction restaurant, which offers superb views of the course and this year features a signature three-course menu created by celebrity chef Colin McGurran from the acclaimed Winteringham Fields restaurant in north Lincolnshire.
Tickets for all the fixtures are available to buy online here or by calling the ticket hotline on 01482 867488. Racegoers are advised to book in advance, especially for the most popular meetings.
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