Posted: Sun 24th Sep 2023

Chester Racecourse’s unique Oktoberfest event mixes horse racing and stein racing

News and Info from Deeside, Flintshire, North Wales
This article is old - Published: Sunday, Sep 24th, 2023

Chester Racecourse, famously known as the world’s oldest racecourse, is gearing up for a day that promises to cater to all “tastes”, be it in horse racing or stein racing. The forthcoming Oktoberfest themed race day, scheduled for Saturday 30 September, is poised to bring a vibrant mix of traditional horse racing and Bavarian-style entertainment.

Attendees can expect an assortment of activities that go beyond the racetrack. The lineup includes keg rolling, stein racing, stein holding competitions, hammer striking, and even the indulgence of sausage and pretzel eating.

Adding to the festive aura, a Bavarian Village will be a focal point, setting the ambiance with an Oktoberfest sing-along. Guests will be serenaded by Oompah bands, strolling accordion players, and entertained by stilt walkers.

Steve Davies, the Chief Operating Officer at Chester Racecourse, voiced his excitement about the innovative event, stating, “This will be a race day like no other – and we hope it is something which people will always remember. We really hope all of our regular guests, and many new visitors too, will want to come down and join in the day and immerse themselves in this first for Chester Racecourse.”

The day, also known as Watergate Cup Day, will commence with the gates opening at 11.30 am. Adding to the authenticity, Chester’s rendition of the Mayor of Munich will mark the beginning of the Oktoberfest celebrations by walking down the track for the official barrel cracking ceremony.

Racing aficionados can anticipate the first race starting at 1.30 pm. However, the festivities don’t end with the races. Attendees will have ample opportunity to relish German beers, foods, and enjoy the energy brought by Bavarian dancers and a live DJ throughout the event.

Those keen to attend are advised to secure their tickets in advance. Tickets start from a modest £15. For families considering the day out, it’s noteworthy that children aged 17 and under can attend free with a paying adult, especially in the immersive Tattersalls and County Concourse enclosures.

For those intrigued and looking for more details or to book tickets, Chester Racecourse’s official website, www.chester-races.com, is the go-to destination.

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