Our year is never complete with a trip to York Races. It's a cracking day out for all of the family.
If you fancy dressing up and having a day out with the girls you can get tickets to the County Stand and hang around in the Champagne bar in your heels and hat (and hopefully a dress too). On the other hand, if, like me, you are travelling with kids, I would recommend going into the course enclosure - it's far more informal and you can take picnics and booze for the adults (well for Daddy anyway). You can still dress up but it is difficult to walk in heels on the grass, especially if it's wet (you just sink).
Every year they have a family day, usually in September, which is perfect for kids of all ages. They have rides and activities for the kids (such as face painting) and there is an appearance from a children's character - this year Paddington will be joining us.
Last week it was the Ebor race meeting and we were joined by my sister in law, Jenny.
Sadly, despite having glorious weather the whole week we had been off work, the weather changed on Friday. No lie, it started raining about an hour before we set off to the races and it must have stopped about twice, only briefly, during the course of the afternoon. As hardened Yorkshire folk (well me and the girls are, my husband is now an adopted Yorkshire man), we were happy to stick it out. Jen, however, was not so happy with the weather and purchased ponchos for us all (or as my stepmum Sandra likes to call them, giant condoms).
Despite the weather, we had a lovely afternoon out - my hubby was not particularly happy that he didn't pick any winners though!
If you ever visit York during a race meeting, it is a great day out and well worth a visit but be prepared for our Yorkshire weather!
Check out the photos below for proof that you can still have a laugh even in the Yorkshire rain!