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The Grand National has yet to be run, but summer isn't far away because the starting stalls are about to fly open at Yarmouth Racecourse for the first time in 2007.

The Grand National has yet to be run, but summer isn't far away because the starting stalls are about to fly open at Yarmouth Racecourse for the first time in 2007.

Horse racing returns to the seaside venue after a break of more than five months on Easter Monday.

A whole host of themed fixtures are lined up between then and October, as the racecourse provides plenty of entertainment on and off the race track.

The headline events on racing days include, Easter Monday family fun day, four music nights between June and August, including Westlife, Queen and Madness tribute bands, a Sunday Bank Holiday weekend family fun day and the Eastern Festival, climaxing with Ladies' Day.

The racecourse is becoming even more family, holiday and summer focussed, with just under half of the 21 meetings being held in July and August. There's also news of an additional meeting in April - on the evening of Thursday, April 26.

Yarmouth general manager Glen Tubby said: “This is certainly the best line-up of events we have ever created ahead of our racing season.”

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On the track, the highlight of the racing season will once again be the three-day Eastern Festival between Tuesday, 10 and Thursday, September 12.

On Easter Monday, the first race of six - all sponsored by The Tote - is at 2.25pm. There will be live children's entertainments, face painting, Punch and Judy shows and fun races for youngsters on the track.

Admission on Monday: Premier Enclosure £17; Grandstand, Paddock £11.

t Monday also sees Fakenham's biggest race meeting of the year with up to 15,000 racegoers expected to attend.

It will help launch Fakenham's first ever summer of rock concerts at the course, with the first race being the 'Rock at the Racecourse 1st June Selling Handicap Race'.

The June 1 event, featuring Queen B and the World of the Bee Gees, is the racecourse's inaugural outdoor family rock concert with music lovers invited to bring a picnic and enjoy an evening of entertainment, with some of the gate receipts going to the National Society for Epilepsy.

David Hunter, chief executive at Fakenham racecourse said: “We have excellent facilities here and it is a great opportunity for new audiences to enjoy the course outside of race meetings.”

Tickets are on sale now on 01262 488 007.