Racing is under starter’s orders at Yarmouth

Flat horse racing returns to Norfolk with an Easter Parade as Great Yarmouth racecourse stages a family fun filled first meeting of the new season next week.

The racecourse will host 24 race days this year 2012, including an additional Bank Holiday meeting on Tuesday 5th June during the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations.

Racecourse general manager Glenn Tubby said: 'I'm looking forward to racing getting under way and the team have been working hard behind the scenes to make sure the ground is in the best possible condition.

'Knowing that there is pressure on everyone's budget I am delighted to confirm that all of our admission, restaurant and hospitality prices have been held at last year's levels.

'While we haven't been racing we have also been busy developing a new Annual Members Charter, which we will be launching soon as a comprehensive pledge of benefits to our loyal race-goers. The number of Annual Members we have signed up is already up on last year.

'We will also continue to work together with partner organisations and attractions across the region to attract more visitors to Great Yarmouth.

'There is real opportunity this year for the whole country to maximise on the big events like the Jubilee and the Olympics, to inspire a bit of national spirit and encourage more Brits to opt for a 'staycation' holiday, and Great Yarmouth is the perfect location for that.'

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The action will begin on Monday and Tuesday with two Easter Family Fun Days, with all the thrill of the racing plus fun for all the family including a children's entertainer, donkey rides, children's races and prize giveaways. Admission is free for children under 16. Gates open at noon on Monday with the first race at 2.25pm. Tickets for adults are priced at �12 on Monday and �11 on Tuesday when purchased online. Children go free.

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Fixture dates: Monday 9th April, Tuesday 10th April, Tuesday 1st May, Thursday 10th May, Friday 25th May, Tuesday 5th June, Wednesday 13th June, Thursday 14th June, Thursday 28th June, Thursday 5th July, Wednesday 11th July, Tuesday 17th July, Tuesday 24th July, Monday 30th July, Wednesday 8th August, Thursday 9th August, Tuesday 14th August, Tuesday 21st August, Sunday 26th August, Tuesday 18th – Thursday 20th September (Eastern Festival), Tuesday 23rd October, Tuesday 30th October.

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