Looking forward to New Year’s Day at Exeter Racecourse

For some people, the end of the year is all about New Year’s Eve. But a smarter approach may be to build up to New Year’s Day, rather than the night before. After all, they do say that you should start as you mean to go on. There’s a big difference between waking up on January 1st a little worse for wear from the preceding night and waking up fresh knowing that you’re going to have a day of fun ahead of you.

If the latter approach appeals to you, then why not consider New Year’s Day racing at Exeter Racecourse? This is a Devon tradition and always promises to be a fantastic day of fun. Whether you’re a local or you’re coming from out of town, you’ll find that a day spent socialising and enjoying world-class horse racing helps you to get your year off on the right foot.

What Are The Details?

The New Year’s Day racing event takes place, of course, on January 1st. It’s a day event, and though the racing schedule hasn’t yet been announced, it’s expected that the first race will take place sometime between 12 and 1 pm. It’s recommended that you get there well in advance of the first race, however, so that you can settle into the atmosphere, get yourself a drink, and enjoy a conversation with friends before the action begins.

Horse Racing Run

You may primarily venture to Exeter Racecourse as a fun way to start the year off with friends, but don’t forget that there’ll be the small matter of the first horse racing action of the year, too. In all, there’ll be seven races; three chase races, three hurdle races, and one flat race. To give yourself the best chance of picking up some winnings, and to know which horses to keep an eye out for, read up on some expert horse racing tips before you arrive. There’ll be some outstanding racing on display, but there’ll also be a few races that are a little more casual — for example, there are a couple of novice races where inexperienced horses will get to learn the ropes. Who knows, you might just see the beginner steps of the next great star of British horse racing.

Social Event

While many people are drawn to the quality of the horse racing on display, there’s no denying that the social aspect of the day is of great importance, too. It’s encouraged to have a little fun, especially when it comes to your outfit. You can dress to the nines or even wear a fancy dress costume (providing it’s family-friendly); the key part is that you’re making an effort with your clothing. Be aware, however, that this is an outdoor event that’s taking place in January, so you’ll want to think of warmth as well as style.

How to Get There

Don’t want to drive to the racecourse? No problem. There’s a complimentary bus service that connects the racecourse to Exeter city centre. Leave the car behind and travel the stress-free way, so that you can enjoy your day without worrying about driving back. If you’re coming from another part of the country, you can select from one of the many hotels and B&Bs in the city.

Starting the Year Well

Ultimately, the New Year’s Day racing program at Exeter Racecourse is your chance to start the year well, with friends and family by your side. It’s always fun to visit Exeter Racecourse, which just seems set up for visitors to have good times, but it’s extra special when you’re visiting on a traditional race horsing day like New Year’s. Get your tickets, head down, and enjoy the very best way to begin a new year.

The Exeter Daily