Things to do this Easter in Berkshire
PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 March 2018 | UPDATED: 14:40 23 March 2018
There's plenty going on this Easter in Berkshire: from racing to egg hunts. We round up a few favourites
This year’s Peter O’Sullevan Lambourn Open Day on Good Friday, 30 March, will be a poignant one as it will be the first without its founder, trainer Peter Walwyn MBE, who died in December at the age of 84.
Known to many as simply ‘Mr Lambourn’ Peter Walwyn has also launched and chaired Lambourn Trainers Association and will no doubt be in the thoughts of many who visit some 25 yards there to see the horses and chat with those who care for them during the open day. Throughout the day some 10,000 people are expected and the open yards will include some special exhibits and you can watch horses using hydrotherapy pools.
Beyond the 'business side', Lam-bourn has always known how to have a good day out and after the morning yard openings - almost all within easy walking distance of each other - the village stages a fun afternoon with the likes of jockeys' show jumping, camel racing and James Dylan Stuntworld alongside food, drink and entertainment for all the family. This includes The Parade of Equine Heroes sponsored by Bedmax.
The open day also raises funds for good causes, including Lambourn Valley Housing Trust, Thames Valley Air Ambulance and local charities. Entry is £15 per person (children under 12 go free) payable at the car parks, or £7 after 1pm who attend just the afternoon events. A bumper souvenir style programme with lots of info about Lambourn and a guide to the yards costs £5. Advance tickets are available from Newbury Racecourse and for £12 up to 25 March.
Easter Bank Holiday Monday, 2 April, will see thousands heading for the countryside just outside Wantage in Oxon for the Cazenove Capital OBH Point-to-Point & Family Day at Lockinge.
OBH stands for Old Berks Hunt, which dates back to at least the 1830s – and of course this part of the neighbouring county was once in Berkshire. But today the Lockinge event is a highlight of Oxon's sporting calendar. Last year saw Gold Cup winner Sam Waley-Cohen on Anquetta take first place in the big race, the Cazenove Capital Mixed Open, in a thrilling finish watched by over 7,000.
This year as well as six thoroughbred jump races there will be two pony races as part of an event chosen in 2016 by Tatler as one of The 4 Smartest Point-to-Points'. Pony Racing for nine to 15-years-old riders was introduced in the UK in 2004 and the sport has grown in popularity every year, overseen by The Pony Racing Authority (PRA).
Top jockey Sam Twiston-Davies, who started out in Pony Racing, is set to ride Grand National favourite Blaklion on 14 April, and many more of racing's young stars have taken this route.
Ticket price this year is £10 for adults, with those under 16 receiving free entry. There is also a car park for the disabled. Remember to bring cash to buy tickets on arrival, or make the day extra special by pre-booking a priority car pass in advance for £75 which ensures your allocated spot with excellent viewing is available whatever time you arrive. This is a great choice if you want to make an occasion of the outing, perhaps with a picnic or barbecue.
Beyond the racing there's plenty to see and do from when gates open at 10am. There's the parade of hounds at fpm and trade stands, exhibitors and producers can be found alongside a licensed bar and Artisan & Local Produce tent. See obhpointtopoint.co.uk.
Easter Egg Hunts - Various dates
• Maidenhead and Cookham
• Runnymede and Ankerwycke, Old Windsor
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