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What's on at Ascot, Newbury and Windsor this autumn/winter

PUBLISHED: 13:56 02 October 2015 | UPDATED: 13:56 02 October 2015

The jumps season begins with some exciting races to the finish

The jumps season begins with some exciting races to the finish

MAUREEN MCLEAN

We arrive at one of the best times of year to visit our local racecourses, whether that's to pick a winner, attend an event or enjoy Christmas parties (Photos: Maureen McLean)

Top jockeys head to our courses for great fixtures throughout autumnTop jockeys head to our courses for great fixtures throughout autumn

Ascot

Autumn fun here kicks off with a splendid racing weekend over 2 and 3 October with the very popular Ascot CAMRA beer festival. Then it’s on to one of the events of the season, QIPCO British Champions Day on 17 October.

The November Racing Weekend on Friday 20 and Saturday 21 November features the Country Living Christmas Fair.

In December there’s a racing weekend that is perfect for pre-Christmas get-togethers on 18 and 19 December.

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Newbury

The West Berkshire course completes the flat season with afternoon racing on 23 October, followed by the very popular Worthington’s Armed Forces the next day.

Then it’s on to the big one, The bet365 Festival from 26 to 28 November, with the Hennessy Gold Cup Day (previous winners include the famous Arkle and Denman) on the Saturday. This really is a great day at Newbury, well worth a visit. Advance tickets from £30, with group discounts, and Three Day entry from £65 for the Grandstand Enclosure.

Pre-Christmas festive racing is on 16 December and blow away the holiday cobwebs on 29 December with the Betfred Challow Hurdle Day.

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Windsor

The flat racing season comes to an end in October, but before that Windsor has Monday afternoon racedays. The first, on 5 October is Berkshire College of Agriculture Raceday, with free entry for those under 18 when accompanied by an adult. Racing also takes place on 12 and 19 October.

There are plenty of packages to consider, right from simple entry to the course to entertaining with fine dining. Our favourites start with the £40 Club Enclosure ticket which includes return river taxi trip from Windsor town, £10 drinks voucher and £2 Totepool voucher. For excellent value there’s the £20 grandstand admission ticket with fish and chips and a £5 drinks voucher included.

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Fireworks

All three courses will light up the sky with fireworks displays.

Windsor’s is on 7 November and is a spectacular War of the Worlds presentation with music, advance ticket price adults £10, children £5, family package £25.

Newbury celebrates on the same day with a display organised by Lions Club of Newbury. Tickets are just £5 on the gate, with handy discounts for purchase 
in advance, under fives free, head to newburyfireworks.org.uk.

Ascot has a Halloween Raceday with fireworks after the racing on 31 October, advance tickets from £21, children under 18 free.

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Christmas parties

Newbury has six shared party nights in December, perfect for getting together with friends and colleagues for a festive feast, disco and entertainment. Packages start from just £54.95 per person, including Buck’s Fizz on arrival, a three course dinner and tea, coffee with drinks. Call 01635 40015 or email christmas@newburyracecourse.co.uk.

Parties run from 4 to 20 December at Windsor, from £55 per person in a package which includes dining, dancing, dodgems and dazzling live entertainment, along with casino tables and cocktail bars.

Ascot has six December dates with a Best of British three course dinner followed by dancing. Book up quickly, December 18 is already sold out at £68 per person. 0844 346 3611, email christmas@ascot.co.uk

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Other events

Windsor Contemporary Art Fair is held on 14 and 15 November, offering a host of artworks, activities and workshops, tickets £7 advance, £9 on the day. There will also be a Windsor Christmas Gift Fair on 20 November.

The 2015 Injured Jockeys Fund Christmas Fair takes place Newbury Racecourse on 17 and 18 November, with stalls offering a superb selection of gifts and items you won’t see elsewhere, entrance £5.

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