There is plenty for children at this year's Andoversford races on Sunday even if the idea of horseracing is more Dad's idea.
Cheltenham Racecourse is supporting this year's pony races, and following the success fo their annual pony racing day on Good Friday, the jockey simulator is pride of place on the Junior Jumpers stand. Junior Jumpers will be present to sign up young enthusiasts for the club, which offers free admission to U-18 year olds at meetings at Cheltenham, Warwick, Exerter and Wincanton, and to try their hand at race-riding on a mechanical horse. With so many armchair jockeys in every racecourse crowd, this will be a great opportunity for young and old together to see just how hard it is to ride a chaser in short leathers!
For the traditionalists, Punch & Judy appeals to parents as much as children nowadays. In these politically correct times, Mr Punch would almost certainly be put away for assault. However, he lives on in shows like these for some simple slapstick humour. Mr Punch has been coming to Andoversford for 3 years and not been arrested yet!
There are slides and it's a knockout games for those that need to release energy, and of course plenty of fresh air.
A session or two on the mechanical horse is bound to get up an appetite for food from the Village Eatery, some ice cream if the weather improves, or some tasty titbits from the producers in the Happerley Food Heavens. Here there's a chance to meet BBC Countryfile presenter and Cotswold Farm Park supremo Adam Henson.
Going for Sunday April 3 - Good (Thursday)
6m SE Cheltenham, nr junction of A40 and A436 (Exit 11A, M5)