Racing ladies get a chance to dress to impress at the races

Ladies’ days and evenings are one of the great success stories of the horse racing industry, helping to boost attendances for Britain’s second most popular spectator sport.

The traditional day out at the races for ladies in Cambridgeshire is on Wednesday, 22 May at Huntingdon Racecourse.

It’s an occasion when thousands of ladies get out their finery, dress up and join their partners or friends for an afternoon out, combining good company, great food and wine, and a little flutter on the horses.

Nadia Gollings, General Manager of Huntingdon Racecourse, said: “Ladies love to come racing and our Ladies’ Day offers an especially good chance to dress to impress.”

There will be trade stands, offering cupcakes, millinery, fashions and spa mini treatments. As always, there will be best dressed lady and couples competitions – sponsored by Star Radio – with prizes including VIP tickets to the Burghley Horse Trials, plus a one-night spa break for two and a spa relaxation day for two at Whittlebury Hall.

Musical entertainment comes from the Gershwin Gang live jazz band, while the compere for the afternoon is broadcaster Derek Thompson.

Tickets bought in advance are just £13.50, with great advance packages available online at

The time of the first race is 2.10pm. Gates open at 12.10pm.

Adult on-the-day admission: Main Enclosure £15. Accompanied under 18s – free (age identification may be required). Parking: Free. Contact information: telephone 01480 453373; advance ticket purchases 0844 579 3007; web

Liz Fraser, author of the best-selling Yummy Mummy’s Survival Guide, is meeting visitors as part of Huntingdon Racecourse’s ‘Champagne Networking’ on Ladies’ Day.

Her first book was published to international acclaim – and has led to a career as a parenting expert, including on ITV’s Daybreak as well as a host of other media.

Liz will give a talk before racing begins at the event in the racecourse’s Paddock Bar where she will be joined by Huntingdon-based entrepreneur and director of the Women in Business network, Siobhan Costello.

‘Champagne Networking’ begins at 1pm. Admission is £10 for one person (quote ‘Networking1); or £15 for two (quote ‘Networking ), and includes a glass of Champagne. Booking is available at

Liz Fraser will be signing her books and meeting visitors during the rest of the afternoon.