Watched by around 600 million people annually, the Randox Health Grand National Festival is undoubtedly one of the biggest sporting events of the year. An event with a rich history and its own mythology, its equine champions have often become famous in their own right, while its distance and numerous challenging jumps have afforded the handicap steeplechase the distinction of being the ultimate test of horse and rider. But the iconic Aintree Racecourse has a lot more going on than the big Grand National race itself, promising three days’ worth of thrilling events, entertainment and hospitality.
Kicking off the excitement on Thursday, 2 April is Liverpool’s Day, which celebrates the unique history and heritage of Aintree’s home city. A chance for both locals and visitors to get involved, the day will begin with a display by the Red Devils along with a performance by soprano vocalist Laura Wright, followed by a live show by the Mersey Beatles, in homage to four of the city’s best-known exports. It’s a popular event for both racing enthusiasts and couples, who enjoy the mix of high quality racing and light entertainment.
Next up is the famous Ladies Day – otherwise known as #FabulousFriday. Fashion-lovers can don their fiercest frocks and finery for a chance to win cash, holidays and the coveted Style Award – which now comes with a big car prize. But Grand National Ladies Day also ups the racing stakes, with another four Grade One races to be run on the track.
Finally, the Grand National itself will fall on Saturday 4 April. An astounding display of passion, determination and achievement with the stakes higher than ever, it’s an unmissable event for horse-racing fans and casual spectators alike.
2 – 4 April 2020
Aintree Racecourse, Ormskirk Rd, Liverpool L9 5AS
Tickets from £27, hospitality packages from £174; to book and for more information, visit thejockeyclub.co.uk