Doncaster Racecourse scoops top award for Christmas extravaganza

Neil Hewitt (left) and Nikki Griffiths of Doncaster Racecourse receive the award from the Nick Rust (right), CEO of the British Horseracing Authority.
Neil Hewitt (left) and Nikki Griffiths of Doncaster Racecourse receive the award from the Nick Rust (right), CEO of the British Horseracing Authority.

Doncaster Racecourse has won a coveted award in a national scheme that celebrates excellence and innovation in the racing industry.

The Town Moor venue was recognised by this year’s Racecourse Association Showcase & Awards for its ‘truly spectacular’ Christmas Live events, which offer party-goers the chance to enjoy a three-course meal to a backdrop of live entertainment.

The racecourse was crowned best in the country in the events category, beating competition from racecourses at Haydock Park, Goodwood, Hexham and Royal Windsor. Judges were impressed with the scale of the Christmas Live events and the ‘overwhelmingly positive’ feedback from customers.

The series of six events, which includes a dazzling lights and dancing show, disco and funfair is set to return this December and expected to attract more than 7000 visitors.

Kieran Gallagher, executive director of Doncaster Racecourse, said: “We are thrilled to receive this prestigious national award, which recognises our efforts in staging one of the most popular festive events in Yorkshire.

“Christmas Live has grown in stature since we first launched it five years ago and now it is a firm fixture on our entertainments calendar.”

Maggie Carver, RCA chairman, added: “The Showcase & Awards have yet again proved that British Racecourses are constantly innovating to ensure that the customer experience is as good as it can be.

“The depth of quality within the submissions this year is perhaps the strongest it has ever been, so it is a genuine mark of excellence to be crowned a winner – congratulations Doncaster Racecourse.”

The first Christmas Live event this year takes place at the racecourse on Friday, December 4. Prices start from £54.50 per person.

To book your table call the racecourse team on 01302 304265 or visit www.doncaster-racecourse.co.uk/christmas-and-new-years-eve/