Pip bids farewell to Market Rasen Racecourse with Easter family fun

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Market Rasen Racecourse is serving up a double helping of horse racing during the Easter school holidays.

Easter Monday will see seven horse races, plus the Easter Bunny and a Petting Zoo.

Sam The Entertainer, a bouncy castle, a fairground slide and a face painter will provide further entertainment for children.

The event will be the final one for course general manager Pip Kirkby, who first joined the business in 1998.

“I will be very sad to say goodbye to the racecourse after 17 wonderful years as I head off to become the new chief executive of The Pony Club,” she said.

“I’m delighted that we are putting on such a lot of entertainment for families for the Easter fixture. It should be a splendid day out for everyone.”

New General Manager Nadia Gollings, the daughter of Lincolnshire racehorse trainer Steve Gollings, and has worked for Jockey Club Racecourses for seven years, will take up her new post in time for the Sunday April 12 fixture, the Food & Drink Festival.

The Sunday event celebrates the best of Lincolnshire, including its Rural Charities.

The Lincolnshire Rural Support Network, Lincolnshire Federation of Young Farmers Clubs and the Royal Agricultural Benevolent Institution will be present to raise awareness of and funds for their work on behalf of farmers, farming families and farming businesses in Lincolnshire.

There will also be an array of rural activities and attractions to enjoy, including food and drink stalls, the Per Ardua Beagles and Lincolnshire’s celebrity chef Rachel Green.

Admission for adults on both days is from £9 in advance, with all accompanied under 18s getting in free of charge. Racing starts at 2pm and 2.15pm respectively on 6th and 12th April, with gates open two hours before the first race.

Further information is available at http://marketrasen.thejockeyclub.co.uk where tickets can be purchased.