Racecourse gets stamp of approval

MARKET Rasen Racecourse has received official recognition from the national tourist board ahead of its most popular fixture of the year on Boxing Day.

VisitEngland assessed the Lincolnshire venue following the launch during the summer of the first ever quality scheme for sport.

Areas under assessment included pre-arrival information, the racecourse’s website, journey planning, signage, welcome on arrival, the actual sporting event, toilets, catering and retail outlets.

After passing the assessment, the racecourse will be awarded a VisitEngland plaque illustrated by the organisation’s red rose logo.

Pip Kirkby, the racecourse’s managing director, said: “I am delighted with the results of our assessment which demonstrated that our staff provide an excellent experience for our visitors.

“It is also hugely useful to have a truly independent assessment, because it has shown me one or two areas where we can improve in order to offer an even better day out at the races.

“The VisitEngland Quality Assured plaque will act as a stamp of approval showing visitors that a day’s racing is a quality experience.”

Meanwhile, the racecourse has once again been chosen by members of the Racegoers Club of Great Britain as one of the top six smaller racecourses in the country.

The club divides its annual racecourse awards into six regions – and Market Rasen has been named Best Smaller Racecourse in the North Midlands.

The Racegoers Club (www.racegoersclub.co.uk), which has 5,000 members nationwide, is designed specifically to benefit racegoers, mainly through an admission concession scheme, and is supported by every British racecourse.

The latest honour comes as the racecourse says that advance ticket sales are healthy for the big festive fixture on Boxing Day which will attract an attendance of well over 10,000 people.

Gates open at 10am for a first race time of 12.25pm, with visitors recommended to set off early. More information at www.marketrasenraces.co.uk.