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Horse racing and chocolates

Wed May 16 @ 10.30 am - Sun Sep 9 @ 5.00 pm

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Every race day this year

There’s fun for all the family as you take in the sounds of York racecourse while discovering the link between these races and the Terry family. Then why not become a jockey for a day as you race each other on hobby horses!

Wander around the tranquil garden and listen to the exciting sounds of the galloping horses at York Races. Learn about the Terry family’s connection to these races and for little jockeys why not gallop around the grounds on the hobby horses or have a go at making racing badges.

Just like the Terry family would have done in the 1920s and 30s, you and your family can enjoy the sights and sounds of the races but without the hustle and bustle of the racecourse. Children can hop on a hobby horse and gallop around the gardens following in the footsteps of Peter, Kenneth, Betty and Richard Terry.

Inside the home, you’ll find displays of objects connected to when the Terry chocolate firm sponsored York Races in the 1970s – including a race day booklet and a photo of the ‘All Gold’ balloon which floated over the racecourse on race days. Goddards’ guides will give 10 minute talks about how the Terry family enjoyed the races – including how the children used to run onto the racecourse after the day’s racing was over and pick up all the pennies that had been dropped by the racegoers!

Pick up some binoculars and see if you can spot the winner at the races taking place across the Knavesmire and look out for the Terry factory clock tower in the distance.

Goddards House and Garden is open Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am – 5pm.

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