WITH Chester Races Family Fun Day fast approaching, here's a handy guide to the event.

The annual event, which takes place this Sunday, July 31, has been curated this year by Parentfolk. The magazine is known for its chilled socials and have arranged the Play Zone, Music Zone, Make Zone and Entertain Zone on the Open Course.

Times and Tickets

Tickets are £15 in advance and £20 on the day. Other tickets and hospitality packages are also available through the website. Kids 17 and under go free.

Those with Roodee tickets will have access to all areas on the Open Course and Dee Stand enclosure.

The car park, which is located near the Open Course section, and the car park picnic area will be open from 9am, but the main open course areas and all other enclosures do not open until 11.30am.

Parking is £10 per car. A Roodee Ticket must also be purchased to give you access to the Open Course enclosure. Card and cash payments will be taken on arrival.

The first race will take place at 1.50pm, with the last race scheduled for 5pm. The full race schedule can be viewed at: www.chester-races.com.

Open Course area and activities

Play Zone:

  • IKOS City Beach - a summer themed play space for little ones - bringing the beach to the city.
  • Football Escapes - Football Skills area - go head-to-head adults vs kids in various family football challenges with guest skills experiences.
  • Reality Arcade Games Pop Up (retro arcade games brought to life).
  • BRIO play space (Joined by Gravitrax team/ BRIO early years play space/ CreART make-and-do play space).
  • WONDERBLY Imagination area (Wonderbly are the ‘name in book’ children’s publishers).

Music Zone:

  • Music Tent with entertainment and pop music for kids.
  • PARENTFOLK Resident DJ BEATNIK - Beatnik is 'One of the World's Hottest DJ's (Time Out) and have had an amazingly varied career as DJs, Producers and Presenters. Tour DJs for Kelis as well as having performed with many other artists including Kelly Rowland, Jay Z, Beyonce, Unklejam & Ronnie Wood.
  • Live music sets from My Moozik - Adult friendly beats and kid friendly lyrics, all performed live by renowned artist Newton Faulkner.
  • Kids Live Lounge - Mic spot for kids.
  • Silent Disco Adventures - Choreographed dance routines meet walking site tour!

Make Zone:

  • Mask Making + Summer Photo-booth prop making.
  • Graffiti wall workshop with cool creative kids’ brand Vandal Kids.
  • Face Art Spa.

Entertain Zone:

  • Story time performer, Mama G will bring all the tales about being yourself (Mama G was seen on this year’s Britain’s Got Talent and has been a previous hit at several ParentFolk events).
  • Funny Looking Pod- Comedy and silliness for families. Their shows run throughout the afternoon.
  • Yoga workshops and play space.
  • Inflatables including bouncy castle and giant slide.

Other information about the Open Course areas

Activities on the Open Course are free for all that have a ticket and no further charges should be present.

Visitors are permitted to bring picnics and soft drinks into the area provided there are brought in a sealed container.

You can bring a moderate amount of alcohol (two cans of beer or half a bottle of wine per person) into the designated Car Park Picnic Area. However, this cannot be accessed on foot or by taxi. Alcohol cannot be brought on to the Open Course on foot via Gate 9 or any other gate on Nuns Road.

All alcohol must be consumed or left in the Car Park Picnic Area before entering the main Open Course area. To maintain the safety of racegoers, please be aware that bag checks and vehicle searches will be in operation at all entrances to the Racecourse on a race day.

BBQs are allowed in designated area of the Car Park Picnic Area, but not on the Open Course itself. Please ask a steward to direct you to the BBQ area.

Food and drinks are available throughout the day with pop-up bars and restaurants located throughout the Open Course section.

Last orders at the bars are on the last race at 5pm.

The best photos from the Chester Races Family Fun Day will feature both online and in next week's Standard newspaper, taken by photographer Simon Warburton.