The Galway Racing Festival, which once brought Galway city to a standstill now brings the whole country to a standstill! Those who have been there will understand that, while those who have yet to visit are still strangers to this country’s greatest sporting festival. The festival begins in late July and runs for seven days, and is the high point of the summer holiday season. It has become the Irish equivalent of Mardi Gras, and is the fastest growing festival in the world. The Galway Races for families is a superb event so don’t let this year’s festival go without making an appearance, start planning now, get the time off work, get everything organised and enjoy the unique experience of the Galway Races.
Galway Races For Families
The famous seven day Summer Festival returns on the 31st July, 2017 with top racing, fabulous fashion,delectable foods and an electric atmosphere with an infectious sense of fun. The Galway Races is certainly a festival for everyone. The Festival runs for seven consecutive days starting from the last Monday in July each year. Highlights of the Summer Festival include Ladies Day, Friday’s Fair Lady, Ladbrokes Day, and Family Day including our very popular Mad Hatters Competition. Over 140,000 people attended the Summer Festival Meeting in 2016 where betting turnover reached great heights once again.
The total prize fund for the fifty-two sponsored races reached an impressive €1.9 million. If you fancy a flutter while at the course, there are various options for placing a bet at the Galway Races; the Tote, on-course betting shops and on-course bookmakers. Turnstiles will open each day at approximately two hours before the first race.