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RACE DAY details

Hailed by Time Out as ‘fantastically silly’ and a ‘must-see event’, the annual London Pantomime Horse Race is one of the capital’s most unmissable and unique Christmas charity events.

Costumed Pantomime horses – not to mention the odd cow and zebra – take part in the fun-packed comedy race through the streets of Greenwich, all in the name of raising money for charity.

Far more entertaining than the Grand National… The Evening Standard reckon it’s ‘The daftest contest in the racing calendar…one helluva crowd pleaser.’ 

RACE DAY!

The Pre-Race Ceremony

Devonport House – King William Walk – Greenwich

FREE entry

11am-1pm

The day begins with the traditional   ‘Pre-Race Ceremony’ show,  that takes place in the grounds of ‘Devonport House, Central Greenwich.  The show regularly  features Special surprise celebrity  guests appearances, plus live music performances from  some of the leading chart acts in the UK,  plus a very daft  Panto Horse Dance-Off contest  is staged during the show ,which is aptly named ‘Strictly Neigh Dancing’ .   Before the race gets underway, crowds are also treated to  the racing nags entering the grounds , accompanied by Marching bands as they lead them to their ‘Paddock’ in preperation for the 1pm Race  around the Streets of Greenwich.

The London Pantomime Horse Race

1pm

Starting Line : Devonport House

Route :  King William Walk,  Nevada Street, Burney Street, Royal Hill

Finish Line . The Prince of Greenwich – Royal Hill

The streets of Greenwich are transformed into a course for comical, cantering ponies as they race from  King William Walk / Devonport House (Central Greenwich ) ,stopping off at various pubs (pit-stops), before staggering to the finishing line an hour later in Royal Hill ( West ) Greenwich.

During the last leg of the Race,  those poor nags then have to battle it out via a host of  Steeple Chases and other ‘surprise’ obstacles’ that they have to overcome to keep their place in the race.

The best 5 performing nags are then chosen to take on the very final  part of the race , that  will take them towards the Finish Line.. This challenge involves the costumed Nags, riding…on Space Hoppers, & a few more steeplechases.  The Winning ‘Horse’ & their runners up are all awarded prizes for their sterling efforts . All participating nags  are then invited to let their Mane down and have a jolly good rest with the final  fun event of the day.

The After-Race Xmas Party

2:30pm – late

Ticket only event: Full Details / line-up to be released in  October

The very lively bash, which the public can also attend, is the final charity fundraiser of the day , and features live music from celebrity acts plus  established ‘Tribute Bands’ also perform at the event,  to get everyone in the seasonal spirit.

This year, we have something VERY  special lined up  so ensure you are at the venue in good time . You don’t want to miss this!!

 

Media

UK & International  TV / media regularly  featured the race , delighting in the deliciously absurd sight of galloping pantomime horses accompanied by crowds of fans in bizarre fancy dress.

Celebrity supporters :

Celebrities who have kindly given up their time to appear, perform  or have lent their support to the madcap event have included :

Squeeze  ( Glenn Tillbrook /Chris Difford)

Brian Blessed OBE – Actor /TV Personally

Matt Lucas   – Comedian / Actor

Jools Holland  –  Musician

Christopher Holland – Musician

Arthur Smith – Comedian

The Cheeky Girls  – Pop Group

Stephen Frost – Comedian / Actor

John McCririck  – Racing Pundit / TV Personality

Jimmi Harkishin  – (‘Dev’ Alahan – Coronation Street )

Jamie Borthwick – (Jay Brown –Eastenders )

Khali Best (Dexter Hartman – Eastenders )

Harry Hill  – Comedian

Tommy Steele – Singer / Entertainer

Bill Bailey – Comedian

Katie Price – TV Personality

Rachel Wiley – TV Personality

Frank Bruno OBE

Paul Cook – The Sex Pistols

Nazaneen Ghaffar – Sky News

Every year, the organiser aims to make the event even more surreal and magical than the previous year so it’s a must-see for the entertainment value alone.    The 2017 ‘ROCK/POP ICONS’ themed event promises to deliver some major surprises  & utterly daft elements that are currently being worked on. Not to be missed !!

So far, the pantomime races have raised many thousands for various charities.

The race was established by organiser, Producer &  saturist Mark Biddiss

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"A fantastically silly must-see event"