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! Sunday 10th December 2017 Greenwich, South-East London
The Pre-Race Ceremony Devonport House – King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9JW FREE entry Hosted by Comedian’s ‘Nick Wilty’ & ‘Lewis Schaffer’
Featuring…. Strictly Neigh Dancing – (‘Madonna special) with special guest Judging panel (TBA) Live Music performances from, ‘The London Rock Choir’ plus a couple of mega-star singing Diva appearances from. Sire ‘Equestrian John’ & ‘MareDonna’
More guests to be announced
The London Pantomime Horse Race King William Walk, Nevada Street, Burney Street, Royal Hill FREE event Starting Line: Devonport House/King William Walk Finish Line. The Prince of Greenwich – Royal Hill
The streets of Central Greenwich are transformed into a course for glammed up comical looking ‘pop/rock star’ lookalike nags. These Iconic looking Panto Horses race from Devonport House, to their 1st of many ‘Pit stops’ along the quarter mile route. Along the route, the poor unsuspecting Horses will encounter various obstacles that they will need to overcome to gain points per ‘pit-stop’. The 2017 route has some special and frankly bizarre surprises in store for those hapless Horses. The 5 ‘Horses’ with the most points laid on some very special, and frankly bizarre obstacles, which to 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.
These Iconic ( or ironic) looking Panto Horses begin the race from the grounds of Devonport House, onwards to their 1st (of many) ‘Pit stops’ along the quarter mile route. Those poor unsuspecting Horses will encounter various unsightly obstacles during the race, that they will need to overcome quickly, in order to gain essential points at each of the 6 ‘pit-stops’ they race towards.
Once all the knackered nags have reached the final pit stop’, their team points will be totted up by our strict and highly stern Bowler Hatted adjudicator, Helen ‘Robocop’ Robinson. The 5 ‘best performing’ ‘Horses, with the most awarded points per ‘pit-stop’ will then face their final race challenge, that will decide the 2017 winner of ‘The London Pantomime Horse Race’.
The Space-Hopper Panto Horse finale. The final 5 nags will each be presented with 2 ‘Space Hoppers for the front and back ends of their’ Horse. Each ‘Horse’ must sit, bounce and race to the finish line, whilst trying to jump over the many ‘steeple jumps’ ( & another little surprise obstacle thrown in for good measure). The 1st nag that reaches the finish line, will be crowned the official 2017 winner. Prizes will also be awarded to 2nd and 3rd place runners up.
All participating nags are then encouraged to get changed, relax and to let their hair down in style, with our very nearly legendary ‘After-Race Xmas Party
The After-Race Xmas Party
2:45pm – late – Ticket only event.
£15 entry fee/Charity Donation. To reserve your ticket, email [email protected] – 1st come, 1st serve only.
All money raised go directly to ‘YOUCAN’ Youth Cancer support
Featuring special guest appearance, Festive DJ plus performing live…
‘The Dave Hill(s) Glam Rock Experience‘ -(Support)
‘ABBA Chique’ (Headline)
ABOUT: The London Pantomime Horse Race
London’s wackiest ‘Horse’ Race event, began in 2011, as a small quirky annual community charity event in Central Greenwich. Since then it’s popularity, has continued to soar. The Free public Xmas event, attracts hundreds of spectators to Central Greenwich each year, along with race entrants, who travel from across the UK and Europe, to take part. It’s increasing popularity, quirkiness, originality and sheer silliness has also received widespread support from National and International TV / Media, who regularly cover the event on the day.
In 2016, The London Pantomime Horse Race received widespread international TV/media coverage from the UK, USA, China, France, Germany, Russia, Italy, Portugal, Columbia, Pakistan, & Australia, to name a few.
Celebrities who have kindly given up their time to appear, perform or have lent their support to the madcap event have included :
Squeeze ( Glenn Tilbrook /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 & satirist Mark Biddiss
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