“Fantastically silly, a must-see event.’’ -Time-Out
“The daftest contest in the racing calendar…one helluva crowd pleaser” – Evening Standard
“Completely silly and utterly for fun” – Horse & Hound
“It’s the annual sporting challenge that sits somewhere between the
Grand National and a three-legged race.” – Daily Mail
“Typical British eccentricity at its best.” – The Telegraph
Known as one of the world’s wackiest annual events, The London Pantomime Horse Race (then known as the Greenwich Pantomime Horse Race) launched in 2009. What started as a quirky local event, soon began to attract attention nationally and now has become a globally known annual event, which has helped raise many thousands for children’s charities over the years.
The annual ‘Race-Day’ event, features a full day of fun, music, special guests and the odd surprise or two. Before the 1 pm race, the fun gets underway at 11 am with the popular ‘Pre-Race Ceremony’ live show in the wonderful grounds of Devonport House. The Free public outdoor live show, is a feel-good race warm up with celebrity appearances, popular live music acts, plus the annual Parody panto-horse dance-off competition ‘Strictly Neigh Dancing’,
Spectators are also treated to the wacky ‘pre-race’ street procession, with live marching bands, cosplayer groups, who are on had to escort the panto horse teams through the streets of Central Greenwich towards the starting line at Devonport House, King William Walk.
At 1 pm, the race finally gets underway. The route starts from King William Walk, then onto Nevada Street, Burney Street and finishes at Royal Hill. Along the way, panto horse teams must race to all 6 pub pit-stops along the route, to collect points. Between certain pit-stops, lay surprise obstacles and steeple-jump challenges. The teams with the most points collected in the race, then go onto the final challenge. ‘The Space-Hopper’ challenge will see the 5 best performing teams, battle & bounce it out all the way to the Finish Line, whilst overcoming more steeple-jumps and surprise obstacles in their path.
After the race has reached its chaotic climax. Teams and the public can then breathe a sigh of relief and let their ‘Mare’ down at the final fundraising event of the day which is ‘The After-Race show’, with a packed afternoon of live music , special guest appearance and seasonal entertainment for all, whilst helping to raise more money for great causes.
Over the years, many household name celebrities have kindly given up their time to support, appear & perform every year.
Celebrity supporters / Performers have included; Glenn Tilbrook / Chris Difford (Squeeze), Tony Blackburn (Radio DJ) , The NHS Choir, The Cheeky Girls (Pop act), Jools Holland (Musician/ TV Presenter), Brian Blessed (actor), Katie Price (TV Personality), Sarah-Jane Honeywell (TV Presenter/ Actress) , Matt Lucas (Comedian/Actor), Dave Hill ( Slade), STEPS (pop act), Arthur Smith (Comedian), John McCririck (TV Racing pundit), Stephen Frost (Comedian/Actor) , Harry Hill (Comedian), Bill Bailey (Comedian/Actor/ Musician) Jimmi Harkishin (Actor- Coronation Street ) Honey G (X-Factor) Jamie Borthwick (Actor –Eastenders )Tommy Steele (Singer / Entertainer) Rachel Riley (TV Personality) , Frank Bruno (Boxer) Paul Cook (The Sex Pistols) Nazaneen Ghaffar (Weather broadcaster /Sky News)
The Annual London Pantomime Horse Race is organised and curated by writer /producer and satirist Mark Biddiss.
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