This time last week, I was settling down from the buzz of being at the races. Ladbrokes very kindly invited 10 North East Bloggers along to Newcastle Races to celebrate St Patrick’s Day, with a 3-course meal and premier box included. I felt like a real VIP.
When I received the invitation, I realised I had the perfect dress, plus the accessories to match. I went with a navy and white theme for my outfit, complete with a fascinator I was kindly able to borrow from my mam. I ended up having to borrow my shoes and bag also, because it turned out I’d left my ones at my university house, but I loved my outfit regardless. For my makeup, I went for a gold and brown look – a perfect colour for all occasions, and I left my hair simple with just a half-up-half-down look.
I love getting glammed up and, of course, the races is the perfect excuse for it! Everyone looked so lovely, with most women in dresses and the men were either in suits or in smart trousers and shirts.
I arrived at the beautiful Brandling House at 11.45am, with a couple of the other bloggers arriving shortly after. We collected our tickets and headed up to the suite, where we were greeted with a lovely glass of Irish bucks fizz, more fellow bloggers and the lovely Audrey and Beth, who organised everything for us, and treated us with a little good luck bracelet! Unfortunately, it didn’t work for me – who lost on the first race of my accumulator. All in races spirit though, ey?
Food & Drink
As you can see, the menu is very Irish themed but, of course, you wouldn’t expect anything less at a Paddy’s Day event! I went for the leek & potato soup to start, the pork, veggies and Yorkshire pudding for my main and the glazed lemon tart to finish. It was absolutely divine and everything I would expect from a racecourse menu.
Having never been to the races before, I was really looking forward to experiencing the atmosphere of a race day in person. Sure, I’ve watched it on TV and witnessed people getting excited for it, but never in person. It didn’t disappoint.
Our table was in a great place, as we had a great view of the course through the spanning windows while being able to see the monitors showing us, not only our races, but, of course, Cheltenham too!
Between our starter and main course, we were treated to a great performance by a group of lovely Irish dancers. I am a big fan of Irish dancing, as my family are Irish-rooted and it was great to experience it in-person once again.
After we had finished our main course, we braved the cold and wet weather to go and watch the races. Although there was a lot of people out, there would definitely have been more outside had the weather been a little less miserable, but everyone was in high spirits and it was great to see!
Overall, I had a really great day. For my first blogger event, I couldn’t have asked for a better day. I had the chance to meet the lovely Chloe and Shannon (names are linked to their blogs, so do go check them out), among others, and the amazing Audrey and Beth.
In terms of the value for money: our tickets were worth £102 and I think this was well worth it for the food quality and the hospitality we received. Extra drinks were priced less than I have seen at other racecourse and there were cheese board and afternoon tea options on offer for a small extra fee.
My first time at the races, and I’m already looking at trying to go back in the summer!
Thank you again to Ladbrokes for inviting me, and to Beth & Audrey for organising it all for us.