Musselburgh Racecourse plays an active role within both the racing and local community. With an average of 28 racedays per year we provide regular opportunities for owners and trainers to race their horses during both the flat and jump seasons. We also continue to build links with the local community by staging local events and activities throughout the year.
The Musselburgh Racecourse Community Activity Plan
The plan is developing quickly with a variety of events taken place in the last year and lots more exciting plans to come.
In 2014 the team at Musselburgh were inspired to want to do more in our local community. We felt we wanted our actions to have a long term plan that matched the values, resources, assets and skills of the racecourse to the needs of the community. Since 2014 our Community activity has become more defined, and is now embedded within our culture and is supported by every member of staff.
In additional to our local community we want to provide meaningful links with the racing community. The Racing Industry has launched a Community Engagement programme - Racing Together - and Musselburgh wants to play its part as they seek to help both others in racing and locally.
Activities so far include:
Musselburgh Racecourse enjoys a close and active relationship with the local community. We work hard to ensure that people within Musselburgh are proud of the racecourse, with its high quality facilities and through the range of events hosted here.
The racecourse is accessible to families and young people with free admission offered to children 17 years and under (accompanied by an adult) and our popular Family Days include a host of free entertainment such as fairground rides, bouncy castles and live music. Concession tickets are also available for all racedays (excluding our sell-out Ladies Day). Senior citizens are regular racegoers and a significant part of our local community - regardless of the full adult price, senior citizens can come racing from £15 per person (£20 on Edinburgh Cup).
Musselburgh Racecourse hosts educational days for local schools through the support from the British Horseracing Educations and Standards Trust (BHEST). BHEST attend some of our Family Days with their excellent Equicisor (a mechanical horse which trainee jockeys use), horseracing displays and information on careers in racing.
We are also supportive of local charities and throughout the year provide a large number of admission tickets for use in fund raising prize draws and auctions.
In addition to our year round fixture programme, Musselburgh is the venue for many community activities, such as The Historical New Year Sprint, Silver Arrow, a two day Harness Racemeeting and events connected to The Honest Toun celebrations.
Musselburgh Racecourse is one of a total of 60 racecourses in Britain, and is an active member of the racing community. We work closely with the British Horseracing Authority to help promote quality racing and attract new audiences. We actively support the British Horseracing Education and Standards Trust (BHEST) which helps introduce racing to schools through tailored activity days and educational support packs.
Musselburgh is also part of Scottish Racing which jointly promotes all five Scottish racecourses.