The Grand National, held each year at Aintree, is an exciting highlight in the horse racing calendar. Even those who wouldn’t normally be interesting in horse racing (and horse race betting) get involved when it comes to this thrilling ride each April.
But what might surprise a lot of people is the fact that Aintree has a lot more to offer than ‘just’ the horses (even though they are incredible, and even though you’re missing a treat if you don’t have a flutter on this particular race); there is, in fact, an annual festival that goes alongside the racing, and it is wonderful.
Live music is at the heart of the festival itself, and if you love to listen to new and up and coming bands as well as more established musicians, this is certainly the place to do it. No longer is Aintree the preserve of those who simply want to enjoy the racing – the music festival aspect has opened it up to many more. The music is definitely a draw when it brings people in, but those same people are often curious about the racing and often head over to the track to see what is going on – they might even try their hand at horse race betting. The same is true for the other way round, of course; those who are there just for the horses can hear the music, see everyone having a fantastic time, and head over to see what’s what. This way, everyone is able to experience everything that Aintree has to offer.
Live music plays all day in the Aintree Pavilion. There are headline acts who perform after the racing is done, and celebrity DJs who entertain race-goers in the Red Rum Garden for what has become known as an unforgettable after party.
So when you’re off to spend a day at the races, don’t forget everything else you can do while you’re there. Check Betway for the latest odds, place a bet quickly and easily, and then go and enjoy all the entertainment the Grand National Festival has to offer.
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