Galway Summer Festival
The world renowned seven day Galway Races Summer Festival takes place on Monday 30th July to Sunday 5th August. It has been said about the festival that it once brought Galway City to a standstill, but now it brings the whole country to a standstill.
Widely regarded as the highlight of the Summer season in Ireland, Galway Races offers you fantastic horse racing, live music and entertainment, stunning fashion, family fun and an electric atmosphere that continues to draw people from all over Ireland and abroad to experience first-hand the infectious sense of fun.
In terms of the action on the racecourse, the highlight of the week is arguably the historic Galway Plate, a valuable handicap chase that takes places on the Wednesday of the meeting. The day after that, the prestigious Galway Hurdle takes centre stage.
The style stakes are high at Galway with fabulous prizes are on offer through best dressed competitions over the week.
The opening day of the Galway Races Summer Festival in The City of The Tribes
Join Galway Races for their opening day on Monday 30th July. There is a special treat in store for our racegoers in our parade ring with an lively performance! Be sure to arrive early before the start of the first race and gather your ‘Tribe’ around the parade ring. You won’t want to miss this!
2.30pm: Gates Open
Join Galway Races on the second day of the 2018 Summer Festival for a fantastic evening of great horse racing, entertainment and a sports twist to the event as we host our celebrity ‘Paddy Power Zorbing Derby’ in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund. This fundraiser takes place before racing begins and will feature our five ‘zorb athletes’ including last years winner Sky Sports hurling analyst Ollie Canning who will be back to defend his title! Lots of fun in store for such a great cause.
2.30pm: Gates Open
This year will be the 149th running of this prestigious race. Last year Thetote.com Galway Plate was once again a thrilling race for all with the Henry de Bromhead trained Balko Des Flos taking victory. The longstanding www.thetote.com Galway Plate is run over a distance of 2 miles 6 furlongs 111 yds with a round of fourteen fences to jump in total. The last two fences, situated three furlongs from the finish, are the closest fences together of any racecourse in the world.
Widely renowned as ‘Ladies Day’ at the Galway Festival, Thursday combines the very best in racing and fashion for the pinnacle of the summer racing calendar. The first of eight races takes place at 1:40pm with the feature race the ‘Guinness Galway Hurdle Handicap’ with an impressive prize fund of €300,000 on offer. Last year the two mile race was won by the Joseph O'Brien-trained Tigris River with Barry Geraghty on board. All eight races on the card are sponsored by Guinness.
‘Ladies Day’ has always been the most visually sumptuous of our Festival events with the opportunity to socialise and show off your style. You could be awarded the ultimate accolade of being voted a winner in the g Hotel & Spa Best Dressed Competition and Best Hat Competition!
11.30am: Gates Open
With seven very competitive races on the card, Friday is always a hugely popular evening race meeting and a great way to kick off the Bank Holiday weekend. The first race starts at 5.10pm with all races generously sponsored by Guinness. Friday also plays host to the elegant and stylish ‘Friday’s Fair Lady Competition’ now in its sixth year, sponsored by Athlone Towncentre offering a fantastic prize package valued at over €2,000.
What better way to enjoy a day out with your family with fun and colour at the heart of this special day – make memories this Summer! With the gates open from 12 noon, the first race is off at 2.30pm and offers a fun afternoon for all. Children are admitted free of charge and we have lots of entertainment for the younger racegoer, including bouncy castles, slides, face painting and much more. We also have a number of catering options for young families on site.
12.00pm: Gates Open
The final day of the Summer Festival 2018 epitomises that old adage about saving the best for last! For 2018 our Family Days will take place on Saturday and Sunday of the Summer Festival Meeting. Fun and Colour is the theme for these spectacular days with children admitted free of charge. There is lots of entertainment for the young racegoer including bouncy castles, slides, face painting and crazy characters throughout the enclosure.
11.30am: Gates Open
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