Community Fun Day Kick-starts Summer Racecourse Events

by Laura Berry

Tuesday, June 11th, 2013

hamiltonparkracecourseSouth Lanarkshire Council is getting people on track for Father’s Day by holding a free fun day at one of Scotland’s most famous racecourses.

This Sunday, 16 June, Hamilton Park Racecourse will be transformed into a playground for kids and adults alike, with activities ranging from baby yoga to a mascot race, organised by the Council and its community partners.

Sodexo , which provides catering and hospitality services at Hamilton Park, will provide dad’s and their families with a selection of food and drink including traditional ice cream and homemade cakes the Hamilton way, all sourced locally from Equi’s ice cream and McGhee’s bakery.

As an added treat, Sodexo Prestige has teamed up with local paper the Hamilton Advertiser to offer the first 50 people to arrive at the event with a copy of the paper, a free Equi’s ice cream.

Great Family Day

Fiona Robertson, Senior Community Learning and Home School Partnership Worker at South Lanarkshire Council, said: “A big thank you to the guys at Hamilton Park Racecourse and Sodexo Prestige for helping us organise this event – which promises to be a great day out for all the family.

“The event is in its sixth year now and every year it just keeps on getting bigger and bigger with over 1,000 people expected so far this year. We have lots of different activities planned as well, so there will be something for everyone whether they are four or ninety four.

“Events like this have a real sense of fun and community spirit about them, but we can only keep on doing them thanks to the hard work and dedication of our community partners and our hosts at Hamilton Park.”

Wide Range of Events

Over 1,000 people are expected to turn up to the free event this weekend, which helps kick start a season of summer fun days for the venue, which include everything from gala events, outdoor pursuits and summer barbeques.

The racecourse has already played host to its first successful summer barbeque of the year, organised by one of Scotland’s largest banking groups. Sodexo Prestige catered for over 500 people, as part of the fun day which consisted of team building activities, barbeque and hog roast complete with not one, not two, but three suckling pigs.

Sourced from local Scottish suppliers including Robertsons of Ayr and Campbell Brothers, the barbeque consisted of whopping 500 Highland beef burgers, 500 pork and sausage baguettes and 500 chicken and sweet chilli skewers. All served with a selection of freshly prepared salads, rolls, sauces and accompaniments.

Making the Most of the Facilities

Kathryn Jones, general manager with Sodexo Prestige at Hamilton Park, said: “Summer is a great time here at Hamilton Park, as it really gives us an opportunity to make the most of our catering and events facilities at the venue – coming up with some really fun and unique events.

“Not only can we provide the venue with a range of outdoor and indoor facilities for when the weather takes a turn for the worse, we also have a great onsite catering team who work hard to create a series of menu options which are perfect for the summer months.

“We are delighted that we are able to host the South Lanarkshire fun day for the sixth year running and hope that lots of people take advantage of the free event and come along and see what’s happening right on their door step.”

Sodexo Prestige is the corporate dining, hospitality and events division of Sodexo and partners with 17 top class venues in Scotland – and 50 across the UK – including the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh, Hampden Park Stadium and Perth Racecourse. It also provides catering hospitality for The Open Championship, one of the world’s biggest golfing events.

As the exclusive catering and hospitality partner at Hamilton Park it has helped establish the racecourse as a high-quality venue for weddings and private parties, as well as concerts, conferences and exhibitions.

A wide range of bars, restaurants, suites and boxes are also available to cater for events and functions of all sizes.

Public Relations in Scotland for Sodexo Prestige is handled by the expert PR team at Holyrood Partnership, providing strategic communication advice and media relations.

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