To celebrate St Patricks Day, I was lucky enough to be invited to a Vip day at the races, thanks for Ladbrokes and what a day it was!
It’s hard to believe the amazing opportunities I’ve had from this blog and to be invited as a VIP to my local race course was a real treat! So as you can imagine I couldn’t wait to get dressed up! Peaches and corals are always a favourite colour of mine so I went all out for a spring outfit of the day. My midi dress featured flowers to match my fascinator and with crochet material, this kept me comfortable all day and practical with my coral jacket and cream shoes. My full outfit is from River Island (can you tell its my fave highstreet brand?)
Anyway I was thrilled to be invited to Newcastle’s very own celebration of St Paddy’s day with a three course meal in the Premier grandstand, basically the full works! I met up with my blogging friend Lucy and we got the train together. We arrived at Brandling House and greeted by the lovely Audrey and Beth who did a marvellous job of organising our day. We couldn’t wait to see what the day had to offer…
While we were waiting for all the north-east bloggers to arrive, the girls gifted us all with a good luck bracelet – well it worked as me and Lucy won three bets each! Win win!
I felt like we had the ultimate experience here; greeted by irish bucks fizz, gorgeous table display and a panoramic view of the full race course from out seats. What more could you want?
Oh well let’s get onto the food! As you can see, they went for an irish theme on the day so I opted for the soup for starter, honey and Guinness pork with veggies and for dessert a dreamy white and dark chocolate torte. I’m normally a fussy person and for someone who doesn’t like Guinness, I loved this meal, there was nothing not to like!
After finishing our meal, we decided to head out and explore the race course. It was quite a cold day but that didn’t stop us having a good time. We placed a few bets, win and lost some but the atmosphere was great! The men were dressed up in suits, some in fancy dress for St Paddy’s whereas the women wore dresses with the occasional headwear. It was nice to feel dolled up and feel special.
For £102 this is something I would definitely pay for, for a treat. The staff were really friendly and helpful (especially towards how to bet) and the facilities were great in the premier room. The bar, toilets and betting were just a short distance from your table.
I’ve been to Newcastle races before but I’d definitely think about doing this sort of package next time, because to me it was worth it if you want to have a great day out.
A huge thank you to Ladbrokes for inviting me, I had a great time with everyone and I’m looking forward to more races this summer! Have you ever been to the races? What do you think?