And their off! There is nothing more thrilling than the thundering gallop of hooves during The Galway Races. A week long extravaganza of fillies, flutter and, of course, fabulous fashion.
Now race lovers need no convincing of the wonders of Galway Race Week, however for any novices left out there, allow us to fill you in – The Galway races are a spectacular 7 day event, which is not just about the world class jockeys, trainers and horses, it is an electric atmosphere that encompasses something for everyone, such as:
Ladies Day – Thursday the 28th of July is the famous Ladies Day. The racecourse is awash with more glamour and fabulous headpieces than you can shake a designer stick at.
A truly unique occasion to dress to impress and strut your stuff with all the other studs and fillies, perhaps indulge in a glass of bubble and a flutter on the favourite. You never know you could scoop the ultimate prize in Irish style – Best Dressed.
Other style events include Friday’s Fair lady and The Lady in Red competition.
Family and Mad Hatter Day – Sunday the 31st of July is both Family day and Mad Hatter day, and what a combination they make! Children attend the races for free and are treated to a day of bouncy castles, face painting, slides and appearances by some of their favourite characters.
Of course they could also feast their eyes on the entrants to the Mad Hatter competition, where creativity is the name of the game. Ladies and gents float about with the most spectacular creations perched on their heads and with a top prize of a weeks holiday for 2 people to Faro-Algarve, Alicante, Lanzarote, Malaga or Tenerife, sponsored by Ireland West Airport Knock and Ryan Air – we say it’s time to crack out the glue gun and glitter.
All you need now is a place to stay! Located just 6km from the racecourse Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway is the perfect base for your trip to the Galway Races. All guests can avail of free parking, free WiFi and use of our leisure facilities including 20m indoor pool, sauna, steam room and Jacuzzi.