Leopardstown Family Fun Day returns and shows support to Ireland’s top equine and horticultural learning charity Festina Lente

Leopardstown Racecourse looks forward to welcoming families back to the South Dublin racecourse on Sunday May 8th for their annual Family Fun Day with returning attractions and the all-new, purpose-built family facilities including an indoor and outdoor Kids play area

As well as an 8 Race card, which features the Group 3 Derby Trial Stakes and The Group 3 Amethyst Stakes; there will also be a jam-packed schedule of entertainment and attractions for all ages, including the return of Waffles the Wonderful, Custard Pie Puppet Shows, Stilt Walkers, Face Painting, large outdoor games, farm petting zoo, the Festina Lente Shetland Parade, the Festina Lente Horticulture Area and the return of the incredibly popular Clayton Hotel Leopardstown Hobby Horse Cup!

The Family Fun Race Day will also feature key education elements with thanks to HRI Juniors; including racing simulators provided by RACE, Front Runner Horse Racing Education, interactive horse grooming, Track Walk with Clerk of the Course and one of Ireland’s top Jockeys and of course plenty of HRI Juniors Goodies for attendees. 

Festina Lente has been added as race sponsors of the Fund a New Home for Festina Lente Race which is a welcome addition to the Family Fun Day as Leopardstown hope to assist the charity to reach their target of raising €3 million euro. As Ireland’s top equine and horticultural learning charity for those with special needs; Festina Lente currently homed in Bray, must raise €3 million to secure the purchase of Belfield House and lands in Kilpeddar, County Wicklow to facilitate an essential move and expansion 

The Charity described as ‘World Class’ is known across the racing industry for its outstanding work in the field of equine assisted learning for those with special needs through a wide range of equine assisted learning programmes. Currently they employ 60 staff and touch the lives of over 40,000 Irish people each year. Festina Lente will also be adding to the Family Fun activities on the day including interactive fun experiences with their Shetland Ponies, educational quizzes about horses and interactive hands-on horticultural activities encouraging kids of all ages to get involved.

Speaking on the return of Family Fun Day and the addition of Festina Lente, Leopardstown CEO Tim Husbands MBE said;

“We are excited to welcome families back to Family Fun Day and experience our new indoor and outdoor kids play area, which was part of our €20 million redevelopment completed in 2021.The range of activities on offer, not to mention the quality 8 race card means we have something for everyone on the day.

I’m particularly pleased to welcome Festina Lente to our Family Fun Day. Not only are they adding to the day, but they are an amazing charity to be supporting on Family Fun Day. We are delighted to support their fundraising endeavours so they can continue the incredibly valuable work they do in a brand new, state of the art facility.” 

Dr Jill Carey, CEO of Festina Lente commented:

“We are delighted to be part of the Derby Trial Stakes Race on Sunday 8th May and so looking forward to be able to introduce children to the many equine and horticultural activities that we have planned for throughout the day. Festina Lente’s plan is to build a state-of-the-art National Education Centre to continue our current work. We will be also focussing on re-training and re-purposing racehorses, enabling these animals to have a second career in riding clubs, dressage, show jumping and in certain equine assisted learning programmes. As part of this, Festina Lente will develop an accredited training programme for equestrians wishing to learn how to look after and work with ex-race horses.”

To find out more information about Leopardstown Family Fun Day visit www.leopardstown.com

About Festina Lente

People can donate to support Festina Lente, directly online on https://www.festinalente.ie/get-involved/donations/.

Festina Lente has historically been best known for its role in the development of equine based programmes which promote the physical, psychosocial and mental well-being programmes of people affected by disability and /or socio-economic disadvantage. More recently it has gained significant reputation in the development of social and therapeutic horticulture as a modality for improving peoples’ well-being.

Festina Lente contact:
Tracy Kelly, PR Consultant for Festina Lente
E: Tracy@tracykellypr.ie
T: +353 1 293 7958

Leopardstown Racecourse contact:
Declan Healy, Senior Marketing Executive at Leopardstown Racecourse
E: dhealy@leopardstown.com
T: +353 1 289 0500