Racing Themed Fun At Woking Shopping




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Woking Shopping is excited to announce that they will be holding a day of FREE racing themed fun to coincide with Royal Ascot and support Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Sunflower Trust, through One Great Day. 


The event, which takes place from 11am – 4pm on Saturday 23rd June, will see the centre of Woking come to life with a light hearted and family-friendly take on the iconic annual event with all the atmosphere of the real deal – and some!


Giggles are guaranteed as the centre invites shoppers of all ages to participate in ‘The Woking Stakes’ – a race meet quite unlike any other, where their trusty steeds will be none other than a humble hobby horse! Prospective jockeys should keep an eye out on social media for news of race times, and come down to sign up for races on the day.


Racegoers will be able to place their bets with the bookmaker on their favourite to win, and are encouraged to give as much or as little as they like, but instead of pocketing a pay-out, all proceeds will go to charity. That doesn’t mean to say that the winner goes without glory - because no race meet is complete without the opportunity to pose with our Woking Stakes gold cup and bask in all their winning splendour – complete with podium presentation!


A commentator will add authenticity to the occasion, with announcements throughout the day to keep visitors up to speed with races, results and exciting activities.


Racegoers can of course, expect to see a Royal face about the crowd, with appearances from the UK’s best lookalike of our number one horse-racing fan between 12 noon – 4pm and the chance to pose for a selfie or two with ‘Liz’ herself.


As with any big race meet, all eyes are on the hats, and Woking’s very own balloon modeler will be making millinery masterpieces for the younger members of the crowd, while they will also be able to enjoy face painting and glitter tattoos – all for small donations to charity.


One Great Day is a charity that raises funds for Great Ormond Street Hospital as well as locally selected children’s charities through one great day of fun-filled charitable events across the UK.  Woking Shopping’s chosen charity is The Sunflower Trust - a charity offering support for children experiencing a variety of issues - from diagnosed health, behavioural or learning difficulties, to underachieving at school and some, who for no obvious reason, need a little extra help to achieve their potential. It’s a charity that the centre is sure has touched the lives of many Woking families and will continue to do so for years to come.


The event is a great way for locals to give something back to the community, where the emphasis is on giving as much or as little as they like, while having the most fun.


Rowen de Grauw, Customer Experience Manager, Woking Shopping says, ‘’We are really excited for our One Great Day fundraiser event. We really hope it puts the ‘Fun’ into fundraising and is an event that all ages can enjoy. It’s the perfect opportunity for shoppers to let their hair down for just one day and raise some much-needed cash for two wonderful causes close to the hearts of many.’’



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