For 2016 our Family Days will take place on Saturday and Sunday of the Summer Festival Meeting. Fun and Colour is the theme for these spectacular days. Children are admitted free of charge on these days. There is lots of entertainment for the young racegoer, bouncy castles, slides, face painting and crazy characters throughout the enclosure.
The Mad Hatters competition is hugely popular and takes place on the Sunday of the Summer Festival, the effort and creativity of the entrants is spectacular. Ireland West Airport together with their partners Ryanair, Aer Lingus and Flybe generously sponsor the Mad Hatters Competition for both adults and children.
Competition Entry: Entrants should proceed to the Mad Hatters Tent located behind the Tote where our judge will view the spectacular headpieces on show. The winners will be announced at the Stage which is located behind the Millennium Stand at approximately 4.00 p.m.
Prizes up for grab this year are,
- Adults 1st Prize: A weeks holiday with return flights and accommodation for 2 people to Faro-Algarve, Alicante, Lanzarote, Malaga or Tenerife
- Adults 2nd Prize: A trip for two to Manchester which includes two nights accommodation for two people with tickets to Manchester United V Everton.
- Children’s 1st Prize: Includes two nights accommodation in Windsor and a day pass to LEGOLAND for 2 adults and 2 children to London.
- Children’s 2nd Prize: Includes 2 nights accommodation at the 4 star McWilliam Park Hotel in Co. Mayo for 2 adults and two children and also a €50 Smyths voucher.
- Children’s 3rd Prize: €200 Smyths voucher.
The Judge for 2016 is Galway Milliner Aoife Mac Cana.
Mad Hatters Competition 2015
There are plenty of fantastic prizes on offer once again this year. The first prize for adults is a weeks holiday for 2 people to Faro-Algarve, Alicante, Lanzarote, Malaga or Tenerife sponsored once again by Ireland West Airport Knock and Ryan Air. Prize includes return flights to and from Ireland West Airport with Ryanair including transfers and seven nights accommodation in a 3* self catering apartment. The second adult prize is a trip to Manchester with Flybe and Ireland West Airport Knock. The prize includes return flights for 2 people to Manchester from Ireland West Airport, 2 nights accommodation in a 3* hotel in Manchester and two tickets to see Manchester United in a premier league match at Old Trafford, Manchester.
The children are in for a treat too with a very exciting prize of a trip to London with Aer Lingus, LEGOLAND Windsor and Ireland West Airport Knock. The prize includes return flights for 2 adults and 2 children to London Gatwick from Ireland West Airport Knock , two nights accommodation in a 3* hotel in Windsor and a 1 day ticket pass for LEGOLAND Windsor for 2 adults and 2 children. The second prize is a Nintendo 3DS Console with a popular game and the third prize is a PS Vita Slim with a Lego Games pack.
Mad Hatters Competition 2014
There were amazing prizes on offer this year for the very popular Mad Hatters Competition. The first prize for adults this year, a holiday for two to a choice of Faro-Algarve, Lanzarote, Malaga or Tenerife was won by Tara Newell. Prize included return flights to and from Ireland West Airport with Ryanair including transfers and seven nights accommodation in a 3* self catering apartment. The lucky winner of the second prize walked away with a trip to Manchester including two nights accommodation and tickets to the Man Utd. v Aston Villa game on 4th April, 2015. Not forgetting the kiddies, the first prize for children was an incredible trip to Legoland including return Aer Lingus flights for 2 adults and 2 children to London Gatwick, 2 nights accommodation in a 3* hotel in Windsor and 1 day ticket for Legoland Windsor. The lucky winner of this prize was Holly Lynott. The competition was judged by Galway Milliner, Edel Ramberg.
Everybody got in the spirit, got creative and came up with some mad ideas for their hat to vie for the chance to win one of these fabulous prizes!
Mad Hatters Competition 2013
The fantastic prizes in 2013 were sponsored by Ireland West Airport and Ryanair as follows: The first prize for children was a Holiday for two adults and two children to Barcelona with three nights accommodation in the 4* H-Top Royal Beach Hotel and a family daypass to Portaventura Water Park. The fantastic 4* H-Top Royal Beach Hotel in Girona located just 150 metres from Lloret de Mar’s most beautiful beach. H-Top Hotel The second prize for the childrens category was a Nintendo 3DS XL and one game and the third prize is a Nintendo 3DS including a game.
The Adult Prizes were just as impressive with the first prize winner walking away with a trip for two to Milan including three nights accommodation in the fabulous 4* Mercure Bergamo Palazzo Dolci Hotel situated int he centre of Bergamo just 25 miles from Milan. Mercure Bergamo Palazzo Dolci Hotel
The second prize for Adults was two return flights to Liverpool including two nights accommodation and tickets to Man Utd. versus Chelsea on 24th August, 2013.
The lucky winners were:
First Prize: Eilish McEosy – Claregalway, Co.Galway
Second Prize: Jean O’Donovan – Bandon, Co.Cork
First Prize: Shauna Cronin- Menlo.
Second Prize: Katelyn Walsh – Craughwell
Third Prize: Devlin Burke – Oranmore