Celebrating The Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh Racecourse

Two of the most important race days at Musselburgh Racecourse is The Edinburgh Cup and Ladies Day.  I had never been to the races and decided to go and see what all the fuss was about.

The Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh Racecourse
At Musselburgh Racecourse – Edinburgh Cup.

The Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh Racecourse

A day out at the races

Musselburgh Racecourse is located only 30 minutes by bus from Edinburgh City Centre. The number 26 bus stops directly outside the course. Since opening in 1816 till the 1990’s it was known as Edinburgh Racecourse. Horse Racing used to be referred to as a sport for aristocracy, but now a great day out for everyone with annual Family Days held in August.

The Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh Racecourse: Great crowd at Musselburgh Races.
Great crowd at Musselburgh Races.

What to expect on your first visit for The Edinburgh Cup

I wasn’t sure what to expect and how dressed I should be for the The Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh Racecourse. Having read the advice on the website and heard from family and friends I decided on a dress and jacket combo.  I was relieved to see that there was a real mixture of attire being worn.

The weather was a blowing a gale and rain was on the horizon.  We headed for cover into the spacious marquee and got seated comfortably at some of the pre-arranged tables and chairs.  Inside the marquee were a few large television screens to watch the races, bar and betting facility.  (I would highly recommend arriving early for a table and chair, subject to availability).  Although the weather wasn’t perfect the crowds were drawn in.

The Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh Racecourse: A variety of refreshments is available on the day at Musselburgh Racecourse.
A variety of refreshments is available on the day at Musselburgh Racecourse.

Refreshments

Next on the agenda was the bar!  Its not a cheap day out with a standard bottle of wine costing £20, bottle of Prosecco £29, cocktail jug £10 and a pint of lager at £4 pounds.  Not that the prices put anyone off as the queue went on for some time.  Burgers, fish and chips were available too at the snack vans.  There are a variety of pre-paid package options available including champagne, fish and chips.  (You can also take in your own sandwiches and snacks).

The first race was just after 1pm, the marquee was a hive of activity and outside the track was surrounded with excited spectators. The race was gone as quickly as it came.  With the first race under my belt, I was keen to get up close to the track.  I didn’t have too long to wait till the next race.  It was quite a first experience with the thundering under my feet, seconds before the horses galloped speedily past.   Blink and you would miss them! Now back for another sip of wine and gather the latest tips for the next race.

The Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh Racecourse: Horses making way to start line at Musselburgh Racecourse
Horses making way to start line at Musselburgh Racecourse: Photo Edinburgh Blog / CC 2.0

There were eight races throughout the day with a few televised from Epsom Racecourse each being as thrilling as the next.  Here’s a wee tip for you, we noticed the bookmakers located outside the marquee seemed to be offering better returns on the winnings.  If like me and you haven’t been before, I found out that anything from a £2.50 bet to win is acceptable.

The Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh Racecourse: Musselburgh Races
Musselburgh Races

After the last race the evening entertainment started, DJ Scott Mills was on top form playing all the old dance anthems.  It was a great day out and I even managed to win!

The Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh Racecourse: DJ Scott Mills entertaining the crowds.
DJ Scott Mills entertaining the crowds.

If planning to go along to Ladies Day at Musselburgh Racecourse do book your ticket in advance as they sell out quickly!  Seemingly the dress code for Ladies Day is more formal with ladies hat competitions!

Whether you’re in Edinburgh for a long weekend sampling some of its culture and history or stopping off on a scenic drive up to the Scottish Highlands a day out at Musselburgh Races is well worth a visit.  There is accommodation available locally and in the surrounding areas, although lots more to choose from in Edinburgh City Centre.

Have you watched The Edinburgh Cup at Musselburgh Racecourse? Did you have a flutter? Or if you have any questions we would love to hear from you, please comment below.

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 Michelle has a love of travel and photography, which has currently taken her to six continents. Experiencing other cultures/history and food both independently and while working on-board luxury cruise ships. Discover more about Michelle, her enthusiasm for travel and photography via: www.MDHardingTravelPhotography.com

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