When you have a big crowd enjoying a day at the races, the atmosphere can be electrifying.
The roar of the spectators as the horses come around the final turn is something to behold, with the deep rumble of hooves on turf as the animals hurtle by serving to send the crowd into a state of frenzy.
Race meetings take place virtually all year, on week days as well as weekends, with many types of events to choose from.
You could go by yourself or with friends, or take the whole family for a day out with a difference.
On special family days all children under 16 can enter for free, while adult tickets for family enclosures can be less than £10, making for a reasonably priced day out. Check ahead to see what special events are being laid on for the particular family day you're thinking of attending – past events have included things as diverse as football workshops given by Premier League coaches and parachute displays by the Red Devils.
A day at the races will pass in a flash – enjoy the spectacle of these elegant creatures parading around the paddock, pick your favourite, put a pound on if you're feeling lucky and make your way to the course to enjoy the race. If your horse comes in last, there'll be another race along shortly.
Of course, you don't have to bet (yes, it can be a surefire way to lose money fast), in which case just enjoy the atmosphere and amenities of the racecourse.