London Pantomime Horse Race

Where: London in Greenwich, beginning at Devonport House on King William Walk
When: A Sunday in mid to late December (before Christmas)
Time: Preamble from 11 am with race at 1pm


A relative newcomer to the calendar of unusual sporting events in the UK is the London Pantomime Horse Race which has been running (not continuously, I hasten to add) for a few years. It’s a costumed charity fundraising fun-run around the streets of Greenwich and the event begins like all the best horse races with a parade of the entrants, who are two-person traditionally costumed pantomime equines in the main, with perhaps a cow or unicorn to add a little variety. Expect around forty horses taking part, with numerous pit-stops for refreshment at hostelries en route as horsing around can be thirsty work, with other entertainers such as morris dancers, celebrity special guests, musicians and more. An after-race party follows at the Greenwich Tavern.

Helpful Hints

It’s a free family friendly event – give generously if you can as it’s all for the Demelza Childrens Hospice. The party cost £10 in 2014.

In 2016 it was on Sunday December 11th – 2017 date is yet to be announced.

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