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. The race ends with a space-hopper finale over the sticks for the leaders, which may descend very quickly into complete anarchy! 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 good causes. There’s a great atmosphere even when everyone is frozen and soaked! The party cost £15 in 2017 and the theme for the year was Rock and Pop Icons. It goes ahead even in snow as you can see from the 2017 photos.

In 2017 it was on Sunday December 10th – 2018 date is yet to be announced.

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