This weekend, watch (possibly) the most quirky festive race in the capital, as the London Pantomime Horse Race takes place.
The wacky event, now in its 10th year and described as the ‘daftest race event of its kind’, regularly attracts hundreds of spectators and special guest appearances. This year’s event will have a Star Wars theme, so expect a host of Stormtroopers and a team of Jedi in addition to the nags.
The traditional Pre-Race Ceremony will take place from 11.30am at Devonport House, King William Walk, hosted by US comedian Lewis Schaffer. This year’s event entertainment will include guest appearances and performances from Strictly Neigh Dancing and the London Humanist Choir, with a special pre-race procession.
The London Pantomime Horse Race itself will begin at 1pm from King William Walk, with around 30 costumed nags on the starting line.
The race will see the poor nags take on a gruelling six-pub pit-stop course, around the streets of Greenwich; before the best five performing ‘horses’ are selected to take on the final challenge towards the finish line, via the use of Space-Hoppers.
An After-Race Show will take place once the winner has crossed the finish line. The party will feature a performance from U2 Tribe, a charity auction and an Xmas karaoke.
Each year, the event raises money for charity and this year will be supporting Help Rosie Walk, Make a Wish UK Foundation, Harpenden Riding for the Disabled (RDA) and The Running Charity. To find out how to back a nag before the race itself, visit the race website.
When: 15th December 2019, from 11.30am
Where: Greenwich, London
£: Free (after-show event costs £5 and raises money for charity)
More info: www.pantohorserace.org