Kimble Races celebrates century on Saturday

Action from last year's Kimble Point to Point
Action from last year's Kimble Point to Point

EASTER Saturday will herald the 100th meeting of what has grown to be Aylesbury Vale’s biggest racing event – the Kimble Point to Point.

More than 200 volunteers help stage the day, led by the Kimblewick Hunt and as many as 20,000 people attend the race meeting every year.

Held in the village of Great Kimble at Kimblewick Farm, the setting is ideal as all cars may park on a slope, overlooking the racecourse, which gives excellent viewing.

Racegoers can expect a colourful day out, trade stands are open for business, selling clothes and accessories.

There will be food stands, a very large bar and a champagne and Pimms tent. Most people bring their own picnic and the races have been likened to ‘one huge party with racing attached’.

There are many bookmakers and a full tote facility to cover the six races, business is generally brisk for them during the day.

The first race is at 1.30pm on Saturday (April 7) with the bars, food and trade stands open from 11.30am onwards. This year a special centenary presentation will be made to the owners of the course, Lord Gardiner of Kimble and his cousin and former successful point to point jockey Fizz Robarts for the huge amount of work their family has put into this course since 1933 – 79 years out of the magic 100.