FAMILIES enjoyed a cracking day at the races as they basked in the success of Carlisle’s Easter meeting.

Thousands of people turned out for the city racecourse’s family fun day on Saturday.

And there was something for everyone, with parents enthralled by the action on the track and children making the most of activities including a climbing wall, face painting, a huge inflatable slide, arts and crafts, crazy golf and a school-style sports day.

Mark Uwins, 31, of Currock, Carlisle, said: “It’s nice, and it’s a good weekend for it. It’s cheap so we can afford to come as a family.”

Young and old enjoyed a laugh and Leah Gohnston, 12, of Currock, said: “It’s been really entertaining. It’s been nice spending time with my family. My favourite part has been doing the arts and crafts.”

Emma Johnstone, 44, of Annan travelled down with her family to enjoy the weather.

“There’s lots for the kids to do,” she said. “Having all the activities is great. It keeps the kids entertained.”

The fun day even had a little something for the older children and Ryan Gass, 11, from Annan said: “It’s a good turn out and people seem to enjoying it but there is free WIFI. Wat more could I want?”

The beautiful day attracted people from far and wide and Donna-Catherine Leird, 46, of Stirling, said: “ My parents live in Armathwaite and while we are visiting we thought we would come along.

“The family day is great all the kids seem happy enough. The weather is beautiful.”

Another family who travelled the distance to enjoy the day.

Aaron Dinsdale,32, of Darlington, said: “We were at a caravan at Pooley Bridge and we were looking for things to do with the kids and thought we would have a little ride over.

“It’s good that it’s free so the the children can really enjoy themselves.”

The racecourse fun day was one of a series of events held over the weekend, a number of which continue today, including the Fisher Street Festival in Carlisle city centre.