Traditionally, the Sunday before the Punchestown Festival is known as Walking Sunday. On Walking Sunday, April 21, the public are invited to walk the course at Punchestown with the first walkers scheduled to set off at 2pm.
The Racecourse circuit is 2.2 miles long. We are encouraging walkers, families, dogs and their owners, as well as children in fancy dress to come along and join in some wonderful activities that have been organised for the afternoon.
In addition to walking the course you and your dog can enter into the fun competitions such as Dog Most Like its Owner, Waggiest tail and Best Dressed dog. There will also be free collars and leads for the first 150 dogs to walk the course with special thanks to Irish Dog Foods Ltd.
Nás na Ríogh Housing Association are organising ‘the traditional inspection and walking of the course’ and their Convent Tea Rooms from McAuley Place will be onsite providing a selection of home baked produce. Also on display will be work from Naas Art Group, The Little Shop of Crafts, Felt Crafts, Wood Craft, FJ Photography, McAuley Place Art and Craft Group and lots more. Naas Local History Group will be meeting at the parade ring at 3pm to tell us all about the history of Punchestown Race Course. Stonebrook Pet Farm will be bringing along some little animals from their farm to meet the children who have finished walking the course. And in addition to all this there will be fun games for all ages to participate in, welly throwing, horseshoe toss, face painting and beat the goalie.
Why not come along and meet the neighbours and renew old friendships while inspecting the course and jumps and predicting the going for the races!