We all love that time of year - Spring - the sun is out, we start to warm up out of the winter chill, the smell of cut grass and importantly more opportunity to be active and social as we head towards summer.
Horse Racing, Fashion, Social Entertainment, Weather, Drinks, Colour, Atmosphere and more.... time to get excited!
If you haven't yet organised your October/ November social schedule and happen to be entertaining customers for business, enjoying a big day with family or friends then here is some help to make your Spring Racing Carnival the very best yet:
BMW Caulfield Cup - Caulfield Racecourse - Saturday 15th October
The biggest day on the Caulfield Racecourse calendar, the Caulfield Cup kicks off the major events of Spring Racing.
Entertain your guests at the beautifully positioned Boomerang Deck, located to overlook the historic pre-parade ring, giving you a chance to get a close look at the thoroughbreds. Or for the best views of the track, go for the Heath Enclosure Marquees or a Skyline Corporate Suite.
Willliam Hill Manikato Stakes - Moonee Valley Racecourse - Friday 6th October
Moonee Valley is one of the more iconic venues and hosts two spectacular events of racing and entertainment. The Manikato Stakes on Friday Night under lights is one of the best nights of racing on the calendar. There are some great value packages on this night for those wanting to experience the carnival in a more cost effective manner - including The Lodge with unparalleled views of the racetrack and city, The Pavilion Deck, Fields of Omagh or Legends Lane Marquees or enjoy your own Private Function Room.
William Hill Cox Plate - Moonee Valley Racecourse - Saturday 7th October
The next day is one of the most iconic races on the calendar - the W.S. Cox Plate. The Valley erupts during this race as a packed racecourse rise as one. As this event peaks later in the day closer to 6pm, it is a great finish to the day.
Moonee Valley Racing Club provide a great range of experiences to cater for all budgets. Some of the best package options include Legends Lane and Fields of Omagh Marquees for a bit over $600pp. The Pavilion Deck is outstanding as you soak up the atmosphere overlooking the track while the Pure Pleasure Enclosure is perfect if you are wanting more of a music and social experience with DJ and cocktail food throughout. All Cox Plate packages are available here.
AAMI Victoria Derby Day - Flemington Racecourse - Saturday 29th October
The best day of racing culminating in the Victoria Derby - the best
The Garden View Pavilion is the largest facility on the course and is a brilliant cocktail marquee close to the central gardens and entertainment areas.
Enjoy a three-course plated lunch and waiter service to your table in the Makybe Diva Marquee, with one of the best views of the action from the Lawn Stand.
Try the Perch in the Birdcage for an exclusive experience in the front rows of the birdcage - save this one for your best customers or that very special day out to remember. No expense spared! If you are following more of a budget the Home Straight Enclosure in the centre of the track and The Village are fantastic value packages to soak up the atmosphere in relaxed environments.
Emirates Melbourne Cup - Flemington Racecourse - Tuesday 1st November
The Melbourne Cup is the pinnacle of racing in our country (and perhaps the world) with the "Race that stops a nation" literally the case. Many of us make the trek out to Flemington on the big day - it is the most expensive on the calendar but for good reason. It is one of the most iconic events to attend in your lifetime. A true bucket list experience.
If you are looking to go all out and either attract or retain some high end clients, this is the day to do it, and a Hill Stand Corporate Suite is the way to do it. Make a real impression with the best views of the course and the city skyline, private waiter service and other luxuries.
Cup Day usually sells out, so be quick!
Crown Oaks Day - Flemington Racecourse - Thursday 3rd November
The "ladies day" of the carnival, Crown Oaks Day is very popular for corporate and business alike. It is a time for the ladies to shine with fashion and glamour while plenty of business entertaining is done on this day during the working week.
For entertainment value consider The Garden Pavilion. Located in the Winning Post Enclosure, you have the flexibility of enjoying both the corporate area, and the entertainment aspect of the Winning Post Enclosure
If you want to get close to the Horse Racing action the Home Straight Enclosure on the inside of the track is a unique perspective and good value package option.
The Panorama Restaurant offers one of the best vantage points for the day and is a perfect setting for groups of 6-12 if you are entertaining clients for business.
Emirates Stakes Day - Flemington Racecourse - Saturday 5th November
Traditionally the family day of the carnival, this is the time to involve the kids and broader family and enjoy a day out together. Involving a client's family is always a good thing and is great way to better understand and know your customer. Regardless, Emirates Stakes Day is a great day to finish the Spring Racing Carnival at Flemington.
Make sure you get to the Spring Racing Carnival this year, the sun will be out, the Spring energy in the air and is a great time of year to soak up the entertainment.
If you are looking for something specific for you and your group, there is always the reliable TIXSTAR Concierge service - dedicated to help you find and organise your next sports + entertainment experience. Contact TIXSTAR Concierge here - we are happy to help!
So go on..... 'Go There'