The London Pantomime Horse Race in Greenwich

If you want to do something very, very British during a festive visit to London, you could get lucky and be here for the annual London Pantomime Horse Race in Greenwich, taking place on Sunday 16 December 2018. 

Basically, pairs of silly people climb into a big, hot horse costume and try to run faster than other pairs of silly people. Sounds hilarious, right?

This festive tradition makes use of an old tradition, British pantomime (‘panto’). These funny, family-friendly theatre spectaculars take place around the country during December and January every year, using well-known fairy tales as the basis for lots of laughs. Most pantos feature a horse, always using a costume with two people inside, one for the front and one for the rear.

These daft costumes are the stars of the show at the London Pantomime Horse Race. The race starts at 1pm outside Devonport House in Greenwich, on King William Walk near Greenwich Market. The route trails south and ends at the Prince of Greenwich pub on Royal Hill. There’s a pre-race ceremony and an after-race show, both featuring live music and performances, so no matter when you arrive to spectate, there’s lots of fun to be had. 

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Click here to read about London winter dining igloos and find out how to book a meal in one. Looking for something more traditional? Why not visit one of these London Christmas carol services in December.

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