01.02.13 - THE GRAND NATIONAL
Aintree plots Grand Opening for this year's National
The first day of the 2013 Grand National Festival will be a showpiece occasion as organisers build upon rising attendances in recent years.
Grand Opening Day, on Thursday 4 April, will feature a host of live music acts, including a headline performance from chart-topping girl group The Saturdays, with a number of other well-known guests set to perform.
With entertainment for the whole family, it will be a great way to kick off the Easter holidays. As well as the music line-up, the world-famous Red Devils parachute display team will be showing off their daring feats. MD Productions, the dance crew who wowed the nation on Britain’s Got Talent will also be performing some of their stunning routines.
To encourage families to come down and experience the fun of Grand Opening Day, those aged 17 and under will be given free entry to the Tattersalls Enclosure when accompanied by a paying adult.
Racegoers will also be able to watch the prestigious John Smith's Aintree Hurdle, which has been switched from its traditional Saturday slot and now has a record prize fund of £200,000.
For more information on tickets and packages for the three days, please visit http://www.aintree.co.uk/pages/grand-national/ or call the ticket hotline on 0844 579 3001.