Racegoers at Cartmel later this month will be entertained by TV presenter turned DJ, Vernon Kay.

Expected to draw a crowd of more than 10,000 on Saturday, July 20, Cartmel, described as "Britain’s most picturesque racecourse", hosts the first of two days of racing action. The second date is on Monday, July 22.

Vernon Kay is set to deliver a 90-minute DJ set following the last race on Saturday, in what is to become a fun-filled day out for the entire family.

Geraldine McKay, director of racing, shared her excitement saying: "This is a popular meet and we wanted to do something to make it a bit more special."

She continued to praise the popular personality saying: "He’s quite a name with a big personality who plays feel-good music.

Vernon Kay will be providing a DJ set following Cartmel Racecourse's final race on July 20Vernon Kay will be providing a DJ set following Cartmel Racecourse's final race on July 20 (Image: Cartmel Racecourse)

"It will be a good sing-along and dance-along, a really good vibe.

"It’s really wonderful to be in the beautiful Cartmel Valley, listening to great music as the sun sets."

The gates open at 9am, and the first race begins at 1.40pm, concluding with the last race at 5.10pm.

Afterward, the crowd can enjoy Vernon Kay's set starting at 5.50pm on a professional sound system.

The race day comprises seven races, including the popular Cumbria Crystal Cup at 4.35pm, sponsored by William Hill, and the Cartmel Female Jockeys’ Handicap at 4pm.

Ms McKay noted: "The all-female race is a grade-3 hurdle, very popular, and generally attracts a full field of 14 riders, amateurs and professionals."

The race weekend also marks the start of the school summer holidays.

There is amusement for all ages, including a funfair for children, and those aged 17 and under get free entry when accompanied by a paying adult.

For a plush experience, racegoers can book gourmet food-and-drink packages at the Louis Roederer Restaurant or the Parade Ring Restaurant marquee.

Monday, July 22 is also expected to be an eventful race day, especially popular with businesses for corporate days out.

Pre-booking tickets are available from £30 for Saturday and £23 on Monday on the Cartmel Racecourse website.