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24 April 17

Experience the Excitement of the Tattersalls Sales!

The Newmarket season has begun with The Craven Meeting taking place last week and the highly anticipated QIPCO Guineas Festival taking place at the Rowley Mile Racecourse on 6th and 7th May!

Not only does the racing season bring with it some fantastic excitement on the racecourse, but also at Europe’s largest bloodstock auctioneers, Tattersalls. Everyone loves a good race, but not so many of us understand just how the careers of these equine stars begin.

The next sale to take place will be the Guineas Breeze Up Sale, on 4th and 5th May, and will coincide with the aforementioned Guineas Festival. This sale will see 213 breeze up two year olds and 91 horses in training going under the hammer and with 48 of their sires already siring Classic or Group 1 winners, there could well be a future champ among them.

Tattersalls welcomes members of the public to come along and watch the sales unfold which is an amazing experience in itself, however, why not take it one-step further with our Tattersalls Tour on Thursday 4th May?

This exclusive tour only takes place on sales days and will give you an unrivalled insight. One of our expert guides will be with you every step of the way, telling you the history of the auctioneers as well as offering tips and guidance as to exactly what some of the most prestigious buyers in the world are looking for when purchasing a thoroughbred.

Below is a typical itinerary (please note that this is subject to change):

09.00 - Meet your Discover Newmarket tour guide.

09.10 – 10.20 - Time to enjoy and experience Newmarket’s world famous training grounds where you will see the day’s second ‘lots’ being ridden out on Warren Hill. If a ‘work’ morning (usually a Wednesday or Saturday), your tour guide will also take you to Rowley Mile and/or Lime Kilns, depending on which gallops are being used.

10.30 - 11.20 - A behind-the-scenes view of a busy working racing yard. Your trainer or their representative will show you around, introduce you to the horses, outline the yard routines, feeding regimes, and answer any questions you might have. We will confirm your trainer two weeks before your trip, enough time to check out their form.

11.30 – 13.00 - Time to visit the newly opened National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art which is situated in Charles II’s sporting palace and stables and spans five acres in the heart of Newmarket. It comprises of three complementary attractions; a new National Horseracing Museum, a National Art Gallery of British Sporting Art, and a chance to meet former racehorses and learn what they do after racing, in the flagship home of Retraining of Racehorses. 

13.00 – 14.00 - Enjoy lunch at the Heritage Centre

14.10 – 16.00 - Time to head up to Tattersalls for a behind-the-scenes tour and learn what bloodstock agents and buyers are looking for when picking a horse to bid on. You will get to sit in the famous Tattersalls ring and witness the the adrenaline and excitement as horses are paraded and bid on for thousands of Guineas.

So, what are you waiting for? Experience all of the excitement for yourself! Book your spot on the Discover Newmarket Tattersalls Tour today! Call 0344 748 9200, or click here.

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10 April 17

Craven Meeting - The Lowdown

The story starts for another season in Newmarket on 18th April at the Rowley Mile Racecourse with the highly anticipated three-day Craven Meeting. This midweek event offers racegoers a first glimpse of some of the best horses in training being put through their paces, including a number of Classic contenders contesting in races such as the Craven Stakes and the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes. With top racing during all three days, the bet365 Craven Meeting really sets the scene for the Flat racing season ahead.

To celebrate the first day of the new racing season at Newmarket Racecourses, the Tuesday of the bet365 Craven Meeting will be FREE to all local residents with a CB8 postcode. After the success of last year’s initiative, which saw just over 5,500 local residents redeem the offer, Newmarket Racecourses are looking forward to hosting their Community Day for the second year running, with the first 100 bookers being offered a free Discover Newmarket tour too!

Whether you’re the most seasoned of racegoers or have never been racing before, there is something for everyone at the first meeting of the season.

Andy Drummond, Mayor of Newmarket, said; “Following a successful introduction last year, I am very glad to see this community initiative continue, offering a sense of celebration, especially for local residents.

“Newmarket is a very special town and April in particular is a fantastic month with the start of racing for another year and also the Craven Sales at Tattersalls.  

“With the first 100 bookers offered free Discover Newmarket tours alongside free entry, I would urge local residents to book sooner rather than later to avoid disappointment.”  

Amy Starkey, Regional Director, Jockey Club Racecourses East Region, said; “We look forward to welcoming racegoers on course for another fantastic season and I hope to see lots of the local community at the first day of the bet365 Craven Meeting to launch racing at Newmarket Racecourses for 2017.”

To redeem your free ticket, you must book in advance of the event using the promotional code of CRAVENCB8 via www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk. Remember children under 18 go FREE.   

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03 April 17

Newmarket 2017 Fixture List

The 2017 season at Newmarket Racecourses is nearly here, so to make sure you don’t miss any of the acton, we’ve put together this fixture list for 2017 at Newmarket Racecourses.

There are loads of fantastic meetings taking place at the Rowley Mile and the Adnams July Course that offer all the thrills of the races, along with some amazing entertainment. Read on to find out more…

 

SPRING ON THE ROWLEY MILE 

THE bet365 CRAVEN MEETING:

Tues 18 April | Wed 19 April | Thurs 20 April

 

THE QIPCO GUINEAS FESTIVAL:

Sat 6 May | Sun 7 May

 

SPRING MEETINGS:

Thurs 18 May (eve) | Fri 19 May | Sat 20 May

 

SUMMER ON THE ADNAMS JULY COURSE

THE MOËT & CHANDON JULY FESTIVAL:

Thurs 13 July – Ladies Day

Fri 14 July – Gentleman’s Day

Sat 15 July – Darley July Cup

 

NEWMARKET NIGHTS:

Fri 23 June (eve) | Fri 30 June (eve) | Fri 21 July (eve)

Fri 28 July (eve) | Fri 4 Aug (eve) | Fri 11 Aug (eve) | Fri 18 Aug (eve)

 

SUMMER SATURDAYS:

Sat 10 June | Sat 24 June | Sat 1 July

Sat 22 July | Sat 29 July | Sat 5 Aug

Sat 12 Aug | Sat 19 Aug

 

SUMMER MEETINGS:

Thurs 29 June | Fri 25 Aug

 

SUMMER SATURDAY LIVE:

Sat 26 Aug

 

THE GOLD SEASON AT THE ROWLEY MILE

CESAREWITCH TRIAL DAY:

Sat 23 Sept

 

CAMBRIDGESHIRE MEETING:

Thurs 28 Sept | Fri 29 Sept | Sat 30 Sept

 

THE SUN CHARIOT DAY:

Sat 7 Oct

 

FUTURE CHAMPIONS FESTIVAL:

Fri 13 Oct | Sat 14 Oct

 

TWO YEAR OLD DAY:

Wed 25 Oct

 

THE FINAL MEETING:

Fri 3 Nov | Sat 4 Nov

 

If you’re looking to attend any of the above, why not make it truly memorable by combining it with one of our tours and making a day of it? Click here to browse out full list of tours, or alternatively give us a call on 0344 748 9200

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27 March 17

Easter Activities in Newmarket

The Easter Holidays are nearly upon us and whether you’re looking to keep the kids entertained, or just looking for things to do yourself over the bank holiday weekend, there is plenty to keep you amused in Newmarket this Easter.

Below we’ve put together a list of suggestions.

 

Take a Tour around The National Stud 

The National Stud is the only commercial thoroughbred stud farm in the UK that allows members of the public behind the scenes. Guided tours offer a unique insight into the art of breeding a thoroughbred and right now is foaling season, so there couldn’t be a better time to visit!

Tours run twice daily from Saturday 1st April to Monday 17th April and what’s more, you can take advantage of a special family discount. 

More info here. 

 

A Day to Remember – Short Head Tour 

Why not do something extra special on Saturday 15th April by joining us on our Short Head Tour. This popular half-day morning tour takes you to explore the legendary Newmarket Gallops, behind the scenes at a working trainer’s yard, then finishing off with a guided tour of the fantastic National Stud

More info here. 

 

Fantastic Family Deal at The National Heritage Centre 

This brand new facility has to be seen to be believed. Not only can you explore the rich history of horseracing in Newmarket and beyond at the museum, but you can also browse one of the finest collections of sporting art at Palace House, meet real live thoroughbreds in the Rothschild Yard, and try your hand at the racehorse simulator!

On top of all that, from 1st to 18th April you can take part in Palace House Bingo! Hop around the 5-acre site to find clues, then once complete, hand them in at reception to win a chocolate Easter egg! 

However, arguably the best part is the value for money. Entry for a family of 6 (2 adults and 4 children) is just £40 and is valid for a whole year! 

More info here. 

 

Explore the Legendary Gallops 

If you’re looking to get away from it all and explore the open countryside, then this is the perfect activity for you. After 1pm every day, once all the thoroughbreds are safely stabled, the 2,500 acres of gallops that surround Newmarket are open to the public allowing you to roam for miles in beautiful unspoilt countryside. The perfect way for the kids to let off some steam, or for you to get a few moments‘ peace!

More info here. 

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24 March 17

2017 Season - Spring Meetings at Newmarket Racecourses

It’s March, the mercury is (slowly) rising, the daffodils are in full bloom and the blossom is on the trees – that can only mean one thing; the 2017 season is about to begin at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile!

Another thrilling season of racing begins with some fantastic springtime meetings taking place over the next couple of months. Here’s a quick run down of what you have to look forward to this spring!

 

The Craven Meeting – Tuesday, 18th to Thursday, 20th April

The story starts for another season at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile with the highly-anticipated three-day Craven Meeting. This midweek event offers racegoers a first glimpse of some of the best horses in training being put through their paces, including a number of Classic contenders contesting in races such as the Craven Stakes and the Lanwades Stud Nell Gwyn Stakes.

In celebration of the start of the Flat racing season at Newmarket, the first day of the Craven Meeting on Tuesday, 18th April is FREE to all local residents with a CB8 postcode. Following on from the success of the initiative last year, which saw 5,500 redeem the offer, Newmarket Racecourses are looking forward to hosting the second Community Day with the first 100 bookers also offered a free Discover Newmarket tour

 

QIPCO Guineas Festival – Saturday, 6th and Sunday, 7th May 

The highlight of spring is the fantastic QIPCO Guineas Festival, an internationally acclaimed two day event featuring some of the very finest Thoroughbreds in the world going head to head at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse on the first weekend in May.

Alongside some of the best Flat racing in the world, including the first two Classic races of the year, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and QIPCO 1000 Guineas, racegoers are in for a treat with fabulous entertainment and hospitality on course.

 

The Spring Meeting – Thursday, 18th (evening) to Saturday, 20th May

Thursday really is the new Friday at Newmarket’s Spring Meeting with the first of this three-day Meeting taking place on Thursday, 18th May. The first race is off at 5.50pm; the perfect excuse to leave the office on time and head to the Rowley Mile to enjoy a fantastic evening’s racing as the sun sets over the Newmarket Heath.

Saturday of the Spring Meeting, the final day on the Rowley Mile before switching to the Adnams July Course for summer, is ‘Newcomer Day’ at Newmarket Racecourses. This offers a great opportunity for those not so familiar with the Sport of Kings, as well as first-time, younger racegoers, to experience the thrill of the races with an interactive and informative format to the day. There will be family entertainment on course too, including inflatables, face painting and Rowley’s Kids Club as well as a number of activities to give first-time visitors an insight into the sport.  

 

Make Your Day Extra-Special

So there you have it – a huge amount to get excited about, and that’s just the spring! If you’re planning an afternoon at one of these meetings, why not make a day of it with a Discover Newmarket tour?

With our Short Head Tour, you could spend the morning visiting the gallops, a trainers yard and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art before heading to the races in the afternoon. 

However, if you’re looking for something really special, check out our Race Day Tour. You’ll spend the morning visiting the gallops and the Heritage Centre to learn all about the history of the town, before being taken to the racecourse for a behind the scenes tour. The tour also includes a ticket to the premier enclosure where you can enjoy an exciting afternoon’s racing!

For more information on our tours, give us a call on 0344 748 9200 or click here

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16 March 17

Mother’s Day Meals in Newmarket!

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, we have decided to give you a run down of some of the best Mother’s Day meals in and around Newmarket! 

Read on to find out exactly what our amazing town has to offer…

 

Finer Dining

The Packhorse Inn, Moulton

The Packhorse Inn overlooks the green in the picturesque village of Mouton just outside Newmarket. It is the bringing together of a number of strands to create both a traditional pub at the heart of the local community and a truly stunning dining experience.

More info here 

The Kings Head, Dullingham

This warm and inviting dining room includes open fires, oak flooring and contemporary furnishings. The head chef has a passion for food and innovative dining, sourcing ingredients from local suppliers to add a modern twist to classic cuisine.

More info here 

Squires Restaurant, Newmarket

Located at the Bedford Lodge Hotel and open to both residents and non-residents, the 2AA Rosette Squires Restaurant provides a completely modern dining experience; the artistic décor and eclectic menus making for a charismatic ambience, unlike anything else in Newmarket.

More info here 

 

A Hearty Carvery

Heath Court Hotel

If you’re looking for a traditional Sunday roast done properly, then look no further than the Heath Court Hotel. Here you can enjoy a delicious carvery which includes a choice of all the usual options to help you create the very best Sunday roast, just how you like it.

More info here 

 

All-Round Favourite

The Pantry

This family-run, independent restaurant, cafe and delicatessen specialises in classic British cuisine, showcasing the best seasonal and local ingredients. A lively lunchtime venue by day and a cosy bistro by night, the Pantry is always a great choice.

More info here 

 

Tasty Treats

Wavertree’s Coffee Shop

Located at the beautiful National Stud, Waverteee’s Coffee Shop offers breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea all year round. All cakes are homemade and the delicious food is made fresh to order. Why not tie it in with a National Stud Tour for an extra special day?

More info here 

 

Afternoon Tea

Nancy’s Vintage Teashop

When you step through the door at Nancy’s Vintage Teashop, you enter an oasis of tranquillity, comfort, old-world charm and service. All of the dishes are freshly prepared and cooked on the premises including the range of cakes and fancies by the head chef. 

More info here 

 

There you go, plenty of choices to make your special lady very happy indeed! For more information about our fantastic selection of eateries, click here.

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09 March 17

British Science Week at the National Heritage Centre

During 10th – 19th March, British Science Week will be celebrated at the National Heritage Centre at Palace House. They will be encouraging visitors to explore the new science galleries in more depth with a special trail: ‘The Wow, the Weird and the Wonderful’, and on completion there will be a special discount of 20% on all science gifts in the Palace House Shop! 

This will be followed by a free forensic workshop; ‘Who Stole Pot8os?! Can you Solve the Crime?’ on Sunday 25th March from 10.30am – 3.00pm. The workshop will take place in The Mews and will be open for anyone to take part in. Run by the Kinetic Adventure Centre – the idea will be to transform yourself into a forensic scientist and solve the crime of who stole resident skeleton Pot8os. With a number of CSI style activities to match the clues up this is guaranteed to be a fun activity for the all the family! This will be one of a number of free family activities that will be held at the National Heritage Centre.

The science of horseracing plays a big part in the new Museum, and is a topic which many visitors, especially those that are familiar with the old Museum might not expect to see displayed. In the ‘Maktoum Gallery of the Thoroughbred’ you will find a display called ‘Inside the Racing Machine', which combines live film of a galloping horse, overlaid with animation layers that look at the muscles, skeletal system, heart, lungs and spleen, and how these systems contribute to the athleticism of the racehorse.

The gallery is supported by hands-on mechanical interactives allowing visitors to explore for themselves the extraordinary anatomy of the racehorse and compare it with their own. The life-sized heart and brain models are proving popular with visitors of all ages!

To find out more about the National Heritage Centre, click here. Alternatively, why not make a day of it by booking onto one of our tours, all of which include a visit! 

Click here for more information, or call us on: 0344 748 9200

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01 March 17

Welcome to the Discover Newmarket Team, Megan!

We would like to introduce you to the newest member of our team, Megan Polexfen, who has joined us as Sales & Marketing Coordinator.

Megan is a Newmarket resident and loves the town she calls home. Couple this with a keen interest in the equine industry and it’s easy to see why she was attracted to the role. “I enjoy business development and customer management, so to be able to do all of that working within an Industry and town I am passionate about was just a no brainer!” explains Megan. And she can’t wait to get stuck in, saying: “I’m really looking forward to working closely with Racing and Thoroughbred Industry leaders and the Newmarket community to show off our unique heritage and develop the town.” 

Her connection to horses continues outside the office where she is a keen polo player. Her hobby has seen her travel as far as South America, having just returned from a trip to Argentina playing the sport. But when not competing, she can most often be found on the coast with her beloved dog, Percy! 

Megan loves to socialise, be it a tasty Italian restaurant or a drink at her local pub, however, if she really wants to relax, there is no place like home at this time of year! “My favourite place to relax is at home, snuggled up in front of the fire with a hot chocolate and a good film!” she laughs.

When asked what her favourite experience of Newmarket was there was no doubt: “The Newmarket Racecourse meeting when Frankie Dettori reached his 3,000 wins! The atmosphere that day was electric!” she beams before summing up Newmarket in four words: “Exciting, horsey, unique and historical” – and we couldn’t agree more!

To find put what Megan’s so excited about, experience one of our tours! Click here to find out more.

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20 February 17

Perfect Pancakes From Newmarket Chefs

A pancake is a very personal thing. It could be traditional English-style, or maybe the thicker American-style. Then there is the matter of toppings… where do you start? Sweet or savoury? Honey or syrup? Berries or banana? The list is endless! 

Whatever the topping, one thing’s for sure – if you haven’t got the base right, it will never taste good! That’s why we’ve spoken to two of Newmarket’s top chefs to get some tips for the perfect pancake… 

 

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH

Sean Melville

Executive Chef at the Bedford Lodge Hotel

Ingredients

200g plain flour

4 large eggs

600ml milk

2 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying

Lemon juice, to serve (optional)

Caster sugar, to serve (optional)

Method

Put the flour, eggs, milk and a pinch of salt into a bowl or large jug, then whisk to a smooth batter. Set aside for 30 mins to rest.

Set a medium frying pan or crêpe pan over a medium heat and carefully wipe it with some oiled kitchen paper. When hot, cook your pancakes for 1 min on each side until golden, keeping them warm in a low oven as you go.

Serve with lemon juice and sugar, or your favourite filling. Once cold, you can layer the pancakes between baking parchment, then wrap in cling film and freeze for up to 2 months.

Tips & Treats

Try and use a pan with a heavy base, this will give you more even heat distribution and more even cook.

Use a thin flexible palette knife to turn the pancakes half way through cooking

Keep the heat fairly high to get a nice colour and markings, they taste better.

Have fun as a family and have a tossing competition!

Favourite Topping

My personal favourite is Maple syrup and Lemon juice together. Another nice combination is chocolate spread with sliced banana, rolled together.

 

INDULGENT AMERICAN

Ray Revell

Head Chef at the Heath Court Hotel

Ingredients

135g plain flour

1 TSP baking powder

1/2 TSP salt 

2 tbsp caster sugar

130ml milk

1 large egg

2 tbsp melted butter 

Method

Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and caster sugar into a large bowl, lightly whisk in the milk and egg, then whisk in the melted butter.

Beat until you have a smooth batter. Any lumps will soon disappear with a little mixing. Let the batter stand for a few minutes.

Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a knob of butter. When it's melted, add a ladle of batter. It will seem very thick but this is how it should be. Wait until the top of the pancake begins to bubble, then turn it over and cook until both sides are golden brown and the pancake has risen to about 1cm (½in) thick.

Favourite Topping

My favourite topping is Cornish Clotted Cream and Strawberries, but savoury and sweet as a combination work equally well.

 

If you'd like to sample some of Ray and Sean's culinary delights, book your table at the Heath Court Hotel or Bedford Lodge Hotel's Squires Restaurant today.

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10 February 17

Follow A Foal at the National Stud!

To celebrate the start of the 2017 season, we’d like to invite you to Follow a Foal at the National Stud!

This is the beautiful Deire Na Sli, one of the mares at the National Stud who is in foal to the mighty Toronado. She is due any day now and we can’t wait to meet the new addition to her family.

Each week we will post a photo of our star foal on our social media channels so you can gain a unique insight into the first weeks of a foal's life!  

To make sure that you keep up with all of the updates, make sure you follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Or even better, why not visit the Stud for yourself so you can have the chance of meeting them in the flesh!

Our fantastic National Stud Tours will be running Wednesday-Sunday at 11:15am throughout February, and 7 days a week from March to September!

The National Stud is the only commercial stud farm in the country to allow the public behind the scenes, so these tours are the only ones of their kind in the country!

Book your spot now by calling us on 0344 748 9200, or alternatively click here.

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27 January 17

TREAT YOUR VALENTINE LIKE A VIP

If you’re looking for a way to make your special someone feel extra special, then look no further than the Discover Newmarket Valentine’s Tour.

This exclusive VIP tour offers you the opportunity to experience some of the most exclusive locations in Newmarket. Locations that most people will never get to experience. 

The tour begins at 9:30am when you will meet your guide at The Packhorse Inn in Moulton for tea, coffee and biscuits. This hugely popular pub and restaurant is the perfect place to begin your day, overlooking the picturesque village green and adjacent to the historic medieval bridge after which it was named. 

From here you will head to a top Newmarket trainer’s yard. These bustling places are where some of the country’s most amazing racehorses are trained and although they are notoriously secretive, we can give you a unique glimpse behind the scenes.

You will then move on to arguably the most exclusive venue in Newmarket, if not in the racing world – The Jockey Club Rooms. This private club boasts a long list of past and present VIP members, including Winston Churchill and none other than Her Majesty The Queen. It also possesses one of the finest collections of equine art in the world.

Once you have soaked up all of the glorious history of the Jockey Club Rooms, you will then return to the Packhorse Inn for a delicious three-course lunch, prepared by the award winning chefs. 

After lunch, it is time to make your way to the impressive Dalham Hall Stud, the world-famous breeding operation of renowned Godolphin Racing. You can not only marvel at the stunning state-of-the-art facilities, but also have the chance to meet one of the world-class Darley Stallions that live on site.

This tour really does offer you the exclusive opportunity to not only experience the very best that Newmarket has to offer, but also explore places that many people will never have the chance to see.

Make this Valentine’s one to remember for years to come with our Valentine’s Tour. Call now on 0344 748 9200 or click here for more information.

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20 January 17

Kingsgate Native arrives at the National Heritage Centre

The National Heritage Centre at Palace House Newmarket is set to receive two special four legged guests in January. Kingsgate Native, the well-known sprinter who retired in 2016 will be visiting the Rothschild Yard and be on meet and greet duties. He will be joined by 11 year old Group 3 winner The Cheka who was trained by Eve Johnson Houghton. Visitors will be able to meet these equine stars from 19th January.

 

These two horses will be replacing Frileux Royal and Our Vic who have been at the Heritage Centre since September and proved to be a huge hit with visitors. The opportunity to get up close and personal with these retired thoroughbreds has been very well received by visitors and is a welcome addition to what is already on offer at the National Heritage Centre.

 

Kingsgate Native, who raced for ten seasons, won 8 of his 60 starts – two of which were Group Ones, amounting to an incredible £851,420 in prize money. His new career, which he will begin after a spell at the National Heritage Centre, will be to teach young aspiring jockeys how to ride at the British Racing School. The Cheka retired from racing in 2013 after six seasons in training with Eve Johnson-Houghton, he won multiple Group races and finished second to Mayson in the 2012 July Cup. They both come on loan from the British Racing School as part of their break.

 

Joe Grimwade, RoR and Public Engagement Manager said;

“We are thrilled to be welcoming both The Cheka and Kingsgate Native to the Rothschild Yard this week. Kingsgate Native has been a huge part of the flat racing scene for the past ten years and I am sure visitors to the Heritage Centre will be thrilled to get the chance to meet him. We are grateful to the Thompson Family and the British Racing School, who have been huge supporters, allowing us to look after him.”

 

Cheveley Park Stud's managing director, Chris Richardson, said

"Kingsgate Native has, over the years, developed a huge following and it is fitting that he can be viewed by the general public in such splendid and spectacular surroundings at the Heritage Centre."

 

Facts about Kingsgate Native:

Age: 11

Pedigree: Mujadil (USA) ex. Native Force (IRE)

Owner: Cheveley Park Stud

Trainers: Robert Cowell, Sir Michael Stoute, Jim Best

Colour: Bay

Races Won: 8. Including two Group 1’s, two Group 2’s, one Group 3 & one Listed

Prize Money: £851,420

 

Facts about The Cheka

Age: 11

Pedigree: Xaar ex Veiled Beauty

Owner: Anthony Pye-Jeary & the late Mel Smith

Trainers: Eve Johnson Houghton

Colour: Bay

Races Won: 4. Including one Group 3 & one Listed race.

Prize Money: £308,945 

 

To find out more about the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art and to book your chance to meet these fantastic thoroughbreds, call 0344 748 9200 or click here.

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13 January 17

Tattersalls February Sale 2017 - A Record-Breaking Year

For the first time ever, the Tattersalls February Sale has been extended to two days in 2017 due to a record number of lots.

A total of 488 lots have been catalogued for this year’s Tattersalls February Sale – the largest midwinter sale in Europe – which will take place on the 2nd & 3rd February.

The lots comprise of 209 fillies, 43 broadmares, 182 colts, 31 yearlings and 23 two-year-olds. 90 of these lots will come from some of the world’s most-renowned breeders, such as Godolphin, Cheveley Park Stud, Juddmonte Farms and Shadwell Estates.

Not only can you expect all the excitement of the sales, but beforehand you can also enjoy the fantastic Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Annual Flat Stallion Parade. This parade will offer the opportunity to view 15 stallions from 12 studs around the country all in one location.

If you would like to experience this fascinating occasion, why not do it properly with our Tattersalls Tour? Your day will begin with a visit to Newmarket’s World Famous training grounds – The Gallops, before gaining exclusive access to a working racing yard. After this you will enjoy a tour of the newly-opened National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art.

After lunch you will move on to Tattersalls where your expert guide will take you behind the scenes. You will learn all about the history of this legendary auctioneers, experience first hand the excitement of the sales, as well as find out what to look for when buying a thoroughbred racehorse!

This is one of our most popular tours, so make sure you book your spot early to avoid disappointment.

For more information and bookings, click here or call us on 0344 748 9200

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25 December 16

Newmarket in 2016: The Best Bits

As 2016 draws to a close, it’s a time to look back on the year that has passed – and what a year it has been in Newmarket!

Below we’ve put together a round up of our best bits from the past amazing 12 months…

 

Celebrating Newmarket’s 350th Year

2016 marked 350 years since King Charles II returned to Newmarket and modern organised horseracing was born. To mark this monumentous year, there was a huge array of celebrations.

These included a tandem Spitfire flypast over the Rowley Mile at the QIPCO Guineas Festival back in the spring, the unveiling of a specially commissioned statue of King Charles II himself at the July Course in the summer, a giant ‘350‘ formed by 600 Newmarket Academy students and the sealing and burying of a special 350 Time Capsule in the autumn.

All this was in addition to the usual thrills and excitement of the Newmarket racing season.

 

Newmarket Open Weekend

On 17th and 18th September, The Newmarket Open Weekend was once again a resounding success with a huge number of people turning out to experience all the best of Newmarket.

The famous Gallops were exclusively open to the public, there was an opportunity to see behind the scenes at the National Stud and Jockey Club Rooms, Tattersalls offered a fantastic one-off talk in its legendary sales ring and a number of trainers yards were open for the public to visit.

On top of all this, there was a fantastic Food & Drink Festival at the Rowley Mile, followed by an afternoon’s racing.

 

Newmarket Monopoly

In early May 2016, our amazing town was immortalised with its very own edition of the classic family game, Monopoly! The amazing board included all of the famous landmarks, such as The British Racing School, National Stud, Palace House, Newmarket Racecourses, Tattersalls and The Gallops.

 

National Heritage Centre Opening

November saw the long-awaited and greatly anticipated opening of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art. This amazing facility features five fascinating galleries that make up the new National Horseracing Museum, the Fred Packard Gallery of Sporting art in the King’s old Palace, and the brand new flagship yard for the Retraining of Racehorses charity in the Rothschild Yard.

There is also a fantastic gift shop offering memorabilia from your visit, along with two fantastic eateries – The Tack Room and The Pantry Bakery, both located on site.

 

The Queen’s Visit

However, arguably the most exciting thing to happen this year was a visit from none other than Her Majesty The Queen on 4th November!

The Queen arrived by helicopter to unveil a bronze statue of herself on Birdcage Walk, before travelling through Newmarket to visit the newly opened National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.

She spent some time visiting some of her own ex-racehorses in the Rothschild Yard before unveiling a specially-made plaque to mark the official opening of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art.

 

These are just a few of the amazing things to take place in our wonderful town this year – here’s to an equally fantastic 2017!

Why not start your 2017 in style by booking up your Discover Newmarket tour? Browse our tours here, or give us a call on 0344 748 9200.

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19 December 16

National Stud Stallion Profile: Toronado

The wonderfully athletic Toronado is our next National Stud Stallion profile. Read on to find out more about him…

As a Champion son of High Chaparral, Toronado’s appeal to breeders has never been in doubt, but the arrival of his first crop of foals has only served to consolidate these beliefs further. From a world-class book of mares, his 2016 foals are mirroring their sire in both looks and athleticism.

His career at stud goes from strength to strength and the quality of these first foals ensured that he was supported by the industry’s leading breeders who sent many of their best mares again in the 2016 season.

In his first two seasons at stud Toronado has covered 262 mares, among them an incredible 134 Black Type performers or dams of Black Type performers. The dams of Harbour Law (Gr.1), Zafeen (Gr.1), Darasim (Gr.2), Beacon (Gr.2) and Stormy Antarctic (Gr.3) are among those covered; add to these Gr.1 performing mares like Zagora, Shotgun Gulch, Eden’s Moon, Winning Express, Strawberrydaiquiri, Something Exciting, Karmifira and Scarlet Strike and it’s clear to see why the National Stud is so positive about what is to come for Toronado.

With the best of starts, His Excellency Sheikh Joaan Al Thani’s Dual Gr.1 winning Champion miler looks set to be as much of a success at stud as he was on the racetrack.

His first crop will be yearlings in 2017.

Visit Toronado and the rest of the stallions on our National Stud Tour when it re-opens in February. The perfect way to kick off the new year!

Call us on 0344 748 9200, or click here for more information.

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12 December 16

Guide to Newmarket this Christmas

Christmas is the most magical time of year and Newmarket town is certainly getting into the spirit of things with loads of ways for you to get in the mood too! 

Below we’ve listed some great things to do in Newmarket this Christmas – so what are you waiting for? It’s time to get festive!

 

Christmas Market

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December

This fantastically festive market is taking place in at the Bill Tutte Memorial Square and the Guineas shopping centre and really does have something for everyone. 

This huge selection of delights includes jewellery, Italian fashion, Thai food, Greek food, gourmet burgers, cultural gifts, artisan breads, handbags, watches, leather products, crystals and much, much more!

 

Christmas fun in the Clocktower Plaza

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December, 10am-4pm

Join in all of the Christmas fun at the Clocktower Plaza where there will be a whole host of great events for all of the family, including a Victorian Santa’s Grotto, photos with Santa by the Clocktower, festive music, Christmas gifts or the kids, craft workshops, craft stalls, toffee apples and fairground rides!

 

Winter Wonderland

Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th December, 11am-8pm

This year, Winter Wonderland is even bigger and better! There is a parade from The Severalls to the Memorial Gardens, an ice rink, fairground rides, Christmas market stalls, mulled wine, food stalls and live music. The perfect way for the whole family to get into the spirit of Christmas!

 

Tattersalls Christmas Concerts

Thursday 15th & Friday 16th December

Enjoy two classic Christmas Carol concerts at Tattersalls on Thursday 15th and Friday 16th December. The first is in aid of Racing Welfare and tickets are available from Tindalls, Racing Welfare and the Racing Museum. The second is in aid of the Rotary Club and tickets are available from Vernon Smith Carpets on the High Street.

For more information on Tattersalls, click here: 

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15 November 16

Five Most Expensive Racehorses

Next week sees the start of the December Sales at Tattersalls in Newmarket and the last of this landmark 250th year for Europe’s largest bloodstock auctioneers.

So, to mark the occasion, we thought we’d give you a run down of the five most expensive racehorses ever sold across the world:

 

5. Meydan City – $11.7 million, 2006

4. Seattle Dancer – $13.1 million, 1985

3. The Green Monkey – $16 million, 2006

2. Shareef Dancer – $40 million, 1983

1. Fusaichi Pegasus – $64 million, 2000

 

So, what makes a racehorse worth so much? Im afraid even the experts can’t tell for sure. The Green Monkey, for example, never won a race and retired after three starts with third being his highest place!

Once thing is for sure, a bloodstock auction is a fascinating place to be and, as an experience, we couldn’t recommend it enough!

The December Yearling Sale takes place on 21st November and will see 200 yearlings under the hammer including colts by Frankel and Galileo. This is followed by the December Foal Sale, Europe’s premier foal sale featuring 104 foals from the current top 10 British and Irish sires. The year will be rounded off on 28th November at the December Breeding Stock Sale with a catalogue headed up by Hazariya, the dam of dual Derby winner, Harzand.

You can experience all the excitement of the Tattersalls Sales first hand, along with an expert guide taking you behind the scenes and giving you an insight into the complicated world of bloodstock with our Tatersalls Tour on 30th November.

For more information about the Tattersalls Tour, visit our tours page where you can find a full run down of the itinerary, along with contact details and bookings.

Click here for more information or call 0344 748 9200

 

 

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11 November 16

National Stud Stallion Profile: Roderick O'Connor

Here’s our second National Stud stallion profile, this time focusing on the extremely handsome Roderick O’Connor!

Owned by Dr Cyrus Poonawalla, Roderick O’Connor is one of the newest stallions on the National Stud’s roster. He is the Dual Gr.1 winning son of Galileo has made a great start to his career at stud.  

From his first crop of 2yo runners in 2015 he has produced 2016 Classic prospect Biz Heart, winner of the Gr.2 Gran Criterium, and Gr.3 Prix du Calvados winner and multiple Stakes placed, Great Page, as well as Stakes placed horses Haalick and Mangusto. 

Now with 17 winners from 46 runners in his first crop he is enjoying a 37% strike rate of winners to runners. His first crop of yearlings sold for an average of 22,743gns, and recorded a top price of 170,426gns.

Roderic O’Connor has a first class pedigree being bred on the same Galileo/Danehill cross as Frankel, Intello and Teofilo, out of the Stakes-winning mare Secret Garden; from the immediate female family of Champion sire Zabeel.  

As a 2 year old he finished 2nd to Frankel in the Gr.1 Dewhurst Stakes before going on to win the Gr.1 Criterium International.  At 3 years old he added Classic winning form to his record in winning the Gr.1 Irish 2000 Guineas. 

Brian O'Rourke, Managing Director of the National Stud sums up the importance of Roderic O'Connor's addition to its roster – "We are delighted to be adding Roderic O’Connor to our roster of stallions.  As a dual Gr.1 winning son of Galileo, out of a Stakes winning mare, he’s a hugely exciting prospect. Add to that the fact that he’s produced a Gr.2 and a Gr.3 winner from his first crop of 2yos and we think his appeal will be far reaching. Our thanks go to Dr Poonawalla for choosing to stand him with us at this exciting point in his career" 

Visit Gregorian and the rest of the stallions on our National Stud Tour when it re-opens in February. The perfect way to kick off the new year!

Call us on 0344 748 9200, or click here for more information.

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01 November 16

National Spa Week Profile: Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa

It’s National Spa Week this week, so how better to celebrate than by enjoying a relaxing break at The Bedford Lodge Spa?

Set in the heart of Newmarket, this award-winning spa is the height of luxury and sits beautifully within the fantastic grounds of the stylish Bedford Loge Hotel. It is recognised as one of the best spas in the East of England and these high standards have been reflected its recent receipt of the prestigious 5-bubble rating by the Good Spa Guide.

Whether you’re looking for a one-off treatment or a three-day break, the huge variety of facilities at The Spa at Bedford Lodge can cater for all your needs. Ease away your aches and pains in the spacious hydrotherapy pool, relax in the sunshine with a book in the outdoor rooftop hot tub, detoxify and cleanse with a private rasul mud treatment, or loosen up in the luxury thermal area complete with hammam table.

On top of all this, there are 10 beautifully-styled treatment rooms, a couples’ treatment suite, a beauty room for manicures and pedicures and even a therapy room for visiting cosmetic doctors. 

After a day of treatments, you can then relax in the decadent relaxation room to soft lighting, relaxing music, comfortable sofas and soft blankets.

And it doesn’t stop there! If you would like to make a weekend of it, you can stay at the fantastic four-star on-site hotel. Originally a Georgian hunting lodge, it is the perfect combination of country house charm and modern luxury.

Treat yourself this National Spa Week – you deserve it!

Click here for more information about the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa and contact details.

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19 October 16

Things to do in Newmarket this Halloween

Here’s a list of our top picks for a truly spooktastic Halloween in Newmarket!

 

Halloween at the National Stud

Head over to the National Stud for a Halloween in the company of past racing greats and potential stars of the future! The leaves are beginning to turn to a beautiful golden brown on the grounds of the stud so there really is no better time to visit this beautiful place. 

There is also a special Halloween colouring competition being held at Wavertree’s Coffee Shop – perfect for entertaining your little monsters! 

Tours run twice daily throughout the half-term break at 11:30 and 14:00 and you can take advantage of a fantastic family discount! Click here for more information. 

 

Halloween Encounters Woodland Walk

There is plenty of half-term fun to be had at Lanwades Park, home of the Animal Health Trust, with their Halloween Encounters Woodland Walk! Collect your instructions from the visitor centre, follow the walk and gather the information to collect your prize!

Dressing up is optional, but strongly encouraged!

The Halloween trail will run from 24th-28th October, click here for more information and contacts.

 

The Final Meeting

Celebrate Halloween with Newmarket Racecourses at the Final Meeting! Not only can you enjoy all the excitement of the very last meeting of the season, but there is also loads of spooktacular entertainment for all the family to enjoy, including a face painter, bouncy castle, trick or treat trail, inflatable slide and fancy dress competition!

The Big Halloween Bash takes place at the Rowley Mile Racecourse on 28-29 October, click here for more information. 

 

Newmarket Ghost Walk

Discover the spooky side of Newmarket with the super scary Newmarket Ghost Walk! Your guide will be CJ Romer, star of TV shows such as Most Haunted, Ghosthunters and the Great British Ghost Tour! After you have explored the chilling history of our town, you can enjoy a drink and Q&A with CJ, all included in the price of your ticket!

This exclusive tour takes place on Monday 31st October from 7:30-10pm click here for tickets and information. 

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18 October 16

National Stud Stallion Profile: Gregorian

Here’s the first National Stud Stallion Profile, focusing on the fantastic Gregorian!

Gregorian was very well supported in his first year at stud, with over 100 mares in foal, and we are looking forward to welcoming his first foals in 2016.

An outstanding sprinter miler; he won 6 races and £434,919 in his racing career, placing in the July Cup and Queen Anne Stakes among others. Gregorian is the highest rated son of Group 1 sire Clodovil and a full brother to 1,000 Guineas placed Manderley (now in foal to Galileo).

Gregorian’s damsire is Cadeaux Genereux, therefore he shares close blood nicks with retired National Stud stalwart Bahamian Bounty. From one of the toughest and most honest families in the book, with the likes of Premio Loco and Crazee Mental all up close in his pedigree, it’s easy to see why Gregorian has such strong appeal to breeders.

He had a fantastic first season and no wonder, as his breeder Maurice Burns describes him, “Gregorian is a beautiful horse. He is big, strong and correct with good bone and a great walk. He showed speed and class throughout his career and is just the type of horse we all love to breed.”

His quality first book included high class mares such as Gr.1 Yorkshire Oaks heroine Super Tassa and a half sister to one of 2015’s leading lights, Illuminate.

Visit Gregorian and the rest of the stallions on our National Stud Tour. The perfect way to keep the kids occupied this half term!

Call us on 0344 748 9200, or click here for more information.

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10 October 16

A Beginners' Guide to Buying a Racehorse

This month sees the arrival of the much-anticipated Tattersalls October Sales, where some of the most desirable yearlings in Europe are put under the hammer.

The world of thoroughbred horseracing is a complicated one, even by professional standards, so what about us mere mortals?

The fact of the matter is that there is no formula for choosing a future champion. A horse picked up for a bargain could go on to enjoy great success, and equally, a horse that seems to tick every box could never win a race. However, there are a few things that the experts look out for that make for a good starting point.

 

So, what are some of the most successful racehorse owners in the world looking for at the Tattersalls October Sales? Find out below with our beginner’s guide to buying a racehorse:

1. Heritage

The horse’s bloodline is a hugely important factor dictating its desirability. If the horse is from good stock, coming from a sire with an impressive racing record, there is a much higher chance for it also to see success. 

This will obviously attract higher interest (and usually a higher price). However, do bear in mind that a successful stallion does not always produce successful offspring, so do some research!

2. Physical Appearance

Anyone can look at a horse and say that it’s good looking, after all, beauty is in the eye of the beholder! But there are a number of specific characteristics that the experts look out for.

The overall bone structure of the horse affects it’s entire movement. It should be in good proportion, with a short, strong back, and straight, strong legs that are set squarely in line with the shoulders and rear end.    

All of a racehorse’s speed comes from the huge amount of powerful muscle in its rear end and shoulders, so muscle tone plays a large part. Look out for powerful shoulders over strong forearms and a thick, muscular chest. The rear should be muscular and toned. 

A horse’s coat can say a lot about it’s general wellbeing. A sleek, shimmering coat shows that the horse is in peak condition.

A horse’s face is also a key indicator. It should have bright eyes and wide nostrils, with its ears pointing forward showing that it is alert and aware.

3. Stride

Pay attention to the horse’s stride. If it moves with elegance and grace around the parade ring, even at a walk, it shows great potential at higher speeds. Look out for even, confident steps and good straight legs without any twisting when it walks.

4. Temperament

Finally, how is the horse acting? A racehorse’s demeanour is very important – it should be calm and composed, but alert when in the parade ring. If the horse is not calm at this stage, when it comes to race day, it may expend too much energy through stress in the paddock or even worse the pressure of the race may become too much. 

 

The above is just the beginning! If you want a true insight, then book yourself a place on our Tattersalls Tour where our expert guide will give you all the advice you need right there in the middle of all the excitement!

This tour is extremely popular, so make sure you book now or you will miss out! Click here for more information, or call us on: 0344 748 9200

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30 September 16

Dubai Future Champions Festival: The Lowdown

Newmarket Racecourses is proud to be staging the second running of the two-day Dubai Future Champions Festival on Friday, 7th and Saturday, 8th October. With the Festival worth over £2 million in prize money, the Dubai Future Champions Festival combines world class two-year-old races with premier older age contests making it the highlight of the Gold Season at Newmarket Racecourses. 

Autumn Ladies Day on the Friday features the Style Awards sponsored by The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel and encourages ladies to rock their best autumn look for the judges of the Best Dressed Lady competition. The prize package includes an amazing 5-star safari to Kenya!  

On the track there are seven Group races over both days including the Group 1 feature races each day; the Dubai Fillies’ Mile and Dubai Dewhurst Stakes on the Friday and Saturday respectively. Worth £500,000 each, these are the richest Group 1 two-year-old races of their type in Europe. The two-day event is quite simply the highest class racing for young horses anywhere in the world, attracting the very best equine talent.

There will be free on-course entertainment for all the family to enjoy, including a bouncy castle, inflatable slide and face painters as well as music throughout the day from live bands and a fanfare team. 

Each day will culminate in amazing Après Racing parties, featuring music from the Revue on Friday and the fantastic Jonas Blue on Saturday.

Why not make your day at this fantastic event truly memorable by combining it with one of our Race Day Tours? You’ll see all that Newmarket has to offer including the world-famous gallops and the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art, before enjoying an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the racecourse! Finally, round the day off with an exciting afternoon of racing in some of the Racecourse’s most exclusive enclosures (premier enclosure entry is included in the cost of your ticket).

Click here for more information, or call us on 0344 748 9200

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26 September 16

Celebrate British Food Fortnight: Your Guide to Eating Local in Newmarket

British Food Fortnight runs from 17th September to 2nd October and is the biggest annual national celebration of British food and drink. 

Here in Newmarket, we are extremely lucky to have some of the best local produce right here on our doorstep. With this in mind, we have put together a run down of some of our favourite places to eat local in Newmarket.

 

The Pantry, Newmarket

This fine food shop and eatery is built around showcasing the very best of East Anglia’s produce. Whether you’re shopping from The Pantry’s jam-packed deli shelves, or eating at the open-kitchen restaurant, it’s guaranteed to be fresh, flavoursome and local.

 

The Packhorse Inn, Moulton

The Packhorse Inn is the only restaurant in Suffolk to have been awarded 3 AA Rosettes and with a firm focus on the freshest local produce, this fantastic eatery is a perfect way to experience the delicious flavours of Great British food.  

 

The King's Head, Dullingham

The King’s Head in Dullingham is passionate about innovative dining. It sources the best available seasonal produce from local suppliers in order to add a modern twist to classic British cuisine in its choice of menus. 

 

Squires Restaurant, Newmarket 

The 2 AA Rosette Squires Restaurant is based at the fabulous Bedford Lodge Hotel. Its ecclectic menus offer a completely modern dining experience and all of its suppliers are sourced within a 50-mile radius so you can be sure the ingredients haven’t travelled far.

 

Nancy’s Vintage Teashop, Newmarket 

You don’t get much more British than traditional afternoon tea! Nancy’s Vintage Teashop is located in the centre of Newmarket and all of its delicious treats are freshly created on the premises or sourced locally. 

 

For further information on any of the above, please click here or give us a call on 0344 748 9200.

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23 September 16

Tattersalls Exhibition Announced!

Tattersalls will be the subject of the first temporary exhibition at the National Heritage Centre – ‘Selling Champions, Tattersalls at 250’. The exhibition will run from 4th October 2016 – 8th January 2017 and will feature paintings, photographs and film from the National Heritage Centre and Tattersalls’ own collections, as well as Doncaster Museum & Art Gallery and Southampton City Art Gallery and private collections.

The exhibition will explore Tattersalls’ development from its early days where it sold hunters, carriages and hounds in the 18th century through to the modern day where it now sits as Europe’s premier bloodstock auctioneer.

The National Heritage Centre will also feature a multi-media guide that will give visitors a unique insight into the collections, and express the historical context of the site that was originally built for King Charles II. The guide will have both adult and child friendly options that will use audio and video to tell the stories of the paintings and the Palace to further enhance a visit.

It will be available free of charge to visitors and will cover The Fred Packard Museum and Galleries of British Sporting Art in Palace House, and Temporary Exhibition Galleries. It will be expanded throughout the National Horseracing Museum and Rothschild Yard in 2017. This has been made possible thanks to a donation from Tattersalls.

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art is now open in a soft launch phase and will be fully open to the public from 24th October. It spans five acres in the heart of Newmarket and comprises of three attractions; the new National Horseracing Museum, a live horse experience in the flagship yard for Retraining of Racehorses and a National Gallery of British Sporting Art. This world class venue that has been developed on the site that was originally built for Charles II is the result of ten years of fundraising, planning and construction.

Discover Newmarket offers a wide selection of tours taking in all that Newmaket has to offer and we are very excited to be offering a number of Tatersalls Tours throughout the famous October Sales.

These tours take you behind the scenes at Europe's biggest and oldest bloodstock auctioneers before soaking up all the excitement of the sales! This is one of our most popular tours and tickets are in high demand, so book today to secure your spot! Click here for more information, or give us a call on 0344 748 9200.

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19 September 16

A Brief Overview of the Cambridgeshire Meeting

The 22nd September brings with it the Cambridgeshire Meeting. This three-day festival takes place at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile Racecourse and is one of the most eagerly-awaited meetings on the flat racing calendar.

The meeting features three different Group 1 events including the Cheveley Park Stakes, the Middle Park Stakes and the Sun Chariot Stakes, along with the famous Cambridgeshire Handicap.

This handicap race is run over a distance of 1 mile and 1 furlong, and is open to horses of three years and older. It is the first half of the infamous ‘Autumn Double’, the second half being The Cesarewitch. Both events were established in 1839 and have gone on to become a highlight of the flat racing season.  

The Cambridgeshire Handicap is run on the final day of the Cambridgeshire Meeting, capping off this amazing three-day festival.

Below, we give you a brief run down of the racing action you can expect:

Day 1

The first day’s racing includes the Somerville Tatersall Stakes, which is a seven-furlong sprint for two-year olds. This Group 3 race is always exciting and showcases new talent to watch out for in the future.

Day 2

The excitement escalates for day two, with two of the three Group 1 races taking place. The Cheveley Park Stakes and the Middle Park Stakes are both run over a distance of six furlongs, the former for two-year old fillies and the latter for colts. It is impossible not to be thrilled by these two eagerly-awaited juvenile races.

Day 3

The third and final day of the Cambridgeshire Meeting is perhaps the most exciting of them all. The above-mentioned first half of the Autumn Double, the Cambridgeshire Handicap, takes place. This 200-year old race boasts a rich history and the highest levels of skill. The Sun Chariot Stakes is the third of the Group 1 races and is the feature race of the festival. It is open to three-year-old fillies and mares and is run over a distance of one mile. This hugely exciting race is only made more thrilling with a purse of £200,000!

It’s not just about the racing

The Cambridgeshire meeting is not all about the racing. There is also plenty to do off the track with a beer festival taking place in The Boulevard Marquee showcasing the finest of brews and featuring live music!

Make it a day to remember

If you want to turn your day at the Cambridgeshire Meeting into something really special, then why not book onto one of our Raceday Tours

The tour will take you to visit the famous Warren Hill Gallops where you can see some of the 3,000+ racehorses training, learn about the rich history of the ‘Home of Horseracing’ before being taken on an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the racecourse.

The tour will also include Premier Enclosure Badges for the Cambridgeshire meeting so you can enjoy the afternoon’s racing from some of the most prestigious enclosures.

For more information and bookings, please click here 

 

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08 September 16

Newmarket Open Weekend - Top Things to Do

The 17th and 18th September brings with it the arrival of the eagerly-awaited Newmarket Open Weekend 2016.

This fantastic weekend of fun and entertainment aims to celebrate our amazing town by bringing the community together for a huge variety of events and activities, while raising funds for local causes.

To help you make the most of Newmarket Open Weekend, we’ve put together a run down of some of the highlights.

 

Gallops open to the Public

There is little more magical than a morning on the famous gallops. These renowned training grounds are usually closed off to the general public while the town’s resident racehorses are put through their paces, the only access being through one of our tours.  However, for one weekend only, Warren Hill will be open to the public. 

As part of Newmarket Open Weekend, you will have the opportunity to enjoy this wonderful experience from 8:00am – 9:30am on the Saturday 17th September. 

 

National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art Taster Tour 

This is definitely one of the most exciting attractions at the Newmarket Open Weekend, and arguably in the whole of the country! The Brand New National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art is offering you the chance to have a sneaky peek ahead of its official launch this Autumn!  

You’d be crazy to miss this taster tour which operates from 8:00am – 4:00pm on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September.

 

Jockey Club Rooms Tour 

Arguably one of the most exclusive venues in the town, the Jockey Club Rooms is steeped in history, luxury and elegance. Winston Churchill’s name can be found on this private club’s impressive list of members, and its jaw-dropping collection of artwork includes an official portrait of Her Majesty The Queen.

If you would like to take a look around this exclusive club, you can during Newmarket Open Weekend, with tours operating at 10:30am and 12:00pm on Sunday 18th September.  

 

National Stud Tour 

The National Stud is the only commercial working stud farm that allows members of the public to see behind the scenes. During Newmarket Open Weekend you will have the chance to learn about the history and the day-to-day operation of this amazing facility.

These exclusive tours run at 11:00am, 12:00pm, 1:00pm and 2:00pm on Saturday 17th and Sunday 18th September and will operate on a first come first served basis. 

 

Food & Drink Festival and Racing at the Rowley Mile

The Rowley Mile Racecourse will open its gates for a food and drink festival and an afternoon of racing. What better way to spend the afternoon than by taking in all the excitement of the races with great food, great drink, and great company? 

The Food and Drink Festival will take place from 12:00pm on both days of Newmarket Open Weekend. It will be accompanied by racing on Saturday 17th and other entertainment on Sunday 18th.

 

Tattersalls Talk 

Tattersalls is the oldest bloodstock auctioneers in the world and the largest in Europe. It offers 10,000 thoroughbred horses a year across 15 sales between its Newmarket Headquarters and its Irish base, near Dublin.

To learn more about this fascinating place, head over to the Tattersalls Talk in the main sales ring on Sunday 18th September at 11:30am.

 

Trainers’ Yards Open

Ever wondered what it takes to create a champion? Well, Newmarket Open Weekend offers you the chance to get an insight with the opening of a number of trainers’ yards throughout the town. This is an absolutely amazing opportunity to see behind the scenes at these often closely guarded areas.

A number of different trainers’ yards will open their doors on Sunday 18th September from 9:00am – 12:00pm. Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity!

 

To see a full list of goings on at Newmarket Open Weekend 2016, you can find the programme here or visit the website at: www.newmarketopenweekend.co.uk 

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02 September 16

Frankel Bronze Gifted to the National Heritage Centre by Prince Khalid Abdullah

A statue of Frankel will go on display in the new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House in Newmarket upon its opening this autumn. The Mark Coreth bronze of Frankel has been gifted to the National Heritage Centre by His Highness Prince Khalid Abdullah in memory of Sir Henry Cecil (1933 – 2013) and as part of his on-going support of the new Heritage Centre. The beautiful life-size bronze will stand in the centre of an oval lawn in the King’s Yard – once home to Charles II’s horses, greeting visitors when they first enter the site.

Originally commissioned in 2015, the Frankel Bronze is one of a set of four with the others residing at Banstead Manor where Frankel now stands as a successful stallion, Ascot Racecourse, which was unveiled by Her Majesty The Queen last year, and York Racecourse.

Frankel, who was trained by the late Sir Henry Cecil, was undoubtedly the greatest flat racehorse of the modern era. Winning all of his 14 starts, 10 of which were in Group One races, he soon became the nation’s favourite. He now stands as a stallion at the Prince’s Stud just outside Newmarket and it seems his career as a stallion is going in the same successful direction as his racing.

Mark Coreth, internationally renowned sculptor said of the project: “It was an honour to be asked to create this sculpture of this extraordinary horse. The creative process was a delight and the sculpture tries to capture the power and vitality of Frankel.”

Chris Garibaldi, Director of the National Horseracing Museum said: “Prince Khalid’s support of the National Heritage Centre has been wonderful. We are honoured to welcome this fantastically striking bronze of Frankel – Mark has really captured his poise and character. He touched so many people both inside and outside the racing industry and it is wonderful to be able to honour Sir Henry in this way within the National Heritage Centre of the sport he did so much to popularise.” 

Click here to find out more about the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.

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30 August 16

Say Hello to Sophie, Our New Administrator!

We would like to introduce you to our new Administrator, Sophie Pettit! 

Sophie has spent a number of years in the horseracing industry. Before joining us she worked shipping horses with BBA Shipping & Transport and most recently, she was lucky enough to work with renowned thoroughbred trainer, William Haggas, after completing the British Racing School’s racing secretary course.

Since joining Discover Newmarket, the thing that she has enjoyed most has been playing a part in ensuring visitors have a good time “the best part of my job is speaking to our Discover Newmarket customers and helping them build a tour so they can have the best possible experience!” says Sophie, adding that her own favourite experience in the town so far has been meeting John Gosden on our exclusive Champion Trainer Tour.

Sophie has always lived around the local area, originally from Sawston, near Cambridge and more recently moving to Newmarket a couple of years ago. She says that the Home of Horseracing is the perfect place to be for someone with her background!

“My love of horses and horseracing attracted me to Newmarket, nowhere else is quite like it”, she says. “I am a keen horsewoman and love riding. I drag hunt in the winter months and am a show and polo groom over the summer season on weekends for my sister and friends.” 

When not riding, she likes to keep active by jogging around the local hills, or heading over to the Abbeycroft Leisure Centre, saying, “there are so many different classes to suit everyone, a nice large gym and swimming pools”.

When she has some downtime, Sophie can be found relaxing in the sun on the decking at the National Stud’s Wavertree’s Coffee Shop with a panini and a cold drink, enjoying the tastes of Asia at the Thai Street Cafe, or sipping her favourite cocktail at Kings “I am rather partial to a Singapore Sling! Their cocktails are delicious.” she says.

Sophie summed Newmarket up in five words as: “Lots to do and see”, but don’t just take her word(s) for it, come and see for yourself by experiencing one of our fantastic tours!

Click here for more information, or give us a call on 0344 748 9200

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23 August 16

Discover Newmarket treats VIPs to a tour with extra vroom!

Discover Newmarket, alongside the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Spa, is offering VIPs an exclusive, chauffeur-driven ride in a Porsche Cayenne as part of its new partnership with Porsche Centre Cambridge. 

A Cayenne model, currently based at the Bedford Lodge Hotel, will give guests the opportunity to enhance their visit with the use of the luxurious courtesy car.*

Recognised as the benchmark performance SUV, the Porsche Cayenne has a unique spread of abilities that enables it to perform at the top of its class both on and off-road. Each model in the range combines refined sports performance with outstanding practicality.

Manager of Discover Newmarket, Kate O’Sullivan said: “This is a great opportunity for Discover Newmarket to really treat our VIP visitors to a special ride for their tour day. We are delighted to partner with Porsche Centre Cambridge and we know that our customers will be excited to take a spin.” 

Porsche Centre Cambridge knows that buying a Porsche is an exciting experience and guarantees the highest levels of customer service. If you are interested in any models from the Porsche range and would like to arrange a demonstration drive during your visit to Newmarket please contact a member of the Porsche sales team on 01223 964240.

For mor information about this and many other fantastic days out, visit the Discover Newmarket tours page or give us a call on 0344 748 9200

*Subject to availability and by arrangement direct with Discover Newmarket or Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa.

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18 August 16

Community Engagement project supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund is taking shape in Newmarket

Throughout Newmarket you may have noticed a number of reproductions of paintings with the slogan 'Explore, Discover, Be Surprised'. This is part of a Heritage Lottery Fund project to allow Newmarket residence a sneak preview into the paintings that are on display in the Fred Packard Galleries of Sporting Art in Palace House.

The new National Art Gallery will form one third of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art becoming the finest gallery of British Sporting Art and the permanent home to the British Sporting Art Trust. Significant loans have come in from the Tate, Victoria & Albert Museum and British Council Collection to name a few, along with a number of private collections, to showcase three floors of artwork showing the transformation from the traditional 17th century paintings to modern day interpretations of sporting art.

Eight Key images have been chosen to act as ambassadors for the new art gallery at Palace House, named the Fred Packard Museum & Galleries of British Sporting Art. They include works of art by George Stubbs, Sir Alfred Munnings, William Opren and Frederick Herring Senior and showcase some of the different sports that will be on show in the Galleries, such as football, cricket, angling, racing and some of the traditional field sports. 

These images can be found throughout Newmarket in places such as, The Racing Centre, Waitrose, Tesco, the Hospital, the Library, the hoarding on Bird Cage Walk down the High Street and Our Lady Immaculate and St. Etheldreda Catholic Church – and will continue to be put up in community spaces over the next few months.

The project is taking place after the success of the National Gallery’s ‘The Grand Tour’ to introduce the local community and people that might not normally visit an art gallery to the sporting art displays at Palace House. By showing the replicas of the collection in familiar settings and surroundings it is hoped to highlight the impact sport has had on the cultural life of the country. This is especially pertinent during this Olympic year. 

There will a chance to learn more at the Newmarket Community Market that is taking place on Tuesday 23rd August from 9am – 2.30pm.

More information on the paintings for this project can be found by clicking here

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08 August 16

The Tackroom - Newmarket's Newest Eatery!

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art’s restaurant/café has been named The Tack Room: Food by The Pantry and is due to be open to the public form the 5th September. 

Newmarket’s newest eatery will serve traditional British food with a twist using the very best that East Anglia and in particular Suffolk has to offer. The restaurant brings its ethos of all day dining, offering breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea in a relaxed and friendly environment with fantastic quality homemade food at great value for money. Diners will be able to enjoy delicious homemade scones, sandwiches and hearty main courses. By night the location will transform into an elegant restaurant, wine and cocktail bar, with an emphasis on fresh fish and seafood.

The Tack Room gets its name from the original use of the building when Bruce Hobbs occupied it in the 1980s. With views into the Rothschild Yard – stabling up to eight former racehorses in the flagship home to RoR, it will be a unique and enchanting setting for a restaurant/café.

In addition to the restaurant/cafe The Tack Room will have an onsite bakery to provide delicious home baked cakes, breads and take-away food which will also be available to purchase daily.

The Tack Room will be situated just off the public atrium in a modern adaptation of the original building and will be accessible to all the public, not just Heritage Centre ticket holders.

Seating will accommodate up to 72 people inside, with an additional 22 on an umbrella covered terrace. During the summer months further tables will be available in the beautiful King’s Yard that once stabled Charles II’s horses. The Tack Room promises to be a wonderful addition to what is already on offer in Newmarket.

OPENING TIMES

Monday to Saturday 8.00am – 11.00pm

Sunday 10.00am – 5.00pm

 

The Tack Room is a fantastic venue for Christmas Parties – for more info contact Jonathan Tailor: thetackroompalacehouse@gmail.com or follow them on Twitter: @tackroonPH

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27 July 16

WEEKEND BREAKS IN NEWMARKET

If you’re planning a weekend break and looking for inspiration, look no further than Newmarket!  

From a relaxing break being pampered, to an acton-packed weekend of discovery, Newmarket  has a huge amount to offer.

Below, we’ve put together a few suggestions:

 

RELAX AND UNWIND

If you are looking for a relaxing getaway in Newmarket, the Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa is perfect. 

Beautifully located beside the famous training gallops and only a short distance from Newmarket Racecourse, this four-star hotel comprises 77 luxury bedrooms including 22 super king-size, offering the very best in modern comfort and luxury. 

The Spa at Bedford Lodge is an ideal way to spend the day unwinding. It is the only 5-Bubble rated spa in East Anglia and offers a wide variety of services, from all-day packages to one-off treatments across its 10 treatment rooms, a luxurious relaxation room and a therapy room for visiting cosmetic doctors. 

Facilities include a hydrotherapy pool, rooftop hot tub, a Rasul, experimental showers, and a thermal area comprising a steam room and sauna. 

Combine this with its state-of-the-art fitness club, swimming pool and the Spa Lounge where guests can enjoy a selection of light bites, and there really is something for everyone.

All that relaxation can be hungry work, so for an evening meal, head to Squires Restaurant. This on-site eatery is 2AA Rosette rated and offers a modern dining experience, with a varied menu and beautifully-crafted wine list which perfectly fits the luxury ambience of the rest of the hotel.

Click here for more information.

 

IMMERSE YOURSELF IN THE MAGIC AND HISTORY OF HORSERACING

If you are looking for opulence and heritage, then the Jockey Club Rooms in Newmarket is the perfect option for you. 

This exclusive members’ club has been providing its guests with a home away from home for over 250 years and is steeped in history. With past and present members including the likes of Winston Churchill and even The Queen herself, there really is no more exclusive accommodation in the area and arguably the country.

The 18 deluxe rooms are individually decorated with luxurious bathrooms and overlook the manicured lawn. Despite its town-centre location, the Jockey Club Rooms is exceptionally quiet, the only noise you’ll hear might be the occasional snort from a horse in the neighbouring training yard. 

While in in the ancestral home of racing, you can enjoy an exciting day at Newmarket Races! From the Guineas Festival in May, to the July Festival in the high summer and the Dubai Future Champions Day in October, you are guaranteed a fantastic day out! There are 38 race days between April and November, so it is a day out that you can experience throughout the year, each time with its own personality and character. 

If you are looking to enjoy some fabulous food and wine during your stay,  The Kings Head in Dullingham is the ideal restaurant to visit. Located just outside of Newmarket, this village restaurant offers an inviting dining room with oaks and contemporary furnishing, as well as outdoor seating for an alfresco experience. 

The restaurant offers a modern twist on classic cuisine which is reflected in their two menu options: á la carte and set price Classics and the restaurant works closely with local wine merchants to ensure that there is a wide variety to suit every palate.

Click to find out more about our accommodation and attractions.

 

GET A TASTER OF THE TOWN

The Heath Court Hotel is located just off the main high street in Newmarket and just yards from the famed Warren Hill training grounds, enabling you to witness for yourself the hundreds of racehorses training in the mornings! 

This contemporary hotel features bespoke furnishings and clean lines and offers 41 guest rooms ranging from standard to executive and suites, with Wi-Fi and air conditioning throughout. 

The staff’s hard work, attention to detail and dedication to quality has gained the Heath Court Hotel the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence in 2016. 

The hotel is ideally placed for a tour of the National Stud which is located nearby and is the only commercial stud farm in the UK to allow members of the public to see behind the scenes.

Set in 500 acres of Jockey Club land, the National Stud attracts huge numbers of bloodstock clients from across the globe. It has been involved with some of the most successful racehorses ever, not least the fantastic Mill Reef who enjoyed a hugely successful career as a stallion at the farm and has since been immortalised by a statue which stands in front of the stallion unit. 

If you are feeling peckish throughout the day, why not recharge with lunch at the Wavertree’s Coffee Shop, located on site and serving lunch, tea, coffee and cakes.

After such a busy day you’ll inevitably work up quite an appetite for dinner, so grab a fantastic meal at the Pantry Food Shop & Eatery. This is an independent restaurant, café and delicatessen, specialising in classic British cuisine, while supplying guests with the finest seasonal and local ingredients.  

It is located in the centre of town and with plenty of parking or an easy 5-10 minute walk from the Heath Court Hotel, it is the perfect dining venue.

Click to find out more about our tours and amenities 

 

THE COMPLETE PACKAGE

The Packhorse Inn overlooks the green in the village of Moulton, just outside Newmarket. 

The eight en-suite bedrooms are relaxed and luxurious, featuring huge mirrors, luxurious king-size or emperor-size beds, along with Egyptian cotton sheets and goose down duvets, ensuring that guests have the most comfortable stay possible. 

While so close to Newmarket, a brilliant way to spend your day is on the Country Mile Tour. One of the most popular tours on offer through Discover Newmarket, it offers a true insight into one of the worlds leading racehorse-training centres. This exciting day is full of action, showing you all Newmarket has to offer. 

You will begin your day with a morning on the gallops and a get a behind-the-scenes tour of a trainers yard before visiting some of Newmarket’s top attractions, including The National Horseracing Museum and The National Stud.

When you are at the trainers yard you will get the opportunity to see the racehorses up close and meet the team who work behind the scenes to create a champion. If you’re lucky, you could even get a chance to meet the trainer themselves!

After a busy day you can head back to The Packhorse Inn and enjoy some dinner. The traditional pub offers a truly stunning dining experience from award-winning executive chef Chris Lee. 

As well as currently being the only restaurant in Newmarket with a 3AA rosette status, the pub also won “Best Food Pub” for the East in The Great British Pub Awards 2014. 

Its fixed price or à la Carte menu is described as Modern European and every dish is prepared with passion, integrity and originality along with local fresh ingredients.

Click to find out more about our tours and amenities.

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19 July 16

A BRIEF HISTORY OF THE NATIONAL STUD

If you are visiting Newmarket or the surrounding area then you may be familiar with, or have heard about The National Stud

The Stud aims to serve the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry in three ways: firstly, by providing high-quality breeding services; secondly, by providing internationally-renowned training facilities; and, thirdly, by raising people’s interest and knowledge of the industry through public tours.

The National Stud is widely regarded as one of Newmarket’s most popular attractions, however, not many people know about the history of this internationally renowned operation. Therefore, below we have put together a brief history of The National Stud to offer you some background.

Founded in 1915 when Lord Wavertree donated his bloodstock to the British Government, the farm was originally located on the edge of the Curragh in Ireland and was called the Tully Stud. 

Its original aim was to spearhead a warhorse breeding programme to supply the government with lightweight cavalry horses for use in military campaigns around the world.

As warfare changed, the need for such cavalry horses disappeared and the Stud instead concentrated its efforts on improving the Thoroughbred breed.

The operation quickly saw success and has since bred many high profile horses, not least the extremely talented Sun Chariot. This filly was foaled in 1939 and went on to claim the Fillies Triple Crown in 1942. Her name lives on to this day, with the Sun Chariot Stakes, a Group 1 race that is run on the Newmarket Rowley Mile Racecourse each year. 

During the 1940s the land at Tully Stud was purchased from the British Government by the newly-formed Republic of Ireland and the Irish National Stud was founded on the site. To this day, it still operates in much the same way as our own.

In 1963 the newly-established Levy Board was directed to run the British National Stud and 500 acres in Newmarket, England was leased from the Jockey Club. Peter Burrell was responsible for the yard’s layout, and it still stands this way today, with stable blocks named after Jockey Club members well known in the 19th Century. 

In 1973 Paul Mellon’s Mill Reef retired to the National Stud to begin a highly successful career as a stallion and he is commemorated as one of the world’s greatest racehorses with a statue that stands in front of the Stallion Unit. 

Public tours began in the mid 70s, and a decade later the Stud’s full-time education and training programmes started, and continue to be well respected. 

The National Stud was bought from the Levy Board by The Jockey Club in 2008 and is now a private company. It maintains a strong commitment to the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry, both commercially and through continued provision of education and training to students and the general public.

Discover Newmarket operates regular tours of the National Stud, giving you the opportunity to experience this hugely important and amazingly interesting operation first hand.

Visit our tour page here to find out more, or give us a call on 0344 748 9200 

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12 July 16

TOP THINGS TO SEE AND DO IN NEWMARKET THIS SUMMER

The school holidays are just around the corner, so we’ve put together a Discover Newmarket guide to things to do to keep the kids entertained this summer.

Whether it be one of our fantastic tours, or an activity with one of our partners, there is always something exciting to do at the Home of Horseracing!

 

National Stud Tour

This hugely popular 90-minute tour is perfect for a fun family day out. The National Stud is the only commercial stud farm to welcome tours, so take advantage of this unique opportunity to see behind the scenes of a working thoroughbred stud farm.

Tours of The National Stud last approximately 90 minutes and are taken by coach and on foot. Family tickets are available throughout the school holidays (2 adults & 2 children aged 5-16 years). Under 5s free of charge. 

Click here for more information.

 

350 Walking Tour

This exclusive tour has been set up to celebrate 350 years of Horseracing in Newmarket. Discover Newmarket are welcoming all to join this two-hour walking tour, which runs before certain Summer Saturday fixtures and is a fantastic way to see the heritage of the town first hand. 

Starting at 9am at the top of the high street by the Bill Tutte Memorial, the tour will take in sights of historical interest including Palace House, the Jockey Club Rooms, All Saints Church and Tattersalls. The tour will conclude at Nancys Tea Shop where walkers will enjoy Nancy’s delicious breakfast tier. 

Pre-booking is essential, so click here to get in touch today and secure your place on this fascinating tour.

 

Short Head Tour

The Short Head Tour runs in the morning over half a day, so it is perfect if you have other plans in the afternoon, or you’re worried that the kids’ little legs might get tired! 

The tour takes you to the famous Newmarket Gallops to watch some of the 3,000 resident racehorses training, then on to a trainer’s yard to get an idea of what goes into creating a champion.

You will also visit the National Horseracing Museum to learn about the history of this unique town.

Click here for more information and bookings.

 

Summer Discovery Club 2016

The Summer Discovery Club is a fantastic three-day activity where kids will get the chance to handle objects, create an artwork, make a clay frame and work with the National Horseracing Museum’s conservator. 

The Club is open to 7-11 year-olds and takes place at the National Horseracing Museum from 16th-18th August 2016.

Spaces are limited, so booking is essential. Click here to get in touch with the National Horseracing Museum for more information.

 

School’s Out for Summer Kids Afternoon Tea

Looking for a great way to celebrate the start of the Summer Holidays? Head along to enjoy the School’s Out for Summer Kids Afternoon Tea at Hotel Felix.

There are loads of tasty treats to enjoy, including sandwiches, cakes, frozen yoghurt, milkshakes and mocktails.

Click here for more information.

 

Summer Saturdays

It’s all fun and games at Newmarket Racecourses as the Adnams July Course host a series of Family Fun Days. The themed Saturdays include Horseplay this Saturday 23rd July with pony rides, mini horse jumps and Hobby horse flat racing; meet PAW Patrol’s Chase & Marshall on Saturday 30th July; The Gruffalo will be meeting and greeting the little ones on Saturday 13th August and on 26th August dress-up and join in the fun at the Super Hero Day.

Click here for more information and to book.

 

Create your perfect day

If you’re looking for something a little more tailored, get in touch with our team to design a bespoke tour package that suits your individual requirements.

Click here to contact us and create your perfect family day out.

 

The above is just a few of the fantastic tours and activities that Discover Newmarket offers. Visit our tours page to browse out full selection, or give us a call on 0344 748 9200.

 

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04 July 16

World-renowned artists exhibit at Palace House!

This unique exhibition will be on display to the public from 11.00-18.00, Thursday 7th July - Saturday 9th July in the Rothschild Yard of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art. 

The exhibition is in association with the Osborne and Sladmore Galleries to celebrate 350 years of making history in Newmarket. 

Entry is free and all visitors will be able to access the Rothschild Yard on foot via the All Saints Road.

Eight stables, which have been restored to their former glory will be filled with paintings and sculptures by leading international equine artists, celebrated globally for their unique styles. 

Paintings will be coming from the Osborne Studio Gallery by artists Katie O’Sullivan, Hubert de Watrigant, Jay Kirkman, Michelle McCullagh and Elie Lambert, and works of art from the Sladmore Gallery will include pieces by James Gillick, Nic Fiddian Green, Mark Coreth, Dede Gold and Charlie Langton. 

The galleries and artists involved are giving a generous commission to the National Horseracing Museum on any art bought or direct commissions made during this week.

This will be the first time the Rothschild Yard will be open to the public, signalling the near completion of Palace House, the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art which opens later this year. 

This has been a transformative project taking shape in the centre of Newmarket after years of meticulous planning, fundraising and construction.  The Heritage Centre will comprise of The National Horseracing Museum, a National Gallery for British Sporting Art and the flagship home for Retraining of Racehorses Charity.

For more information on how you can create your perfect day out in Newmarket, give us a call on 0344 748 9200 or visit our tours page here

 

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28 June 16

Meet Discover Newmarket Tour Guide, Malcolm Roper

Here’s your chance to get to know Discover Newmarket tour guide, Malcolm Roper. 

Prior to becoming a tour guide, Malcolm worked as a quantity surveyor until 1972 when he set up his own construction company. As well as building private homes in Cambridge and the local area, Malcolm’s company was also responsible for the design and construction of a number of Newmarket stables, including Kremlin House, Bedford House, Clarehaven, Fitzroy House and Trillium House, to mention just a few.

Alongside this close association with the homes of racehorses, he also maintained a close association with the racehorses themselves. He used to ride first lot for trainers in the area and one of these trainers took out his licence to ride as an amateur in the National Hunt.

Since joining Discover Newmarket, Malcolm’s trips have always been popular with our guests, so we asked him a few questions to find out more about the man behind the tours:

 

Q. What do you love the most about horseracing?

A. It is difficult to say. It just gives me that buzz, being involved with the industry and the atmosphere.

 

Q. Why did you become a tour guide?

A. After retiring from  construction, Sarah Jarvis at the Museum asked if I would like to become a tour guide back in 1993 which I accepted. After all you do need a reason to get up in the morning!

 

Q. What do you love the most about your job?

A. Meeting people every day who are so enthusiastic about racing.

 

Q. What is your favourite tour and why?

A. The early morning tours of the gallops and trainers yard. Simply because they bring back very good memories.

 

Q. Where is the most exclusive place you have visited with Discover Newmarket?

A. The Jockey Club Rooms.

 

Q. Is there anywhere in Newmarket that you would still like to visit?

A. No, I think the present tours cover everything – there is no place we don't visit.

 

Q. If you could take anyone on a tour, who would it be?

A. King Charles II, as he would be amazed at the changes over the last 350 years.

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15 June 16

Discover Newmarket at the Royal Norfolk Show!

Not long now until you can visit us at the UK’s largest two-day county show at the Norfolk Showground! The Royal Norfolk Show will take place on 29th & 30th June and Discover Newmarket will be there on stand 273.

There are a number of different areas where you can enjoy a huge range of family entertainment, including science experiments and agricultural exhibitions in the Discovery Zone; sports activities in the Sports Village; a Flower and Garden Show; performance and musical arts on The Green; pig racing in The Countryside Area; a vast array of culinary delights at the Adnams Food & Drink Experience; an appearance by TV presenter Monty Don on the Grow it, Cook it, Eat it stage; art at the RNAA Art Exhibition and Art Auction; and, a glimpse back in time at the Vintage Machinery and Attractions area.

All of the above is just a taster of what is on offer on the day, which will surely be one to remember!

Discover Newmarket are delighted to be attending the show at stand 273, where you will have the chance to come and chat to us about what we have on offer and how we can create your special day out at the Home of Horseracing.

We can’t wait to see you there!   

For more information on Discover Newmarket tours call 0344 748 9200 or click here.

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07 June 16

Palace House Welcomes Volunteers ahead of Grand Opening!

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art is due to open at Palace House in Newmarket this autumn and the latest work to be undertaken has focused on the historic 320 square metre royal walled gardens.

The site has been unoccupied for the past decade, meaning that the gardens Palace House have been left untended and overcome by 10 years’ wild growth. 

As part of National Volunteers’ Week, colleagues from William Hill Bookmakers have given up their time to help clear the historic gardens in preparation for the opening of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.

The team worked all day and made some excellent progress, all as part of the Close to HOME community initiative which supports colleagues at William Hill who want to help causes in their local communities.

Hazel Courtley, Volunteer Co-ordinator for Palace House, said “We really enjoyed working with the volunteers from William Hill and they did a fantastic job helping to clear the gardens at Palace House. It would be great to build on this link in the future.”

The volunteering programme at the National Heritage Centre will continue to expand to include new roles such as gardening; meeting and greeting visitors; and helping people to engage with the new displays.

If you want to play a part in making history, get in touch by clicking here.

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27 May 16

Dalham Hall Tour Now Available to Book!

We are extremely excited to announce that tickets are now on sale for our exclusive Dalham Hall Stud tour. Dalham Hall is the headquarters for the Darley global bloodstock operation and home of the Godolphin Stables, owned by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

This world-renowned stud farm is home to some of the true greats of the sport. Just a few of these include Dubawi, New Approach, Poet’s Voice and the mighty Golden Horn. Golden Horn was rated the best in the world on turf in 2015 and his illustrious career boasts Derby, Arc, Eclipse and Irish Champion wins, and in doing so, he claimed the third fastest Derby time ever.

Our Darley Stalions at Dalham Hall Stud Tour will give you a rare opportunity to see this state-of-the-art facility where true legends are born. After visiting the stud, you will then enjoy a delicious lunch at the Bedford Lodge Hotel’s 2 AA Star Squires Restaurant.

Whether you are a fan of horseracing or not, this is an amazing opportunity to see first-hand a place where history is made. The tour will run for one day only on Tuesday 9th August and as you can imagine, tickets are in extremely high demand. 

Get in touch for bookings and information, but don’t delay, or you’ll miss a truly unique day. Call 0344 748 9200 today, or click here for more information.

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16 May 16

Give the kids a treat this half term

With half term fast approaching, are you looking for ways to keep the kids amused? Below we’ve given you three top options for entertaining your little treasures this holiday.

Country Mile Tour – 28th May, 9:15am

On this full-day tour you will experience the magic of the gallops, see behind-the-scenes at a working racing yard, explore 500 acres of the National Stud, re-fuel at the Wavertrees Coffee Shop and discover racing’s rich history at the National Horseracing Museum.

 

Tattersalls Tour – 29th May, 9:00am

Tattersalls is the oldest bloodstock auctioneers in the world and the largest in Europe. Our Tattersalls Tour offers an exclusive insight into this hugely important auction house. The day will consist of a guided tour of the gallops and a trainers yard, followed by lunch at either the National Stud or the National Horseracing Museum and finally onto Tattersalls itself to witness all the excitement of a sale.

 

Short Head Tour – 4th June, 9:00am

If a full day out is a bit too much for those little feet, why not enjoy our Short Head Tour instead? This half-day tour begins with a tour of the famous Newmarket Gallops to watch some of the 3,000+ resident racehorses exercising. You will then get to visit a trainers yard and finally, onto the National Horseracing Museum to learn about the history behind it all.

 

Click here or call 0344 748 9200 to make a booking, or visit our Tours Page for more information and a full itinerary.

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06 May 16

UNIQUE NEWMARKET: 10 FACTS ABOUT OUR FASCINATING TOWN

There are so many reasons to discover Newmarket. It is a fascinating place, steeped in history and is unique in the world. Here are ten facts you might not know about our amazing town:

1. It is the only location in the world to offer two separate turf racecourses, each with their own facilities: The July Course and The Rowley Mile.

2. It is home to the oldest bloodstock auctioneers in the world and the largest in Europe: Tattersalls.

3. The Town Plate in Newmarket is the oldest organised race in existence, dating from 1666, and still uses the same course to this day.

4. 75% of prize money won by horses bred in the UK is claimed by the offspring of Newmarket-based stallions.

5. Newmarket Racecourses holds 39 annual fixtures including 9 of the 32 British Group 1 races.

6. It was the first racecourse in Britain to introduce starting stalls in 1965.

7. The Rowley Mile racecourse was once used as an RAF station

8. It has been home to three royal palaces.

9. It is home to the world’s best thoroughbred racehorse, Frankel, who stands at stud at Banstead Manor Stud.

and finally…

10. Over a tonne of smoked salmon was consumed at the 2015 July Festival! 

 

To Discover Unique Newmarket for yourself, click here or call: 0344 748 9200

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29 April 16

NEWMARKET MONOPOLY PRE-SALE THIS WEEKEND

To mark 350 years of making history in our fantastic town, a special edition Newmarket Monopoly will be available for pre-sale at the QIPCO Guineas Festival this weekend. The game will celebrate our rich horseracing history and will put you in the shoes of one of the towns many trainers. 

The property squares will be replaced with Newmarket’s most famous training establishments, and the tokens will be replaced with horses (usually houses) and stallions (usually hotels). The utility squares will instead become ‘Gibson Saddlers’ and ‘The British Racing School’, and the railway squares will be replaced with some of Newmarket’s landmark locations: Palace House, Newmarket Racecourses, Tattersalls and Jockey Club Estates.

 And to keep things completely authentic, all currency exchanged within the game will be in Guineas to keep in sync with the traditional Tattersalls sales.

Discover Newmarket are also proud to be included within the bespoke Chance and Community Chest cards which will include bonuses such as:

“You win a Discover Newmarket tour of the National Stud collect G100”

“You win a Golding's voucher for the Best Dressed competition at the Newmarket July Festival pick up G100”

Or maybe something a little less welcome:

“The British Horseracing Authority Stewards have found you guilty of use of the whip above the permitted level. Go to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect G200.”

John Berry, Mayor of Newmarket says, "The history of Newmarket is the history of the sport which we love.  As Monopoly is a Great British icon and a such big part of all our yesterdays, I think that Bespoke Newmarket Monopoly is a wonderful way of celebrating Newmarket's 350-year milestone.  Like Newmarket, it will be a treasure to cherish."

There will be a giant version of the Newmarket Monopoly Board on show at the QIPCO Guineas Festival on Saturday 30th April and Sunday 1st May in the NHRM Rowley Mile shop, situated on the ground floor of the Millennium Grandstand, next to the Customer Relations & Hospitality Entrance, opposite the Parade Ring, where racegoers will be able to visualise the location of those listed.

The board will be available for reservation this weekend, so make sure you head over to the Rowley Mile Racecourse to secure your edition! 

For more information, visit the Palace House website: www.palacehousenewmarket.co.uk 

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28 April 16

First paintings hung at Palace House!

Things are really beginning to take shape at Palace House in the lead up to the grand opening of the brand new National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art in October this year!

Over the last few weeks they have received the first works of art for installation. The artwork will continue to come from around the country to create the first ever national gallery of Sporting Art in a sporting palace and a new home for the British Sporting Art Trust. 

 “As the first phase of the installation draws to a close, it is fantastic to see the art gallery starting to take shape,” says Dr Cicely Robinson, Assistant Curator (British Sporting Art). “With artworks travelling from public and private collections across the country, Palace House will be a truly national centre for the exhibition of sporting art,” she adds.

A significant loan of 17 works has arrived from the Tate forming part of the fantastic collection which will include some magnificent paintings by world famous artists, including Walter Sickert, Peter Blake and Mark Wallinger. 

And what better venue for such a celebration of history than Palace House in Newmarket? Built in the 1670s, it is the last surviving element of Charles II’s racing palace, a King responsible for the birth of organised horseracing in the town 350 years ago.

Watch this space for more news, but in the meantime, why not take a tour of our historic town to learn about its rich history and heritage.

Click here for more details. 

 

IMAGE: The Kings Bedroom – A stunning Sporting Screen on loan from the Victoria and Albert  Museum will be on show in the Kings Bedroom of Palace House along with a number of loans from the Tate.

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27 April 16

The QIPCO Guineas Festival Weekend approaches

It's an incredible time to be living, working and travelling to Newmarket. Not only do we have the very best tours of all the must see attractions in town, this weekend, The QIPCO Guineas Festival comes to the racecourses for the Bank Holiday Weekend. 

With a whole host of festivities planned all weekend, Newmarket Racecourses will also be celebrating the official launch of 350 Years of Making History so there will be extra fun for all the family – and children under 18 are all admitted for FREE

We've popped together a run down of what will be happening so if you're atttending this weekend, you won't miss a thing. 

- The opening ceremony of the festival will take place in the Parade Ring from 1pm on Saturday 30th April, featuring a tandem Spitfire flypast from IWM Duxford – to mark the racing at Newmarket continuing through two world wars 

- The opening ceremony will also see the official 350 Time Capsule opened, and a specially created poem written in honour of 350 years of racing and history, read by Henry Birtles

- For the kids there will be: 

  • a bouncy castle
  • face painting 
  • a giant inflatable slide 

- Alongside the flypast of the Spitfire, there will be a replica Spitfire on the Hyperian Lawn for some lucky racegoers to get the chance to sit in 

- Waddlegoose Cyder Apres Racing will be one not to miss with BBC Radio 2 DJ, Sara Cox hosting the party on the Saturday and The Wanted's Tom Parker taking to the DJ booth on the Sunday

Find out all the information as it happens and grab tickets, here:  www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk 

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19 April 16

A day out in Cambridge

Cambridge is right on Newmarket's doorstep, offering a host of activites, retaurants, shopping, nightlife and tours for you to explore on weekend away. 

With eight museums, two universities, a host of cobbled streets to explore and history abound, Cambridge is a hive of activities and attractions, all for you to take advantage of. 

For family fun, we suggest you head to Shepreth Wildlife Park, where you can take the little ones to see over 100 species of animals from all over the world. Monkeys and tigers and bugs, oh my! 

Looking for a bit of art and history rolled into one? The Fitzwilliam Museum, which looks as impressive from the outside as it's collections prove to be inside, is the perfect place to explore. The museum is marking its bicentenrary this year with Egyptian coffins, artifacts and history being housed inside for their 'Death on the Nile' exhibition. If you're into your Egyptian history, head there soon, the exhibition is only in residence until May 22nd!  

Shopping in Cambridge offers something for everyone – with high street brands and designers, local markets and independent boutiques alike, there is a new shop to discover around almost every corner of the high street. The Grand Arcade houses 60 premium and high street brands, so head there for the likes of John Lewis and Hollister amongst others. If you're looking for something a little more niche, head to Rose Crescent, Mill Road, Trinity Street or King Street for independent shops, local produce and restaurants galore.

One final activity that we definitely cannot miss out of our top things to do in Cambridge is heading for a traditional Cambridge Punt down The River Cam. Taking you through the heart of Cambridge and showing you fantastic views as well as famous landmarks, such as King's College Chapel and the Bridge of Sighs, this is a trip you don't want to miss! 

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15 April 16

Beautifully refurbished committee room now available

April sees an exciting new development for The Jockey Club Rooms, one of Newmarket’s most exclusive venues.

This month, the Rooms is extremely excited to unveil the lovingly refurbished Committee Room where fascinating history meets cutting edge technology.

This beautifully finished space may benefit from the most modern tech, but it certainly hasn’t lost any of its timeless class and historical feel.

- Air conditioning, underfloor heating and temperature control ensure that the room always remains comfortable.

- Sympathetic and adjustable lighting means that the right mood can always be created.   

- The refurbished artwork and fireplace offer real pieces of history to relish.

- A lectern with integrated speaker system connected to an audio loop and sound system ensures you will always be heard.

- There is even a 75” screen that can be cleverly hidden by a framed Munnings print – the ultimate in modern and historical harmony.   

Boasting 250 years of history in the horseracing industry, the Rooms has hosted members of the Jockey Club for centuries and can also provide a high-class venue for non-member meetings and events.

So, whether it be a reception, a dinner, a conference or a seminar, the Committee Room is the perfect place to host your guests.

For more information, visit the website at www.jockeyclubrooms.co.uk or call Lucy Saunders on 01638 663101.

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13 April 16

Meet the Newest Member of our Team!

We would like to welcome the latest member of the Discover Newmarket Team, Kate O’Sullivan, our new Manager.

Kate joins us from Horse Racing Ireland and is originally from Limerick, which is in the South West of the Emerald Isle.

“Hopefully my background in the racing industry will stand to me in my new role!” says Kate, who’s love of horseracing is what brought her to Newmarket. “The Irish racing industry is quite small so where better to progress my career than in Newmarket – The home of horseracing!” she adds.

She has settled in brilliantly at Discover Newmarket and particularly likes the diversity, saying, “I enjoy the variety in my job, meeting with the tour guides, attending tourism events, visiting trainers yards – no day is the same!”

Kate is a keen rider herself and although more rooted in hunting or show jumping, she says a change is not out of the question, “you never know, I might get into the racing side of things yet!”

Although only being in Newmarket for a short period of time, she has already sampled many of the delights that the town has to offer. “My best experience in Newmarket was the first time I visited Warren Hill to see the horses working on the gallops in the morning – I was blown away by it!” says Kate, who, when not working or riding, also enjoys a walk along Devil’s Dyke to take in the wonderful views of Newmarket Racecourses.

To wind down after all that activity, Kate rates the Spa at The Bedford Lodge Hotel very highly. The Packhorse Inn in Moulton is her favourite place to re-fuel at lunch or dinner and she likes to round it all off with evening drinks, “I think Kings is the best spot for a cocktail!” she says, “although I hear during racing and the sales that The Yard is the place to be!”

And as a new arrival to the Home of Horseracing, how would she sum up Newmarket as a town? “Home of horseracing, history & heritage” says Kate, but don’t just take her word for it, book up your tour today to discover Newmarket for yourself.

Click here for details, or call us on 0344 748 9200 for a more detailed chat.

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11 April 16

Legends of Pop Meet a Legend of Turf

Ahead of their upcoming gig at Newmarket Nights on 22nd July, legends of pop, Busted, stopped off at Dalham Hall Stud to meet a legend of turf, Golden Horn.

It has been 12 years since their last tour and very few people – even the band members themselves – thought a reunion was possible, but against all the odds, Busted are back!

The tour begins in May and the trio are very excited to be playing again. “The three of us never thought that we would be a band again, so it’s amazing” they said, “and also, we’re very much aligned in our thoughts, even more so than the first time”, they continued, “we have a really united idea of what our band is now.”

“The tour is called Pigs Will Fly,” said bassist and vocalist, Matt Willis, “because anything is possible!” 

On their trip to Dalham Hall Stud they met one of horseracing’s true stars, Golden Horn. He was rated the best in the world on turf in 2015 and his illustrious career boasts Derby, Arc, Eclipse and Irish Champion wins, and in doing so, he claimed the third fastest Derby time ever. Now retired to stud, he is a permanent Newmarket resident. 

The band are excited to be playing at Jockey Club fixtures this season and it seems that they are horseracing fans, saying, “It's always such a great atmosphere at the races and we'll be sure to get down there early to enjoy the races – as long as we don't go Bust!”

So, does the visit signal a return to racing for Golden Horn? Stranger things have happened, but we’re not sure pigs can fly that high!

Don’t miss Busted at Newmarket nights on 22nd July 2016. For tickets and more information, click here, but be quick as they are selling fast!

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08 April 16

Don't Miss Europe's Leading Breeze Up Sale!

Headquartered in Newmarket, Tattersalls is the oldest bloodstock agent in the world. It was founded in 1766 and is now an international firm which attracts buyers from over 50 countries and every continent in the world!

Tattersalls holds nine sales a year including Europe’s leading breeze up sale, the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale, which will be held from 11th-13th April.

To give you a bit of background, a breeze up sale is open to two-year-old horses and is traditionally held early in the turf season. Whereas yearling sales only allow the potential buyers to see the horses trotting, these sales allow them to see the horses gallop or ‘breeze up’ at a public location in advance.

Whether you’re in the market to buy, a horseracing enthusiast, or just intrigued as to what it’s all about, a Tattersalls sale is a fascinating place to be.

Whatever your interest, don’t miss the buzz and excitement of one of Britain’s original Breeze Up Sales on the 11th, 12th and 13th April. 

For more information, click here

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07 April 16

First Race of the Monumental 350 Season

2016 is a big season for Newmarket Racecourses and, in turn, Newmarket as a town. It marks 350 years since King Charles II returned to Newmarket and modern, organised racing was born.

The first race of this landmark season kicks off with the Craven Meeting on 12th-14th April at Newmarket Racecourse’s Rowley Mile. 

The Craven Meeting has always been an exciting event. It is a first chance to see the form of the horses, jockeys and trainers and is a taste of the excitement to come over the spring and summer. 

From here on, there are many more legendary meetings to look forward to like the QIPCO Guineas Festival, the July Festival and the Dubai Future Champions Festival. 

And it’s not only the racing that is legendary, Newmarket Nights will be hosting some fantastic entertainment in the form of The Corrs, Will Young, Kaiser Chiefs, Busted, Tears For Fears, Jess Glynne and Little Mix.

As if this wasn’t enough excitement, this historic year will also bring an additional buzz as we mark 350 years since it all began, in the place where it all began: Newmarket – the Home of Horseracing!

The Craven Meeting runs over Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th April at the Rowley Mile Course. Tickets are available now from the Newmarket Racecourses website, click here to book yours today!

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04 April 16

Discover Newmarket Launches 350 Walking Tour

2016 marks 350 years of making history, a key anniversary that celebrates the Home of Horseracing. As part of the exciting and varied programme of events planned, Discover Newmarket have announced details of a special 350 Walking Tour.

The tour will run before racing on each of the Summer Saturday fixtures at Newmarket Racecourses throughout the summer and will take two hours. Discover the history and heritage of Newmarket from the time of King James I to the present day and learn how the town has developed into the international Home of Horseracing.

Starting at 9am on the top of the high street at the Bill Tutte Memorial, the tour will take in sights of historical interest including Palace House, the Jockey Club Rooms, All Saints Church and Tattersalls.  The tour will conclude at Nancys Tea Shop where walkers will enjoy Nancy’s delicious breakfast tier.

Numbers will be limited and pre-booking is essential.  To guarantee your place on this bespoke tour please contact a member of the Discover Newmarket team on 0344 7489200 or visit www.discovernewmarket.co.uk or www.weare350.co.uk for additional information and booking.

Discover Newmarket 350 Walking Tour Dates:

Saturday 18th June

Saturday 25th June

Saturday 16th July

Saturday 23rd July

Saturday 30th July

Saturday 6th August

Saturday 13th August

 

Cost: £20 per person

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04 April 16

RaceMaker Recruitment

Do you enjoy engaging with people?  Are you passionate and knowledgeable about Racing?  JOIN OUR TEAM

We’re seeking racing fans to share their passion and enthusiasm for the sport by becoming a RaceMaker.  This volunteer role will see you join our prestigious team of RaceMakers on your favourite racecourse.  Not only is this a fantastic day out, it can be an important addition to your CV and demonstrate to a potential employer your commitment and passion for the sport.

As a RaceMaker you need to be helpful, cheery and polite plus enjoy interacting with the public.  Beyond that, we want you to be yourself. Racing’s audience is varied and colourful, so our RaceMakers should reflect that.

In exchange for your time you will receive a free QIPCO British Champion Series jacket, polo shirt, race ticket and lunch voucher for the day you volunteer.  In addition you will receive free admission for either British Champions Day at Ascot or Festival Trials Day at Cheltenham.

 

For more information on what you can expect from being a RaceMaker and to apply, please visit http://britishchampionsseries.com/share-your-passion/RaceMakers.html

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18 March 16

Royal Enclosure, Cambridge teams up with Discover Newmarket to draw global luxury shoppers to England’s racehorse region

Royal Enclosure, Cambridge and Discover Newmarket have teamed up to launch a Racehorse Tour specially created for the 300,000 luxury shoppers visiting the City of Cambridge each year.

The tour includes a 30 minute shuttle bus from Cambridge city center to the Newmarket National Stud located in the heart of England's racehorse region for a guided tour of this grand estate to encounter and learn about the world’s most treasured luxury possession – the racehorse.

The tour is operated in both English and Chinese and runs from the Cambridge Tourist Center giftshop every Saturday at 2pm throughout March. Bookings can be made on royalenclosure.com/tour or by contacting penny@royalenclosure.com  07957086528.

 

About Royal Enclosure

Royal Enclosure specializes in retailing and licensing of luxury accessories designed in the names and racing colours of the thirty two most distinguished teams competing in the English Royal Heritage sport of horse racing.

www.royalenclosure.com

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08 March 16

Easter at the National Stud

Visit the National Stud this Easter Weekend for Family Fun with colouring competitions and prizes to be won for the kids in the Wavertree cafe.

Spring is the perfect time to visit the stud as tours include visits to the Foaling Unit and nursery paddocks, where you may see some new-born foals!

The stud will also have a special kids Easter offer in the café all weekend which is just £5 and includes a juice box and sandwich.

Family Tickets just £30 (2 Adults and 2 kid’s 5-16years old). Book Now:http://bit.ly/1KnH3xn

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16 February 16

A Beginner’s Guide to a Day at the Races

Everything you need to know to make the most of your day.

The Craven Meeting signals the start of the flat season and the beginning of an exciting spring and summer of quality racing at Newmarket Racecourses. If you’re thinking about booking tickets to the races this year or perhaps you’ve already got your tickets, we’ve got the lowdown on what to expect on the day.

The atmosphere at the races is fantastic; it’s a busy, social day with lots of races to see, things to do and plenty of food and drink to keep you going throughout the whole day. 

Gates tend to open around two hours before the first race, which will give you the perfect opportunity to check out who’s racing and what’s what before the races begin. We’d recommend buying a rate card at the start to see the day’s itinerary with race times and everything you need to know about the racecourse.

Races are about 30 minutes apart, providing a great balance of race excitement with socialising, drinking and food. 20 minutes before the first race, go and view the horses with the trainers in the parade ring. Look out for horses that seem agitated or unfocussed and avoid betting on these ones. The bell will ring and that’s the cue for the jockeys and horses to head to the start.

You can spectate closest to the race, trackside, or watch from the different stands, depending on your ticket. For the best view, we recommend the grandstand. 

Once the race has ended, the winner and those in the top four go to the winner’s enclosure, where you can see the jockey being presented with their trophy. 

To ensure races are run fairly, jockeys must be weighed before and after the race to make sure their weight is the same. Once it has be announced that the jockey has been ‘weighed in’, those who placed winning bets should return to the betting stations to receive their winnings.  

Between races there’s plenty of food outlets, bars and stalls where you can grab a bite to eat and relax in the sun with a drink. 

To discover more about our race day tours, click here

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02 February 16

A Guide to our Short Head Tours in 2016

If you’re looking for a small insight into the world of racing, our Short Head Tour is ideal for you. The tour will begin at 9am and will only take the morning, so it’s perfect if you have afternoon plans. Depending on the date you choose, the tour will include a visit to the National Stud or the National Horseracing Museum. Finalised itineraries will be sent to tour guests seven days before the tour.

You will arrive at the National Stud (subject to change) and meet your tour guide. Here you can see Newmarket’s world famous training grounds and you will see the days second ‘lot’s’ ridden out on Warren Hill. This will be followed by a tour through the town. 

You’ll then be taken behind the scenes at a working racing yard and here, a trainer will introduce you to the horses, show you round, talk you through feeding regimes and yard routines. Your guide will be on hand to answer any questions you may have about racing and the horses throughout the tour.

From this point, the tours will differ depending on the day you have chosen. The 500 acre national stud is home to racing’s leading stallions and is the only National Stud to open its doors to the public. Here you will gain a full insight into the workings of a thoroughbred farm and witness what happens with the horses outside of the time spent with their trainer. 

If you don’t visit the National Stud you will go to the National Horseracing museum where you can discover the history and development of racing. Learn how it began and see racing’s modern day heroes. You will also be able to try the race horse simulator and learn what jockey’s need to do in order to be an appropriate racing weight.

Whatever you choose, the tour will give you a knowledge and an insight into what goes on behind the scenes of racing. 

Click here to see available tour dates. 

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15 January 16

A VIP Valentine’s Day offer

This Valentine’s Day, treat your loved one to something extra special this year. For £150 per person, you can experience a whistle-stop tour of some of Newmarket’s greatest sights. The day will start with at the infamous training yard where you will get to learn about the routines of the trainers and staff at Newmarket as well as being granted access to the fantastic facilities.

Next you’ll be given a grand tour of the Jockey Club Rooms, which have been a prestigious feature at Newmarket for over 250 years. Very few people have had the experience of viewing these magnificent facilities renowned as some of the best horseracing club rooms in the world. You will be told all about the captivating history and heritage, a fascinating tour you won’t want to miss! Then, you will be wined and dined with a delicious two-course lunch accompanied with a glass of bubbly, the perfect opportunity to discuss the events of the day thus far.

To end the day, you will be taken to Darley at Dalham hall Stud, to visit some of the finest stallions in the world. You will be given a tour of the stunning grounds and witness a stallion parade and learn about the operations of the Stud. Usually, Dalham Hall is never opened for the public but for just one day each year, Discover Newmarket have exclusive access for their tour.

So make sure you book up here soon for a chance to experience a wonderful day out with your loved one and an unforgettable experience together.

To book, simply click on the 'book now' button here and follow the instructions, or contact the booking team on 0344 748 9200, option 2.

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13 January 16

The perfect place to stay in Newmarket

With many fantastic hotels in the area, there’s so much choice when it comes to accommodation, so take a look at the most finest places to stay in and around Newmarket.

The Angel Hotel

A historic haven that is just a 20 minute drive from the racecourse, The Angel Hotel has a lot to offer. The four star hotel has 78 uniquely decorated rooms, from modern, contemporary to rustic and traditional, there’s sure to be a room to suit your style. Of an evening, pop down to the Wingspan, a delightfully exotic cocktail bar, perfect for that celebratory drink after a day at the races. Feeling peckish? The 2AA Rosette eaterie can rustle up something delicious; they always use fresh local produce with a twist of something exciting, bound to make your mouth water.

Bedford Lodge and Spa

The Bedford Lodge and Spa offers luxurious rooms that are stylishly designed with maximum comfort. The hotel has a total of 77 bedrooms and 22 super king sized rooms available and is only a short distance from Newmarket Racecourse. The hotel is famous for its extravagant spa facilities and is the only five bubble rated luxury spa destination in the whole of East Anglia, the perfect place to kick back and relax.

Best Western Heath Court Hotel

Recently, the hotel has undergone extensive refurbishment and now boasts a range of contemporary rooms, with beautiful furnishings and an excellent restaurant. The hotel also has five brand new meeting rooms, with full Wi-Fi connection and comfortable seating, ideal for those business meetings.

The Jockey Club Rooms

With an idyllic setting and providing a home away from home experience for over 250 years, the Jockey Club is one of Newmarket’s finest places to stay. Each of the deluxe rooms has meticulous bathroom facilities, and a luxurious interior. The peaceful surroundings make it the ultimate relaxing destination and can even be treated to a morning tour of the Newmarket training grounds.

The Packhorse Inn

The Packhorse Inn is a lot smaller than most places to stay with just eight en-suite rooms but lives up to the standards of an impeccable hotel. The food is award winning, and is currently the only hotel in the Suffolk to have a 3AA rosette status. A stunning hotel with beautiful facilities, this hotel is guaranteed to impress even the toughest of critics.

To discover more about the fantastic places to stay in the area, take a look at our accommodation pages here.

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10 January 16

Beginner’s guide to horse racing

When it comes to horse racing, it can be a little difficult to get your head round it all, so if you’re a beginner looking for some help, you’ve come to the right place. Here’s our beginners guide to racing, giddy up!

The Race

There are two types of racing that you need to know about, flat and national hunt. Flat racing is very simple; the horses run either in a straight line or round a curved track, with no obstacles to overcome and the first past the post wins. A national hunt or jump racing can be split into two, a steeplechase and a hurdles track. Both have many fences to jump and the difference between the two is that steeplechase courses have much higher hurdles to jump, as well as open ditches and water to challenge the riders. The length of the track can vary and is usually measured in miles and furlongs, eight furlongs are equal to one mile.
 

The Horse

Due to the varied abilities of the horses in a race, each horse is required to carry additional weight as well as the jockey, so it is fair. This is usually calculated by the weight of the jockey and the ability of the horse, typically the better the horse the more weight it must carry. The three most common types of horse in a race are colts, fillies and geldings. A filly is a young female horse, a colt is an uncastrated male and a gelding is a castrated male. Usually a horse is castrated to calm it down to improve its behaviour and make the horse easier to control.
 

The Betting

When it comes to betting, there’s a lot to consider, from the trainer to the type of ground, all horses are different and perform better under certain conditions. Having said that, understanding different aspects of what affects each horse can give you a better chance of picking a winner. Obviously, the odds tend to indicate the favourite of the race, the lower the odd the more likely to win. Understanding the odds is fairly simple, for example a horse at 10/1 means that for every £1 you bet you receive 10 back, plus your original stake placed. Studying the form of the horse can give an insight into recent performances, a form of 1221 shows that the horse has won twice and came second twice, which is something to take note of when placing a bet.
Overall, there are many factors to take into account, but as long as you do your homework and keep your fingers crossed you may well find that you’ll be on to a winner in the future! 

To book onto one of our racing tours, click here.

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08 January 16

Discover Newmarket Tours

Discover Newmarket has a wide range of tours on offer that give an insight into the horse racing world and the historic town. From hanging out at the stables to horsing around with the studs, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

For 2016, the new Bloodstock tour is being unveiled; allowing visitors to see the Shadwell Stud, home to some of the best race horses in the world. For just £120 per person, this tour also shows some of the thoroughbreds in training and you get to learn all about how the Stud operates; a wonderful experience and a great day out.

A special Valentine’s Day tour is available from February and is the perfect gift to treat your loved one. At £150 per person, this idyllic tour takes you around some of the best sights that Newmarket has to offer. The day starts with a tour of the trainer’s enclosure, where you will learn all about the routines of the horses and get the chance to view the outstanding facilities. After, an exciting tour of The Jockey Rooms will commence which have been at the heart of Newmarket for over 250 years. Next, you’ll be taken to the exquisite dining room and treated to a delicious two course meal followed by a glass of bubbly. Finally, the day will end with a trip to the Darley at the Dalham Stud, this prestigious stud is never opened for the public but for just one day each year, Discover Newmarket have exclusive access for their tour.

One of the most popular tours is the Country Mile, which allows you to visit many exciting attractions such as the Animal Health Trust, The National Horse Racing Museum and The National Stud. This tour is currently priced at £80 per person, and also includes a behind the scenes at the trainers yard.

So if you’re looking for an action packed fun day out, we highly recommend the tours here at Discover Newmarket, make sure you book today to secure your spot!

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22 December 15

Take a look at what we’ve been up to in 2015

Newmarket is becoming one of the most unique and fascinating areas to visit in the region and with this comes the influx of visitors, in fact 10,000 more visitors to the town in 2015!

We've had a great year at Discover Newmarket, welcoming visitors from across the globe and we're looking forward to even more tours and exlcusive tour opportunities in 2016.

Take a look at what we've been up to in 2015:

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18 December 15

Meet Discover Newmarket Tour Guide, Larry Bowden

We caught up with Larry Bowden, tour guide at Discover Newmarket to find out what he loves about his job and why he can’t wait for the team to offer even more tours.

“I stared my career in racing on the 1st January 1967 as an apprentice jockey, where I worked for one of the largest private owners of his day, a Mr David Robinson. He had two trainers, Mr P Davey and Mr M Jarvis. My apprenticeship was for five years and even though we had several riders at the yard, we unfortunately didn’t have any winners!

After that I went to work for a trainer in Italy based in Florence. It was here where I successfully had 25 winners on both the jumps and on the flat. Following my return to England, I secured a job with a Mr F Rimmel, but unfortunately, whilst working for Mr Rimmel, I sustained an injury to my spine and my jockey license was withdrawn, meaning I could no longer ride. 

After a long convalescence, I went to work at Archers Hall Stud in Essex and after a short time I was promoted to assistant manager. Following the closure of Archers Hall, I moved to Newsalls Park Stud in Royston as a day foaling manager. And then finally, I was offered a job at The National Stud where I was able to become a student trainer mentor and yearling manager. 

Due to my wife's illness a few years back, I had to leave The National Stud and it was then I began working at the Horseracing Museum, before joining the Discover Newmarket team on 1st January 2015.

On a typical Discover Newmarket tour we go onto the gallops getting close to the horses and their riders. We will then go on to a trainers yard to see what goes on behind the scenes. We’ll hear about the yards history and their top winners. We will then visit The National Stud for a tour or to the Museum. We also organise tours to several of the other leading studs in the area or take the people racing where they’ll have the chance to see the weighing room, the photo finish area and sometimes we have the opportunity to visit the Queens private box. We offer a wide selection of tours and we like to tailor each one for our visitors.

I love being a guide because I love to help visitors and residents understand what goes on behind the scenes in the industry. I enjoy taking people to some of the most fascinating locations in the area and most importantly, giving them a day to remember.

Discover Newmarket is special because we are the only tour company in Newmarket who can get you into places that are not normally seen by the public. In the future, I want to see Discover Newmarket offering even more tours and becoming one of the foremost tour companies in Suffolk.

If I could take anyone in the world on a tour, it would have to be my father in law. He worked in racing all his life but never had the chance to have a good look round Newmarket!

I would also like to visit the yards of Godolphin as I’ve been told they are spectacular.”

To find out more about the people that make Discover Newmarket so special, visit our team page. If you’d like to book a tour or discover our tour dates, visit our tours page here.

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10 December 15

Guide to Christmas Shopping in Newmarket

We think that buying gifts for friends and family is one of the best parts of Christmas and there is a huge variety of gifts for sale throughout Newmarket. We’ve put together some of our favorite Christmas gift ideas in Newmarket:

The Pantry is perfect for the foodie at Christmas, offering a variety of treats for sale from their Deli. You can buy individual products, hampers or even create your own bespoke hamper to include the perfect selection of goodies for a loved one.

The newly opened Pandora store in The Guineas is sure to have the ideal gift for a special lady in your life. The Pandora bracelet is a classic Christmas gift, which is sure to impress when they unwrap the jewellery box from under the Christmas tree.

The Bedford Lodge Hotel Spa is perfect for a luxurious gift, with options for a spa package or products to use at home. Stocking brands such as ESPA, Mii cosmetics and Jessica nails, there are some great present ideas for under the tree as well as the option for a Christmas pamper session.

Vouchers are a fun Christmas treat, allowing you to buy an experience for your loved one and create memories together. Discover Newmarket offer a variety of tours around Newmarket and offer the option to buy a specific tour or allow the recipient to choose the day’s events. 

Finally, the Winter Wonderland Christmas Market on the 19th and 20th December offers a last minute chance to grab some festive gifts. With stalls offering toys, cosmetics, hand crafted gifts and festive decorations, it’s a great way to buy something local and hand-made this Christmas.

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08 December 15

Careers at Discover Newmarket

Discover Newmarket: Manager

An exciting opportunity has arisen to become the Manager of Discover Newmarket, the tourism company that provides behind-the-scenes tours in Newmarket, the heart of Britain’s thoroughbred racing and breeding industries. The community project, set up to organise exclusive days out around the town of Newmarket and West Suffolk, showcases the globally recognised headquarters of thoroughbred breeding, horse racing and training, promoting the area’s history, culture and unique attractions making it the destination management organisation of Newmarket.


Qualification/experience required

•  Experience within a vibrant commercial sales operation;

•  Proven leadership experience in marketing, particularly product  promotion and project management;

•  Previous experience of managing a small team is desirable;

•  Experience of working within the horse racing and/ or tourism industry or similar would be advantageous.


Particular skills/knowledge required

• Excellent written and verbal communication is essential;

• Excellent people skills;

• Highly competent user of MS Office packages;

• Strong organisational and time management skills with the ability to deal with a high volume of tasks and prioritise, to deliver results;

• Vision with creative thinking and innovation;

• Good understanding of finances, in particular the compilation and management of budgets


The role is a full time position based in Newmarket. A competitive salary is offered commensurate to the role and dependent on experience. A full job specification is available on request. To apply please send covering letter and CV to recruitment@thejockeyclub.co.uk. Closing date 19 December 2015

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27 November 15

Christmas Gifts !! A History of Newmarket Heath

Newmarket has a unique historic position as the acknowledged home of horseracing. Yet until now no book has provided a definitive history of Newmarket Heath, the key figures who contributed to its transformation from an untamed wilderness to the world's finest racing ground, and the origins and development of the Jockey Club. This comprehensive and authoritative book is the first to trace this history from its early beginnings to the present day and to show how and why the sport of horseracing developed on the heath and spread globally from that base. All of the turf's greatest racehorses and the larger-than-life characters integral to the heath's history are included, while a great wealth of paintings and prints (which provide the only visual evidence of how racing was conducted and what Newmarket looked like) are illustrated and analysed.

£35.00 + £5.00 postage and packaging (or Free collection from the Jockey Club Rooms)

If you wish to buy copies of this book you can pre-order them now from Hannah Gertig – Hannah.gertig@thejockeyclub.co.uk. Payment can be made by card, cash or cheque. Cheques can be made out to Jockey Club Estates Ltd.

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23 November 15

Presents Galore !!!

Held annually in the well appointed Millennium Grandstand, at Rowley Mile Racecourse in Newmarket, this is THE place to buy all your Christmas presents – from grandchild to grandparents – sons to husbands – girlfriend to boyfriend. It's also a wonderful opportunity to spoil yourself or to drop hints about what would really please you!

 

Candles to cashmeres, toys to toiletries, food to fantasies, jewellery to jugs, books to bronzes.  Something for everyone! Many things are cheaper than the high street and certainly many things you would not find there.

 

The event takes place in very comfortable surroundings with easy free parking and restaurant facilities.

More information click here

FRIDAY EVENING 27th NOVEMBER

(5.30pm – 8.30pm)

SATURDAY 28th NOVEMBER

(10.00am – 5.00pm)

SUNDAY 29TH NOVEMBER

(10.00am – 4.00pm)

IN 2014 PRESENTS GALORE RAISED £64,000 FOR MACMILLAN CANCER SUPPORT

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16 November 15

Winter In Newmarket

Newmarket is a fantastic town and the Winter season is the perfect time to explore the area, whether you are a local or visiting the area for the first time. We’ve put together a checklist of things you need to do in Newmarket this year to ensure that you make the most of this festive season.

What to: Wear

Comfort is a must during the Winter months and Martha V has a host of cosy knitwear, including pieces from Estheme and Passport, to keep you warm. For men, head to Golding of Newmarket for a jacket or coat to take you through the colder months. 

What to: Eat and Drink

Treat yourself to a delicious meal at The Pantry, which prides itself on showcasing the best produce from East Anglia. Winter dishes include Suffolk lamb rump, Suffolk chorizo or the raved-about steak and chips. The Pantry also offers a fantastic deli if you prefer to try their produce at home. If you fancy a tipple, head to Kings Newmarket for some festive cocktails or take a free tour and tasting at the English Spirit Distillery in Dullingham, where you are sure to discover your new favourite Christmas drink. Don't miss Nancy's Vintage Teashop for an amazing sweet treat!

Where to: Go

Discover everything you might want to know about Newmarket with an informative and fascinating tour with Discover Newmarket. Perfect for locals who want to explore their home-town and tourists visiting the area alike, there are a variety of tours and packages available to suit you. You can even create your own bespoke tour to ensure that your experience is perfect.

Where to: Be Entertained

The annual Winter Wonderland fair is the perfect pre-Christmas event to get into the festive spirit on the 19th and 20th December, the weekend before Christmas. There will be an ice rink, Santa’s grotto and mulled wine on offer throughout the weekend as well as a Christmas Market to buy any last minute gifts. 

Where to: Relax

We all need an extra pamper during the cold Winter months and the Spa at the Bedford Lodge Hotel is perfect for some festive indulgence. From facials and massages to fake tans if you need some added colour for the festive party season, you will leave feeling pampered and relaxed.

Where to: Stay

Christmas is a busy period and with friends and family visiting from across the country, there might not be room to fit everyone into your home. Luckily, Newmarket has some excellent hotels, including the Bedford Lodge Hotel or the closely located Tuddenham Mill to ensure that the whole family has a stress-free break together. The Packhorse in Moulton has eight lovely rooms, and a mouth-watering menu, that will guarantee an enjoyable visit.

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27 August 15

It's true...Frankel met Spandau Ballet

It’s true … Spandau Ballet met Frankel

17th August 2015 – Ahead of the final Newmarket Nights concert of 2015, Spandau Ballet took advantage of being at the Home of Horseracing to discover the delights of Newmarket.

They even called in on retired superstar racehorse Frankel who now stands at Juddmonte Farms’ Banstead Manor Stud.  Coincidentally it was the day before the first Frankel yearlings went under the hammer at the sales.

The trip – after the band carried out their sound checks on the Adnams July Course – was organised by Discover Newmarket which was launched late last year to promote tourism in and around Newmarket.

Spandau Ballet members also saw the delights of the Jockey Club Rooms where they enjoyed lunch with Jockey Club Estates Managing Director William Gittus, Jockey Club Live Chief Executive Andrew Wilkinson and The Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa Chief Executive Noel Byrne.

Noel Byrne, Chairman of Discover Newmarket, said:

“Spandau Ballet were following in other famous footsteps when they went on a Discover Newmarket tour and met Frankel.  They had a fabulous time ahead of the band’s concert at the Adnams July Course, just as Kylie did before her sell-out concert in June.”

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24 July 15

Wavertree Coffee shop score top marks

Congratulations to the Wavertree Coffee shop for scoring top marks in their recent visit from the East Cambridgeshire Health and Hygiene Officer.

Each business is given their hygiene rating when it is inspected by a food safety officer from the business’s local authority. The food safety officer inspecting the business checks how well the business is meeting the law by looking at: how hygienically the food is handled – how it is prepared, cooked, re-heated, cooled and stored the condition of the structure of the buildings – the cleanliness, layout, lighting, ventilation and other facilities how the business manages and records what it does to make sure food is safe. At the end of the inspection, the business is given one of the six ratings from 0-5. The top rating of ‘5’ means that the business was found to have ‘very good’ hygiene standards.

Wavertree Coffee shop offers a wide selection of food and beverage offerings from breakfast and lunch through to afternoon tea and hot meals. With a terrace for outdoor seatings as well as ample tables within the coffee shop itself, the coffee shop is set within the beautiful surroundings of the National Stud. Well worth a visit.

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08 July 15

John Ryan racing is looking for a new racing secretary.

Job Description

RACING SECRETARY
FOR MEDIUM SIZED NEWMARKET FLAT RACING STABLE
Immediate start preferable, to work with departing secretary of 12 years

Proficient computer skills – Word, Excel, Outlook, SAGE, Payroll, social media
Excellent organisational, communication skills & phone manner
Enjoy a busy multi-tasking role working on own initiative along with being punctual, reliable, honest, discreet, meticulous, & enthusiastic!
Mornings essential – hours & times to be negotiated
Please apply in writing with references to:
John.ryan@jryanracing.com

Application Deadline: 19 July 2015.

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24 June 15

When Kylie met Frankel with Discover Newmarket at Banstead Manor Stud

Friday 19th June 2015 – Saw the first of the eagerly anticipated Newmarket Nights at Newmarket Racecourse, however before Kylie took to the stage, she took to Newmarket with Discover Newmarket and Juddmonte Farms to explore why the town is the globally recognised headquarters of horse racing. After being hosted at the Jockey Club Rooms for lunch, Discover Newmarket took Kylie and her team to Banstead Manor Stud for a magnificent Stallion parade where they all had the opportunity to meet the horse racing superstar, Frankel. Lissie Hope, Manager of Discover Newmarket commented “It was such a thrill to have two such huge superstar’s meet for the first time, Kylie was genuinely interested in the operations of Banstead Manor Stud and couldn’t wait to meet Frankel”.

Kylie’s interest in horses and racing, having ridden before and earlier in the year performed at the Dubai World Cup meant that there was no better place to explore her interest further and she jumped at the chance when the opportunity was offered to her. Hope commented, “We really appreciated that Kylie and her team could take the time out of their busy schedule to explore and learn more about the unique attractions of the town”

Kylie went on to post a video clip of her and Frankel’s rendezvous on social media with the comment ‘That was fun!!! #Frankel.

 

Photo credit: Laura Green. laura.green@talk21.com

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18 June 15

Spinning Around for Kylie Competition

COMPETITION TIME

We are Spinning Around in excitement for Newmarket Nights with Kylie Minogue this Friday. Enter our competition to be in with a chance to win a delicious Traditional Afternoon tea for four people at Nancy’s Vintage Teashop.

Entering could not be easier – simply tag Discover Newmarket in a photo of you enjoying the Kylie Minogue concert on Facebook, twitter or Instagram

The winner will be selected at random on Monday 22nd June and contacted.

Good luck Kylie fans.

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17 June 15

Discover Newmarket with Frankel

Frankel is officially the world's best Thoroughbred racehorse. Foaled in 2008, he is a colt by Galileo out of Kind, and was trained by Sir Henry Cecil in Newmarket on behalf of his owner/breeder Prince Khalid Abdullah of Juddmonte Farms. 

After winning all four of his races as a two-year-old in 2010, including the Group 1 Dewhurst Stakes at Newmarket, Frankel proved himself by far the best three-year-old of his generation in 2011. His victories included an incredible triumph in the 2000 Guineas – a performance described as “one of the greatest displays on a British racecourse” – and a powerful display in the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth 11 Stakes at Ascot on the inaugural QIPCO British Champions Day.

Frankel remained in training as a four-year-old, winning his first race, the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes at Newbury, by five lengths in May. He followed up with an amazing performance in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes on the first day of Royal Ascot, beating a high class field by 11 lengths after starting as one of the shortest-priced runners in the history of the Royal meeting.

On his final career start, Frankel won the Group 1 Champion Stakes at Ascot in thrilling style, after which his owner Prince Khalid Abdullah announced that Frankel was to retire to stud, the unbeaten winner of 14 races and the highest rated horse in the world.

Frankel now resides at Banstead Manor Stud near Newmarket, the European headquarters of Prince Khalid's Juddmonte Farms. He covered his first mares in 2013 and his first foals were born in 2014. His first two-year-olds will begin racing in 2016.

The finest horse race in history. For your chance to meet Frankel and the other outstanding Stallions stabled at Banstead Manor as part of a tour please contact the Discover Newmarket booking team on 0844 748 9200, option 2.

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08 June 15

Animal Health Trust Charity Race

Our Administrator Sam Hills is taking on the challenge of the Animal Health Trust Charity Race on 27 June. Donations are pouring in and we'd love to have your support to help Sam reach her target of £4,000. All proceeds go towards supporting the fantastic work they do at the Animal Health Trust.

The Animal Health Trust is a charitable trust and all funds raised help to develop new diagonistic tests, treatments and vaccines to help thousands of animals every year.

Every penny helps. To donate simply click on this linkhttps://www.justgiving.com/SamanthaHillsCharityRace

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11 May 15

Qipco Guineas Festival

What a fantastic weekend we had at the Qipco Guineas Festival!

 

Last weekend at the Qipco Guineas Festival we had an exhibition tent and were lucky enough to have some amazing artefacts lent to us from the National Horse Racing Museum and the Jockey Club Rooms. One of the main highlights of the exhibition was the hoof of Eclipse, one of Britain’s most internationally celebrated thoroughbreds from the 18th century. Another special edition was an exciting snippet of the new veterinary exhibition we will be able to see showcased in the Heritage Centre due for opening spring 2016, this includes bone fragments from Mill Reef’s operation and Professor James Roberts original equipment he used to treat Mill Reef.  To complement these amazing pieces we also had some of Amanda Lockhart’s beautiful photography telling the story of a thoroughbreds life in Newmarket. The idea of the exhibition was to give you an insight into the history and some of the fantastic attractions the town has to offer through tours from Discover Newmarket.

 

Don’t worry if you missed us because we are back for the Spring Meeting on the 14th, 15th and 16th May.

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10 April 15

Great Feedback

This morning we received some great feedback from a bespoke tour we did, we are so pleased they enjoyed it so much and thought we would share it with you.

“I thought I would drop you a note of thanks for the organisation, attention to detail and all round friendliness shown during the visit of my parents and I to Newmarket yesterday.

Nothing was too much trouble, and everyone was willing to go out of their way to help, inform and explain as necessary.

My Father thoroughly enjoyed the experience; after all, it was his birthday treat !

Charlie Fellows impressed with his obliging nature and willingness to talk about his horses and his work. A really impressive chap with a fine future ahead of him I am sure. We'll be keeping an eye out for him!

I' be looking to arrange to bring my folks to a meeting at some point.

Thank you all again for making the day a very special one.”

 

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04 March 15

Wonderful client feedback

A group of equine students from Cornwall travelled across the country to experience Newmarket. They visited the National Stud, Jockey Club Rooms, National Horseracing Museum, Newmarket Gallops and were lucky enough to go behind the scenes at the Prestigous Clive Brittain's yard. Their timing at the yard couldn't be better as they managed to witness horses excerising in the fitness pool. Here's what the organiser had to say about their trip;

 

"I just wanted to say thank you very much for all your help organising the tours for our University students,  they thoroughly enjoyed their time in Newmarket as did the staff.

Could you please pass on my personal thanks to Sam, Angie and Char for the very informative tours which were facilitated with humour and knowledge.

Thanks again I  have a feeling if we come to Newmarket again next year I will be in touch as it was far easier to use the services of ‘ Discover Newmarket’ than try to sort all the visits myself."

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20 February 15

Dazzling Acts announced for Newmarket Nights

The Queen of pop Kylie Minogue will open the season on Friday 19th June in show stopping style, followed by th Iconic Maddness, who will be returning to Newmarket on 26th June, not to mention the 3 times Brit Award winners, Kaiser Chiefs who will be rocking the stage on 31st July.

Join Newmarket Racecourse for an afternoon of thrilling racing followed by an evening of show stopping music. For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.newmarket.thejockeyclub.co..uk/newmarket-nights

 

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20 February 15

More Great Reviews

We are so happy to see two more great reviews on our TripAdvisor page. The first is from our Tattersalls tour and the second is from a Bespoke tour we did, thank you very much! 

“Excellent value”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 9 February 2015

'If you have even a small amount of interest in horse racing, you will enjoy this experience. We did the Tattersalls full day trip – excellent value for money. Tour guide had excellent knowledge of subject matter. Tour around the stables was relaxed and friendly and all staff are very willing to have us interrupt their morning and very willing to answer questions. Very enjoyable day."

“tour of gallops”

5 of 5 starsReviewed 17 February 2015NEW

"Brilliant guide, Malcolm was really helpful and so informative. Took us around the gallops in the early morning explaining what was happening and the history of horse racing. Well worth the experience. Recommended."

 

 

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02 February 15

Book tours online with our new website

The tourism initiative aimed at attracting thousands of more visitors to Newmarket – ‘The Home of Horse Racing’ – has launched its new website … www.discovernewmarket.co.uk.

Discover Newmarket is an exciting community project, set up to organise exclusive days out and tours around the East Anglian town and West Suffolk, showcasing the globally recognised headquarters of thoroughbred breeding, horse racing and training, and promoting the area’s history, culture and unique attractions.

Visitors have a wonderful opportunity to go behind the scenes at horse racing’s headquarters and to see the equine stars at work. 

The website provides prospective visitors with details of the variety of tours and options available, with customers now able to make tour bookings online.  They will find an interactive map to help them choose their tours, a calendar of events, profiles of the tour guides, plus details of food, drink and accommodation options.

Discover Newmarket offers a great day out for all and can accommodate every budget and requirement, from a public tour of The National Stud from £10 per person to a luxury bespoke tour with private access to leading racehorse trainers and studs followed by hospitality at Newmarket Racecourses.

At the National Horseracing Museum and the Jockey Club Rooms visitors can explore the town’s history, culture and heritage, including links with royalty.  Tourists can see mares and their foals, visit the gallops and racehorse training yards, enjoy the thrill of a day’s racing at Newmarket racecourses, the electrifying atmosphere at Tattersalls bloodstock auction house and the world-leading research and equine welfare work carried out at the Animal Health Trust.

Discover Newmarket accommodates individuals as well as small and large groups; its expert tour guides ensuring a first class, unique experience.

A wide range of Newmarket’s organisations are involved in Discover Newmarket – from Newmarket Racecourses, Jockey Club Estates, Jockey Club Rooms, The National Stud, Tattersalls, National Horseracing Museum, to Animal Health Trust, Bedford Lodge Hotel, to Paddocks House and the Best Western Heath Court Hotel.

Noel Byrne, the Chair of Discover Newmarket and Chief Executive of The Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa, said:

“The aim of Discover Newmarket, a ‘Community Interest Company’, is to promote tourism in West Suffolk – and we are delighted to be launching our new-look website this month which will help individual visitors and tour operators to organise their trips.  The target is to attract many more people to Newmarket to see and enjoy what the racing community has to offer.”

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29 January 15

Bed, Breakfast and Afternoon Tea offer

Treat yourself to a New Year Getaway with Bed, Breakfast and Afternoon Tea from only £135 per room per night. Available 1st January to 28th February excluding 14 February 2015. Rates are based on two people sharing a Classic room. Afternoon Tea to be taken between 2.30-5.30pm. Subject to availability. Single supplements and upgrade supplements apply.

To book your room please contact Angel Reservations on 01284 714007 or email staying@theangel.co.uk

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19 January 15

Rocking Trip Advisor Review

 

We are delighted to see some amazing feedback on our Trip Advisor page, thank you very much! We got an Excellent rating for both! If you haven’t seen here they are-

“We travelled over from Ireland for Champions weekend in October 2014. As we have never been to Newmarket so were keen to see it in its full glory. We booked a personal VIP tour with Discover Newmarket. We met our guide, Char, who was indeed an expert on Newmarket, her knowledge was invaluable and she was great company. We went to the gallops and saw second lot work. Everywhere you look there are racehorses, there are even pavements for them. On the gallops we were fortunate to see the iconic image of a lone racehorse and rider walking across the skyline, truly unforgettable. Ed Dunlop kindly allowed us to visit his yard and his wife Becky made us feel most welcome. Char then took us to a place we will call racehorse heaven – The Limekilns gallops. You have to see the grass to believe it, but if ever grass sparkled, this did, there was an aura that made you tingle. We then went to the National Stud, an unbelievably peaceful place, broodmares sunbathing, foals enjoying us scratching their necks and the magnificent stallions. We even managed to give Amberleigh House some polo's he looks amazing. It really was a fantastic day and I would recommend to everyone. If you can stay at the Bedford Lodge Hotel, fabulous service, first class food and when we drew back our bedroom curtains we could see the gallops and Luca Cumani's stables. Hopefully we will be back next year and will probably spend all mornings watching the gallops.”

“A must-do tour for horse lovers and/or racehorse enthusiasts. I learnt so much about the racehorse industry and thoroughly enjoyed the tour around the trainer's yard.”

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15 January 15

First Frankel foal born at the National Stud

The first foal of 2015 has been born at the National Stud, and it's one of Frankel's. This gorgeous Frankel filly, out of Group 3 winner Chigun.

Daily tours of the National Stud commence on 14th February at 11.15am and 14.00. Alternatively join one of our set tour dates which include a visit to the National Stud for your chance to meet these new borns.

 

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12 December 14

Fine Dining Date Announced!

Following rave reviews from the last fine dining evening we are pleased to announce the next date.

Friday 6th March 2015 will see our next seven course menu with a welcome drink on arrival. Flights of wines will be available additionally on the night.

£62 per person 

Menu Available Soon

Accommodation can be booked for this evening subject to availability.

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04 December 14

Record Annual Turnover As Tattersalls December Sale Concludes

The Tattersalls year concluded with a competitive final session of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale that saw 141 lots sold for 1,055,900 guineas at an average of 7,489 guineas and a median of 5,700 guineas. The four-day December Mare Sale saw 685 lots sell for 48,290,695 guineas at an average of 70,497 guineas and a median of 26,000 guineas whilst the two-week December Sale saw turnover of 84,975,295 guineas. Turnover at Tattersalls for 2014 was a record 263,411,173 guineas, up 6% on last year’s record turnover.

The top lot on the final day was the Listed placed BAHAAGHA who was knocked down to Jim Ryan for 55,000 guineas. The daughter of MR GREELEY was consigned to the sale by Shadwell Stud with a covering by MAWATHEEQ.

"She's been bought to go to Dragon Pulse," said Ryan of Milltown Stud.

"She is by Mr Greeley, who is such a good broodmare sire, and she was a good runner – her Listed form reads very well as she finished behind Strawberrydaiquiri.

"The dragon Pulse foals are good walkers, nice foals."

At the conclusion of the 2014 Tattersalls December Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

“Record annual turnover for the second consecutive year and the highest price for a thoroughbred at public auction anywhere in the world in 2014 brings the Tattersalls year to a successful conclusion. Our turnover for the year has risen from 248 million guineas last year to 263 million guineas in 2014 and the 4.5 million guineas sale of the outstanding Classic winner JUST THE JUDGE was a wonderful way to bring the Tattersalls sales season to an end. The annual figures reflect not only the sustained demand for European bloodstock at all levels of the market, but also the quality of the stock which consignors from Britain, Ireland and further afield have sent to Tattersalls throughout the year. Quality is the key and we continue to present the finest that Europe has to offer in all sectors of the market.

“As well as a new high for annual turnover, 2014 has seen unprecedented demand at the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, the Tattersalls Autumn Horses in Training Sale and also at last week’s Tattersalls December Foal Sale. More than 130 million guineas has been spent on yearlings at Tattersalls this year and the sometimes extraordinary level of trade has yet again shown Tattersalls to be the focal point for so many of the world’s leading buyers. The best of British and Irish bloodstock has consistently attracted a global cast of buyers to all of our sales in 2014, culminating in another truly international renewal of the December Sale.

“It would be fair to say that this year’s December Mares catalogue lacked the depth and quality which produced such spectacular returns in 2013, and the figures across the board reflect this, but a new British record for a filly in training, three seven figure transactions and international demand from start to finish have produced turnover which has only been bettered once since 2008. While the individual highlight of JUST THE JUDGE’s record breaking sale will sit proudly in the December Sale annals, it is the top ten lots which truly encapsulate the essence of the sale. These ten outstanding thoroughbreds were sold by British, Irish and French consignors to buyers from Britain, China, Dubai, Ireland, Japan, Kuwait, New Zealand, Qatar and the USA. The bloodstock industry is almost uniquely global and nowhere is this demonstrated more vividly than at the Tattersalls December Sale."

The next sale at Tattersalls is the February Sale that takes place on February 5 – 6. Entries are now being taken and can be made online at www.tattersalls.com.

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29 November 14

ATC Cup To Malice

Teofilo gelding wins first Stakes race

A narrow last start winner, four-year-old Teofilo gelding Malicestepped up to the 2000m for the first time this campaign and produced a very good effort to chase down the leader to record his first Stakes victory, winning the Listed ATC Cup at Rosehill in Australia.

G3 placed during his Classic season behind Dubawi’s multiple Stakes winner Arabian Gold, the John O’Shea-trained gelding was given a very good ride by jockey Sam Clipperton who had him settled in fourth position on the rails. Coming around the home turn, Malice was following the leader Metaphorical and when she went for home he came off her heels to chase her down, becoming the 33rd Stakes winner for his sire.

Bred by Darley in Australia, Malice is the first foal out of the Encosta de Lago mareAforethought, a half-sister to the stakes performers Beauty Express and Money Rocks. With an Exceed And Excel yearling filly, Aforethought produced a full brother to Malice in October.

With six individual G1 winners to his credit highlighted by Classic winners Trading Leatherand Voleuse de Coeurs and G1 winning juveniles Parish Hall and Loch Garman, Teofilo will be standing in 2015 at Kildangan Stud for a fee of €50,000 Oct 1st, SLF.

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26 November 14

SADDLE UP FOR THE SECOND SADDLE RESEARCH TRUST INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE!

Tickets are still available for the second Saddle Research Trust International Conference hosted in Cambridge this Saturday (29 November), with two esteemed winners of the Animal Health Trust’s Equestrian Awards Veterinary Award in attendance.

The Conference brings together leading veterinary and scientific experts to examine the latest research on saddle-related equine welfare and performance issues and hear how results of new research affect horses and riders. It is the only event of its kind to be held worldwide.

Speakers include Dr. Sue Dyson, Head of Clinical Orthopaedics at the Animal Health Trust, who will be discussing the changing back shape and saddle management, what causes saddle slip and the implications of saddle fit. Sue is a world-renowned expert in equine orthopaedics, and is a key member of the AHT’s veterinary team who has helped hundreds of horse owners understand and treat their horses’ conditions through the AHT’s first-class equine referral clinic. Sue was awarded the prestigious Veterinary Award for her outstanding contribution to equine orthopaedics at the Equestrian Awards 2013.

Sue said, “I encounter saddle-related problems on a daily basis and feel that it is hugely important that the riding public is made aware of these problems and how they could be improved. This conference gives a tremendous opportunity for exchange of information.”

Also attending the Conference is Dr. Pat Harris, who over the past 30 years has helped to move the health and welfare of horses in terms of their nutrition to new levels. Pat completed her PhD at the Animal Health Trust into the Equine Rhabdomyolysis Syndrome, and is a Past President of the British Equine Veterinary Association. Another Veterinary Award winner, Pat was given the honours at this year’s Equestrian Awards.

The morning programme will explore the impact that horse, saddle and rider have on each other. During the afternoon various renowned international experts will examine the kinematics of the equine back and neck, the effects of saddle design and function and influence of the rider and the practical application of science. Richard Davison, Olympic dressage rider and former BEF World Class Performance Manager will then give his personal view of research before the full panel makes itself available for questions and discussion from the floor.

With two of the UK’s most influential equine vets present at the Conference, and a host of other speakers including Professor Hilary Clayton, the event is set to be a day not to be missed! Advance tickets are £100 or £150 on the door. Concessions are available. To find out more, buy tickets and to download a copy of the programme visit www.saddleresearchtrust.com, email research@saddleresearchtrust.com or telephone 07775 912202.

The Animal Health Trust is also hosting the Saddle Research Trust’s Researchers’ Workshop on Sunday 30 November and Monday 1 December, giving experts the opportunity to discuss a wide range of topics that are important to the future welfare and performance of horses and riders. From how to objectively assess and measure saddle performance and evolve industry guidelines on saddle fitting to the effects of different saddle designs on both horse and rider health issues, the workshop outcomes will plan to provide consensus statements to guide horse owners and industry professionals.

Find out more about our research investigating the relationship between saddle, horse and rider here

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14 November 14

Our Spa is nominated for Spa of the Year 2015

We're delighted to announce that the Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel has been nominated as a finalist in the Professional Beauty Awards 2015. in the Residential Spa of the Year – 10 Rooms or fewer category.

Professional Beauty is the professional authority for the beauty industry and the residential spa category rewards spas are leading the industry forward through the implementation of innovative ideas. Also considered is knowledgeable and motivated staff and the quality of customer experience

Leanna Kew, Manager of our Spa said: “It’s a great honour to be recognised by such a prestigious and respected publication. We strive to educate and inspire our staff to ensure our clients receive the best care.

We also stay on top of industry trends to keep our offerings current and relevant to the current market, so it’s really lovely to be a Finalist for an award that recognizes all of those efforts.”

The winners will be announced at the prestigious awards ceremony in London in February, 2015.

For more information on Professional Beauty and the 2015 Awards:

http://www.professionalbeauty.co.uk/Content/Awards-Home

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11 November 14

The House Collection relaunches iconic Newmarket hotel

Boutique hotel group The House Collection has successfully open its second hotel, Paddocks House, following a full refurbishment of the hotel formerly known as Swynford Paddocks.

Following hot on the heels of sister hotel, Poets House in Ely, which opened in April 2013, Paddocks House will create a new local landmark for high-quality hospitality, fine dining and special events.

The impressive 18th-century country house stands in beautifully landscaped grounds between Newmarket and Cambridge. It has been refurbished in The House Collection's signature style, to create an ambience of intimate luxury and comfort with a stylish modern edge.

The house has an illustrious history, with close connections to Newmarket's horse-racing world – legendary racehorse Brigadier Gerard is buried in the grounds – and was once owned by the sister of poet Lord Byron, who reportedly wrote some of his Romantic poetry there.

To find out more about planning a wedding or private celebration in the company of The House Collection, please contact: enquiries@thehousecollection.com. For more information about Poets House, Paddocks House and The House Collection please see www.thehousecollection.com or call 01223 653111.

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10 July 14

National Stud tours awarded Certificate of Excellence

For the second year running our tours and coffee shop have recently been awarded a Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence for 2014.

The award is really well deserved and we're delighted for our team of staff who put in the hard work on a day to day basis to make sure that all of our guests feel welcome and get the most out of their visits to the stud.

If you've yet to visit us – what are you waiting for!?  Visit our tours booking website at https://nationalstudtickets.thejockeyclub.co.uk/Online/ or call the ticketing line on 08446930770. 

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