The Headquarters of British Horseracing
The Newmarket Racecourse is one of the oldest and most historic racecourses in the world. It was established over 300 years ago in the 17th Century, or to be more specific, 1636. In 1671, King Charles II became the first and currently only reigning British monarch to date to have won a race.
The racecourse is of course located in Newmarket, which is in the county of Suffolk.
The racecourse is home to the Rowley Mile Course and the July Course. These courses have played host to many races over the years.
One of them is the famous QIPCO Guineas Festival, which features a 1000 Guineas and a 2000 Guineas race. Both races have been running for over 200 years, with them beginning in 1809 and 1814 respectively. Newmarket is also set to stage the 2024 edition of the Guineas Festival in May 2024.
This is not the only prestigious event that the racecourse is hosting in 2024, as it is also hosting the July Festival, Cesarewitch Trial Day, The Cambridgeshire Meeting, the Dubai Future Champions Festival, Newmarket Nights, The Spring Meeting, the BET 365 Craven Meeting as well as The Final Meeting.
There is no better way to experience all of the enthralling horse racing action at the Newmarket Racecourse in 2024 with Eventmasters’ Newmarket Hospitality.
Newmarket Racecourse Hospitality
Enjoy outstanding hospitality at Newmarket racecourse, which boasts fantastic facilities to treat clients or celebrate with friends. There are different options, but the peak of the offering is the Rowley Mile Executive Box. In these VIP facilities, you will have a truly unforgettable day with exquisite fine dining, admission to the Premier Enclosure and Champagne receptions.
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History of Newmarket Racecourse:
The history of the Newmarket Racecourse is illustrious and long, with it being one of the oldest racecourses not only in Britain, but also in the world. The racecourse was founded all the way back in 1636.
King Charles II twice made history at the Newmarket Racecourse. The first instance was in around 1665, when he inaugurated the Newmarket Town Plate before going on to become the first and only reigning British monarch to ride a winning horse in 1671, whilst participating in this very event.
In the early days of the racecourse there were two racing events that were the most valuable at Newmarket, which were the King’s Plate and the Town Plate with a prize fund of 50 guineas. This was the case until 1744. Back in these days, race meetings only happened twice a year – in April and October.
Over the course of the next few decades, several new meetings were added. These were a second Spring Meeting (1753), a second October meeting (1762), the July Meeting (1765), the Houghton Meeting in (1770) and finally the Craven Meeting in 1771.
By the mid-19th century, or more specifically 1840, the Newmarket Racecourse was only going from strength to strength with a total of 7 meetings taking place at the racecourse annually.
These were: The Craven Meeting (Inaugurated in 1771), 1st Spring Meeting (Inaugurated pre-1744), 2nd Spring Meeting (Inaugurated in 1753), July Meeting (Inaugurated in 1765), 1st October Meeting (Inaugurated pre-1744), 2nd October Meeting (Inaugurated in 1762) and the Houghton Meeting (Inaugurated in 1770).
Today, the Newmarket Racecourse is home to a plethora of horse racing meetings, including some of the most famous in the sport, which are: The Final Meeting, The BET365 Craven Meeting, Summer Saturday QIPCO Guineas Festival, the Cesarewitch and the Dubai Future Champions Festival.
Not to forget the Newmarket Nights event, which sees world class music artists perform live at the Newmarket Racecourse.
There is no better way to experience the all the world class horse racing action that Newmarket Racecourse has to offer than with one of our various VIP Luxury Hospitality Packages.
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There are a plethora of facilities available at the Newmarket Racecourse. You can find an owners and trainers bar, Tote betting facilities and the runners lounge. There are also private boxes with superb views of the action.
There are also plenty of car parks (including a dedicated blue badge parking area) with electric car charging points to boot. There are also accessible toilet facilities in the Millennium Grandstand, the Premier Courtyard, the paddock bar area and the Garden Enclosure as well.
The National Horse Racing Museum (Less than 2 miles away)
For horse racing fans who have a fascination with the history of the sport, the National Horse Racing Museum is surely worth a visit. In it’s 5 acres, you can meet former race horses, visit the trainer’s house, the King’s Yard Galleries and the Packard Galleries of Sporting Art in the Palace House. ‘
The museum itself tells the story of the sport from it’s very beginnings and there are a plethora of significant artefacts throughout horse racing’s history.
Wicken Fen Nature Reserve (National Trust – less than 12 miles away)
The Wicken Fen Nature Reserve spans a staggering 254.5 hectares with glorious scenery surrounding you at every turn. The nature reserve is one of the oldest in Britain, as it was first cared for by the National Trust all the way back in 1899. There are various features of the reserve that are of note, including the Sedge Fen and the Adventurers’ Fen.
The Sedge Fen goes through a historic undrained core of the fen with plenty of wildlife and wetland plants. The Adventurers’ Fen is home to wet grassland, reedbeds, herds of Konik ponies as well as plenty of highland cattle.
Linton Zoo (Less than 16 miles away)
Linton Zoo is for all the family. There are various experiences on offer. You can meet a wide range of animals including lemurs, wallabies, tortoises, birds and red kangaroos. You can also meet and feed a variety of big cats, including a snow leopard, an Amur tigress and African Lions. Guided tours and animal encounters are also available.
Cambridge Escape Rooms (Less than 14 miles away)
The Cambridge Escape Rooms are great for all of the family. There are a total of three immersive escape rooms in which you have 60 minutes to escape. They are called: ‘The Secret Clubhouse’, ‘Heaven & Hell’ and ‘The Bomb’. At the Secret Clubhouse you will need to solve a mysterious puzzle. In Heaven And Hell you will need to find and activate a defibrillator before time runs out. As for ‘The Bomb’, you will have to find the bomb and disarm it in just 60 minutes.
Travelling to Newmarket Racecourse:
Please use the map provided by Google for further information.
How do I get to Newmarket Racecourse by Train?
There are numerous train stations located in a convenient proximity to the Newmarket Racecourse Ground. Cambridge Railway station, which has connections to London, is just 14 miles away. Taxi ranks and the racecourse’s outrider bus services are available.
How do I get to Newmarket Racecourse by Bus:
It is recommended that you use the racecourse’s Outrider bus service to get to and from the racecourse. This bus service is also available from Royston, Bury St Edmunds and Ely train stations.
Another railway station, Newmarket Railway Station, is located just under two miles away (1.7 miles) from the Newmarket Racecourse Ground. It is recommended that you use the free shuttle bus service that picks you up just outside of the station and on the local high street.
The Newmarket Shuttle bus service will drop you off and in turn collect you from the Newmarket Racecourse outside of the grandstand, at the paddock entrance (The Rowley Mile) and at the middle of the white car park and outside Premier Entrance 1.
How do I get to Newmarket Racecourse by Car:
From the direction of London (South), you will need to merge onto the A11 road at junction 9 which is signpost with Newmarket and Norwich. After travelling for ten miles, merge onto the A1304 with a sign for Newmarket and then take the third exit at the roundabout after 5 miles. You will need to then follow Cambridge Road for a mile and finally, turn left.
Once on the A1, continue on it until you can merge onto the A14 via slip road signposted with London/Standsted Airport/M11/Felixstowe/Cambridge. Then, take the next slip road and to Ely/A10/Newmarket/Felixstow/Harwich, then keep right and merge onto the A14. Leave and take the A1303 exit at junction 35 to Newmarket/Cambridge/Burwell/B1102 and then take the first exit onto Newmarket Road/A1303 at the Quy Interchange. Turn left onto Hamilton road, take a slight left and then turn right before continuing forwards where you should see the racecourse.
Newmarket Racecourse FAQs
Can I use cash at the Newmarket Racecourse?
The Newmarket Racecourse is a cashless venue. However, you are able to use cash to place bets with all of the bookmakers on site.
Where can I park at the Newmarket Racecourse?
The Rowley Mile has free public parking, as does The July Racecourse. Please not for The July Racecourse that there is no Premier Parking available. There are also four electric charging points, which are situated in the Annual Badge Car Park, which is located to the left of the Premier Enclosure at The Rowley Mile and it is also free of charge.
Is there a dress code at the Newmarket Racecourse?
Yes, you are encouraged to wear smart clothing for the Premier Enclosure. You will also need to wear smart trousers and shirt, as well as a formal suit, dress or trouser suit with a hat or fascinator. These however are not compulsory. Applies to people aged 16 or above.
Fancy dress and sports shirts are NOT allowed at the Newmarket Racecourse. The grandstand is more relaxed and you are allowed fancy dress.
What other disability facilities are available at the Newmarket Racecourse?
There are numerous disabled viewing platforms, and there are disabled toilets located in all major areas of the racecourse, except for the Head On Stand (Rowley Mile). Assistance Dogs are also allowed at the Newmarket Racecourse, but you will need your valid identification document from Assistance Dogs (UK) or the international equivalent.
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