Racing with Kaiser Chiefs Live at NewmarketFeatured Event
A festival staple, the Brit Award-winning, the multimillion-selling band shot to recognition in 2005 with their breakout track ‘I Predict A Riot’, followed by hits including ‘Oh My God’, ‘Everyday I Love You Less and Less’ and 2007’s number one smash ‘Ruby’. Having achieved six top ten albums in the UK charts, they’ll be looking to continue the success with new album ‘#KC7’, which is set to be released later this year.
Head to Newmarket for a great afternoon of racing featuring The Colwick Cup.
This is a day where the focus is on the racing action. With 7 exciting races, the undoubted highlight is the feature race, The Colwick Cup. One of the most prestigious races, this is guaranteed to get your pulses racing – especially if you back a winner!
We will also have some inflatables on site so the whole family can enjoy a trip to the races during the Summer holidays. And as usual, any entertainment will be free to use – and don’t forget, it is free entry for children when accompanying an adult.
July Festival Ladies DayFeatured Event
Ladies Day at Newmarket is the hottest ticket of the summer. Visitors come from far and wide, donning their finest outfits, to enjoy the thrilling racing, epic entertainment and of course compete in the hotly contested Best Dressed Lady Competition!
The racing kicks off with The Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy, a spectacle not to be missed along with the epic Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes.
The Style Awards Best Dressed Lady competition sponsored by The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel offers ladies a chance to win a wonderful array of prizes just by donning their most stylish outfit! It's great fun, free to enter and a must for all female racegoers.
Elsewhere across the course there will be live music and other entertainment throughout the day and half an hour after the last race. All racegoers are welcomed for FREE to dance the night away with Simon, who will be hitting the decks after the last race to help you end the day in style!
July Feel Good FridayFeatured Event
Enjoy the best of the British summer on Feel Good Friday at the Moët & Chandon July Festival!
Whether you come with your partner, family, friends or colleagues this is an awesome days racing and the opportunity to enjoy a day out at East Anglia’s most stylish summer event.
There are amazing prizes to be won at The Spa at Bedford Lodge Style Awards where we'll be looking for our best dressed group!
Half an hour after the last, the official Après Racing party will begin with nothing but "Feel Good" tunes. All racegoers are welcomed for FREE to dance the night away with friends and family and maybe sample a few of the delicious cocktails on offer!
Darley July CupFeatured Event
The final day of The July Festival is all about the Darley July Cup. This Group 1 Race is one of the most valuable and prestigious sprint races in the world and the winner is often acknowledged to be the best sprinter in Europe.
There’s further excitement with the climax of The Style Awards sponsored by The Spa at Bedford Lodge Hotel, the Best Dressed Couple competition. Coordinated and stylish partners could be in with a chance of winning thousands of pounds worth of prizes. The competition is FREE to enter for all racegoers.
Saturday is also a great day for families. Kids under the age of 18 are welcome FREE in all enclosures and as well as live music throughout the course there will be additional FREE entertainment in the Family Enclosure, including Rowley’s Kids Club, inflatables, face painting and craft activities to keep everyone entertained during the course of the day. We will also be showing the Fifa World Cup third place 'play-off' game live.
Half an hour after the last, the official Après Racing after party will begin and provide the perfect end to a fantastic Festival. All racegoers are welcomed for FREE to dance the night away with friends and family and maybe sample a few of the delicious cocktails and mocktails on offer!
Racing with Thriller Live at NewmarketFeatured Event
Experience the glitz and glamour of the West End as Thriller Live heads to Newmarket for the first time on Friday 19th July 2019.
Following the success of The Jacksons in 2017, and Magic of Motown in 2018, The Jockey Club Live and Newmarket Racecourses are thrilled to announce the first show for the 2019 Newmarket Nights season; direct from London's West End - Thriller Live!
Gin & Prosecco Festival Raceday
Enjoy a fantastic afternoon of racing and entertainment on the beautiful July Course.
Racing with Rudimental DJ Set Live at NewmarketFeatured Event
The band will follow in the footsteps of previous DJ headliners Mark Ronson and Chase & Status in hosting one of the most anticipated nights of the season.
To date, the genre-defying, BRIT-Award winning band has sold over 4.3 million singles in the UK. They released their double-platinum selling debut album “Home” to critical acclaim in 2013, which has since sold over 1 million units worldwide, earning them at Mercury Prize nomination. Their second UK #1 studio album “WE THE GENERATION” released in 2015 and featured their global smash “Lay It All On Me” featuring Ed Sheeran, which has sold over 1.7 million copies, globally, including Gold single status in the US.
The four-piece group returned to the music scene last summer with their Gold-selling single ‘Sun Comes Up’ ft. James Arthur, which has gone platinum in the UK and spent 8 weeks in the Top 10 Official Chart, peaking at #6 also earning a global stream count of over 80 million. Their latest single, ‘These Days’ – which features Jess Glynne, Macklemore and Dan Caplen – stormed to the top of the UK charts earlier this year and has spent a total of 43 weeks in the chart.
Racing with Pete Tong & The Heritage Orchestra LiveFeatured Event
There are few individuals in the world of dance music who can claim the kind of influence Pete Tong has had over the last twenty years. As the voice of Radio 1’s prestigious dance programming, Pete has held a commanding presence over the industry for more than two decades. With an unparalleled ear for new talent, Tong has become the leading tastemaker of the electronic generation. While he’s known publicly as Pete Tong the DJ, behind the scenes, he’s an industry icon.
Racing with Bananarama Live at NewmarketFeatured Event
Royal British Legion Day
Newmarket’s annual Royal British Legion Day is one of our most popular and emotive Summer Saturdays and features a moving Standard Bearers Parade. Not only is it an opportunity to support a very worthy cause, it also promises a great day of racing with lots of entertainment.
Racing with Years & Years Live at NewmarketFeatured Event
Family Fun Day
Enjoy a fantastic afternoon of racing and family entertainment on the beautiful July Course.
Summer Saturday - The Greatest Show featuring Massoke
Cesarewitch Trial Day
The Gold Season, Newmarket Racecourses’ exciting autumn programme at The Rowley Mile, kicks off with Cesarewitch Trial Day.
On the track, there will be an exciting seven race card including the Cesarewitch Trial, a warm up for the Cesarewitch Heritage Handicap which takes place at Future Champions Festival, and is the second leg of the historic Autumn Double (the first being the Cambridgeshire Handicap).
The Garden Enclosure is not open for this race meeting.
Cambridgeshire ThursdayFeatured Event
The Cambridgeshire Meeting is one of the major highlights of The Gold Season. Thursday is the first of the three days and has a fantastic eight race card including the Group 3 Tattersalls Stakes and Listed Jockey Club Rose Bowl.
Shadwell DayFeatured Event
Friday, also known as Shadwell Day, boasts two Group contests, the Group 2 Shadwell Rockfel Stakes and Shadwell Joel Stakes. There is also serious competition in the Shetland Pony Grand National Team Flat Race, also supported by Shadwell, which takes place before the first race.
Cambridgeshire DayFeatured Event
The finale to The Cambridgeshire on Saturday 28th September and it's a spectacle not to be missed! The famous bet365 Cambridgeshire Heritage Handicap, which is the first leg of the historic Autumn Double (the second being The Cesarewitch at Future Champions Festival), is on every racegoer's calendar as over thirty horses thunder up The Rowley Mile!
There are also two Group 1 races including the Juddmonte Cheveley Park Stakes and the Juddmonte Middle Park Stakes. Leading horses from the Middle Park Stakes sometimes go on to compete in the following season's QIPCO 2000 Guineas.
Sun Chariot Day
Sun Chariot Day at Newmarket Racecourses is an excellent afternoon of quality horse racing. Taking place during the Book 1 and 2 October Yearling Sales at Tattersalls, Europe’s most prestigious Bloodstock auctioneers, the town will be abuzz with excitement. The feature race is The Kingdom of Bahrain Sun Chariot Stakes, a Group 1 race for fillies and mares aged three-years-old and over.
Autumn Ladies DayFeatured Event
Breathtaking autumnal fashion comes to the Rowley Mile for Autumn Ladies Day. Dress to impress for your chance to win some amazing prizes courtesy of our sponsors in The Style Awards. Plus immerse yourself in the eastern culture at the Flavours of Dubai marquee.
Witness world class racing on the track with four Group contests including the Group 1 bet365 Fillies' Mile. Previous winners of this prestigious race include Minding, who went on to win the QIPCO 1000 Guineas and The Oaks.
Dubai Future Champions DayFeatured Event
Dubai Future Champions Saturday is a must see for all racing fans. As well as amazing entertainment off the track including a Flavours of Dubai marquee, allowing you to immerse yourself in the city's culture, and a fabulous Après Racing party allowing racegoers to dance the night away, on the track is a spectacle to rival the finest racedays.
The seven race card hosts three Group races including the Group 1 Darley Dewhurst Stakes. Often used by trainers to kick start a horses career, previous champions include; Frankel, considered the finest race horse of all time, 2000 Guineas winners Dawn Approach and Churchill, and 2018 July Cup winner U S Navy Flag.
Two Year Old Day
Enjoy an autumnal afternoon of racing at the Rowley Mile with the seven race card featuring some potential stars of the future. This is the last mid-week fixture for the 2018 season and, as the name suggests, is all about the youngsters with the juveniles looking to gain valuable experience on the racecourse before next season.
This is a fantastic meeting for racing enthusiasts and punters; it’s also a lovely autumnal day out to enjoy with colleagues, family or friends. Children under the age of 18 are welcome FREE in all enclosures and there are a number of different added-value packages and hospitality options available to suit all budgets.
Final Meeting Friday
The Final Meeting of the season is often referred to as ‘End of Term’ within the industry and has a very celebratory and jovial atmosphere.
Final Meeting Saturday
Remember, remember the fifth of November! For our final meeting of the year, we will be embracing the autumnal weather and looking ahead to Bonfire Night! Try your hand at some old fashioned Apple Bobbing and feast on toffee apples and candy floss as we put on our thermals and bid a fond farewell to a truly golden season at the Home of Racing.
Both days offer a fantastic day out for families, especially with children under the age of 18 welcome for FREE making it a super affordable day out for all budgets, plus as it's often referred to as ‘End of Term’ within the industry and has a very celebratory and jovial atmosphere.
Where to be for the best views
An admission badge at the Premier Enclosure offers guests both second to none facilities and the finest views from the racecourse of both the track and the stage. Guests will also have wider access to a diverse choice of food and drink outlets as well as the Grandstand & Paddock and Family Enclosures where the bookmakers are located. A strict dress code applies to the Premier Enclosure, requiring gentleman to wear a collared shirt and this is outlined in more detail below.
GRANDSTAND AND PADDOCK ENCLOSURE
Guests visiting the grandstand and paddock enclosure will receive a good middle ground between the premier and family enclosure. Grandstand accommodation provides good views of the racing and the Parade Ring, Pre-Parade Ring and Winner's Circle can all be easily seen. Easy access to a variety of food and drink outlets are also available at a reasonable price. Guests from this enclosure will also be given access to the stage at the Premier Enclosure after the last race has been run. A smart / casual dress code operates in this area with further detail below.
Formerly known as the Garden Enclosure, the Family Enclosure is a spacious area, and with no dress code, provides a relaxing atmosphere for all members of the family. There are several catering outlets operating from mobile units, whilst the bookmakers and tote betting outlets are also located here. The enclosure is located furthest away from the Winning Post and Newmarket Night Stage - although, guests will have access to this after the racing is over.
How to find us
The quickest way to Newmarket by train from London is to take the train into Cambridge and then a train from Cambridge to Newmarket. Newmarket Railway Station is conveniently located just a few miles away from the Newmarket July Course and from there, a short trip by taxi or shuttle bus is advised. Shuttle buses are available for the July Course on all Friday night events and the July cup.
Bus services are available heading into Newmarket Racecourse from Newmarket Town, Cambridge, Royston and Bury St Edmunds. All buses run to the events Newmarket Nights, Summer Saturday Live, Cambridgeshire Saturday (24th Sep) and Dubai Future Champions Festival (7th/8th Oct). Only the Newmarket Shuttle Bus and Cambridgeshire Coach run to the Summer Saturdays and Newmarket Open Day events.
Bus fares from Newmarket Town are free, whilst all other services cost £6.50 return and £4.50 one way when pre-ordered and £8.00 return and £6.00 one way when bought on the day. To pre-order please call 0344 579 3010. Pick up points and times are as follows:
Newmarket Bus Station - FREE
The Newmarket Bus Service picks up from outside the Hughes Electrical Store and at the train station and starts approximately 2 hours before the first race up until the time of the first race.
The service will drop off and collect from the middle of Annual Badge Holders Car Park, outside Premier Entrance 1 at the July Course and outside the Grandstand and Paddock Entrance on The Rowley Mile. Both areas will be clearly signed.
The return journeys drop off point will be at the train station and bus stop at the avenue and will run approximately 45 minutes before the last race and continue for 2 hours.
Cambridge Train Station Bus
The bus service from Cambridge Train Station picks up at 12.30pm for a daytime meeting and returns from the racecourse to the train station half an hour after the last race. For Newmarket Nights the coach picks up at 16.45pm from the train station and returns from the racecourse 30 minutes after the concert finishes. The departure point for the July Course is on the road outside Gate 2, which is at the top of the Annual Badge Holders Car Park outside of Premier Entrance 1. On the Rowley Mile the departure point is from the Annual Members Car Park which is located outside of the Premier Entrance.
Royston Train Station Bus
Royston bus service picks up at 12.15pm for a daytime meeting and returns to the train station from the racecourse 30 mins after the last race. For an evening meeting the coach picks up at 16.30pm from the train station and returns to the station from the racecourse 30 minutes after the concert finishes.
Both the bus stops pick-up and drop off point is behind platform 2 at Royston Train Station. The departure point at the Racecourse is on the road outside Gate 2 at the July Course which is at the top of the Annual Badge Holders Car Park outside of Premier Entrance 1. On the Rowley Mile the departure point is from the Annual Members Car Park which is located outside of the Premier Entrance.
Bury St Edmunds Bus Station Bus
The service from Bury St Edmunds picks up at 12.30pm for a daytime meeting and returns to the bus station from the Racecourse 30 mins after the last race. For an evening meeting the coach picks up at 16.45pm from the bus station and returns to the station from the racecourse 30 minutes after the concert finishes.
The bus stop’s pick-up and drop off point at Bury St Edmunds Bus Station is at bay 9. The departure point at the Racecourse is on the road outside Gate 2 at the July Course which is at the top of the Annual Badge Holders Car Park outside of Premier Entrance 1. On the Rowley Mile the departure point is from the Annual Members Car Park which is located outside of the Premier Entrance.
Both the A11 and A14 provide easy access from the major cities of East Anglia and connect in from the M11 and M1 / A1 respectively. It travelling on the M11 from London, then take take the exit at J9 signposted Newmarket and Norwich, where you will merge onto the A11. Follow this road for about 10 miles before branching left and following the A1304, signposted Newmarket. After 5 miles you will reach a roundabout. If heading to the July Racecourse, take the second exit at the roundabout (Sat Nav postcode - CB8 0XE).
Those travelling to the Rowley Mile Racecourse should take the third exit, before following the Cambridge Road for one mile and then turning left at the signposted Rowley Mile Conference Centre. Turn left again almost immediately after and you will be on Rowley Mile Drive (CB8 0TF).
Both racecourses offer both free and plentiful parking. However, for those going to the Premier Enclosure and wishing to park closer to the entrance, the Premier Car Park is located nearby and can be pre booked in advance at a cost of £5 per car on 0844 579 3010.
What to wear
The Premier enclosure at Newmarket likes to make any visit a special occasion. For this reason it is encouraged that Ladies and Gentlemen dress up smartly. Most Gentlemen would wear smart trousers and a pair of smart shoes to ensure they are dressed appropriately. Although there is no formal rule against wearing jeans in the Premier enclosure you will very rarely see someone wearing jeans. For Ladies, the top tip is to imagine that you are dressing for a smart wedding and so many Ladies do opt for a hat but it is not compulsory. Under no circumstances are t-shirts, trainers, sportswear, fancy dress or swimwear deemed suitable dress for the Premier Enclosure.
GRANDSTAND & PADDOCK / FAMILY ENCLOSURES
In the Grandstand & Paddock and Family Enclosure the dress code is far more relaxed. Many people wear shorts and t-shirts when enjoying the sunshine. Bare chests are not acceptable and the only restrictions on t-shirts are that of appropriateness in regards to slogans and designs.
Fancy dress is allowed at Newmarket on all days within the Grandstand & Paddock and Family Enclosure but fancy dress is never permitted within the Premier Enclosure at any time. It is worth noting that Newmarket Racecourse has the right to refuse entry to anyone they deem to be wearing offensive clothing. If you are in a party wearing fancy dress, to avoid disappointment, it is worth contacting the racecourse beforehand to check you will be allowed entry.
With over 60 training yards and two racecourses (Rowley Mile and July), Newmarket is the home and headquarters of British racing. Both the Rowley Mile and July courses host first-class action throughout the summer, including two of Britain’s five Classic Races – the Qipco 1,000 and 2,000 Guineas (30th April-1st May 2016), and numerous other Group races. In total, 9 of British racing’s 35 annual Group 1 races are run at Newmarket.
Racing takes place at the Rowley Mile Course in the Spring and Autumn months. 19 racedays every year are run on the most historic stretch of turf in horse racing, where equine champions have been crowned for centuries. The likes of Nijinsky, Mill Reef, Dancing Brave, Sea the Stars and, of course, Frankel have all graced the Rowley Mile turf. Who else will add their name to that illustrious list?
Meanwhile, a few hundred metres away is the July Course. Newmarket's July Course has a unique charm that makes it many people's favourite racecourse. It is where passion and fashion meet sizzling sport to create the perfect summer sporting event. With the Group 1 Falmouth Stakes and July Cup, The July Festival (7th-9th July 2016) is its pinnacle event in terms of racing but way from the action on the track, the July Course’s music nights are renowned for being the best of its kind. The Corrs, Will Young, Busted and Little Mix are just some of the acts that performed in 2016.
Indeed, it is possible to argue that Newmarket is not only the headquarters of British racing, but in fact at the heart of racing in the whole world. After all, this is where the foundations of racing as we know it were first put in place, when in the 17th century, Charles II gave one of his nicknames (‘Old Rowley’) to the Rowley Mile. The racecourse is also the site of where the Jockey Club was founded, and where the weight for age system (whose essentials still remain valid today), were devised by Admiral Bentinck in the 1850s. With such breakthroughs as this occurring at such regular intervals, Newmarket is perhaps the only town on earth that owes its existence to racing.
MEMORABLE MOMENTS AT NEWMARKET
Perhaps Newmarkets greatest race, and certainly that of the modern era, is the great 2000 Guineas of 1971. This extraordinary encounter dominated racing press during 1971 and 1972 and was billed as a contest between future Derby and Arc winner - Mill Reef, and the only horse unbeaten from last season - My Swallow, who was also the only two year old to have defeated Mill Reef. All other horses were virtually written off. And with the two battling head to head for the majority of the race, it seemed as though the horses would not be seperated. That is, of course, until the mighty Brigadier Gerard went into overdrive, striding past the two horses (whose jockeys looked just as bemused as the crowd themselves), at ‘The Bushes’ before finishing three lengths clear at the line. Indeed, the contest stands in time as a turning point of racing and proved to signify the changing of the guard. Mill Reef’s illness and subsequent injury forced the horse into retirement, paving the way for Brigadier Gerard, who still stands today as the finest miller seen in Britain.
Other memorable moments include when the Immortal Eclipse, unbeaten champion of the 18th century and direct ancestor of every thoroughbred alive, raced at Newmarket. It was here where the commentator famously said of his winning distance: ‘Eclipse first. The rest nowhere’. Many Triple Crown Winners have also trained and raced at Newmarket, including ‘the fastest two year old that ever lived’ - The Tetrarch, otherwise known as ‘The Spotted Wonder’.