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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 Family Enclosure, the Garden 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 / GARDEN ENCLOSURES
In the Grandstand & Paddock and Garden 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 Garden 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’.