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Five good reasons to visit the National Horseracing Museum this summer!


Our wonderful museum has had an exciting time of late with a series of exhibition openings including one by the Princess Royal herself! The excitement continues with a fantastic programme of events planned over the summer. Take a look at what is in store over the next few months.

Mud, Sweat and Tears: A History of Jump Racing Exhibition (running until the end of the year)

This exhibition explores the excitement and unpredictability of Jump Racing from its 18th century origins in Ireland to the modern day. Highlights include iconic items relating to the Cheltenham Gold Cup, the Grand National and much-loved horses such as Red Rum. Visitors will also be able to enjoy an immersive experience recreating the sounds and excitement of Golden Miller’s Grand National win in 1934.

Farrier Shoeing Demonstration – Saturday 24th July

Gary Moody has 25 years’ experience as a farrier and has worked with some of racing’s most prestigious yards. International jockey Jimmy Quinn is kindly lending Gavin his horse so that he can show us how to fit those shoes onto all four feet of Star! If you’ve ever wondered about the skill that’s required to make and fit horseshoes, or you’re interested in pursuing a career as a farrier, come along and have a chat with Gavin about the ancient craft of farriery.

Party at the Palace – Saturday 7th August, 11 am to 3 pm

Everyone is invited to join the museum in celebrating 350 years of Palace House. Step back in time and immerse yourself in the decadence of the restoration period as it is brought to life with a multi-sensory, living history event.

Listen to the costumed musicians playing songs and ballads on instruments from the 1670 and join in with some country dancing.  Have fun with 17th-century childrens’ games and join the musketeers’ sword school and become a swashbuckler for the day!

There is so much fun to be had for all the family at this full day’s event. Make sure you arrive early – you won’t want to miss a thing!

Don’t forget the wonderful Gift Shop and second-hand Book Shop which you can visit independently of the museum and we are calling our fourth reason to visit this summer.

The fifth reason to visit is to try out the tempting treats to eat from the Bakery or enjoy breakfast, lunch or afternoon tea at the Tack Room. Both located in what we think is the prettiest location in Newmarket and overlooked by the magnificent statue of Frankel.

Discover the National Horseracing Museum for yourself this summer – it is  so  much more than a museum.