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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: