With summer fast approaching, we thought we would bring together a snapshot of the wonderful festivals, events and exhibitions that are happening in and around Newmarket. There is truly something for everyone to enjoy so get your diaries out and start making those summer plans.
Abbey Celebrations 2022 – May onwards
A year of celebrations has been planned for 2022 in Bury St Edmunds to mark 1,000 years since the founding of the Abbey of St Edmund by King Canute. One of the highlights over the summer is the monthly changing display of sculptures in the crypt within the Abbey ruins, where the shrine of St Edmund would have stood. These amazing pieces of art are well worth visiting. Learn more here.
Art Unequalled Exhibition – 11th and 12th June
One of the region’s best loved art exhibitions is back. Art Unequalled is an established event in nearby Ely, showcasing a wide range of high quality handmade work presented direct from the maker. Come and meet inspirational artists and watch them demonstrate their crafts. With artworks from £5 to £2,000, there is something for everyone!
The Cambridge Club Festival – 11th and 12th June
If music is more your thing then come and boogie at the feel-good festival featuring Diana Ross, Nile Rodgers and CHIC, The Jacksons, TLC, Level 42 and many more – plus comedy, family fun and more. This is a summer celebration to remember. Find out more here.
Crowns and Gowns II Exhibition, Ely Cathedral – 30th June to 11th August
The sequel to one of the most popular exhibitions ever held at the magnificent Ely Cathedral. Featuring costumes from films which used UK Cathedrals as a location. The exhibition will include the famous official replica of the Queen’s Coronation dress commission by Harrods in 2012 to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee. This dress was famously worn by Claire Foy at Ely Cathedral for the sumptuous Netflix drama, The Crown. Click here to find out more.
Mad Hatters Music Festival – 1st July to 3rd July
Three days, 2 stages and 22 bands! This is going to be one special music festival set within the beautiful fen countryside. Expect amazing children’s activities, wonderful street food, a wellness area, eco-stalls, drinks bar, neon disco, demonstrations and storyteller. Make a whole weekend of it and book your pitch or cabin at this themed camping and glamping site or just purchase day tickets.
July Festival, Newmarket Racecourse – 7th to 9th July
Summer isn’t summer in Newmarket without the July Festival. The eyes of the world descend to the picturesque July Course for the Moet and Chandon July Festival. Three days of world-class flat racing and fabulous fashion. Check out the full range of hospitality packages available and make this event extra special.
Party at the Palace 2022, National Horseracing Museum – Saturday 23rd July
Back by popular demand, once again step back in time and immerse yourself in the decadence of the restoration period. The Museum comes to life with a multi-sensory, living history event, recreating the era through re-enactment, sights, sounds, tastes and smells. Join in with some country dancing and have fun with the 17thcentury games. An event for all the family to enjoy.
Newmarket’s Soap Box Derby – Sunday 28th August
We simply love this quirky event as teams race down the Soapbox course (aka Warren Hill) with much creative hilarity. This year the track has been extended and will have five new, exciting jumps. We can’t wait to see how the many teams tackle these new challenges in their bid for soap and glory. Come and join the fun and cheer on the brave (or do we mean fool hardy!).
For more ideas of what is on this summer, check out our What’s On page.
30/06/2022Discover The Red Lion in Soham this Summer
If you have yet to experience The Red Lion in Soham, just 9 miles from Newmarket, then you are seriously in for a treat.
28/06/2022Newmarket Cricket Club take on Newmarket Trainers for a Re-Match
Some of Newmarket’s leading trainers will be at The Severals on Sunday 10 July, not to keep a close eye on their thoroughbreds, but to play in a charity cricket match against a Newmarket XI at the local club’s home ground.
27/06/2022Crowns & Gowns II – ‘Cathedrals On Location’
Over 20 film costumes from the world of movies to be exhibited in Ely Cathedral this summer.
16/06/2022Cambridgeshire County Day
The first ever Cambridgeshire County Day, taking place on Thursday 23 June 2022 at the July Race Course, Newmarket, will showcase the very best from the Cambridgeshire business, charity, community and public sectors.
13/06/2022Your Carriage Awaits!
Visitors taking a tour with Discover Newmarket will be able to explore the home of horseracing in style thanks to the tourism organisation’s acquisition of a London taxi.
30/05/2022The Trailblazing Trainer
A campaign is being launched to win recognition for one of horse racing’s unique and forgotten pioneers, Ellen Chaloner.
26/05/2022Racing Showcase on the Hill at the Cazoo Derby
With the Cazoo Derby (Friday 3rd June and Saturday 4th June) forming part of the official celebrations for The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee, Epsom Downs is delighted to be hosting a special interactive display on The Hill in recognition of Her Majesty’s passion for the thoroughbred.
20/05/2022Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) “A Life of his Own”
The British Sporting Art Trust is pleased to present Sir Alfred Munnings (1878-1959) “A Life of his Own” celebrating the life and work of Sir Alfred J.