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What’s on this February half-term in Newmarket and beyond


Everyone is eager to get out and about this February half-term and so we have rounded up some highlights for ideas for events and activities in and around Newmarket.

National Stud Guided Tours

Discover Newmarket’s tours season kicks off in earnest with the re-opening of their guided experiences at the National Stud commencing on 18th February. Home to many of the past century’s champions of the turf, this 90 minute, guided tour will captivate the whole family. Offering a fascinating snapshot of the thoroughbred breeding operation and enjoy the delightful sight of foals at play. Public tours run on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays or book a private tour on a date of your choice. Tickets are £15 per person, or £35 for a family of four. Click here for more information and to book your ticket.

Twilight at the Museum

Explore the Treasures of the National Horseracing Museum

There is always so much for families to do at the town’s museum which covers five acres. This half-term they are holding Twilight with the Museum: The Wow, The Weird and The Wonderful. Running on 18th February, between 4-6 pm, bring your  torch and your eagle eyes as you search for the strangest objects in their collection! This event is part of the University of Cambridge Museums’ Twilight initiative.


Go Wild at Wildtracks!

If you are looking to get more active then locally based Wildtracks have a mid week offer:  30 minutes of Quad Biking and 30 minutes of Karting for £60 per person, available to book Wednesday to Friday.


Ring Quest Returns to West Stow

Returning for its 20th year, visit West Stow and once again explore Tolkien’s world in their Lord of the Rings themed family challenge. The Quest, with Tolkien themed clues to decipher and runes to decode will of course be central to the event as you explore the Anglo-Saxon Village and Country Park, and this year the grand prize will be a 2 night stay at the incredible Pod Hollow!  Adults £6 or £16 for a Family.


Snowdrops at Fordham Abbey

Snowdrop Walks

Snowdrops signify the beginning of spring  and here are two places where you can enjoy these beautiful bell-shaped flowers on mass. Chippenham Park Gardens are now open every day to enjoy. Visit these award winning gardens which are noted for their vast swathes of snowdrops and aconites in late winter followed by a superb spring show of daffodils, hellebores, spring bulbs and blossoms. Their fully licensed Potting Shed Tearooms will also be  open serving delicious home-made hot food, teas, coffee and cakes. £7 per adult and £3 per child.

Or visit the Dojima Sake Brewery who are opening  their grounds of Fordham Abbey on Sunday 13th February. Usually reserved for members only, this is the chance for everyone to enjoy the snowdrops, aconites and Japanese Gardens as well as an  exhibition of Woodblock Prints which will  be held in the Georgian House.  The house and the grounds, including the cafe,  will be open between 10 am and 3.30 pm. Advance booking  – £10 per person / £12 on the day.


Keep up to date with further events on our What’s On page.