It is well known that Newmarket is referred to as ‘The Home of Horseracing’. There are a long list of well-known, and indeed, well-deserved reasons for this, but not as many people know where it all began.
Newmarket’s Town Plate is widely recognised as the first recorded horserace in history to be run with a specific set of rules and therefore it is regarded as the birth of modern organised horseracing.
The race was instigated by King Charles II in 1666 meaning that 2016 marked 350 years of horseracing in the town. The racing-mad monarch stated that the Town Plate should be run “forever” and it still is to this day, on the very same course!
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15/07/201910 things to do in Newmarket this Summer
Thinking of planning a visit to our wonderful town over the summer? We’ve put together a fantastic list of 10 things to do in Newmarket.
12/07/2019Newmarket Open Weekend to celebrate Henry Cecil
The Newmarket Open Weekend has been renamed the ‘Henry Cecil Open Weekend’ to celebrate the life of the iconic and much-loved trainer.
04/07/2019Five highlights from the Tattersalls July Sale
The Tattersalls July Sale has offered up some brilliant highlights in recent renewals.
03/07/2019Saddle Up for an exciting art trail this summer
A herd of decorative horses, designed by artists and sculptors, will arrive in Newmarket this summer to help raise awareness of local charity, the Animal Health Trust (AHT).
28/06/2019Get ready to race at the Soapbox Derby!
This summer, there’s an exciting addition when it comes to things to do in East Anglia with the Soapbox Derby taking place during the August Bank Holiday weekend!
13/06/2019Newmarket ready to celebrate Suffolk Day
There’s even more reason to get involved with Suffolk Day this year with the county gearing up to for the ‘Big Weekender’ that will celebrate everything that the county has to offer.
07/06/2019Five great Newmarket spots to enjoy a gin
It’s World Gin Day on the 8th June and to mark the occasion we thought we’d share five great Newmarket spots to enjoy a gin in our latest blog post.
30/05/2019Newmarket and the Derby
Every year, the first weekend in June is a significant one given that the eyes of the horseracing world are all on the famed Epsom Downs and the outcome of the Derby, arguably the most highly sought after prize in racing.