When visiting Newmarket, it is hard to miss the impressive clock tower that marks the top of the High Street. It is easy to appreciate the obvious beauty of this wonderful piece of architecture, but surprisingly few actually know its history.
This type of clock tower is known as a ‘Jubilee Clock’ and it was originally erected to commemorate Queen Victoria’s Golden Jubilee in 1887.
Officially opened in 1890, it was constructed by local builder Richard Arber and was paid for by the people of the town by “voluntary contribution”. The clock itself was donated by Charles Blanton, a Newmarket racehorse trainer and to this day it is wound by hand every week.
To find out more about the Clocktower and the history of the town, join us on our Walking Tour – click here.
15/10/2021What’s Spooky in Newmarket this Halloween!
Why do we dress up and get all spooky each year around the 31st October?
13/10/2021Newmarket Family Treasure Hunt
The Newmarket Family Treasure Hunt is a new initiative aimed at encouraging families to spend some time together outdoors, potentially winning a prize for their efforts.
14/09/2021Celebrating World Sake Day
World Sake Day or “Nihonshu no Hi” is a significant day in the Japanese calendar with celebrations held annually on 1st October.
The Newmarket Gold Season is a four-week period stretching across September and October encompassing the autumn highlights for town’s racing and breeding industry; the time of the year when Newmarket becomes the hub for the international horse racing industry.
07/09/2021The Henry Cecil Open Weekend
About the Henry Cecil Open Weekend
The Henry Cecil Open Weekend takes place on Saturday 18th and Sunday 19th September.
25/08/2021Wish You Were Here! Posukumo Bear visits Newmarket for his summer holiday.
Newmarket is one of the stars of VisitBritain’s major new social-media campaign aimed at attracting Japanese visitors to the UK.
24/08/2021Newmarket Food and Drink Festival
One of the region’s largest and most popular food festivals, the Newmarket Food and Drink Festival, is gearing up for its return next month – and it looks like it’s going to be a veritable heaven for foodies with over 50 regional producers showcasing the best they have to offer alongside a who’s who of celebrity chefs.
With the majority of restrictions now lifted and the general mood more optimistic, we can finally look forward to an enjoyable bank holiday weekend.