All in a day: Newmarket

Date Posted: 07/11/2013

Newmarket Parade Ring

Pictured: Newmarket Racecourse Parade Ring, which you can visit on a group trip.

We find out what a group day out in Newmarket, Suffolk has to offer and discover how equestrian heritage, racecourse events and a close proximity to London all add up to something that might well surprise you.

10am - Delve into the history of horseracing

Start your Newmarket group trip with a go on a racehorse simulator and try on some silks at the National Horseracing Museum where visitors can learn about British racing from its early royal origins.

You will be able to see objects associated with Frankie Dettori and Red Rum and get a glimpse of life behind-the-scenes at the home of horseracing. As a plus, the practical gallery is staffed by retired trainers and jockeys for that all-important insider knowledge.

11.30am - See a working thoroughbred stud farm

Experience a working thoroughbred stud farm at The National Stud; an estate of low white stables and emerald paddocks built in the 1930s.

The farm comprises over 500 acres of pastureland on the edge of Newmarket and includes equine statues and stallion paddocks, each of which is two and a half acres so the stallions don’t fight.

Tours to see behind the scenes of the working farm run from February to the end of October and last approximately 90 minutes. Group travel organisers can get tickets for £8 per person. 

1pm - Lunchtime at The Pantry

Head to The Pantry fine food shop and restaurant for a bite to eat. The independent restaurant includes a deli, specialising in locally sourced, British food.

Groups visiting the restaurant can choose from artisan breads, Suffolk cheeses, local meats and fresh dishes.

2pm - Visit Newmarket Racecourses

For lovers of sport, Newmarket Racecourses makes for a great group visit, being home to 38 race days per year and a showcase of the some of the world’s finest horse-races.

National Horseracing Museum

Pictured: The National Horseracing Museum, where you can experince a racehorse simulator.

Group travel organisers can arrange to see where horses compete on the turf of the Rowley Mile (spring and autumn racing) or the July Course (summer racing).

The venue is also popular with those new to the sport, hosting live open-air concerts and entertainment throughout the year. Plus those celebrating a win can enjoy a pint of award-winning Suffolk beer at the Adnams Cask Bar and enjoy lunch in the Summer House Restaurant.

5.30pm - Dinner in an award-winning restaurant

Why not enjoy an evening meal at the Bedford Lodge Hotel’s award-winning restaurant Squires, which is steeped in history.

Seasonal ingredients are used and the restaurant sources locally within a 50 mile radius. 

7.30pm - Evening entertainment or cocktails

You can finish off your group trip to Newmarket by enjoying a show at The King's Theatre in Fitzroy Street, which seats an audience of 123.

Alternatively, after a busy day, you can head for drinks at the White Hart, which is 20 minutes away from Newmarket Racecourse and offers a two-for-one offer on cocktails.

These ideas were provided by Visit Suffolk. Group travel organisers can visit the website for further advice on planning a group visit to any of the featured sites and attractions.

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