A day out in Newmarket

PUBLISHED: 01:38 26 March 2012 | UPDATED: 21:13 20 February 2013

A day out in Newmarket

A day out in Newmarket

Places to stay, things to do in East Anglia's horseracing capital

Places to stay, things to do in East Anglia's horseracing capital





Newmarket is best-known for two things its horseracing and its royal connections.


The town has been associated with royalty since the 17th century, and in particular with King Charles II, a keen racing enthusiast and rider, who loved the town and its equine attractions so much that he built a house there for himself in the 17th century. Much of Charles grand Palace House no longer exists but the remaining south west pavilion was restored and refurbished at the end of last century and its fine surroundings are used today for meetings, conferences, wedding and exhibitions.


Hundreds of years down the line, Newmarket has kept its royal links and even today the Queen, herself a keen horsewoman and racing enthusiast, is a frequent visitor to the town.


If you are a racing enthusiast visiting Newmarket, make sure you dont miss The National Horseracing Museum, which offers a fantastic history of the town and fascinating stories about the famous jockeys of the day and Newmarkets royal associations. One interesting, if gruesome, display contains information about famous 19th century jockey Fred Archer, who tragically committed suicide, along with the gun he used


The centrepiece of the town, of course, are the famous racecourses to which people flock from miles around to gamble and enjoy the excitement of race days. Why not visit the racecourse on May 5 and 6 to celebrate the Guinness Festival? Or if you want something a little more charitable, Newmarket hosts a St Nicholas Hospice Charity Race night event on May 17.


If you prefer music to mares you can still enjoy an evening at the races. Newmarket Nights have become popular summer events offering an evening of racing followed by a pop concert. Madness, McFly and Steps are just some of the acts lined up for this summer.




DID YOU KNOW?


Visitors to the museum can put on silks and learn how fit jockeys have to be to win races by riding the mechanical racehorse simulator.


The towns two racecourses lie on an area of chalk grassland known as Newmarket Heath, an officially protected Site of Special Scientific Interest.


Britains annual jockeys awards are known as The Lesters in Lester Piggots honour. He still lives in Newmarket!


The Rowley Mile racecourse is named after Charles IIs favourite horse Old Rowley


The size of a horses heart grows until the animal is four years old and is believed to have a relation to its ability to run fast.



Places to stay


Tuddenham Mill


High Street, Tuddenham nr Newmarket, IP28 6SQ


Tel: 01638 713552


This boutique hotel combines the traditional with the beautifully modern. Food is locally sourced, and the menus change throughout the year offering customers the seasons best dish.


www.tuddenhammill.co.uk


Bedford Lodge Hotel


Bury Road, Newmarket


A luxury 4 star hotel that offers chic yet comfortable accommodation for all its guests. A heath club is available for use as part of the hotel, giving all the more reason to spoil yourself at the renowned Orangery Restaurant.


www.bedordlodgehotel.co.uk



Shopping


Martha V


9-11 High Street, Newmarket CB8 8LX


Tel: 01638 666320



Weddings & conferences


Jockey Club Rooms


101 High Street, Newmarket CB8 8JL


Tel: 01638 663101



Museums


National Horseracing Museum


99, High Street, Newmarket CB8 8JH


Tel: 01638 6677333

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