5th December 2017

Visit the National Heritage Centre at Palace House, Newmarket this December for three days of festivities.

On Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th December, The National Heritage Centre at Palace House, Newmarket is the place to be to get you into the Christmas spirit. Come and meet the miniature donkeys ‘Pip’ and ‘Plum’ who will be ready to greet visitors in the Rothschild Yard.


Take part in Christmassy craft making enjoy the wonderful Newmarket Community Choir sing Christmas Carols on Saturday from 5pm – 6pm along with Fairstead School Choir on Sunday at 2pm-3pm while enjoying a mulled wine and mince pie from the Pantry Bakery.

If you are looking for a perfect Christmas gift or just a delightful read then a visit to the National Heritage Centre shop is a must with a vast array of exclusive racing related gifts available, perfect for Christmas.


During the afternoon of Monday 11 December Clare Balding will be signing copies of her latest novel, The Racehorse Who Disappeared between 3.30pm and 4.30pm.

The Palace House Shop located in the Heritage Centre will be hosting a special book signing session with the well-known broadcaster, where all of Clare’s books will be available to purchase in the shop, including her latest story, The Racehorse Who Disappeared, the follow up novel to Clare Balding’s bestselling children’s debut story, The Racehorse Who Wouldn’t Gallop.


The Racehorse Who Disappeared is another inspirational story about overcoming clareadversity and following your dreams written in the tradition of classic animal stories such as Gerald Durrell’s My Family and Other Animals and Dick King-Smith’s The Sheep Pig but with a thoroughly modern twist and a fantastic, can-do heroine.

Clare Balding commented: “I love going back to Newmarket and The National Heritage Centre at Palace House reminds me of some wonderful racing memories and takes me back to my childhood. There is so much to do there and I am looking forward to an afternoon of book signing before hosting the Retraining of Racehorse Annual Awards ceremony.”

Of course Clare Balding is no stranger to Newmarket and the horseracing fraternity. She is the Patron of the Retraining of Racehorses Charity, which forms one third of the National Heritage Centre at Palace House. She features in one of our most popular galleries ‘Sporting Glory’, where a video is played of Clare interviewing a number of racing legends including Sir AP McCoy, Lester Piggott and John Gosden. The video also includes the emotional moment live on BBC where she is left speechless trying to interview her brother Andrew Balding who had just won the Epsom Oaks.