Blue Peter

The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing & Sporting Art at Palace House Newmarket offers exciting opportunities for school trips including stimulating self-led visits and the chance to take part in immersive curriculum-linked workshops, providing meaningful and enjoyable learning outside the classroom for all ages. Come and explore Palace House and discover Newmarket’s Royal connections, learn about thoroughbreds and the history and science of horseracing, meet our equine stars and ride our racehorse simulator. 

The Alborada Education Centre (funded through the generosity of The Alborada Trust) and a picnic room with cloakroom facilities are available for all learning groups.

  • Self-led visit: £3.60 per child
  • Workshops £3.60 per child 
  • Self-led visit PLUS workshop: £5.00 per child
  • Accompanying adults FREE OF CHARGE 


To ensure the best experiences for groups, all educational visits must be booked in advance. To plan your visit please contact:

Gabrielle Bell by email or call 01638 667314

Ideas for Teachers:

Below are a number of resources for teachers that can be downloaded and printed with optional educational activities to support school visits to Palace House. These resources have been developed with KS1 and KS2 in mind but are adaptable for other age groups.

Self-led groups are also welcome to try our Palace House Bingo game or our “10 Things To Do While You’re Here” cards to encourage active exploration of the site and collections. These are available from reception.

What have learning groups enjoyed while they were here? Let our case studies inspire you:

Colourbox Montesorri Case Study

Workshops currently available are:

Marvellous Materials

KS 1 & 2: allow approx. 1hr 45 mins £3.60 per child

Curriculum links: Science: Materials, their properties and uses

Marvelous Materials

Explore the materials used in racing with hands-on investigations. Students discover what makes materials suitable for particular jobs, and are challenged to search for different materials in our galleries. In racing, it is vital that the right material is used for the job as it could make the difference between winning and losing so there will be an opportunity to use our special microscope to take a really close look at some of the materials used. Students will also be invited to try our junk modelling challenge to create their own safety equipment and to discover some of the surprising materials found inside our special semi-constructed saddle. There will even be the chance to carry out a fascinating chromatography experiment as we investigate silk. There’s so much to do!

We can also provide a Marvellous Materials Brilliant Bingo activity to carry out in the galleries afterwards, on a self-led basis. Extra time will need to be allocated for this

What surprised me most was how well resourced, prepared and engaging the activities were. The children really enjoyed it.” (Teacher KS1)

I know that when I bring my class to Marvellous Materials, we will cover everything that we need to cover!” (Teacher KS1)

Straight from the Horse’s Mouth

KS2: allow approx. 1h 45mins  £3.60 per child

Curriculum links: Animals including humans

Straight From The Horse’s Mouth is a hands-on comparative anatomy workshop investigating similarities and differences between human and equine athletes!

Students get to the bare bones with our skeleton and x-rays; observe the effects on the heart of riding our racehorse simulator; chew it over as you examine teeth and piece together our famous life-size cuddly equine digestive system; get “organ-ised” with your scrubs and forceps in our medical role play! 

“The workshop was really thought-provoking – I don’t think that the information about a horse would have been so well understood or retained if it had not been presented alongside information about humans. This meant that the children were learning evaluative skills as well as facts, and this ability to compare and contrast can be used across the curriculum.”(School Governor)

Blue Peter: WWII

KS2: allow approx. 2hr 45mins 

Cirriculum Links: Local Study/ History (How a world or national event affected the locality; sources and interpretation)/ English (reading & spoken language)

What connects a racehorse, a mystery object and a flag? Use investigative skills to examine objects and sources of evidence to piece the clues together. Although set in an historical context, this workshop is also rich in language skills and involves interpreting information from a variety of sources as well as hypothesising.

Students will have the opportunity to handle a mystery object from our collection and to learn about part of Newmarket’s wartime story. If booking this workshop, please do not tell the children its title: we want them to figure out the clues for themselves! Remember: “Hush, hush!”  “Careless talk….!”

“It was the best day…I learned lots about what happened during the war.”          (Pupil, Year 4)

“Handling the mystery object really made the story come alive for the children.”              (Teacher, KS2)


To ensure the best experiences for groups, all educational visits must be booked in advance. To plan your visit please contact:

Gabrielle Bell by email or call 01638 667314


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