What's On

With so much to see and do we hope your visit will never be the same!



Half Term at the Heritage Centre

12th – 16th February I 10am - 5pm I Included in general admission

Visit us this February half term and discover how much is on offer for family days out in Newmarket. Become a Museum Explorer and see what treasures you can find in our fun and interactive galleries.

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Celebrating Mill Reef

12th February – 7th March I 10am - 5pm I Included in general admission

To celebrate 50 years since the birth of Mill Reef we are displaying some of the most important artefacts from his highly successful career as a racehorse and at stud. This display will be available to view in the Thoroughbred Gallery.

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Take a look: From Horse Hoof to Inkwell

28th February - 1st June I 10am - 5pm I FREE

To celebrate The Civilisation Festival an exhibition is on display to highlight a type of object which now divides opinion. Fifteen Victorian and twentieth-century horses’ hooves will be on display in the Atrium near the main reception. These hooves once belonged to famous racehorses, and were lovingly converted into decorative art objects such as inkwells and candlesticks. This special display will look to pose the questions; how do we feel about this now? Is it art? What does it tell us about how society has changed since then?



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An Evening with…. Simon Thurley

1st March I  7.00pm – 8.45pm  I   £15 including a drink on reception

King Charles II and the Search for a Country House

Simon Thurley speaks about Charles II’s quest for the perfect country residence and reveals the role that Newmarket played in his grand plan.  Discover over 300 year’s history of this important sporting palace at Palace House in this fascinating evening lecture. 

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Spring Flower Arrangement Workshop

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8th March I 11am - 12.30pm I £25

Create your own arrangement using British spring scented flowers and foliage. You will be able to take your beautiful jam-jar arrangement home with you in time for Mother's Day. All flowers and foliage will be supplied.Please book in advance to avoid disappointment.

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Sir Nicholas Soames and Brough Scott in Discussion

9th March I  6.30pm  I  £30 including champagne on reception

Join Sir Nicholas Soames and Brough Scott for a discussion about Sir Winston Churchill’s horses, and Brough Scott’s book ‘Churchill at the Gallop’ on Friday 9th March in the Sales Ring at Tattersalls. There will be a Champagne Reception at 6.30pm, and the talk will start at 7.30pm. The evening has been generously sponsored by Tattersalls and John Gosden OBE. 


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Eohippus to Equus - Evolution and Inheritance 

10th March 11am – 4pm I £5 per child (accompanying adult FREE)

Celebrate British Science Week with our brand new Family Fun event about Evolution and Inheritance! Explore and investigate with exciting hands-on activities for all the family. Find out about horses that lived millions of years ago, handle our fossil cast collection & have a go at Crafty Camouflage!

Drop-in activities: 11am-1pm & 2pm-4pm (Last admission to event 3pm).

Workshops: £5 per child, accompanying adult free.

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Easter at the Heritage Centre

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30th March – 2nd April I  11am – 4pm I Included in general admission

Make sure you visit Palace House, Newmarket this Easter, we have so much on offer for families…. Have an egg-static time in our craft pod – decorate an egg cup and create a royal masterpiece that you can take home to remind you of your visit.  Hop around the galleries with our special Easter Trail, complete all the activities and win a chocolate Easter Egg.

Pick up an Easter Basket in the Pantry Bakery– families can enjoy these picnic baskets in the Picnic Room in the Rothschild Yard where you can also meet the miniature donkeys Pip and Plumb!

To make the most out of your day don’t forget to explore the galleries in the Museum with our family audio-trail which has plenty of fun quizzes and activities, meet the racehorses and find out what they do after racing at 11.30am and 2.30pm and make sure you visit the racehorse simulator to dress up and experience the thrill of riding like a jockey! Have a fantastic family day out in Suffolk!

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An Evening with…. Andrew Graham-Dixon

18th May I    7.00pm – 8.45pm    I     £15 including a drink on reception

Reflections on the Royal Collection

Join presenter Andrew Graham-Dixon for an evening talk about his recent BBC4 series 'A Royal Collection'. Discover what makes one of the largest and most significant art collection in the world unique.  


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Fascinating Falconry - Museums at Night 

19th May I  5.00pm – 8.00pm I £5

Find out why hawks are so important in the royal history of Newmarket and meet the majestic birds themselves in the Rothschild Yard.

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Summer Light - Glass Workshop 

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2nd June I 11am - 4pm I £10

Working with science based glass artist Jenny Walsh, this drop in workshop is aimed give all ages the opportunity to work with glass. Participants are invited to create individual pieces with glass slides to take home. This event will explore “Summer Light” and how the different colours in nature and inspires artists. Please feel free to bring items along that remind you of autumn to share and use for inspiration for your glass creation.

All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and this is not recommended for children under 5.

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Learn to Work with Cameras 

14th June I 11am –  1pm, 2.00pm – 4pm

Spend the day developing the skill of photographing live horses in our very own Rothschild Yard. Work with our beautiful equine residents and discover the beauty of the thoroughbred horse through the lens, the morning session will look at photographing still horses while the afternoon session will look at photographing horses in motion. 

All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Book to ensure your place.

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Temporary Exhibitions

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ON YOUR BIKE: The Art of Cycling

10am - 5pm. Access is included in admission tickets.
The exhibition depicts the art and science of the bicycle, which has become a captivating subject for artist to reflect movement, speed and symbolize the haste and excitement of modernity. Through prints, posters, photography and display panels, visitors will be able to explore how bicycles, and cycling have influenced popular culture and art, as well as learning the history and scientific developments that have secured it as one of Great Britain’s most popular sports today. To see some images in the collection click here

23rd August – 7th May 2018

Sir Alfred Munnings: Painting Winners

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10am -5pm. Access is included in admission tickets.
We are delighted to be partnering with The Munnings Art Museum to present this extraordinary new exhibition that looks closely into Sir Alfred Munnings’ work and how it has been influenced by Newmarket and racing scenes. Sir Alfred Munnings ranks among the very best equestrian artists, with an ability to almost sculpt the figure of a horse in paint. This exhibition, ‘Painting Winners’, will demonstrate the lengths Munnings would go to in order to create his subject matter. Drawings, sketchbooks, studies and the finished piece will be on display alongside the methodology that Munnings used to create his masterpieces. Through his writings, this exhibition also highlights the artist’s angst, ‘the tortured artist’, in trying to achieve a true likeness of a thoroughbred horse which would be scrutinised by patron and horse lovers alike. Situated in the Moller Exhibition Gallery, and included in general admission – this exhibition is not to be missed!

22nd March – 13th July 2018

Arabian Horse: From the Desert to the World

10am -5pm. Access is included in admission tickets.
This exhibition tells the story of the Arab horse from its earliest Bedouin origins to the present day, exploring in particular the fascinating story of the arrival of the Arab horse in Britain. In the 19th century, Wilfrid Scawen Blunt and his wife Lady Anne scoured the Middle East to import Arab horses to their stud at Crabbet Park and therefore played a vital role in the success of the breed. Their story is and the activities of the Arab Horse Society are presented in the exhibition through a compelling series of objects. Situated upstairs in the Thompson Galleries and included in general admission


4th May – 28th October 2018

James Ward: Animal Painter

10am -5pm. Access is included in admission tickets.
Brought together for a rare viewing, are paintings including the artist’s arresting Fight between a Lion and a Tiger (1797) on loan from the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge and View in Tabley Park (1813-18), on loan from Tate. Additional works on display will include a series of delicately rendered drawings demonstrating Ward’s precise draughtsmanship, on loan from the British Museum and a selection of the renowned Lithographic Drawings of Celebrated Horses. James Ward (1769-1859) produced hundreds of animal depictions in the Golden Age of animal painting, between Stubbs and Landseer. The exhibition will explore special characteristics of Ward’s works, including his focus on the emotional drama of his subject. The chronological development of Ward’s works will be considered with an examination of the changes that occurred during this life with the progression from engraving to painting. In particular, the effect of Ward’s election to the Royal Academy of Art in 1811, which celebrates its 250th anniversary this year and his appointment as painter and engraver to the Prince of Wales. The exhibition will also explore how particular animals informed his artistic approach, now recognised as Romantic.. Situated in the Packard Gallery, and included in general admission – this exhibition is not to be missed!

Daily events

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Every day at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Daily Demonstrations from the RoR horses:

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Daily 'behind the scenes' RoR demonstrations take place at 11.30am and 2.30pm. Meet former racehorses and find out how racehorses are retrained to riding horses as our friendly staff walk and talk you through their routine. The demonstration usually lasts 30 minutes. Please meet in the Rothschild Yard if you wish to watch a demonstration. To see which horses are currently stabled in the Rothschild Yard please click here. Demonstrations take place outside and are subject to change, please ensure you dress appropriately.

Every day the 'Behind the Scenes' RoR tour is different, while you will always see a horse being ridden in the Peter O'Sullevan Arena there may be different disciplines on display. The list below highlights what you will see during the public demonstrations:

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Sat 3rd February -Louise Robson, dressage clinic 11.30am and 2.30pm  

Sun 4th  February - Soham Pony Club rally 2.30pm

Tue 6th February  - Yogi Breisner, showjumping clinic 11.30am

Wed 7th February  - Ruth Hurst, dressage clinic 11.30am and 2.30pm

Sat 10th February - Ros Blackmore, poles and jumping clinic 11.30am and 2.30pm

Sun 11th February  - Ruth Hurst, dressage clinic 11.30am and 2.30pm

Mon 12th February  - Newmarket and Thurlow Pony Club, eventing 11.30am and 2.30pm

Wed 14th February  - Soham Pony Club rally 2.30pm

Fri 16th February  - Newmarket and Thurlow Pony Club, dressage clinic, 11.30am and 2.30pm

Sat 17th February  - Littleport Pony Club, showjumping 11.30am

Sun 18th February  - Delphine Tay, RoR jumping clinic 11.30am and 2.30pm.

Sat 24th February  - Ros Blackmore poles and jumping clinic 11.30am and 2.30pm

Sun 25th February  - Grant Newstead Clinic, jumping and flatwork 11.30am and 2.30pm



Family Activities

Free Multi-Media Guide

Explore the history of the site, and delve deeper into the wonderful stories that surround the sport of horseracing. With choices of an adult version full of history and facts, or a family friendly guide with games and fun activities, there is something for everyone to enjoy. Please ask the reception staff for assistance.

Family Trails

Pick up a family trail from reception and be taken on a fascinating journey of exploration and discovery around the National Heritage Centre. You’ll discover some amazing objects and learn about the wonderful tales of horseracing.

Racehorse Simulator

Make sure you don’t leave without having a go on our simulator – experience the thrill of riding a racehorse and see how fit jockeys need to be!