With so much to see and do we hope your visit will never be the same!
11am – 4pm
Join us over the summer holidays for a chance to ‘have a go grooming’ a pony. You will be able to brush and cuddle our friendly inhabitants and learn more about their welfare and nutrition. Included in the general admission price, and no need to book – just turn up and enjoy the day!
11am - 12pm and 2.30pm – 3.30pm
Ever wondered how women managed to ride in that awkward position? All will be revealed as this demonstration will provide a simplified whistle-stop tour of the history behind the side saddle up to its modernity. All are welcome as four national level riders will be exercising their steeds on the flat, they will also be jumping, with all the riders capable of jumping at least one metre on side saddle, which they prefer to riding astride (on a conventional saddle).
The riders will be wearing contemporary style clothing, from the 18th and 19th century. There is a question and answer session included where anything and everything to do with the side saddle will be answered. There will also be a hands on explanation of how the saddle itself works, from the riders and a side-saddle saddler. Demonstrations take place outside and are subject to change, please ensure you dress appropriately, there is limited seating, so arrive with ample time to get a good view. The demonstration is included in admission tickets on the day or £5pp – into the arena only (under 5’s & annual members go free).
11am - 4pm
Experts from Graham Budd Auctions, Sotheby’s associate auctioneers for sporting sales, will be providing FREE valuations of sporting memorabilia including horse racing, football, golf, rugby, cricket, boxing, motor sport, Olympic Games, tennis and other popular sports at The Mews in Palace Street. No appointment necessary. There will also be an opportunity to consign your property to a specialised auction of sporting memorabilia to be held at Sotheby’s New Bond Street Saleroom in London on 13th & 14th November. For more information contact Graham Budd, or visit the website.
10am - 5pm
This will offer visitors the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at HQ and enjoy two fantastic days of fun. There will be a number of special events on in the Peter O’Sullevan Arena as well as a £5 entry into the Galleries for all wristband holders. The Food & Drink Festival will take place on Palace Street and in The Mews, and promised to be a delicious affair. Please CLICK HERE for more details and to book tickets.
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
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!
Access is included in admission tickets.
There are demonstrations to show how a racehorse is retrained after it has finished racing. This might include dressage, lunging, long reining, pole work or grooming. The demonstration usually lasts 30 minutes to 1 hour. Please meet at the reception in the glass Atrium 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.
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.
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.
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!