What's On

What's on at Palace House, Newmarket!

With so much to see and do we hope, from amazing artwork, family friendly activities and exciting exhibitions, each time you visit, you'll discover something new!



Horseball Competition

Saturday 27th July I 10.30am - 5.00pm I £5 per ticket (under 5's go free)

This event will be fun for the whole family with Horseball matches being played throughout the afternoon. Horseball is described as being a mixture between polo, rugby and basketball as well as a fast paced and exciting game. There will be 5 matches on the day, which are each 20minutes in length, but spectators can also see the teams ride and warm up for the match in the arena, so each 'match slot' is expected to be approximately one hour. 

There will be up to 6 teams entered made up of Horseball players from the UK and France, all aged 15-25years riding horses from 14.1hh+ and there are many retrained racehorses entered across the 6 teams.

There will be catering around the Peter O'Sullevan arena with a BBQ being supplied by the Tack Room as well as an ice-cream van and a coffee cart.

Buy tickets here

Summer of Science

20th July - 1st September I 10am - 5pm I Included in general admission

The Palace House Summer of Science will run from Saturday 20th July – Sunday 1st September, this programme of family activities will centre around our George Stubbs exhibition and will draw on the themes of science, biology, the human body, animal bodies and  comparative anatomy. Activities will include a ‘lab’ within the George Stubbs exhibition where children will be encouraged to discover more about George Stubbs in his ‘studio-lab’, they can also get involved by putting on a white coat, measuring bones and sketching skulls! The Summer of Science will continue upstairs in our Thompson Gallery where families can make their way around our carousel of Science Stations and learn more about the anatomy and how our bodies work! Exciting workshops exploring the science of the equine world will be held once a week throughout the 6 week summer holidays where future scientists will be able to get hands on in a lab environment! Click here for workshop times and more information.

The Thirty Assassins: Faces of The Palio by Marco Delogu

Until 3rd November I 10am - 5pm I Included in general admission

In this exhibition, photographer Marco Delogu has captured a remarkable series of portraits of jockeys who have participated in the historic race in Siena, the Palio. Also featured in the exhibition will be a selection of Delogu’s most recent works, equestrian studies inspired by the horses painted by Italian Mannerist Cavalier d’Arpino in the 16th and 17th-centuries.

'Everyone's a Winner' By Paula Wilson

1st - 31st July I 10am - 5pm I FREE EVENT

Fascinating personal journals of Newmarket’s retired racing fraternity, created by artist Paula Wilson through her latest community project, will be on display alongside Paula’s signature colourful art.

This exhibition is part of the Newmarket Music & Art Festival 2019.

The Saddle Up Art Trail

Monday 8th July - Sunday 22nd September I 10am - 5pm I FREE EVENT

Palace House is hosting two sculptures by artists Amy Goodman and Chris Winch as part of this exciting Newmarket trail. The trail has been developed by local and national artists on the theme of ‘What do horses mean to you?’ The event has been organised by the Animal Health Trust in partnership with local businesses, organisations and community groups. There are 17 artworks to find. You can pick up a trail map at Palace House. 

For more information on The Animal Health Trust and the Sadlle Up Art Trail click here

Sporting Art Open House

Saturday 27th July I 10am - 5pm I Free entry to the Pckard Galleries

Come and explore Charles II’s Newmarket Palace - the gallery where Art meets Sport! Includes entry to the special exhibition ‘The Thirty Assassins: Faces of the Palio’ by Marco Delogu.

This event is part of the Newmarket Music & Art Festival 2019.

Stubbs (1724-1806) Anatomist

Thursday 27th June - Saturday 28th September I 10am - 5pm I Included in general admission

This Summer,  Palace House, The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art will display a set of unique drawings by Britain’s most renowned animal painter, George Stubbs (1724-1806).

The ten works, on loan from the Yale Center for British Art, the drawings will form the core of an exhibition that will illuminate aspects of Stubbs’s life and interest which have previously been underexplored and highlight the exceptional nature of his painting and drawing techniques.