What's On

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


December 2017

9th - 10th December

Christmas Festivities

11am - 6pm

To celebrate Winter Wonderland in Newmarket why not join us for a weekend of Christmas festivities. 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. BOOK TICKETS >>

11th December

Clare Balding Book Signing

3.30pm - 4.30pm

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 adversity 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.

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 – 13th April 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!

Daily events

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Every day at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Daily Demonstrations from the RoR horses:

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 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.

During the days below the RoR demonstrations will take a different format. The list below highlights what you will see during the public demonstrations:


27th October - British Showjumping clinic with Matt Lanni.


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4th November RoR  Dressage clinic with Louise Robson.

11th November Ros Blackmore Pole and Gridwork clinic.

18th November Ruth Hurst dressage clinic.

26th November Soham Pony Club clinics.

28th Nov Ruth Hurst Dressage clinic.

29th Nov Ros Blackmore Poles and Gridwork clinic.


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2nd December Soham Pony Club clinic.

5th December Ruth Hurst Dressage Clinic

9th December Ruth Hurst Dressage Clinic

11th December British Showjumping clinic with Matt Lanni.

12th December British Showjumping clinic with Matt Lanni.

16th December Soham Pony Club clinic

21st Dec Mia Palles Clarke British Showjumping Clinic

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!