What's On

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

October 2017

21st - 29th October

Half Term Activities

11am - 4pm

October half term is full of fun activities. Enter our colouring and crafts competition for the chance of winning some wonderful prizes – you can pick up the colouring sheets from Palace House Shop. Our science curator will select items from the stores to hold a pop-up discovery pod - here you will discover the hidden science behind the objects and have the chance to get up close to some of our weird and wonderful collection! Session times: Monday 23rd Oct 11:30 (to follow on from RoR demo), Tuesday 24th Oct 15:00 (to follow on from RoR demo)These activities are included in general admission.


21st - 22nd October

Have-a-go Grooming a Pony

11am - 4pm

Join us over the half term 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! 

25th October

Show and Tell – Side Saddle Saddlery

11am - 4pm

Come and meet Coralie, a traditional saddler- who will explain her unique craft throughout the day. Here you will learn about the work and materials involved in the construction and repair of side saddles. This workshop is included in general admission.

27th October

Learn to Work with Cameras

11am - 4pm

Bring your cameras along and spend the day learning the art of photography with photographer Joanna Hudson. Here you will 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.  All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Some cameras will be available, book to ensure your place 01638 667314.

Admission to workshop £5.00* payable on the day. *Includes annual ticket holders 

28th October

Museums at Night: Edwardian Halloween Family Fun

5pm - 8pm

Even Queen Victoria celebrated Halloween in 1896 at Balmoral “When darkness fell the festivities began!”  Come and explore the Packard Galleries in our special Museums at Night event. Meet the servants preparing for the Rothschild family Halloween festivities,   Get hands on with some Edwardian games such as apple-bobbing! Crafts and stories will take place throughout the evening in The Mews so come down and join in the fun! All children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult. Make sure you book into The Tack Room for a spooky supper!

Admission to Museums at Night: £5.00* *Includes annual ticket holders.

28th - 29th October

Have-a-go Grooming a Pony

11am - 4pm

Join us over the half term 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! 

November 2017

14th November

Have-a-go Grooming a Pony

5pm - 8pm

Enjoy a glass of mulled wine and a mice pie while browsing our wonderful Palace House Shop – stocked full of Christmas gift ideas. Explore the Packard Galleries after hours while listening to some favourite Christmas carols. Free of charge.

December 2017

9th - 10th December

Christmas Festivities

11am - 7pm

To celebrate Winter Wonderland in Newmarket why not join us for a weekend of Christmas festivities. From wreath making to Christmas crafts there is something to keep all members of the family busy. Included in general admission.

Temporary Exhibitions

Caption required

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

Caption required

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

Caption required

Every day at 11.00am 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 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.

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!