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!




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?



Arab Horse Society: Arabian Horse Performance

28th April I 2.30pm I Included in general admission

Make sure you visit Palace House, Newmarket on Saturday 28th April, 2018 when the Arabian Performance Horse Parade will take centre stage.  

As part of this year’s Arab Horse Society’s Centenary celebrations, AHS members with winners in all ridden disciplines will take part in a parade of leading Arabian Performance Horses.

Taking place in the Sir Peter O’Sullevan Arena at the Retraining of Racehorses (RoR) Yard, which forms part of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art at Palace House, Newmarket, this once-in-a-century event is generously sponsored by AHS Patron, HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum.

Leading the parade will be one of His Highness’s race winners from Shadwell Stud followed by show jumpers, eventers (including Tomatillo, the clone of Tamarillo), endurance horses, dressage winners, Premium Performance stallions, World Arab Horse trophy winners, and Horse of the Year Show Ridden Champions.


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An Evening with…. Simon Thurley 

 10th May 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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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

Create individual pieces with glass slides inspired by “Summer Light”. Working with science-based glass artist Jenny Walsh, this drop-in workshop is aimed to 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.

This workshop can be attended at any time from 11am - 4pm and will take approximately one hour. Your work will be taken away to be fired and you can come back to pick up from 6th June at the reception.

£10.00 per person. 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

23rd August – 7th May 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!

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

Caption required

Every day at 11.30am and 2.30pm

Daily Demonstrations from the RoR horses:

Access is included in admission tickets.
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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11th April - British Showjumping Matt Lannii Clinic. Witness the action at 11.30am and 2.30pm  

12th April - Express Equine Saddle Fitting Clinic. 11.30am 

14th April - RoR Showing Clinic with Justine Armstrong-Small. 11.30am and 2.30pm  

15th April - Ruth Hurst Dressage Clinic. 11.30am and 2.30pm  

21st April - Littleport Pony Club with Kate Newstead jump clinic. 11.30am

22nd April - Grant Newstead Clinic. 

24th April -  Ruth Hurst Dressage Clinic. 2.30pm

27th Aprl - British Showjumping Mia Palles-Clarke training clinic. 2.30pm 

28th April - Arab Horse Society Demonstration/Parade. 2.30pm

29th April - Ros Blackmore pole and jump clinic. 11.30am and 2.30pm


1st May - Ruth Hurst Dressage Clinic. 11.30am and 2.30pm

2nd May - Peter Maddison-Greenwell Classical Dressage Clinic. 11.30am and 2.30pm

5th May - Newmarket and Thurlow Pony Club Jump Clinic. 11.30am and 2.30pm

6th May - British Showjumping jump training acadmey with Mia Palles-Clarke and Childreic Saddles. Times TBC. 

11th May - British Showjumping Jump Trianing with Mia Palles-Clarke. Times TBC 

12th May - Ros Blackmore pole and jump clinic. 11.30am and 2.30pm

13th May - Risign Riders with Sam Huggan. 12.30pm - 3.30pm 

18th May - British Showjumping Jump Training with Mia Palles Clarke. Times TBC 

19th May - Littleport Pony Club with Kate Newstead jump clinic. 11.30am and 2.30pm 

20th May - Ros Blackmore pole and jump clinic. 11.30am and 2.30pm

22nd May - Ruth Hust Dressage Clinic. 11.30am and 2.30pm 

23rd May - British Showjumping Matt Lanni Jump Clinic. 11.30am and 2.30pm 

24th May - British Showjumping Matt Lanni Jump Clinic. 11.30am and 2.30pm 

27th May - Ruth Hurst Dressage Clinic. 11.30am and 2.30pm 

28th May - Newmarket and Thurlow Pony Club Dressage Clinic. Times TBC

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!