We look forward to welcoming you to the The Henry Cecil Open Weekend on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 September 2019. The Open Weekend gives visitors the unique opportunity to go behind the scenes at British horseracing’s HQ, enjoy two fantastic days of fun and entertainment, and raise money for local charities.
A list of trainers’ yards opening will be confirmed in early September but please keep an eye on our website for updates. A printed programme (£3) showing the location of the racing yards and equine sites are available to purchase at all car parks and Open Weekend attractions. Please note that we do offer a complimentary shuttle bus service on Sunday for all visitors from the Severals car park.
2019 provisional timetable
|TIME*||Saturday 21st September|
|9am - 1pm||British Racing School open. Tours at 10am and 11:30am.|
|9:30am - 12:30pm||Newmarket Equine Hospital. Last tour will start at 12pm.|
|10am - 5pm||Palace House – the National Horseracing Museum**|
|10am||Newmarket History & Heritage Walking Tour start time. In association with Discover Newmarket.|
|10am;11am;12:30pm & 1:30pm||National Stud Tours. 35 - 40 minutes each tour|
|12pm||Al Shaqab RoR 'Hacks' Showing Classes at Palace House|
|12:05pm||Gates open for racing at the Rowley Mile|
|12:15pm||Newmarket Racecourse behind the scenes tour. In association with Discover Newmarket.***|
|All day FREE parking||Tattersalls. Enter premesis via The Avenue. Postcode CB8 9AY|
|Parking available at the Rowley Mile for racing|
|TIME||Sunday 22nd September|
|8am - 9am||Warren Hill Gallops, sponsored by Tattersalls, open to the public.|
|8:45am||Trainers Hacks Race on Warren Hill|
|10am - 5pm||Palace House – the National Horseracing Museum|
|9am - 12:30pm||YARDS OPEN|
|10:30am & 12pm||Jockey Club Rooms Tours****|
|10am,11am,12:30pm & 1:30pm||National Stud Tours. 35-40 minutes each|
|10:30am - 1pm||Tattersalls Bloodstock Auctioneers open. Main talk in the sales ring at 12pm (one hour).|
|10:30am - 1pm. Tour times TBC||Longholes Stud open|
|12pm & 1pm||Newmarket History & Heritage Walking Tour start times. In association with Discover Newmarket.|
|1:15pm - 2pm||Pony Club Games|
|2pm - 4pm||Fun Local Dog Show *Note Dogs are not allowed in yards or equine sites|
|2pm||Waitrose Stable Staff Games|
|2:30pm||Clipper Logistics Racing Personality Show Jumping|
|All day FREE parking||The Severals. Located just off the roundabout at the top of the town, beside the Gallops.|
*Timings above are subject to change
**History & Heritage Walking Tours: Each tour group is a maximum of 20 people and will be filled on a first come first served basis.
The starting meet point will be at Palace House King’s Yard, entry off Palace Street. There will be signage there.
Each walking tour will last approx. one and a half hours
Tours are free of charge to all NOW visitors.
*** Newmarket Racecourse Behind the Scenes Tour: Booking in advance required- call 01638 501122 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Price £10 per person.
****Jockey Club Room Tours: We will not be taking any advance reservations, ALL tours, will be conducted on a First Come First Served Basis.
Tours will be £5.00 per person per tour.
Tours are limited to around the 30-35 mark.
Tea and coffee available a half an hour before each tour start time.
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