Newmarket 350

Newmarket Racecourses, alongside the town, is celebrating a monumental anniversary this year as 2016 marks 350 years of making history. Based around the establishment of modern and organised horseracing there is plenty of rich heritage to honour and share throughout the year.


If you’ve taken a stroll down Newmarket’s high street recently, you’ll have seen the beautiful banners adorning each lamppost – inviting you all to participate in the biggest party the town has ever seen. Velvet has an exclusive preview of what’s going on behind the scenes, and trust us when we say that it’s going to be a party you won’t want to miss.

2016 marks 350 years of making history, a key anniversary that celebrates the Home of Horseracing. Newmarket Racecourses, as well as other stakeholders in the town, are taking huge steps to get as many people involved as possible. With an exciting and varied programme of events running alongside the packed race and entertainment calendar, we’re in for a treat as everyone from the local primary schools to the neighbouring businesses and racing royalty are participating in the big bash.


“This year presents us with a big opportunity to tell the story of horseracing and to celebrate this fantastic anniversary as a town, as well as securing our heritage for future generations” Olivia Hills, Communications Manager, at the Racecourses said.


The town will be using this important anniversary as an opportunity to share how racing has shaped our region for over three centuries - as well as getting people excited about what the future holds for this unique part of the world.

With everything from a 350-strong mass selfie on Newmarket’s Heath to a Duxford fly-over and a town carnival, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. There will be unmissable competitions, a special running of the Town Plate, and free tours from Discover Newmarket – and that’s all before the opening of the National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art.


There will be key events happening in the town throughout the year, with proceedings kicking off in a big way at April’s Craven Meeting and QIPCO Guineas Festival. Stay up to date with all of the goings on throughout the year by visiting


Submit your own Newmarket memory by visiting my-story for the chance to receive two free Grandstand tickets to Autumn Ladies Day on Friday 7th October. Terms and conditions apply.

By Kylie Clarke on February 25th, 2016