Racing FAQs

What you need to know

Do you have a general question about racing at Newmarket? Read on to find the answers.

Are there Disabled Viewing Areas on site?

Both The Rowley Mile and The Adams July Course have disabled access and dedicated raised platforms to view the racing from in the Premier, Grandstand & Paddock and Family Enclosures. On the second floor at the Millennium Grandstand at The Rowley Mile, there is also a viewing area designated for the disabled.

What are the different Enclosures?

The racecourse has three enclosures during racing; the Premier, Grandstand & Paddock (G&P) and the Family Enclosure. 

Premier Enclosure – great area to watch the racing as the finishing post is within this area; during racing this area is an alcohol free zone. 

Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure – still enables a good view of the racing activity and does not have any restrictions on the consumption of drinks.

Family Enclosure – very restricted race viewing and most of the action can be seen on a large screen only (please note this area is not restricted to families and can be used by anyone wishing to enjoy their own picnic in a more relaxed environment. If the Family Enclosure sells out only customers with a Family Enclosure ticket will be given access; no access will be given to Annual Badge Holders, Premier and Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure ticket holders. Picnics can also be consumed in our car parks.

Do you have a site map?

Our site maps are available here.

How do I find the Newmarket Racecourses?

By Road The A11 and A14 provide easy access from the major cities of East Anglia and from the M11 and A1 / M1 respectively. If you are travelling along the M11 from London please follow the following directions: Merge onto the A11 at junction 9, signposted Newmarket & Norwich. After 10 miles branch left and merge onto the A1304, signposted Newmarket. After 5 miles take the third exit at the roundabout. Travel along the Cambridge Road for 1 mile and then turn left, signposted Rowley Mile Conference Centre. Turn left again and you will be on the Rowley Mile drive By Rail Regular commuter services run from London Kings Cross and Liverpool Street to Cambridge, Stansted Airport and Ipswich where onward connections by rail or road can be made to Newmarket.

From Cambridge to Newmarket Trains from Cambridge to Newmarket leave Cambridge Station between 41 & 43 minutes past the hour every hour, until 22.43pm. Trains arrive into Newmarket Station between 1 & 4 minutes past the hour every hour until 23.04pm The service will then commence at 06.41am the following day. Please check train times before travelling. From Newmarket to Cambridge Trains from Newmarket to Cambridge leave Newmarket Station at 9 to 16 mintues past the hour, every hour until 22.16pm and then commence at 06.09am the following day. Trains arrive into Cambridge Station between 36 & 39 minutes past the hour every hour. Please check train times before travelling. From Ipswich to Newmarket Trains from Ipswich to Newmarket leave Ipswich Station from 5.10am. Train times are a little more staggered from Ipswich, please check the train times before travelling. Trains arrive into Newmarket Station from 06.08am. Please check train times before travelling.

From Newmarket to Ipswich Trains from Newmarket to Ipswich leave Newmarket Station at 1 to 5 mintues past the hour, every hour until 23.05pm and then commence at 07.01am the following day. Please check train times before travelling. Newmarket Train Station is a five minute taxi ride from the Rowley Mile and shuttle bus service runs regularly from the station on race days. Call the National Rail Enquiry line for train times on 08457 484950 or visit Sat Nav Systems For Satellite Navigation systems the postcode for The Rowley Mile Conference Centre is CB8 0TF; for The July Course is CB8 0XE.

What different enclosures do you have at Newmarket Racecourses?

We have three enclosures at Newmarket Racecourses: the Premier Enclosure, Grandstand and Paddock and the Family Enclosure.

Do children need tickets?

During All Race Days Excluding Newmarket Nights & Summer Saturday Live

Young persons under 18 years of age are admitted free of charge to all enclosures on all race days at both The Rowley Mile and The July Course with the exception of Newmarket Nights and Summer Saturday’s Live.

Young persons aged 15 and under must be accompanied by an adult on the racecourse at all times. However, 16 & 17 year olds will be admitted without an adult, but will need to purchase an adult ticket. ICE (In Case of Emergency) wristbands are available for children on request for all Newmarket race meetings. Parents’ contact details can be written on the wristbands in case of separation.

During Newmarket Nights & Summer Saturday Live

Children under 5 are free of charge. There are limited young persons’ admission tickets available for Adnams Newmarket Nights and Summer Saturday’s Live which are available on a first come first served basis. Children aged 5 to 15 can apply for a reduced priced entry ticket and accompanying wristband. However, these are only available when purchasing a full priced adult ticket, with a maximum of two children per adult (18+). Once the allocation has been reached, full ticket prices apply. They are priced individually according to enclosure and band or artist. Enclosure access for children will coincide with the accompanying adult’s admission badge. Any person aged 16 and above will need to purchase a full priced entry ticket. You must be 18+ to escort anyone under 16.

Can I upgrade my ticket?

Yes, you can upgrade your ticket. At The Rowley Mile, there is an upgrade desk in the Customer Relations Desk and at the Information Kiosk next to the racecard vendors at the Grandstand & Paddock entrance. At the Adnams July Course, there is a kiosk next to the Course Office.

What happens after racing has finished?

Bars and restuarants are open up to 1 hour after racing has finished, some bars and restaurants close depending on the popularity of a race meeting. We hold concerts after our Adnams Newmarket Nights and Summer Saturday’s Live, all artists are scheduled to be on stage 20 minutes after the last race and perform for up to 90 minutes. During the following Festivals we host Après Racing, Newmarket's offical after party - live music after racing. Après Racing starts approximately 20 minutes after the last race and live entertainment will be provided for up to 90 minutes. 

  • QIPCO Guineas Festival: 6 - 7 May
  • Moet & Chandon July Festival: 13 - 15 July
  • Future Champions Festival: 13 - 14 October
Is there a dress code?

Premier Enclosure

Racegoers at Newmarket like to make it a special occasion and choose to dress accordingly. Ladies and Gentleman are encouraged to dress up smartly in the Premier Enclosure. Most gentlemen would choose to wear smart trousers, shirt and formal shoes to complete the look. So whilst there is no formal restriction on wearing jeans, these are rarely seen in the Premier Enclosure and not permitted in our hospitality areas. However, if you would like to wear jeans, please ensure they are dark denim ONLY. Many ladies opt for a hat, although this is not compulsory and they are not generally worn for our music events. Imagine you are going to a smart wedding is our tip. Smart tailored shorts are acceptable in the warm weather.

Please be aware that trainers, ripped, torn or light jeans, cargo shorts, t-shirts, fancy dress, sportswear or swimwear and unduly casual attire is not accepted as appropriate dress in the Premier and Hospitality Enclosures.

Please note the dress code also applies to children aged 14 and above.

Grandstand & Paddock / Family Enclosure

In Grandstand & Paddock and Family Enclosure the dress code is more relaxed; jeans, t-shirts and trainers are acceptable. The only common sense restrictions would be those of taste and appropriateness which would apply to all areas, for example regarding slogan t-shirts and swimwear. Bare chests are not acceptable.

Newmarket Nights/Summer Saturday Live

The above dress codes apply for Newmarket Nights and Summer Saturday Live at the Adnams July Course however we do reccomend comfortable shoes. During unfortuante weather forecasts, wellies and umbrellas are permitted however we do ask that you refrain from using umbrellas during the concert which restricts other customers viewing. 

Any questions you may have for Dress Codes, please call 01638 675 600 (option 4)

Do I have to pay for parking?

There are a variety of Car Parking options available at The Rowley Mile and July Course. The Premier Car Park Is located nearest the Premier Enclosure Entrance and is priced £5 per car. There is also ample free car parking at both courses. Premier Parking is unavailable on the following race meetings:

  • Saturday 10th June
  • Newmarket Nights
  • Moët & Chandon July Festival
  • Summer Saturday Live
Is there Disabled Car Parking facilities?

We have dedicated blue badge parking in both premier and public car parks. If you require assistance from your car our car park attendants will be able to radio for the shuttle buggy which will take you to the point of entry.

Are there Disabled Toilet facilities on site?

The Rowley Mile and The July Course has many disabled toilet facilities within the Millennium Grandstand, Premier Courtyard, Paddock Bar area and Family Enclosure. Please note that there are no disabled toilet facilities in the Head On Stand on the Rowley Mile.

Are there any bus facilities?

Newmarket Racecourses runs a complimentary Shuttle Bus which stops at Newmarket Train Station, Newmarket Town Centre and the racecourse. The racecourse also offers a subsidised bus service from Cambridge, Royston and Bury St Edmunds, Ely and Soham on selected race days. See our publuc transport to Newmarker Racecourse reccommendations for more information. 

Can I bring my own food?

You are welcome to bring your own Picnic to enjoy in the racecourse car parks or in the Family Enclosure (capacity permitting). You are not allowed to bring food or drink into the Premier or Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure.

Can I get a refund if the meeting is abandoned?

Newmarket Racecourses rarely suffers abandonments but Jockey Club Racecourses’ policy is to give a full refund if the meeting is abandoned before the completion of the first race, a 50 per cent refund if the meeting is abandoned before the completion of the third or feature race, whichever is later. After which, there is no refund.

Are there any cash machines in the enclosures?

Yes, there are cash points situated around the Racecourse in the Premier Enclosure, Grandstand & Paddock.

Is there anywhere I can leave luggage?

Yes, you can leave luggage free of charge at the Course Office at both racecourses.

Where is lost property?

Lost property can also be found at the Course Office at both racecourses. 

If you would like to enquire or claim any lost property, please email us at

Can I purchase tickets on the day?

We strongly advise that tickets are purchased in advance especially for our popular Newmarket Night events as these often sell out due to popularity. Early bird discounts are in place to ensure that you the best possible price when booking in advance (excludinf Newmarket Nights and Summer Saturday Live). Discounts end midnight the day before racing. Tickets can be purchased on the day at each of the entrances except during sell-out events.

Are dogs allowed?

Regrettably, dogs other than Guide Dogs are not allowed within the enclosures.

How can I book hospitality?

We have many Hospitality venues and Hospitality packages at Newmarket Racecourses and can be purchased via our website or by calling the hospitality team on 01638 675300.

Can I visit the Gallops?

Tours of the historic gallops in Newmarket are operated by Discover Newmarket.

Can I walk the course?

In the interests of providing the best possible ground for the horses, the only people allowed to walk around the course on racedays or in the build up to race meetings are the “connections” of runners.

Where can I bet once inside the Racecourse?

If you are likely to have a flutter, you will need cash for betting. Most bookmakers take a minimum bet of £5, but this is clearly displayed on their boards. The Tote will takes bets from £2. Tote betting vouchers can be purchased with credit and debit card at various Tote information points. They are available in £2, £5, £10 and £20 denominations. To order Totepool betting vouches in advance call 0208 874 6411.

How much are Racecards?

A racecard is a good investment, with a detailed guide to everything that is going on each day plus features and tips. These cost £3.50 on the day or £3.00 in advance. If you want to do some homework beforehand, race details and tips are in the sports pages of national newspapers, or online at, or via our own website.

Where is the First Aid?

First Aid staff will be on duty at every meeting. At The Rowley Mile, the First Aid room can be found next to the Premier Entrance 1. At The July Course, it is by the Course Office.

Can you take photographs on the course?

Unless you are an accredited member of the media with permission sought through the Press Office before arrival, you are not allowed to use a “professional” (a camera with a substantial detachable lens) on course.  Compact digital cameras and mobile phones however are acceptable photographic equipment and are acceptable to use on course.  If your camera is considered professional and therefore not permitted on course, you will have to leave your camera in your vehicle or at the Course Office at your own risk, the Racecourse will not be held responsible for the safety of that item

Any photography taken on course is for personal use only and not commercial purpose.  Please note, any photographer found in breach of this will be removed from site. 

For more information or for accreditation of your camera, please call 01368 675 500 (option 4)

Can I collect my tickets on the day?

Yes, there are different ticket collection points on our two racecourses. Ticket collections at the Rowley Mile are at the ticket booths located next to the Grandstand and Paddock entrance. At the Adnams July Course they are located at Premier Entrance two. All hospitality collections are at Premier Entrance one at both racecourses.

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