This bank holiday sees the return of the QIPCO Guineas Festival, with luxurious hospitality, show-stopping entertainment and some of the best flat racing in the world, set in the heart of horseracing’s global HQ – Newmarket. Mingle with the racing elite and watch the first two British Classic races of the year, the QIPCO 2000 Guineas and the QIPCO 1000 Guineas.
Sip on a glass of sparkling English wine and soak up the sun at the stunning Rowley Mile racecourse. If you’re not cheering on the horses on track, the Hyperion Lawn is the place to be, with live music taking place all throughout the day.
Treat yourself to an extra special day with one of the many exclusive hospitality packages. The Winning Post Pavilion is back for 2018 with exceptional views of the course, a fantastic atmosphere, incredible cuisine and special hosts across the weekend. Bringing sporting stardust to the Winning Post are five sporting legends who will entertain guests with stories from their sporting lives, including Olympic gold medal-winning hockey player Sam Quek, former England cricketer Graham Gooch, former jockeys Bob Champion and Freddy Tylicki and one of the greatest flat racing jockeys of all time, Lester Piggott.
On top of the Winning Post Pavilion, the Chez Roux at Newmarket will return, a premium hospitality experience with the three-Michelin-starred French master, Albert Roux. You will be wined and dined at the Champions Gallery, with panoramic views overlooking the race track and be served a Champagne reception, sumptuous four-course lunch menu and afternoon tea.
The fun continues into the evening on the Hyperion Lawn, with the season opener of Après Racing. Saturday 5th will see Radio DJ, Reggie Yates, taking to the decks and Sunday 6th will include the top UK beatboxing bank, Duke, up on stage. Racegoers can dance the night away and celebrate a fabulous day out.
Make a weekend of it and stay at one of Newmarket’s wonderful accommodation options. The stylish and contemporary Bedford Lodge and Spa, housed in a 17th century building and rose gardens in the heart of Newmarket, is the go-to for ultimate luxury. The privately-owned hotel boasts stunning rooms, superb cuisine and a blissful spa – the perfect place to recover after a day at the races!
The Packhorse Inn in Moulton is another great option. This traditional country pub just five miles from the Rowley Mile racetrack features antique-furnished rooms with Emperor-sized beds and a 5* dining experience – a seriously glam take on country rustic.
For the ultimate raceday experience, see if you can snaffle a bed at the Jockey Club Rooms. First and foremost a private members’ club and headquarters of the Jockey Club, the spiritual home British horseracing, the 18th century building offers 18 individually decorated rooms, views across the walled garden, luxurious bathrooms and incredible food, all set in stunning grounds.
For more information, please visit www.newmarket.thejockeyclub.co.uk