Newmarket is often referred to as the home of horse racing. If you know your racing, then you’ll know that the area is home to some of the most prestigious racing stables in the country, and the racecourse itself hosts some of the most anticipated races of the season.
So, as you can imagine, a day at the races at Newmarket is one seriously exciting day. From picking out the right clothes to wear to betting on your favourite horses, there’s just so much to consider. Here’s how to go about it the right way.
First up, let’s talk betting. For those of you who are new to it, you can try it out first online. Comparison site Oddschecker tells us that SkyBet has a best odds guarantee on horse racing, and they even offer some free bets. It’s a great way to dip your toes into the market and make yourself familiar with the terminology of betting. You can even familiarise yourself with the horses that are in form and impress your friends with your knowledge of the horses on race day.
Now what should you wear? That’s a big question and the answer depends entirely on what your plans are for the day. If you plan to spend some time in the Premier Enclosure, then it’s shirts, smart trousers and dress shoes for the gents, while the ladies are encouraged to dress as they would when attending a wedding (not as the bride though). Hats are common but not essential.
In the Grandstand & Paddock and the Garden Enclosure, the dress code is much more relaxed. While the management reserve the right to refuse entry, you can wear jeans and a t-shirt here without any worries. And believe it or not, fancy dress is also acceptable, but only if it’s in good taste and deemed inoffensive by the management. Tread carefully here, as if a member of your party is refused entry there won’t be any refunds.
There’s plenty of food and drink available on-site, although at times this can be a little pricey. Parking is also free in the public car parks, but it’s worth noting that any cars parked on the verge at the roadside will be towed away. You’ve been warned.
While a day at Newmarket spent watching the horses bolt around the track might not be quite the same as one spent watching Tom Jones or the Pussycat Dolls perform, it’s still an incredibly fun day out. Trust us, if you’re looking for something a little different, a day at the races might be just the ticket.