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Dress codes have been an iconic part of racing for decades. While it’s embedded in our history, the world is constantly changing - and so are we.


When you join us at our race days, we want you to feel comfortable, welcome and be dressed for the weather. A day at the races is a day for everyone. And while we’ve got a guide on what to wear when you’re visiting Newmarket Racecourses, we know that ‘dressing smartly’ can mean different things to different people.


Though, it’s important to remember there is a strict dress code in our Hospitality, Restaurant and Champions Lawn facilities.



Racegoers are encouraged to dress smartly in the Premier Enclosure. Most would wear smart trousers or tailored shorts, a shirt and formal shoes or a dress or trouser suit with a hat or fascinator, but these are not compulsory. We understand being dressed smartly means different things to different people but if helpful, our guidance is to treat a day at the races as similar to a wedding. Fancy dress and sports shirts are not permitted.


Joining us in hospitality?

If you’re joining us in the Champions Gallery Restaurant, Summer House restaurant, Private boxes/pavilions, our shared pavilion or Champions Lawn - here are some style tips to help you nail your race day look:


  • Jacket, collar and ties are encouraged
  • Wear a fascinator or hat, although this isn’t compulsory
  • Children should be dressed smartly
  • Fancy dress isn’t permitted in these areas


Similarly to the Premier Enclosure, we do encourage racegoers to dress smartly in our Hospitality & Restaurant facilities. Our advice is to imagine you’re going to a smart wedding and dress accordingly.


Grandstand & Paddock / Garden Enclosures

In the Grandstand & Paddock and Garden Enclosure people tend to dress in a more relaxed way. Fancy dress is permitted but must be in good taste so as not to cause offence.


Fancy dress

Fancy dress is permitted at Newmarket Racecourses in the Grandstand & Paddock and Garden Enclosure areas. Fancy dress must be in good taste so as not to cause offence.



We reserve the right to refuse entry to any enclosure to anyone who is dressed inappropriately.

In the event of one or all or your party being refused admission, no refund will be offered.

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