Frequently Asked Questions
Do you have any questions about your visit? Read on to find the answers with our most frequently asked questions.
If you have any questions regarding our Newmarket Nights or Summer Saturday Live events, please visit our dedicated Live Music FAQs.
The racecourse is made up of three enclosures during racing; Premier, Grandstand & Paddock and the Garden Enclosure.
This enclosure offers the best views of the racing as the finishing post is within this enclosure as well as access to the Parade Ring, Pre Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure too. There are a number of bars and restaurants in the Premier Enclosure, including the popular Moët & Chandon champagne bar at the July Course. Please note that during racing the track side viewing area is an alcohol free zone. Premier Enclosure customers also have access to the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure for a further range of facilities and amenities. Customers with this ticket cannot gain access into the Garden Enclosure should the enclosure be sold out.
Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure
This enclosure offers a fair view of the racing with access to the Parade Ring, Pre Parade Ring and Winners’ Enclosure too and does not have any restrictions on the areas that drinks can be consumed. Customers with this ticket cannot gain access into the Garden Enclosure should the enclosure be sold out.
This enclosure has restricted race viewing as it is positioned between the one and two furlong pole and has no access to the Parade Ring, Pre Parade Ring or Winners’ Enclosure. Most of the racing can be seen on a large screen only. Customers with Garden Enclosure tickets cannot gain access into the Premier or Grandstand & Paddock Enclosures.
Young persons under 18 years of age are admitted free of charge to all enclosures on all race days excluding our Newmarket Nights and Summer Saturday’s Live events.
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.
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.
Both the Rowley Mile and the July Course have disabled access, dedicated raised platforms to view the racing, car parking, and toilets (RADAR keys are in operation) in all enclosures.
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 applies to children aged 16 and above.
Grandstand & Paddock / Garden Enclosure
In Grandstand & Paddock and the Garden 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 July Course however we do recommend comfortable shoes. During inclement 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.
For more information see our dress code at Newmarket.
The event is sold as an outdoor standing event with limited cover. Some of our bar areas have a small amount of shelter but most areas are open to the elements. We therefore advise that you dress appropriately for the weather but in accordance with the dress code at Newmarket Racecourses.
During inclement weather, boots and umbrellas are permitted during racing.
Yes, you can upgrade your ticket (subject to availability). At the Rowley Mile, tickets can be upgraded at Customer Relations Desk or at the Information Point near to the Grandstand & Paddock entrance. At the July Course, there is an upgrade point next to the Course Office. Garden Enclosure ticket upgrades can be purchased from the upgrade point located between the transfer gate from the Garden Enclosure to the Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure on the July Course. On the Rowley Mile, Garden Enclosure tickets can be upgraded at the Garden Enclosure turnstiles.
Bars and restaurants 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 racing on 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 feature Festivals, we host Après Racing, Newmarket's official after party. Après Racing starts approximately 15 minutes after the last race and live entertainment will be provided for approximately 90 minutes.
Timings subject to change.
There are a variety of car parking options available at the Rowley Mile and the July Course. The Premier Car Park Is located nearest the Premier Enclosure Entrance and is priced £5 per car. Valet parking is available along with ample free car parking at both courses.
We highly recommend using one of our two bus services to get to the course.
The free shuttle bus operates from Newmarket High Street (outside Hughes Electrical) and Newmarket Train Station to the Rowley Mile and July Course on all racedays. The service starts two hours before the first race and resumes immediately after the last race, running continuously until the venue is clear. No booking is required for this service.
We offer a Outrider bus service from Cambridge and Royston train station, as well as from Bury St Edmunds bus station and Ely town centre.
A range of food and beverage options is offered around the racecourse. If you would like to bring a picnic you can do so in the Garden Enclosure or the car parks.
Alcohol can only be brought into the Garden Enclosure with a substantial picnic and it is limited to one bottle of wine or champagne per person or 4 cans/bottles of beer, cider or pre-mixed aperitif. Unfortunately, spirits, fortified wines and Pimm’s (or similar) will not be allowed on course. You are not allowed to bring food or drink into the Premier or Grandstand & Paddock Enclosures.
Please note bag and physical searches will be in operation. Dogs may be in operation at the entrances for enhanced security searches.
Items that are not permitted into the Premier or Grandstand & Paddock Enclosures:
- We ask that you do not bring unnecessary bags or luggage into the racecourse. Bags larger than 40cm x 35cm x 19cm will not be allowed into the venue
- No food or drink is to be brought into the Premier, or Grandstand & Paddock Enclosures, including celebration cakes or alcohol for presents of your guests
- Knives, corkscrews or sharp objects
- Weapons, ‘hoax’ items or pyrotechnics including laser devices.
- Megaphones/Sound Systems or air horns
- Large flags/banners/Selfie Sticks
- Unidentifiable canisters e.g. no deodorant, smoke canisters or nitrous oxide
- Helium Balloons
- Picnics / BBQs – except food for children/infants under five
- Furniture, gazebos, Fishing Umbrellas
- No glass or ceramic bottles, dishes or glassware
- Professional Filming Equipment unless accredited. Professional looking cameras must be declared on entry (defined as an SLR camera)
- Offensive Clothing
- Illegal substances including drugs
- Marketing or promotional material unless authorised by the racecourse in advance
In the Garden Enclosure the above is not permitted with the exception of:
- Alcohol. This must with accompanied by a substantial picnic and limited to four cans beer/cider/pre mixed aperitif per person or one bottle of wine/champagne per person. No spirits, fortified wines and Pimm’s (or similar) are not allowed on course. All bottles/cartons must be sealed on entry to the premises. Unsealed bottles will not be allowed.
- Picnics (no knives, corkscrews, glass or ceramic bottles/dishes and glassware)
- Outdoor furniture, gazebos (max. size 3m x 6m) or Fishing Umbrellas. The Racecourse reserves the right to restrict access for gazebos/Fishing Umbrellas if they pose a safety threat.
Please note: alcohol, picnics and garden furniture/gazebos are not permitted into the Grandstand & Paddock or the Premier Enclosure. For music events, all furniture and picnics from the Garden Enclosure must be returned to vehicles or left at the left luggage area.
Newmarket Racecourses rarely suffers abandonments but Jockey Club Racecourses’ policy for a standard raceday 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 available. See our Terms and Conditions of entry for full details.
See our Music FAQs for details on music event abandonment.
Yes, there are cash points situated around the racecourses in the Premier and Grandstand & Paddock Enclosures. There is a cash machine in the Garden Enclosure on the July Course.
At the Rowley Mile luggage can be left at the Information Point and at the July Course it may be left at our Luggage Drop Off Point located in the Blue car park, outside Premier Entrance 2.
All lost property may be handed in or collected from the information points on the Rowley Mile or at the course office at the July Course.
If you would like to inquire or claim any lost property, please email us at
Tickets can be purchased from our official entrances except during sell-out events. We strongly advise that tickets are purchased in advance especially for our popular events, including Newmarket Nights, the QIPCO Guineas Festival and the Moet & Chandon July Festival as these often sell out due to popularity. Early bird discounts are in place to ensure that you receive the best possible price when booking in advance. Discounts end midnight the day before racing, subject to availability.
Regrettably, no dogs are allowed, other than Assistance Dogs, within the enclosures.
We have many hospitality packages at Newmarket Racecourses and can be purchased via our website or by calling the hospitality team on 01638 675 300.
Tours of the historic gallops in Newmarket are operated by Discover Newmarket.
In the interests of providing the best possible ground for the horses, the only people allowed to walk the course on racedays or in the build up to race meetings are the owners, trainers and jockeys of horses running at the meeting.
If you are likely to have a bet it is advisable to have cash. Most bookmakers take a minimum bet of £5, but this is clearly displayed on their boards. The Tote will take bets from £2. William Hill betting shops are located on both courses and will accept card payments.
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 would like to do some homework beforehand, race details and tips are in the sports pages of national newspapers, or online at www.racingpost.com, www.sportinglife.com or via our own website.
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.
At the July Course, it is located by the Course Office, in the public medical room.
As is standard practice across sports and leisure venues, racecourses seek to protect their image rights in their terms and conditions of entry. These regulations are in place to ensure that any commercial income streams generated, in this case via photography, are protected and available to be reinvested into racing. Whilst racecourses do not wish to dissuade customers from taking pictures of their day out, it is important that this remains on a personal level and not for commercial purpose.
If you are wishing to use a “professional” camera (a camera with a substantial detachable lens) on course, please visit the Free Pass Office on arrival to sign a declaration that you will not sell or use images for publicity or financial gain and to obtain a pass. Anyone found in breach of our T&Cs will be removed from the site. If you are an accredited member of the media, permission must be sought through the Press Office before arrival and official media accreditation will be provided.
Compact digital cameras and mobile phones are not classed as “professional” equipment.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for permission.
Tickets purchased within 7 days of a raceday are automatically available for collection.
At the Rowley Mile ticket collection for all enclosures is located next to the Grandstand & Paddock turnstile entrance. Hospitality ticket collection is located at Premier Entrance 1.
At the July Course ticket collection for Premier and Grandstand & Paddock Enclosures is located at Premier Entrance 2, with hospitality tickets being available for collection at Premier Entrance 1. Garden Enclosure tickets can be collected from the Garden Enclosure turnstile entrance.