Palace House was completed in 1671 as King Charles II’s sporting palace – come and celebrate the anniversary with us at the National Horseracing Museum!
Step back in time and immerse yourself in the decadence of the restoration period as we bring it to life with a multi-sensory, living history event, recreating the era through re-enactment, sights, sounds, tastes and smells.
• Ever wondered what the 17th century might have smelled like?! We’ll be recreating scented favours and lotions from our very own lavender and rose bushes.
• See if you can get past the armed guard to seek an audience with King Charles II and his wife Catherine of Braganza, but watch out for their gossipy housekeeper, Mrs Elliott! They have a lot of stories to tell, and if you ask nicely, the soldier will even fire his musket for you! (Don’t worry, they’re blanks!)
• Listen to the costumed musicians playing songs and ballads on instruments from the 1670s, including a number of original songs about Newmarket, horseracing and King Charles II.
• Join in with country dancing! Dancers will be on hand to demonstrate and teach you the steps.
• Have fun with 17th-century children’s games, including dice and swordplay. Join the musketeers’ sword school and become a swashbuckler for the day!
• Did you know the figure who later became Mr. Punch made his first recorded appearance in England on 9th May 1662? Always a favourite with the kids, there will a Punch and Judy show!
• Experience the thrill of the ancient sport of archery with our ‘have a go’ sessions.
• Discover the elegance of riding side saddle – not a forgotten skill seen only in costume dramas!
• Take your memories of the celebration home with you by having fun with family and friends in our photobooth!
Back by popular demand! Come and browse our market with stalls including artisanal chocolates, cheeses, savoury pies, and award-winning spirits, as well as gorgeous pottery, photography and hand made candles.
The Bakery has a fabulous variety of baked products for you to enjoy in our beautiful grounds.
The Tack Room features the best of British produce, showcasing seasonal and local produce where possible.
Enjoy a hog roast in the gorgeous surroundings of the King’s Yard.
Get your sugar fix from Charles II and the Chocolate Factory where you can buy chocolate milkshakes, brownies, gingerbread men and so much more.
Cool down with a delicious ice cream.
Chill out with a selection of soft and alcoholic drinks.
As this is a special event – tickets must be purchased, even if you are an annual pass holder, BSAT Member or a Friend.
Tickets include access to the museum on the day.
1 Adult £10
2 Adults £15
Children under 16 go free
Subject to ticket availability, walk-ins are welcome on the day!