Creative Summer Holidays!

Join us at the National Horseracing Museum during the summer holidays for FREE creative workshops every Wednesday and Friday inspired by the ‘Urban Frame: Mutiny in Colour’ exhibition, which includes works by Banksy.

Workshops include printmaking, stencilling, graffiti mural and street art, and designing baseball caps and t-shirts. For the full programme of activities, please click here.

These sessions run on a drop-in basis from 11am to 3pm on selected dates:

  • July 26th & 28th
  • August 2nd, 4th, 9th, 11th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 25th and 30th

There’s no need to book in advance for these sessions, just turn up on the day and head to reception to find out where the activities are being held. Spaces are limited and allocated on a first-come-first-served basis. Children must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the session.

We have teamed up with Suffolk County Council, West Suffolk Council, the Association for Suffolk Museums and the Department for Education for 2023’s The Holiday Activity and Food Fund Programme to deliver free nutritious picnic lunches to families eligible for Free School Meals. If families attending our Creative Summer Holidays programme are eligible for Free School Meals from our local area, nutritious picnic lunches from The Bakery in the King’s Yard for children and young people aged 5-16 are available to book in advance by sending an email to Sarah at

Please note, whilst these workshops are free, attendees who wish to view the ‘Urban Frame: Mutiny in Colour’ exhibition or take a look around the museum whilst they’re here, will need to purchase and pay for separate tickets. Speak to a member of staff for more information on the day.

If you purchase a general admission museum pass, you will be eligible for a free upgrade to an Annual Pass, which gives you a 12 month pass to visit the museum as many times as you wish. If you’d prefer to book your Mutiny in Colour ticket(s) or general admission ticket(s) in advance, you can do that here or using the button on the right hand side.

What is The Holiday Activity & Food Fund Programme?

The Holiday Activity Fund Programme – also known as the HAF Programme – supports children and families in the school holidays. Outside of term-time, the HAF Programme provides healthy food and enriching activities to free school meal eligible children in every local authority in England. The Programme has been significantly expanded for 2023 and the National Horseracing Museum is proud to be involved in the 2023 summer holidays scheme. To find out more click here.

These picnic lunches are provided at no cost to recipients of Free School Meals.

About the National Horseracing Museum:

The National Horseracing Museum is a 5-acre site in the heart of Newmarket – the long-established home of flat racing.

As an important part of the horseracing industry, we tell the story of horseracing from its earliest origins to the global phenomenon it is today. The museum contains stunning works of art, contemporary sculptures, science and breeding galleries, and some of the world’s most famous racing trophies, unique bronzes and artefacts.

Part of the museum is based in the former sporting palace of King Charles II, built over 350 years ago when the ‘Sport of Kings’ was in its infancy. Using the latest interactive and audio-visual displays, the museum takes a different look at the sport, examining the physical attributes of the elite equine athlete and the importance of the thoroughbred pedigree via our science gallery.

We also re-train retired racehorses in the Rothschild Yard, making NHRM one of the very few places in Newmarket where you can meet retired racehorses. There are daily tours too.

Whilst you’re here, why not make a day of it and book a table for lunch at The Tack Room restaurant, or order a picnic from The Bakery to enjoy in our beautiful grounds.

Event Information

From 26th July - see listing for more date options

11am - 3pm

Free of Charge - Limited Availability