The Henry Cecil Open Weekend returns to Newmarket – the home of British horseracing – on Saturday 17th & Sunday 18th September 2022.
This is also the culmination of National Racehorse Week, a nationwide annual celebration of the racehorse which showcases the love, care and attention that goes into looking after racehorses.
Saddle up for an action-packed weekend of tours and events as you delve behind the scenes at British horseracing’s HQ. You will be able to see the world’s best racehorses canter on Warren Hill Gallops, tour a number of Newmarket’s finest equine attractions, go racing at the Rowley Mile Racecourse and visit the yards of Newmarket’s leading racehorse trainers, all before an afternoon of family entertainment on Sunday 18th September.
The Henry Cecil Open Weekend 2022 will be raising money to support some of horseracing’s dedicated charities – Racing Welfare, Newmarket Day Centre, the National Horseracing Museum and Newmarket Heath Ambulance, a fundraising initiative to purchase a quick response unit for work riders on Newmarket Heath. Last year a record £60,000 was raised for our partner charities.
Henry Cecil Open Weekend wristband holders are able to get access to the National Horseracing Museum on either day for just £5 per adult. This includes entrance to the museum, behind-the-scenes tours, access to the special exhibitions, meeting the retired racehorses and a ride on the racehorse simulator. While you’re here, why not book a table for lunch at The Tack Room restaurant, or order a picnic from The Bakery to enjoy in our beautiful grounds.
Sunday 18th September:
This promises to be a day like no other as trainers’ yards open their doors from 9am -12:30pm as part of the Henry Cecil Open Weekend. The final list of confirmed trainers opening will be published closer to the date, so please keep an eye on the official website when planning your weekend.
Attention turns to the main arena on The Severals on Sunday afternoon. The action begins with the Qatar Racing Mounted Games, an inter-yard competition of traditional gymkhana games. Meet some equine stars of the past in the parade of Retired Racehorses, sponsored by Al Shaqab and enter your canine friends in the Blue Diamond Stud Dog Show. This year’s Open Weekend will also see the return of the hugely popular Clipper Logistics Show Jumping Competition.
Meet Retired Star Sprinter, Battaash!
We are delighted that former champion sprinter, Battaash, will be making a welcome return to NHRM! Museum visitors, and anyone with an Open Weekend wristband will be able to meet him on the hour, from 10am – 4pm on Saturday 17th September and on the hour from 10am – 12pm on Sunday 18th September.
Things to consider:
There is a packed timetable in place for this exciting weekend – timings are subject to change so please check here for the latest timetable and for any adjustments to the itinerary before you start planning your weekend
Your Henry Cecil Open Weekend wristband must be shown on Saturday and worn on Sunday for access to all events (you will receive individual tickets for racing if purchased as part of a package). You will receive this when you buy your tickets, which can be purchased here
The same wristband will also need to be presented at the National Horseracing Museum in order to allow you to get your day ticket for just £5 per adult
Children aged 16 and under go free all weekend, so no wristband is required for them
Official programmes are available to purchase for £3 and will be sold at all sites and car parks, as well as the National Horseracing Museum. This includes a map, daily timetable, trainer and yard information, and further information about the weekend. A voucher should be received for all programmes bought in advance, which can be exchanged at all Open Weekend sites
Advance booking is required for both The Jockey Club Rooms and The National Stud tours. To book please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01638 501122, Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm
Yard access – Sunday only, 9am-12:30pm. There will be complimentary shuttle buses running approximately every 20 minutes from The Severals on Sunday morning to help visitors travel to yards
If you have any other questions about the Weekend, check out the FAQs on the official website
Because this is a special event, access to the National Horseracing Museum is not included with your annual pass
17th & 18th September 2022
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£5 per adult with your HCOW wristband
Children under 16 go free. As this is a special event, it is not included with an annual pass.
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