Get those hats out….It’s Saturday 18th May and a WLP Student contributor had a day at Newmarket Rowley Mile Racecourse – Did you know it’s only 40 mins away?

Why should you go? It’s the place to go if you want to have an enjoyable day out and experience the vast, luxurious world of horse racing.

The atmosphere is truly incredible with an air of excitement and passion, and everywhere you turn you’ll be immersed in the action of this historic sport.

Although the general enclosure was quite crowded, the premier enclosure was very exclusive and spacious, and people everywhere were dressed up in smart attire for their day at the races.

How much will it cost you: £25.20 for adults in premier enclosure, £17.10 for adults in grandstand and paddock (general admission). Under 18’s go free.

The racing action can be spectacularly viewed from all areas, yet those who opt for the premiere enclosure tickets will have access to the second floor bar, which boasts unparalleled views of the winner’s circle and the finish line, and an exclusive seating area allowing amazing race viewing.

Amongst the immaculate grounds and professionalism, Newmarket races offer a real family friendly feel, and the welfare of the horses is clearly everyone’s main priority. It truly is rewarding to see the people, young and old, and the horses thoroughly enjoying themselves as they race or spectate.

Time tends to fly by whilst you are enjoying yourself, so it’s the perfect day out for when you and the family have some free time and just need to get away. As you enjoy the racing in the sun, there are plenty of food and drink stands where you can indulge in luxury cuisine or grab a quick snack from seafood to chips.

A bit of history: Founded in 1636, the Rowley Mile racecourse is full of history. Statues of famous horses can be admired all round, and the statue of King Charles II stands proudly in the centre of the premiere enclosure. In fact, the racecourse is named after King Charles himself, who was affectionately known as “Old Rowley” and rode a horse by the same name. In 1671, Charles also became the first, and only, reigning monarch to ride a winner, so the course is full of rich history to discover.

Whichever of the regular race meets at the Rowley Mile you choose to go to, you’re guaranteed to have a fun day full of luxury and history.

by Laura Collins
BTEC Level 3 Creative Media Production Management (Journalism)
Peterborough Regional College

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