Newmarket Racecourse Celebrates 350th Birthday

29 April 2016, 06:48 | Updated: 29 April 2016, 07:25

Newmarket racing

Final preparations are underway at Newmarket Racecourse as it kicks off celebrations marking its 350th anniversary.

Events are taking place throughout the year for the milestone, starting with the QIPCO Guineas Festival this weekend.

Alongside the horse racing, there will also be an opening ceremony from 1pm tomorrow which will include:

  • A Spitfire Flypast from the Imperial War Museum at Duxford, marking racing through the two worlds war

  • Opening of the 350 Time Capsule - where people can put their most cherished memories

  • A special commissioned poem read by Henry Birtles

  • Family fun for the bank holiday, kids entry for free

  • Replica Spitfire with chance to sit in and have photographs taken

A special Newmarket Monopoly board game, exclusively created to celebrate 350 years of history in Newmarket, is also going on sale this weekend.

Newmarket monopoly

Amy Starkey, Regional Director of Jockey Club Racecourses East Region, told Heart: ""Newmarket at this time of year is so special. There's a real sense in the town of hope, anticipation and excitement of what lies ahead. 

"2016 marks a very special year, a history and heritage we at Newmarket Racecourses are very proud to be associated with, so don't miss out, come and celebrate this fantastic anniversary, bank holiday weekend and sporting event with us!"