The Newmarket Guineas festival is known for its great racing and is an event everyone has in their calendar for a great party weekend. Now there is a slight change this year, the Guineas Festival normally falls on the bank holiday so there will be a slightly more subdued crowd on the Sunday but the Sunday tends to have a more family feel anyway. So let’s focus on the Saturday and how you might want to plan your day!
Pre-racing- Many people like to pack a small picnic, nothing fancy just to have a few drinks before heading into the races, this is also great as a meeting point and a nice start to the day. This unfortunately is totally weather dependant, we must remember it is only May and this meeting can be beautiful warm sunshine or bloody windy and cold! If the weather god is not on our side you could meet for a drink in town and get the complimentary bus to the races or just head straight there. The bus service starts two hours before racing and picks up outside Hughs electrical, the return shuttles start 45 minutes before the last and go on for about 2 hours after the last.
At the Races-
The course itself is one of my favourites, there are a few must do spots! First start the day right with a Pimms, the Pimms bar is next to the annual badge holders facility and is in a little sun trap perfect for a spring morning. This is also right next to the pre-parde and parade ring so is a great base for the first race to go and see the horses. As the day goes on you will spend a lot of time going from the parade ring out onto the course so getting a table early at the Pimms bar is a good base. For the afternoon, say last three races, you will want to follow the sun and head over to the Frankel bar which is over looking the parade ring and next to the weighing room, this is a wine bar serving amazing sea food. If you can this is a great place to sit for lunch and overlooking the parade ring offers great views. The bar itself has some amazing Frankel memories in it too.
As the racing comes to a close the apres racing is located just behind the Frankel bar, so you have a short walk for some more action. Dj Johnny Vaughan will take to the decks after racing on Saturday to get the party going. You can then grab a taxi or the complimentary shuttle bus to get to town.
After racing the Kings Head in Dullingham is the perfect spot for some dinner before you head out, it’s just outside of town so if you don’t fancy going too mad its perfect. The food is fantastic and it has a great atmosphere but make sure you book!
If you fancy more of a quick dinner pizza express or Kings in town are perfect, Kings is also a cocktail bar so it’s good way to start your night. After Kings you can head to The Yard pub if you fancy a very pub feel with some dancing or if you are really brave you can go over the road to Unique which is the nightclub.