Cambridge and the Sport of Kings
with Tony Pragnell
Thursday 26th - Monday 30th September 2019
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A thrilling day at the races, Newmarket behind the scenes, the National Stud, Warren Hill Gallops, and a visit to Palace House, home of the National Heritage Centre of Horse-racing and Sporting Art. But we have more than racing! We visit classical Cambridge, enjoying an introductory walk with a local guide. We go to Wimpole Hall and Estate, the largest private house in Cambridgeshire. And finally we have time in Ely with its magnificent Cathedral known as “The Ship of the Fens”. This unique tour will be accompanied by Tony Pragnell. Tony has first-hand knowledge of racing, having created and guided numerous specialist horse-racing tours throughout Europe, as well as an involvement with racehorse syndication.
Your Holiday Hotel
The Holiday Inn at Huntingdon is, by co-incidence, on the grounds of Huntingdon Racecourse. No racing during our stay, but a quiet and attractive countryside setting, within thirty minutes’ drive of Cambridge. There is a restaurant and bar, 24-hour room service and Wi-Fi. There is a lift to the bedrooms, which have telephone, flat-screen TV, hairdryer, iron, ironing board, and tea and coffee facilities. We have a buffet breakfast each morning, and a three-course dinner each evening.
(DAY 1) Thursday 26th September
We visit Wimpole Hall in Cambridgeshire. The mansion was bequeathed to the National Trust by Mrs Elsie Bambridge, daughter of Rudyard Kipling. Explore Georgian interiors and intimate rooms. Enjoy the formal gardens, working farm and one of the largest Rare Breeds centres in Britain. Discover a thriving working estate, with vistas created by landscapers Capability Brown and Humphrey Repton. A choice of cafés for lunch. We continue to our hotel this afternoon.
(DAY 2) Friday 27th September
Today is devoted to Newmarket, the birthplace of thoroughbred horse racing, and the largest racehorse training centre in Britain. Newmarket is home to around 3000 horses, 80 training stables, 2800 acres of training grounds, 70 miles of undulating gallops, 60 stud farms and a wealth of racing history dating back to the reign of Charles II, who did so much to develop the sport. Tony will give us a guided tour, tracing the history of racing up to the modern day, with a peek over the wall into historic racing stables, state of the art training establishments, stud farms and working gallops. We will venture onto the Warren Hill Gallops where the finest horses in the world are trained. We visit The National Heritage Centre for Horseracing and Sporting Art, situated in Charles II’s sporting palace and stables. It comprises three attractions; a new National Horseracing Museum, a Gallery of British Sporting Art, and a chance to meet former racehorses and learn what they do after racing. Voted Suffolk Museum of the year 2017. The Tack Room Café is perfect for lunch. Then on to The National Stud, set in acres of tranquil paddocks where valuable stallions receive their visiting mares, and future champions are made. We use our own coach and have an expertly guided tour of the stud, pausing to view the various paddocks and barns.
(DAY 3) Saturday 28th September
We are at the races for the big day of the Newmarket autumn meeting. Premier Enclosure badge included. The best enclosure with the elite of the sport in attendance, top jockeys, international owners and elite trainers. “The Cambridgeshire” is the big race, a super spectacle, with thirty top-class horses storming down the Rowley Mile. Excellent viewing, a choice of grandstands, pristine parade ring and paddocks, with an array of facilities for food, drinks and relaxation before and during racing.
Every Roadmark guest will be entered in our private sweepstake. One lucky person drawn at random will be the recipient of £1000 if the chosen horse wins the big race !
(DAY 4) Sunday 29th September
Leisure time in Cambridge today, beginning with an introductory guided walk with a local guide. The famous University City holds a reputation as a centre of excellence both in learning and ambiance. Cambridge has plenty of places of interest, King's College Chapel, the delightful meadows of the Backs, punting on the River Cam, and of course, all those wonderful historic college buildings. Although a city of scholars and enriched by beautiful architecture, Cambridge maintains its market town feel, creating a charming atmosphere.
(DAY 5) Monday 30th September
Our final day takes us home via Ely, renowned for its Cathedral, a magnificent building with a unique Octagon Tower dominating the landscape. We have time to see the Cathedral, Stained Glass Museum, Oliver Cromwell’s House or Ely Museum. The little town is ideal for lunch and a stroll around before continuing a journey home. We will reach Sussex in time for late afternoon taxis.