Last week I was kindly invited to attend Feel Good Friday at ‘The Home of Horseracing,’ Newmarket Racecourse. The Moët & Chandon July Festival is one of the racecourse’s biggest events of the year, spanning three days of racing, music and entertainment.
This year the festival took place from Thursday 11th July to Saturday 13th July. Ladies Day was on the Thursday with a whole host of racing, including The Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy and Group 2 Princess of Wales’s Stakes. The day ended with a DJ set from Nick Grimshaw.
Feel Good Friday’s races include The Duchess of Cambridge Stakes and then a DJ set by Heart FM. And then the races continued on Saturday with the Darley July Cup Day with the winner of the Group 1 Race acknowledged as the best sprinter in Europe.
The Moët & Chandon July Festival also hosts The Style Awards with different Best Dressed competitions running across the three days. The Festival is a chance to get all dressed up and spend time with friends and family in a unique environment.
During my first role after university I worked at The Style Awards, so it was really nice to return as a festival-goer! Dressing to impress is one of the reasons that makes going to the races so special – there aren’t many places where you can go and get really dressed up these days.
As always, I tried on my whole wardrobe before deciding what to wear! I ended up wearing a Laura Ashley pink and white check number that I found in a charity shop, added some white New Look sling backs and a fascinator from a local boutique, Chaffinch, in Woodbridge. It just goes to show that racing style can be inclusive of all budgets and styles.
I headed to Feel Good Friday with my fellow blogger pal Abi. Neither of us knew much about horseracing but we were looking forward to the experience and spending a fun day out together.
We had a go at betting (but quite quickly realised that betting on horses with the names of cake brands wasn’t the best strategy!) and enjoyed watching the horses thunder past. The whole day was very relaxed and fun, with us able to chat and relax as we watched races and sipped champagne – bliss!
If you’re looking for a day out doing something different and would like to find out more about a historic part of Suffolk’s culture, then there are still lots of race days going on throughout the summer and into the autumn. We were surprised to learn that prices start from just £13, and you can spend the day and into the evening there, making it an affordable day out during the summer.
On 3rd August there is a Peaky Blinders Raceday where you can step back into the 1920s and there is a Family Fun Day on 23rd August. The Dubai Future Champions Festival offers another chance to dress to impress at the Autumn Ladies Day on 11th October and Dubai Future Champions Day on 12th October.
Disclaimer: This was not a sponsored post. I was invited to the The Moët & Chandon July Festival to review but did not receive payment for my blog post.
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