Newmarket Racecourses have been shortlisted for an RSVP award in the `Most creative use of a sporting venue' category for its themed Christmas Parties and the annual Art, Craft and Design show that were held at the NatWest Rowley Mile in November and December in 2006.
Two other venues have been shortlisted for the award which was open to any type of sporting venue in which an in-house events team or an external agency has used the venue's facilities and space to stage two separate creative events.
The judges were looking for innovation, logistical planning, venue support and client endorsement. The results will be announced on Friday 29th June at an awards ceremony to be held at Fulham Palace, London.
RSVP is the magazine for the creative events industry. Since 2002, it has organised the RSVP exhibition which has established itself as the annual forum for the UK's key event buyers and suppliers and 2007 marks the inaugural year of their awards.
Managing Director of Newmarket Racecourses, Lisa Hancock, said: "We are very pleased to have been shortlisted for the RSVP awards as they recognise the hard work of all involved.
"Both the Art, Craft and Design Show and the themed Christmas Parties are very popular non-racing events that we stage at the racecourse and we will continue to work hard to further the concepts and, with respect to the Christmas Parties, make them the most exciting event of their kind in East Anglia."
Newmarket Racecourses holds the largest themed Christmas Parties in East Anglia. Every year the Millennium Grandstand at the NatWest Rowley Mile is transformed into a particular theme. In 2006, the chosen theme was 'A Winter Wonderland' with the main entrance of the grandstand dramatically lit to glow like an ice palace and the main staircase glistening with stalactites.
Stars, snowflakes and Christmas trees were also suspended from above and the main celebration hall was even more spectacular.
For the 2007 Christmas Parties, the NatWest Rowley Mile will be turned into a mythical Sultan's palace as guests will be whisked away to an Arabian Nights-themed party like no other. Bookings are now being taken.
For more information or to book a party please call Richard Clements on 01638 675 361.
The Art, Craft and Design Show is an annual event now in its 35th year with# the last two held on the NatWest Rowley Mile. This prestigious event with over 170 stands attracts over 6,000 visitors across three days.
The show takes 12 months of logistical planning and has proved to be extremely successful with money also being raised for charity at the event. This year's show will be held on 26th, 27th and 28th October. For more information, visit www.artcraftdesignshow.co.uk
Ronan Keating returns to the Newmarket Nights stage on Friday 10th August and replaces the previously billed aist, The Ordinary Boys.
Ronan’s return will be popular with the legions of fans who have supported him in his last two sell-out appearances at the July Course.
Ronan, a long-time friend of jockey Frankie Dettori, is delighted to be returning to his favourite racecourse.
The Ordinary Boys, previously billed to play on 10th August, have had to withdraw from this year’s line-up due to recording commitments.
Lisa Hancock, MD for Newmarket Racecourses said: “It is obviously disappointing that The Ordinary Boys have had to withdraw at this stage but we are extremely fortunate to have secured someone of Ronan’s stature to play on this night in their place.”
Racegoers who have already purchased tickets for Friday 10th August will be offered the opportunity of a full refund or to retain their tickets to gain admission for the Ronan concert instead.
Details are available through the Newmarket Box Office on 01638 675 500.
Lulu joins Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra
Newmarket Racecourses also confirmed today that singing sensation Lulu will perform alongside Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra on Friday 3rd August.
Tickets for Ronan and Jools Holland are priced at:
Premier Enclosure - £28
Grandstand & Paddock Enclosure - £18
Garden Enclosure - £12
There are a limited number of child admissions priced at £5 each. Once the limited number of child admissions at that special price have been sold, children will be charged at the full adult rate.
Tickets are now on sale and can be booked online for a 5% discount on adult prices at www.newmarketracecourses.co.uk
Tickets can also be booked by calling 08707 200 201.
The complete line up for Newmarket Nights 2007 with Q103 is as follows:
Friday 22nd June – INXS
Friday 29th June – Sugababes
Friday 20th July – Madness
Friday 27th July – Pet Shop Boys
Friday 3rd August – Jools Holland and his Rhythm and Blues Orchestra with special guest Lulu