On The Trail of Dick Francis

Calling all Dick Francis lovers! Join us on a literary tour, via bus and foot, around the historic town of Newmarket and see many of the places that crime novelist and former champion steeplechase, Francis, featured in his realistic plots based in the spiritual home of horseracing.

This two hour tour runs on set dates throughout the year and is priced at £25 per person which includes a cream tea.

This tour is available to book as a private experience on a date of your choice (subject to availability and a minimum of two people). A private option is just an additional one-off payment of £50, plus the standard ticket price. If you would like to arrange, please contact us on 01638 501122 or admin@discovernewmarket.co.uk to discuss.

Please see available Tour Dates below and then click on the date and select the number of tickets. Tickets will be emailed to the email address you provide at checkout.

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A perfect gift for any horse racing enthusiast!

Available as a Gift Voucher

A perfect gift for any horse racing enthusiast!

Calling all Dick Francis lovers!

Join us on a literary tour, via bus and foot, around the historic town of Newmarket and see many of the places that crime novelist and former champion steeplechase, Francis, featured in his realistic plots based in the spiritual home of horseracing.

Dick Francis wrote some 50 thriller books during his second career and then later his son Felix took up the pen allowing our hero to continue to investigate a series of fictitious crimes based around the world of racing. Whilst the storylines were cleverly scripted, many of the locations referenced were physical, iconic buildings located within Newmarket.

This guided tour takes you past a number of those named places, where you can visualise for yourselves the unfolding drama in CRISIS as you pass the stables on the Bury Road. See the gallops where the horse was tragically shot in BONECRACK and from the top of the famous Warren Hill view the sales ring mentioned in KNOCKDOWN. Finish your tour in front of the stands at the Rowley Mile racecourse imagining the impact of the bomb going off in DEAD HEAT before relaxing and reminiscing past storylines over a delicious cream tea at the Bedford Lodge Hotel where Francis characters often stayed as did Dick Francis himself.

1 pm – Meet your guide at the Bedford Lodge Hotel where you will begin your driving and walking tour, taking in the numerous places which feature in the novels based in Newmarket.

3 pm – Return to the Bedford Lodge Hotel where you can collectively reminisce past storylines over a delicious cream tea.

The On The Trail of Dick Francis Tour is running on the following dates:

Saturday 12th February 2022
Saturday 16th April 2022
Saturday 20th August 2022
Saturday 19th November 2022

Address

Bedford Lodge Hotel, Newmarket, CB8 7BX

Contact

01638 501122
admin@discovernewmarket.co.uk