Relocating can feel overwhelming, especially if you are moving to an area, you are unfamiliar with. By learning about your future town or city, you can forge a deeper connection, helping you to settle more quickly and benefit from local amenities straight away. If you are considering moving to Newmarket, here is what you need to know.

A Strong History and Sense of Tradition

As the name suggests, Newmarket is a market town. Tuesdays and Saturdays draw shoppers seeking fresh fruit and vegetables, cakes, jewellery and more to the area behind the Guineas Shopping Centre, with long-serving traders – some who have had a stall for over 40 years – having loyal customers who return each week.

Quaint and attractive, Newmarket has long been a popular choice for those looking at alternatives to the nearby city of Cambridge and has a rich history of its own to celebrate. Horse racing is synonymous with the town and, as well as the famous July Course and Rowley Mile, it is home to the British Horse racing headquarters. The National Horse racing Museum is based at the beautiful Palace House and is a must for any equine lovers.

National Trust sites at Ickworth, Wicken Fen and Wimpole Estate are all close by, with English Heritage sites such as the Packhorse Bridge at Moulton also well worth a visit. Nearby Thetford Forest is a wonderful place to get active, being perfect for cyclists and ramblers alike.

A Town with a Buzz

Newmarket has an array of pubs, bars, and restaurants to choose from, making it a hive of activity on weekends. For fine dining, nearby Bury St Edmonds boasts Pea Porridge – Suffolk’s only Michelin star restaurant and the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion.

Amenities in the town include Kings Theatre, a monthly community cinema at The Stables and a leisure centre, as well as a number of private gyms. Newmarket Library is based in the town centre and runs toddler groups and social events for older people as well as loaning books, DVDs and CDs and providing free Wi-Fi and computer access.

An Ideal Choice for Cambridge Commuters

At just fourteen miles from Cambridge, Newmarket is popular with commuters. Driving into the university city takes around 35 minutes, but many people make use of the Greater Anglia train service which runs around once an hour, with journey times into Cambridge under 25 minutes during the day.

Good Schools

Newmarket is a popular choice for young families because of the wealth of good schools in the area. Ofsted recently awarded Moulton Church of England Voluntary Controlled Primary School as outstanding in all areas. Exning Primary School is also an Ofsted outstanding school, alongside provision for preschoolers such as Colourbox Montessori School, Ditton Lodge Nursery and Fairstead House Nursery. The local secondary school is Newmarket Academy is rated good and also offers post-16 courses.

Safe Streets

Suffolk is viewed as a safe place to live, and statistics suggest crime rates in Newmarket in 2023 are down from those in 2022. With Suffolk Police committing to reducing antisocial behaviour in Newmarket town centre, as well as targeting county lines, Newmarket stands to remain a safe place to live.

Newmarket is a more affordable alternative to Cambridge, yet it has just as much charm, which is why it is popular with people of all ages.

Cambridge Removals

If you are moving to the region, please don’t hesitate to contact the team here at Cambridge Removals and Storage. With more than fifty years of experience in removals, and storage our family-run business is ready and waiting to help you move into your new home. Send a message here, or call 01223 882 118.