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The SsangYong Blenheim Palace Horse Trials attracts loyal visitor attendance each year who come along to enjoy the range of competitions, extensive shopping opportunities and variety of attractions for all the family in the stunning grounds of Blenheim Palace.
We would like to make your visit to Blenheim a happy and memorable occasion and offer the following tips and information to help…
A range of tickets are available for the event – please see the ticket information page for more details and prices. We recommend booking in advance as discounts apply to most ticket options and this will speed up your access to the event. Alternatively, many ticket options can be purchased on the gate (but not all)! Click here to book tickets now.
Children 12 years of age and under can enter the event for free when accompanied by an adult, however due to health and safety requirements each child requires a complimentary entrance ticket. Please ensure that you have booked one complimentary children's ticket for each child (12 years of age or under) attending the event. These tickets will be scanned in the same way that adult tickets are.
Grandstand seats should be booked for all children over 2 years of age who require a seat to observe either dressage and show jumping.
The gates open at 7am each morning, closing each day at approximately 6.30pm.
Official event guide
Vouchers for official event guides can be purchased at a discounted rate online, redeemable on arrival at the event. Visitors will also be invited to buy one on the day. They will be available for sale at the pay lanes, the Organiser's Office and from the event guide sellers who are based in branded booths throughout each day.
What to wear
Dress is casual and should be suited to the weather conditions on the day, however please bear in mind the mixed terrain and wear appropriate comfortable footwear, especially if you are planning to walk the cross-country course and browse the extensive shopping village! Wellies are always a safe option as the site can get rather muddy when it rains!
Bare chests are not permitted in the Marlborough Club.
If we are blessed with good weather, do not forget to apply sun block in advance of your arrival and bring extra to top up!
Sufferers of hay fever and horse allergies are advised to remember their antihistamines or other relevant medications. St John Ambulance will be on site, however prevention is always the best policy!
Arrival at the event
Several entrances to the event site are available in order to ease traffic flow and limit queues, however delays can occur during peak times so leave plenty of time for your journey. Directional signage to the event will be displayed on all major roads approaching Blenheim Palace.
Extensive onsite parking is available in the public car parks as well as disabled parking facilities for holders of official blue disabled passes.
A parking fee applies to all vehicles. When purchasing tickets in advance, add one vehicle pass per day attending the event to your basket (£3 per day in advance). The gate price for cars entering the event without a pre purchased vehicle pass is £5.
A 5-10 minute walk from the public car park will bring you into the heart of the event site. A complimentary shuttle buggy service will be available for transfer from the car park to the shopping village.
Limited disabled parking areas are provided in the forward parking area for holders of official blue disabled car passes. Admission charges apply to disabled visitors, but a complimentary carer's pass can be provided for registered carers. Please contact the office to book. Mobility scooters are available to hire from Mobility Hire.
Disabled lavatories are located near the disabled parking areas as well as near the Marlborough Arena and other major facilities.
Food and drink
There are a wide choice of catering options throughout the event site to suit all tastes, including three course prix fixe lunches and afternoon teas in the Marlborough Club and sandwiches, snacks and drinks from the mobile catering units.
The shopping village at Blenheim has over 200 outlets selling a wide and interesting variety of high quality products and services. The shop and drop facility means that you do not have to carry heavy bags around all day! On Thursday and Friday we offer free admission to the event from 4pm for late afternoon shopping – trade stands will close at approximately 6pm.
Lavatories are situated around the event site and cross-country course. These are marked on the map in the official event programme.
A cash point is located near to the scoreboard and Marlborough Pavilion.
Dogs are welcome at Blenheim as long as they are well behaved, kept on a lead at all times and owners clean up any mess.
Dogs are not permitted within the grandstands or the Marlborough Pavilion but are welcome in the Marlborough Pavilion garden which overlooks the main Marlborough Arena. Dogs must not be left in vehicles at any time.
If you have lost or found any item during the event please go to the Ticket hub (next to the Marlborough Pavilion). After the event please call 01993 813335 to check for lost property. We retain lost property for two months, after which point any unclaimed items are donated to a local charity shop.
Smoking and vaping are not permitted within the grandstand or inside the Marlborough Pavilion.