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Wedding Show

11 March 2012
Our 2012 Wedding Show is set to be our most spectacular and exciting yet!

Sunday 11th March 2012

11am - 3pm

FREE Admission!

Fashion Show

In addition to the diverse collection of Exhibitors, NEW for 2012 is our much anticipated Fashion Show where you will be graced with the most stunning bridal gowns, quality men's formal attire and beautifully coordinated outfits for the Mother of the Bride.

Everybody through the door will be entered into our prize draw for the chance of winning some amazing prizes.

Let the planning begin...


PRIZE DRAW... Themed Events for 2012

24 November 2011
We're busy organising our 2012 entertainment programme and we would like to hear from you...

Please email with your suggestions and preferences from the list below and you'll be in with a chance of winning champagne and dinner for 2 in our award-winning restaurant!

  • Roaring Twenties Dance Troupe
  • ‘Swing Dance’ Dance Troupe (1940s)
  • Little Big Band (Jazz)
  • Chase the Grape (Wine Tasting)
  • Artists Weekends (Initially Equine in theme)
  • Clairvoyance Evenings
  • Tribute Bands (Elvis, Elton John, Marilyn Monroe etc)
  • Rat Pack (Dean Martin, Humphrey Bogart, Sammy Davis etc)
  • Strictly Come Dancing
  • Burlesque Dancers
  • Murder Mystery

THE CLOSING DATE FOR THIS PRIZE DRAW IS FRIDAY, 2ND DECEMBER 2011.  All entrants will be placed into a 'hat' and the winner will be drawn from there... Good luck! 



27 September 2011
Bedford Lodge Hotel could be crowned 'Best Large Hotel' in Suffolk...

Excellent customer service, outstanding facilities and high levels of repeat business have all helped Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket secure a place in the finals of this year’s Suffolk Tourism Awards.

The four-star hotel in Bury Road has been shortlisted in the Best Large Hotel category, with the winners due to be announced at a black tie ceremony in Trinity Park in Ipswichnext Thursday.

General Manager Noel Byrne said the news had come at an exciting time for the hotel.  Bought by Review Hotels last year, Bedford Lodge has just announced a £1.5 million expansion programme which includes the construction of 21 new bedrooms.  This will lead to at least 25 new jobs for the Newmarket area.

He said: “We are extremely pleased that we have been recognised by the judging panel of the Suffolk Tourism Awards.  Bedford Lodge was crowned the county’s Hotel of the Year in 2007 and we hope to emulate that success this year.”

Judges of the awards were impressed with Bedford Lodge’s success as a leisure venue, with 81 per cent of its 55 luxury rooms filled over the last year, more than half of which was repeat business.

Mr Byrne added: “We are also very popular for our wedding and conference facilities, plus our health club The Edge.  Our two AA Rosette restaurant The Orangery is also a big draw for us, with our chef James Fairchild committed to ensuring he uses as much local produce as possible.”

Bedford Lodge Hotel is a former hunting lodge which was built for the Duke of Bedford in the 18th century.  A hotel since the 1940s, the Georgian building is Newmarket’s only four star hotel and is nestled in three acres of secluded rose gardens.



27 September 2011
Bedford Lodge Hotel is a blooming winner...

Bedford Lodge Hotel has been crowned Best Hotel in theNewmarket in Bloom awards for the second consecutive year.

The three acres of rose gardens at the Bury Road hotel, tended by Geoff Baker and Geoff Ives, were chosen ahead of stiff competition by the judging panel.

General Manager Noel Byrne said: “The two Geoffs both work tirelessly in making the gardens look magnificent all year round.  We are very proud of them and are so glad that their hard work has been recognised by the Newmarket in Bloom judges for the second time.”

Newmarket town councillor Warwick Hirst, who chairs the In Bloom committee, said: “The  Best Hotel category is always one of the most competitive.  Bedford Lodge was chosen as winner because an awful lot of work goes into the gardens, with a great deal of technical ability present in the flowers there.”

The award comes hot on the heels of the announcement that Bedford Lodge has been named as a finalist in the Suffolk Tourism Awards.  The winner of the Best Large Hotel category will be announced at a ceremony in Ipswich next week.

Mr Byrne added: “This year has been very positive for Bedford Lodge.  We’ve also just announced a £1.5 million expansion programme which will lead to at least 25 new jobs forNewmarket.”

As well as its 55 luxury bedrooms, the four-star Bedford Lodge also provides wedding and conference facilities, as well as a two AA rosette restaurant and a health club.


Breakfast in the Paddocks

08 July 2011
Once again, Bedford Lodge Hotel is delighted to invite you to join a spectacular ‘Breakfast in the Paddocks’ on Friday 8th July...

Further details and full itinerary for the days events will be advised shortly.

Tickets are £45.00 per person for the Breakfast or £90.00 to include a premier enclosure ticket for the Abu Dhabi Day on Newmarket’s July course. The morning starts at 6.45am at Bedford Lodge Hotel. Places are extremely limited.


70s & 80s Disco Inferno

14 June 2011
Join us and travel back to the 70's and 80's... a time when the fashion and music were as far out as Mork and Mindy!

Get on your glad rags, dance around your hand bags and boogie the night away to hits spanning these two colourful decades.  Our DJ will be dusting off his 45s and pumping up the volume to bring you a night where the glitterball rules...

Prizes for 'Best Dressed Individual' and 'Best Dressed Group'

  • £45.00 per person

Click here to view the dinner menu>

Terms & Conditions:  
Thursday 8th December and Thursday 15th December 2011 OR dates on request - please call our Events Coordinator to discuss! 


Spend Christmas with us...

14 June 2011
Set in idyllic surroundings, the 4 star Bedford Lodge Hotel is the ultimate venue to celebrate Christmas...

... whether it's an intimate dinner with loved ones, office party or ringing in the New Year, we've hopefully thought of everything to make this Christmas truly magical!  In addition to our our usual Christmas fayre, parties and New Year's celebrations, we will also be hosting 70s & 80s Disco Inferno Nights!

Click here to view our Christmas 2011 brochure>

Watch this space... our Christmas pages are set to go 'live' very soon!


Strictly for Dance Lovers

06 May 2011
We are extremely excited to announce that Darren Bennett and Lilia Kopylova, known for their show-stopping moves on BBC’s Strictly Come Dancing will be visiting Bedford Lodge Hotel on Friday, 6th May for a stunning dance spectacular!

Ballroom and Latin dancing have become extremely popular since the launch of the show and have gained a massive following… now’s your chance to dance like a star!!

Latin Dance Master Class

Join Darren and Lilia for a lesson in Latin dancing.  The lesson will last for 1 hour, commencing at 4pm.  The Glitterball Trophy may be yours for the taking one day!

  • £130 per person
  • £180 per couple

Cabaret Dinner Dance

A Champagne Reception awaits your arrival at 7pm followed by a lavish five course dinner including half a bottle of wine per person.  You’ll then have the opportunity to watch Darren and Lilia take to the dance floor for a stunning cabaret performance.  You’ll be amazed at seeing these highly talented dancers in full swing before you are given the chance to show off your own fancy moves at the disco.  

Dress Code:  Black Tie

  • £95 per person

Want to make a night of it and stay over? 

  • £135 bed and breakfast, based on double occupancy
  • £120 bed and breakfast, based on single occupancy

Terms & Conditions:  Subject to availability on the 6th May only.


Best of British Week

17 April 2011
Join us for our ‘Best of British’ Week, here at Bedford Lodge Hotel, commencing 17th April, and pay homage to all food quintessentially British!

When it comes to comfort food, British recipes are the culinary equivalent of a big bear hug… from hotpots, pies and pasties, to fruity crumbles and pud!

Our Executive Head Chef, James Fairchild, will be cooking up a feast all week in celebration of good honest food… ‘Blighty’ style!

  • £17.00 for Main Course
  • £22.50 for 2 Courses
  • £26.50 for 3 Courses

Click here to view our 'Best of British' Menu>

Terms & conditions:  Valid lunchtimes and evenings from Sunday 17th April to *Saturday 23rd April 2011.  Subject to availability.  *Dinner only.


Spring Wedding Fayre

13 March 2011
Your wedding day is one of the most magical days of your life, all eyes will be on you...

A visit to Bedford Lodge Hotel Wedding Fayre is an absolute must for all those planning the perfect wedding.  You'll find a huge variety of exhibition stands from elegant florists to professional photographers and beautifully handcrafted cakes to sleek cars.  Whether you're planning a traditional princess fairytale wedding or maybe a more modern, contemporary affair, everything and more will be here, helping you to make your day as perfect as possible.

Set in beautiful surroundings, you'll discover why Bedford Lodge Hotel is the ultimate wedding venue.  Licensed for civil ceremonies, we offer bespoke wedding packages and our coordinators are more than happy to discuss your every need. Call Angelina Deacon on 01638 663175.

11am - 3pm. Entry is free.


It's TWITTER Competition Time!!

16 February 2011
Help us make Christmas 2011 even more spectacular...

We know Christmas has just come and gone but like Santa, we’re getting organised well in advance and we hope to have our Christmas 2011 brochures printed very soon!  

In addition to our usual Christmas fayre, lunches and celebrations we would also like to include a themed evening to take place during December.  The competition is for whoever comes up with the most interesting or unique themed evening.  It doesn’t have to be festive but it does need to have the ‘wow’ factor.  We have some ideas of our own but thought it would be a great opportunity to invite our Twitter followers to have a bash!

And the prize?  A booking for x2 people at one of the winning themed evenings to include all food, alcohol and refreshments!

To Enter:  If you are not already following us, then you will need to ‘follow’, then ‘direct message’ us with your suggestion (no more than 140 characters), only 1 suggestion per person, by Friday, 18th March 2011.  Visit us at  Your entry will need to include the theme, title and the evenings events… you can leave the menus to us! 

The closing date for this competition is Friday, 18th March 2011. 

Good luck!


Get Fit... Get Fabulous!

01 January 2011
Join today and get fit for the Summer...

... at The Edge Health & Fitness Club! 

Your 2011 To-do List

þ Lose Weight
þ Look Better
þ Tone Up
þ Feel Better
þ Lose Fat
þ Get Fitter

With great value membership from just £42 per month, The Edge Health & Fitness Club at Bedford Lodge Hotel boasts some of the finest leisure facilities in Suffolk:

  • State-of-the-art cardiovascular & resistance equipment
  • Super air-conditioned gym
  • Indoor heated swimming pool
  • Sparkling spa bath
  • Sauna and steam room

NB:  No children permitted after 6pm. 


Happy New Year... Happy New You

01 January 2011
Get fit, Get Fabulous in 2012…

Join The Edge Health & Fitness Club by 31st January 2012 and we’ll donate £10 of your membership fee to one of the following local charities:

  • Newmarket Open Door, Newmarket
  • St Nicholas Hospice, Bury St Edmunds

Not only will you be taking that first initial step in getting your health back on track but you’ll also be doing your bit for charity… so everyone’s a winner!

Terms:  Valid from 1st January to 31st January 2012. 


TWITTER Xmas Party Competition!

18 November 2010
Book your Xmas Party for either the 9th or 20th December 2010 and your table could win FREE WINE all night long!!

All you need to do to be able to win this fantastic prize is to book your table for either the 9th or the 20th December 2010 and then write your own Christmas Limerick which should be 140 characters or less. Your verse should be funny, festive and Bedford Lodge in theme.  Guests who are already booked with us on these dates qualify to enter the competition.

To enter, all you have to do is follow us on TWITTER and ‘direct message’ us with your limerick

The closing date for this competition is Tuesday 30th November 2010.  Once all the entries have been received, we will then decide on the winning verse!


History, Heritage & Horseracing Experience

17 September 2010
Visit the ancestral home of British horseracing for this fantastic equine themed package...

Prepare for an early start and indulge in a hearty breakfast at Bedford Lodge whilst you await your carriage for transfer to The Gallops and witness first hand the would-be champions in training.  

Afterwards, a trip to the National Horseracing Museum will provide you with an insightful gaze into the history of horseracing dating back to the 1900s when the museum was a betting haven for race enthusiasts.   Learn about the life of Fred Archer, the champion jockey who met a tragic end and see the silks worn by Frankie Dettori for his ‘Magnificent Seven’ winners in one afternoon!  You’ll also have the pleasure of seeing some wonderful pieces of art, sculpture and racing memorabilia including the skeleton of Hyperion.  

After the tour expect to be transferred back to Bedford Lodge for a sumptuous lunch in the award-winning Orangery Restaurant and then afterwards a visit to the National Stud awaits, showcasing British Thoroughbred breeding including the 2007/2000 Guineas Winner, Cockney Rebel.  The National Stud is the only stud in the country to give you the opportunity to see behind the scenes of a working thoroughbred farm.

‘Traditional Afternoon Tea’ awaits back at Bedford Lodge.  Weather permitting you can enjoy your refreshments on the beautiful Roxana Bar Terrace, overlooking our manicured lawns.  Time for some rest, relaxation and reflection as you discuss the day’s events of which conclude with dinner in The Orangery Restaurant.


  • 08.30am      Breakfast at Bedford Lodge.
  • 09.15am      Transfer to ‘The Gallops’ and then onto the BritishHorseracing Museum.
  • 10.15am      Arrive at British Horseracing Museum for coffee.
  • 10.45am      Tour of the Museum (approx 1 hr)
  • 11.45am      Visit Museum Shop (1/2 hr)
  • 12.15pm      Transfer back to Bedford Lodge for lunch.
  • 13.30pm      Transfer to National Stud for the Tour (75 mins, concluding at 3.15pm).
  • 15.30pm      Transfer back to Bedford Lodge for ‘Traditional Afternoon Tea’

Evening:      Dinner in The Orangery.

There is also the option of racing at Newmarket in the afternoon as opposed to visiting the National Stud for an additional £30.  Please advise Reservations when booking.

Package Cost:  £120 based on 2 people sharing / £150 when opting for racing.   £50 single room supplement.  1 night, dinner, bed and breakfast (early morning breakfast on the day also included). 


Breakfast in the Paddocks

09 July 2010
Once again, Bedford Lodge Hotel is delighted to invite you to join a spectacular ‘Breakfast in the Paddocks’ on the 9th July with a fascinating insight into thoroughbred training and breeding with a visit to one of Europe’s leading stud farms, Cheveley Park.

• Tour of Newmarket Gallops
• Breakfast on the lawns of Bedford Lodge Hotel
• A talk from Rachel Flynn, wife of Newmarket Trainer Rae Guest along with Steve Smith-Eccles and Emma O'Gorman, former leading professional women's jockey
• Exclusive visit to Cheveley Park Stud

The morning will start with a tour of Newmarket Gallops, pause and re-fuel with breakfast on the lawns at Bedford Lodge to hear the views of Rachel Flynn, wife of Newmarket Trainer, Rae Guest along with Steve Smith-Eccles and Emma O'Gorman, former leading professional women's jockey and learn more about the Sport of Kings. Then, it’s off to Cheveley Park Stud for an extraordinary insight into the world of thoroughbred horse breeding.  You’ll be taken behind the scenes at the 1,000 acre stud recognised as one of the top thoroughbred breeding centres which has to date produced almost 20 Group 1 winners. You will see Cheveley Park’s leading sire Pivotal (picture courtesy and champion miler, Medicean, along with many mares and their young offspring. For more information go to:

Tickets are £47.50 per person for the Breakfast or £82.50 to include a premier enclosure ticket for the Darley July Cup Day on Newmarket’s July course. The morning starts at 6.45am at Bedford Lodge Hotel. Places are extremely limited.


'Sunday Seduction' at Bedford Lodge

11 April 2010
Prepare to be seduced... we invite you to dine with us on any Sunday evening between the 11th April and 30th June 2010.

If you spend £75 or more in our award-winning Orangery Restaurant, we will let you stay in one of our lavish double bedrooms for just £25.00!

If you spend less than £75 then the difference will be added to your room bill, e.g. if you spend £65 in the restaurant, we will add £10 to the room, making a total of £35.00.

Exclusions and Terms
Valid from 11th April to 27th June 2010.  Offer excludes 2nd May and 30th May 2010.  Room bookings must be made on the same night as restaurant booking.  Offer is subject to availability and cannot be used in conjunction with any other offer.  Upgrades to Suites and breakfast are both available at a supplement.


Strictly for Dance Lovers

19 March 2010
We are excited to announce that James and Ola Jordan, the sexy stars of BBC TV’s Strictly Come Dancing, are shimmying their way to Bedford Lodge Hotel for a stunning dance extravaganza!

Dance Masterclass
Join James and Ola for an intimate dance experience to learn the duo's world famous signature dance: the Cha, Cha, Cha!

Cabaret Dinner Dance
Enjoy a superb five course dinner and then watch James and Ola shimmy their way through a cabaret performance before you take to the dance floor to show off your own fancy moves! To view the strictly dinner menu please click here


Customer Loyalty Scheme

14 September 2009
At Bedford Lodge Hotel, we would like to say thank you to all our customers that stay at the hotel by offering them a £10 voucher to use in either Bedford Lodge Hotel or our sister hotel Barnham Broom on their next stay.

Exclusions / Terms 
Terms and Conditions apply.


Dunwoody Completes Historic Walk

10 July 2009
Richard Dunwoody finished his historic 1000 mile walk infront of packed stands at Newmarket's July Course today. Accompanied by racing legend Lester Piggott.

Dunwoody who began his attempt to equal the feat of Captain Robert Barclay in 1809 on May 29, walked the final mile of the challenge through the stands and up the finishing straight.

The fund raising event which involved Dunwoody walking a measured mile between the Bedford Lodge Hotel and Newmarket's war memorial every hour for 1000 hours, looks to have raised around £100,000 for a number of charities including Racing Welfare and the Alzheimer's Society.


Strictly Top Scores!

17 April 2009
It was strictly ballroom at the Bedford Lodge Hotel in Newmarket when dance stars Vincent Simone and Flavia Cacace from the hit TV show Strictly Come Dancing came to town.

They donned their dance shoes and foxtrotted across the floor as they gave a masterclass to a select group of 20 people before hosting an evening cabaret dance for 100.
The tuition afternoon scored a resounding 10 after 90 minutes of cha cha cha, foxtrot and quickstep, with the professional dancing duo putting the group through their paces, leaving them elated and breathless.
Steve and Caroline Shore from Moulton End near Newmarket were among those to enjoy the fun, taking to the ballroom floor for the first time ever.
Caroline, who got to dance with Vincent, said: “They are really good teachers and made it easy to follow. It was exhilarating, uplifting, frustrating and exhausting – while fantastic at the same time.” For Steve, it was great fun and made him want to improve his technique on the dance floor.

Vincent and Flavia heralded the masterclass a great success, with Vincent commenting: "It went really well. Most of the people were beginners and in just over an hour had learned three different dances. Even though some said they had left feet, they were all up and dancing!"
Flavia added: "It was a beautiful venue and a beautiful day with lovely weather. Everyone had a great time, they were a great bunch of people, very friendly and lovely, the time just flew by!"
Also spinning around the room were Colin and Elaine Archer from Ipswich, who were enjoying the day at the luxury four-star hotel as a birthday treat. Elaine had the pleasure of dancing with Vincent and said: "We learned lots of small tips which made all the difference to our dancing."
The pair have been to a few dance classes before but as Colin noted: "The great thing about learning these good basic dance steps is that you can get up and dance anywhere. It was really good fun."
One person who couldn’t join in was Robyn Palmer from Norwich who had broken his leg skiing and had to watch instead. His partner Suzy Wright did get to dance. She said: “It was really good fun. They picked some good dances "and Robyn got his plaster cast  signed by Vincent and Flavia!"
Bedford Lodge Managing Director Noel Byrne said: “It was great for those attending the masterclass as they were able to show off their new-found skills during the evening. Our banqueting suite at the Bedford Lodge was the perfect location and we’re looking forward to welcoming Vincent and Flavia to our sister hotel Barnham Broom next month for a repeat performance."