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Frequently Asked Questions
How do I buy a ticket?
When the box office is open, there is an easily accessible ‘BOOK NOW’ button on the website homepage. Click this button to link to the E-ticketing system.
Can I buy a ticket on the gate?
General admission tickets are available for purchase on the gate however tickets are available online at a discounted rate. Booking in advance is advised. Grandstand seats can be purchased on event from the ticket and information desk next to the Marlborough Pavilion (subject to availability).
How do I upgrade my tickets to Marlborough Pavilion if I have already purchased admission?
You can upgrade on the day via the ticket and information desk located next to the Marlborough Pavilion. You can also purchase a grandstand seat here subject to availability.
Is it possible to gain a refund if I can no longer make it to the event?
No duplicate tickets can be issued or refunds made in respect of any lost, forgotten, unused or surplus tickets or badges. Please see our ticket information page for more details.
Is admission free for Blenheim Palace Annual pass holders?
As the horse trials is a seperate event run by British Eventing you will need to purchase an admission to gain entry to the event.
Do you accept credit cards?
Tickets can be purchased by cash, credit card or debit card on the gate. There is also an ATM machine on site. All our catering outlets take contactless payment.
Is seating available?
What should I wear?
Please dress appropriately for the conditions, but wear what you are most comfortable in. It is advised that if the weather has been wet, to wear wellington boots or a similar form of waterproof shoe as the course is walked on by up to 60,000 people and therefore can become muddy. Sufferers of hay fever and horse allergies are advised to remember their antihistamines or other relevant medications.
Can I bring my own drink and food?
You are welcome to bring a picnic to enjoy at the event, however you are restricted from taking your food into the Marlborough Pavilion. There are rubbish disposal facilities located all around the grounds, so please do use these when you are finished with your picnics so that litter is kept to a minimum.
What time can I arrive at the event?
The gates open at 7am each day.
Will I be able to park at the event?
Extensive onsite parking is available in the public car parks as well as disabled parking facilities for holders of official blue disabled passes. There is a parking fee for all vehicles at the event and you can purchase the car pass in advance, however they are also available on the entrance to the event. There is a short walk from the car park to the heart of the event, but there will also be a shuttle buggy service available.
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.
Is the event wheelchair accessible?
There is limited disabled parking available; it is provided in the general public car park for blue badge holders. We provide a complimentary carer’s pass for registered carers but there are admission charges for disabled visitors. Disabled toilets are located near the disabled parking areas as well as near the Marlborough Arena and other major facilities.
Can I bring my children?
Children 12 years of age and under can enter the event for free when accompanied by an adult, they do not need a ticket.
Grandstand seats should be booked for all children over 3 years of age who require a seat to observe the dressage, show jumping and cross-country.
Can I bring my dog?
Dogs are welcome so long as they are kept on a lead at all times, and that owners clean up any mess made. Dogs are not permitted within the grandstands or the Marlborough Pavilion however they are welcome within the Marlborough Pavilion garden area. Dogs must not be left in cars.
Is there anywhere I can stay overnight?
Are there any shops?
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! Click here for more information.
Food & drink
Our food units offer excellent choices ranging from Italian sourdough pizza to juicy gourmet burgers made from local beef to yummy vegetarian and vegan options, French crepes and more with all mobile units taking contactless and card payments.
The Food Walk has grown and grown since its introduction in 2017, and now boasts utterly delicious treats ranging from indulgent home-made chocolate brownies, flapjacks and fudge to butter-free filo pastries and savoury quiches, handmade pies and boutique wines and spirits.
Will I be able to smoke at the event?
You may smoke at the event, however smoking or vaping is not permitted within tented areas of the venue or within the grandstand.
Will there be baby changing facilities?
Baby changing facilities are located around the event site within our disabled toilets. These are in all keys areas so you should never be too far away from one when needed.