Cheltenham Festival

14 - 17 March 2023

Overview


The Cheltenham Festival is the highlight of the National Hunt season that provides an unrivalled buzz as 250,000 people descend onto the beautiful Cotswold Hills over four days of scintillating action. Champions are decided, heroes are made, and reputations are left in ruins as the finest horses, jockeys, and trainers battle it out for the highest racing honours and nearly £4m of prize money.

‘The Greatest Show on Turf’ really is the only place you should find yourself in the middle of March!

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Tuesday 14th March 2023

Wednesday 15th March 2023

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Friday 17th March 2023

Enclosures

Where to be for the best views

CLUB ENCLOSURE

As Cheltenham Racecourse's most exclusive area, the Club Enclosure provides a range of viewing and refreshment options. Guests will be treated to spectacular views from the main grandstand, viewing steps and lawn, whilst the centre of the course (by the final fence) can also easily be reached. Guests will also have access to all facilities included in the Tattersalls Enclosure.

TATTERSALLS ENCLOSURE

The Tattersalls Enclosure offers guests extensive views from the Grandstands viewing steps. Badge holders have access to the Paddock, Winner's Enclosure viewing steps, The Hall of Fame and The Centaur. Finally, the enclosure contains a host of bars and eating options including the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Cheltenham Festival Restaurants and the trade stands in the Tented Village.

BEST MATE ENCLOSURE

Cheltenham’s Best Mate enclosure is situated directly opposite the main grandstand and provides great views of the racing. Built in 2004, this modern grandstand offers a variety of food choices and bars. Access to the Parade Ring or additional activities and entertainment such as the Shopping Village is not available from Best Mate.

TATTERSALLS/CLUB

Available on all racedays apart from the Gold Cup Day and Cheltenham Festival Week when the enclosures are separated. Guests can enjoy all the Club and Tattersalls enclosures (listed above) have to offer. This includes access to the Members Lawn, viewing steps, Paddock and the centre of the course by the final fence (weather permitting).

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Dress Codes

What to wear

There is no particular dress code at Cheltenham Racecourse, as racing occurs mostly during the Winter months. Racegoers are asked to take both the occasion and weather into account when deciding what to wear. Gentleman will usually wear a suit or similar when in the Club Enclosure, restaurants and hospitality facilities. During the Cheltenham Festival, many ladies wear hats, but with the weather rather than high fashion in mind. Fancy dress is allowed as long as not deemed offensive, and the club reserves the right to turn anyone away who they believe to be dressed inappropriately.

Travel Information

How to find us

There are a variety of ways to reach Cheltenham Racecourse.

Directions

BY RAIL

Cheltenham Spa is easily accessible from both London’s Paddington and Luton with trains running hourly and a journey time of approximately 2 hours. From Birmingham, the journey will take approximately 35 minutes with trains every 30 minutes. From Bristol, trains take about 35 minutes and leave every hour. Taxis from the station will take 10 minutes, whilst a walking route will take approximately 40 minutes and is easily signposted.

BY BUS

During Cheltenham festival a bus will be picking up from Cheltenham Spa station and WH Smith in the Town Centre and dropping off at the racecourse. Return buses from the racecourse, will stop at Pittville Street before dropping off at the station. Returns and Singles from the station cost £5 and £3 respectively, whilst singles from the town and racecourse costs £2.50 each.

National Express also offer buses running to Cheltenham Festival from 21 different locations across the UK, with fares from £21. More info can be found here: http://www.nationalexpress.com/events/cheltenham-festival.aspx

BY AIR

Birmingham and Bristol airports have international flights passing through daily and are easily accessible to/from the course. Meanwhile, Gloucestershire airport is able to schedule private flights. A helipad is also available at the airport.

Parking

Car parking is FREE, apart from the following racedays:

  • The November Meeting Friday and Saturday (from £6)
  • The Festival™ in March (from £20)

Further information can be found by visiting: https://www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/cheltenham/visitor-info/transport-options/#car_parks

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