Cheltenham Festival Champion DayFeatured Event
The gates of Cheltenham Racecourse will open on Day One, and the roar will be released as we welcome another four days of extraordinary racing and entertainment.
The opening day of the 2020 Cheltenham Festival featuring the Champion Hurdle.
Cheltenham Festival Ladies DayFeatured Event
As the gates to Cheltenham Racecourse open on Day Two for The Cheltenham Festival, we see tens of thousands of racegoers adding a splash of colour to The Home of Jump Racing.
The 2020 Cheltenham Festival continues with Ladies Day featuring the Queen Mother Champion Chase.
Cheltenham Festival St Patricks DayFeatured Event
Are you ready for the craic on Day Three at The Cheltenham Festival? Watch extraordinary racing as racegoers celebrate with our friends from the Emerald Isle.
Throughout each enclosure, traditional Irish bands set the scene for what is an extraordinary day of racing and entertainment, creating an atmosphere that is electric.
Cheltenham Festival Gold Cup DayFeatured Event
Gold Cup Day at The Cheltenham Festival is the pinnacle of Jump racing.
The finale of The Festival™ presented by Magners promises an experience like no other for sport fans, and those seeking a bucket list event. As the gates open on Day Four of The Cheltenham Festival, racegoers prepare to be a part of history being made.
April MeetingFeatured Event
The April Meeting is a chance for racegoers to see their racing favourites before the end of the Jumps season and enjoy a quality day out in the springtime sunshine.
The racing highlight on the opening day of The April Meeting was Mister Whitaker for trainer Mick Channon and jockey Jonathan Burke gave a gutsy performance to hold off the challenge from Got Away in the feature race of the day The Cure Parkinson’s & Hambo Foundation Silver Trophy Chase.
April MeetingFeatured Event
On the penultimate raceday of the season here at Cheltenham Racecourse, we saw Kupatana take the EBF/Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association Mares’ Novices’ Handicap Chase Series Final for Harry Cobden and Paul Nicholls, giving Paul his 3,000th UK Jumps winner.
As the Jump season begins to unwind, so does the Professional season here at Cheltenham. The April Meeting is a chance for racegoers to see their racing favourites before the end of the Jumps season and enjoy a quality day out in the springtime sunshine.
Race NightFeatured Event
Start your weekend the right way by joining us at Race Night featuring Hunter Chase Racing. It’s our final meeting of the season and a firm local favourite.
Cheltenham’s only evening fixture and a time for amateur riders and trainers to compete for the ultimate dream of winning at the Home of Jump racing with seven fiercely fought Hunter chases over distances expected to range from an extended two miles to four miles.
It’s an ideal time for families, friends and work colleagues to let their hair down and have fun. Enjoy affordable racing before the sun goes down, with our only evening racing fixture at Cheltenham Racecourse. Promising to be a great way to end the season, amateur jockeys are given a chance to shine on the racecourse.
Where to be for the best views
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.
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.
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).
How to find us
There are a variety of ways to reach Cheltenham Racecourse.
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.
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
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 at Cheltenham Racecourse is free on all days apart from the Cheltenham Festival and Saturday of the Open. Parking for the Cheltenham Festival is £15 on the day and £8 in advance, whilst parking for the Saturday of the Open is £5 on the day and £4 in advance. The parking scheme for Cheltenham Racecourse can be found here http://cheltenham.thejockeyclub.co.uk/plan-your-race-day/visitor-information/directions-parking.The scheme is colour coded so that your parking zone will match your label and preferred route.
When picking up and dropping off during the Open and Cheltenham Festival please use the green area at West Car Park. From there, it is a 5 minute walk to the entrances.
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.
As the Home of Jump racing, there are few sporting venues able to match a prestige such as Cheltenham Racecourse. With 16 enthralling days of top class racing each year and an extensive history, this is the place where Champions are born. Indeed, the best of the best compete in a series of championship races over jumps, and sell out crowds of up to 70,000 pack the racecourse amphitheatre that nestles under Cleeve Hill.
Cheltenham racecourse also plays host to the creme de la creme of the whole jump season in its entirety. Taking place over four days in March, The Cheltenham Festival attracts racegoers from far and wide, all helping to create a special atmosphere made up of a 260,000 audience and the best horses, jockeys and trainers worldwide.
Comprising of the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Champion Hurdle, the Cheltenham Festival may well be as close to heaven on earth as possible for National Hunt racing fans, whilst the craic contributed by the Irish contingent is always engaging. The final day of the Cheltenham Festival is always the highlight of the week, with the cream of national hunt racehorses taking part in the Blue Riband event – the Cheltenham Gold Cup. While for many the 2011 victory of Long Run from past winners Denman, Kauto Star and Imperial Commander will live long in the memory, others will never forget Desert Orchid staying on dourly up the hill to record a famous success in 1989.
Fortunately, the Cheltenham Racecourse holds other events outside those marvellous four days in March, with the Cheltenham Gold Cup meeting in November and Trials Day in January filling the Festival void.