What's On

Sun 12 Mar 2017

The Festival Preview

Tue 14 Mar 2017

Final Flight Champion Day

Tue 14 Mar 2017

Champion Day

Featured Event
Wed 15 Mar 2017

Final Flight Ladies Day

Wed 15 Mar 2017

Ladies Day

Featured Event
Thu 16 Mar 2017

Final Flight St Patricks Thursday

Book hotel only
Thu 16 Mar 2017

St Patricks Thursday

Featured Event
Fri 17 Mar 2017

Cheltenham Gold Cup Day

Featured Event
Wed 19 Apr 2017

April Meeting

Featured Event
Thu 20 Apr 2017

April Meeting

Featured Event
Fri 05 May 2017

Centaur Party after racing

Fri 05 May 2017

Hunter Chase Evening

Exclusive Packages

Make it an experience ...

St Patricks Day Private Coach Package

16 Mar 2017 - 16 Mar 2017

  • Best Mate Enclosure Ticket
  • Private Luxury Coach
from
£75.00
per person
(based on 16 sharing)

Cheltenham festival truly is the highlight of the jump season with incredible races and an unmatched atmosphere year on year. That being said Racingbreaks are delighted to offer this great experience which offers you the chance to travel in a luxury private coach from London to Cheltenham Racecourse on Thursday morning, watch the racing and enjoy the day with a Best Mate Enclosure ticket, then travel back to London on the Thursday evening after the racing has finished.

Your Package includes


  • Return private coach travel to and from London to Cheltenham Racecourse

  • Best Mate Enclosure Tickets for Thursday Raceday

  • Racing Post & Racecard

About tickets

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, as well as extensive betting facilities and bars. Access to the Parade Ring or additional activities and entertainment such as the Shopping Village is not available from Best Mate.

Upgraded tickets are available on request and this Private coach package is also available from Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle

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Ladies Day Private Coach Package

15 Mar 2017 - 15 Mar 2017

  • Best Mate Enclosure Ticket
  • Private Luxury Coach
from
£75.00
per person
(based on 16 sharing)

Cheltenham festival truly is the highlight of the jump season with incredible races and an unmatched atmosphere year on year. That being said Racingbreaks are delighted to offer this great experience which offers you the chance to travel in a luxury private coach from London to Cheltenham Racecourse on Wednesday morning, watch the racing and enjoy Ladies day with a Best Mate Enclosure ticket, then travel back to London on the Wednesday evening after the racing has finished.

Your Package includes


  • Return private coach travel to and from London to Cheltenham Racecourse

  • Best Mate Enclosure Tickets for Wednesday Raceday

  • Racing Post & Racecard

About tickets

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, as well as extensive betting facilities and bars. Access to the Parade Ring or additional activities and entertainment such as the Shopping Village is not available from Best Mate.

Upgraded tickets are available on request and this Private coach package is also available from Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle

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Gold Cup Private Coach Package

17 Mar 2017 - 17 Mar 2017

  • Club Enclosure Ticket
  • Private Luxury Coach
from
£145.00
per person
(based on 16 sharing)

Cheltenham festival truly is the highlight of the jump season with incredible races and an unmatched atmosphere year on year. That being said Racingbreaks are delighted to offer this great experience which offers you the chance to travel in a luxury private coach from London to Cheltenham Racecourse on Friday morning, watch the racing and enjoy the day with a Best Mate Enclosure ticket, then travel back to London on the Friday evening after the racing has finished.

Your Package includes


  • Return private coach travel to and from London to Cheltenham Racecourse

  • Best Mate Enclosure Tickets for Friday Raceday

  • Racing Post & Racecard

About tickets

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, as well as extensive betting facilities and bars. Access to the Parade Ring or additional activities and entertainment such as the Shopping Village is not available from Best Mate.

Upgraded tickets are available on request and this Private coach package is also available from Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle

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One Night Cotswolds Gold Cup Package

17 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017

  • Club Enclosure Ticket for Gold Cup Day
  • Cotswold Hotel and Spa
from
£259.00
per person
(based on 2 sharing)

Your Package Includes


  • One Nights' Accommodation at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa

  • Breakfast on Saturday Morning

  • Dinner on Friday Evening

  • Return Transfer to Cheltenham Racecourse

  • Club Enclosure Ticket for Friday

Optional Extras


  • Add a round of Golf at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa

  • Add a Spa Treatment at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa

  • Add an additional race day ticket for Wednesday

Prices for extras available upon request

Additional Information


The Hotel

Situated alongside the established, award winning golf course at Cotswolds Club Chipping Norton. The Cotswold Hotel and Spa has 34 bedrooms set over 2 storeys, suitable for families, individuals, couples and friends, with modern rooms overlooking the golf course, including 2 spacious suites. All ground floor rooms have their own private terrace and many first floor rooms have private balconies to sit and enjoy wonderful views of the Cotswolds hills. The 2nd floor of the hotel boasts a beautiful relaxation spa leading to the rooftop area with hot tub and outdoor sauna, simply a wonderful place to relax, unwind and recuperate whilst you enjoy the panoramic views; we’re sure you will not want to leave! The Spa offers a relaxation area, steam room and 4 treatment rooms for ultimate pamper time during your stay.

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One Night Champions Day Package

14 Mar 2017 - 15 Feb 2017

  • Best Mate Enclosure Ticket for Tuesday
  • Cotswold Hotel and Spa
from
£199.00
per person
(based on 2 sharing)

Your Package Includes


  • One Nights' Accommodation at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa

  • Breakfast on Wednesday Morning

  • Dinner on Tuesday Evening

  • Return Transfer to Cheltenham Racecourse

  • Best Mate Enclosure Ticket for Tuesday

Optional Extras


  • Add a round of Golf at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa

  • Add a Spa Treatment at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa

  • Add an additional race day ticket for Wednesday

Prices for extras available upon request

Additional Information


The Hotel

Situated alongside the established, award winning golf course at Cotswolds Club Chipping Norton. The Cotswold Hotel and Spa has 34 bedrooms set over 2 storeys, suitable for families, individuals, couples and friends, with modern rooms overlooking the golf course, including 2 spacious suites. All ground floor rooms have their own private terrace and many first floor rooms have private balconies to sit and enjoy wonderful views of the Cotswolds hills. The 2nd floor of the hotel boasts a beautiful relaxation spa leading to the rooftop area with hot tub and outdoor sauna, simply a wonderful place to relax, unwind and recuperate whilst you enjoy the panoramic views; we’re sure you will not want to leave! The Spa offers a relaxation area, steam room and 4 treatment rooms for ultimate pamper time during your stay.

Upgrade to Tattersall/Club raceday ticket available on request

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Two Night Champion Day Package

13 Mar 2017 - 15 Mar 2017

  • Tattersalls Enclosure Ticket for Tuesday
  • Cotswold Hotel and Spa
from
£349.00
per person
(based on 2 sharing)

Cheltenham Festival truly is the highlight of the jump season with incredible races and an unmatched atmosphere year on year. Gold Cup Day is like no other with the main event last year being scooped by Gordon Elliott trained Don Cossack under a fantastic ride from Bryan Cooper.

Racingbreaks are delighted to offer this package which includes a trip to Cheltenham on the opening day of the festival! The package offers two nights accommodation at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa from Monday 13th March to Wednesday 15th March, return transfers to Cheltenham and a Tattersalls Enclosure ticket for Tuesday.

Your Package Includes


  • Two nights accommodation at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa

  • Breakfast on Tuesday and Wednesday

  • Dinner on Monday and Tuesday

  • Return Coach Transfer to Cheltenham Racecourse

  • Tattersalls Enclosure Ticket for Tuesday

  • Racing Post & Racecard

Optional Extras


  • Add a round of Golf at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa

  • Add a Spa Treatment at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa

  • Add an additional race day ticket for Wednesday

Prices for extras available upon request

Additional Information


The Hotel

Situated alongside the established, award winning golf course at Cotswolds Club Chipping Norton. The Cotswold Hotel and Spa has 34 bedrooms set over 2 storeys, suitable for families, individuals, couples and friends, with modern rooms overlooking the golf course, including 2 spacious suites. All ground floor rooms have their own private terrace and many first floor rooms have private balconies to sit and enjoy wonderful views of the Cotswolds hills. The 2nd floor of the hotel boasts a beautiful relaxation spa leading to the rooftop area with hot tub and outdoor sauna, simply a wonderful place to relax, unwind and recuperate whilst you enjoy the panoramic views; we’re sure you will not want to leave! The Spa offers a relaxation area, steam room and 4 treatment rooms for ultimate pamper time during your stay.

Tattersalls Enclosure Ticket

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. The bookmakers in the betting ring (weather permitting) and the extensive totepool betting facilities can also be easily reached. Finally, the enclosure contains a host of bars and eating options including the Gold Cup and Festival Restaurants and the trade stands in the Tented Village.

Upgrade to Club raceday ticket available on request

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One Night Champion Day Package

13 Mar 2017 - 14 Mar 2017

  • Best Mate Enclosure Ticket for Tuesday plus meet and greet with Mick Fitzgerald on Monday Night
  • Cheltenham Chase Hotel
from
£129.00
per person
(based on 2 sharing)

Cheltenham Festival truly is the highlight of the jump racing season with incredible races and an unmatched atmosphere year on year. The Tuesday has one of the best atmospheres you will find on any racetrack, the famous first race ‘roar’ from the crowd is something every racing fan must hear. The first day is full of excitement that has been building all year and is not to be missed.

Racing Breaks are delighted to offer this package which includes a trip to Cheltenham festival and one nights accommodation at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel from Monday the 13th March to Tuesday 14th March, the chance to meet Mick Fitzgerald and a Best mate Enclosure ticket for Tuesday.

Your Package Includes


  • One nights accommodation at The Cheltenham Chase Hotel on the Monday night, located 15 minutes from the course.

  • Breakfast on Tuesday morning

  • Best mate Enclosure Ticket for Tuesday

  • Racecard

  • Complimentary Invite to an Evening with Mick Fitzgerald

Additional Information


The Hotel

This modern redbrick hotel, off the A46, is 6.7 miles from Cheltenham racecourse. The classic, warmly decorated rooms and suites offer en suite bathrooms, plus free WiFi, TVs, safes, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms and suites include complimentary tea and coffeemaking equipment. There's also 24-hour room service. Amenities include a traditional restaurant with countryside views and outdoor tables, a relaxed bar/lounge, and a fitness centre and spa with an indoor pool. Free on-site parking is also available.

Best Mate Enclosure Ticket

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, as well as extensive betting facilities and bars. Access to the Parade Ring or additional activities and entertainment such as the Shopping Village is not available from Best Mate.

Upgrade to Tattersalls or Club raceday ticket available on request

More information Hide information

Two Night Cotswolds Gold Cup Package

16 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017

  • Club Enclosure Ticket
  • Cotswold Hotel and Spa
from
£449.00
per person
(based on 2 sharing)

Cheltenham Festival truly is the highlight of the jump season with incredible races and an unmatched atmosphere year on year. Gold Cup Day is like no other with the main event last year being scooped by Gordon Elliott trained Don Cossack under a fantastic ride from Bryan Cooper.

Racingbreaks are delighted to offer this Gold Cup experience which offers two nights accommodation at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa from Thursday 16th March to Saturday 18th March, return transfers to Cheltenham and a Club enclosure ticket for the Friday.

Your Package Includes


  • Two nights accommodation at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa

  • Club Enclosure Ticket for Gold Cup Day

  • Dinner on Thursday & Friday Evenings

  • Breakfast on Friday and Saturday

  • Return Coach Transfer to Cheltenham Racecourse

  • Racing Post & Racecard

Optional Extras


  • Add a round of Golf at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa

  • Add a Spa Treatment at the Cotswold Hotel and Spa

  • Add an additional race day ticket for Thursday

Prices for extras available upon request

Additional Information


The Hotel

Situated alongside the established, award winning golf course at Cotswolds Club Chipping Norton. The Cotswold Hotel and Spa has 34 bedrooms set over 2 storeys, suitable for families, individuals, couples and friends, with modern rooms overlooking the golf course, including 2 spacious suites. All ground floor rooms have their own private terrace and many first floor rooms have private balconies to sit and enjoy wonderful views of the Cotswolds hills. The 2nd floor of the hotel boasts a beautiful relaxation spa leading to the rooftop area with hot tub and outdoor sauna, simply a wonderful place to relax, unwind and recuperate whilst you enjoy the panoramic views; we’re sure you will not want to leave! The Spa offers a relaxation area, steam room and 4 treatment rooms for ultimate pamper time during your stay.

Club Enclosure Ticket

As Cheltenham'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 center 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.

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One Night Cheltenham Gold Cup Package

17 Mar 2017 - 18 Mar 2017

  • Club Enclosure Ticket
  • Cheltenham Chase Hotel
from
£259.00
per person
(based on 2 sharing)

Cheltenham Festival truly is the highlight of the jump season with incredible races and an unmatched atmosphere year on year. Gold Cup Day is like no other with the main event last year being scooped by Gordon Elliott trained Don Cossack under a fantastic ride from Bryan Cooper.

Racingbreaks are delighted to offer this Gold Cup experience which offers One nights accommodation at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel from Friday 17th March to Saturday 18th March, breakfast Saturday morning and a Club Enclosure Ticket.

Your Package Includes


  • One nights accommodation at The Cheltenham Chase Hotel on the Friday night

  • Breakfast on Saturday morning

  • Club Enclosure Ticket for Friday

  • Racecard

Optional Extras


  • Add an additional night at the Cheltenham Chase Hotel

  • Add an additional race day

  • Add Private Transfer to Racecourse

Prices for extras available upon request

Additional Information


The Hotel

This modern redbrick hotel, off the A46, is 6.7 miles from Cheltenham racecourse. The classic, warmly decorated rooms and suites offer en suite bathrooms, plus free WiFi, TVs, safes, minifridges, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms and suites include complimentary tea and coffeemaking equipment. There's also 24-hour room service. Amenities include a traditional restaurant with countryside views and outdoor tables, a relaxed bar/lounge, and a fitness centre and spa with an indoor pool. Free on-site parking is also available.

Club Enclosure Ticket

As Cheltenham'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 center 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.

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Recommended Packages

Hotel and tickets ...

April Meeting Classic Package

Wed 19 Apr 2017

  • Best Mate

    Cheltenham Saver Adult plus Racecard

  • Cotswold Grange Hotel

    Classic Twin Room

from
£66.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information

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, as well as extensive betting facilities and bars. Access to the Parade Ring or additional activities and entertainment such as the Shopping Village is not available from Best Mate.

Hotel information

Housed in a detached Victorian stone villa, this refined hotel is 0.8 miles from Everyman Theatre and 1.6 miles from Cheltenham Racecourse. The individually decorated rooms range in style from classic to more contemporary, and include en suite bathrooms and desks, plus free WiFi, flat-screen TVs, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Family rooms are available, sleeping up to 4 guests. There's complimentary full English breakfast, and the elegant restaurant offers modern, locally sourced dishes. There's also a garden with a fish pond, a stylish bar with leather armchairs, meeting space and free on-site parking.

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April Meeting Premier Package

Wed 19 Apr 2017

  • Club/Tatts

    Cheltenham Saver Adult plus Racecard

  • No 38 The Park

    Deluxe Double Room

from
£98.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information

Available on all racedays apart from the Bet Victor Gold Cup Day and Cheltenham Festival Week when the enclosures are separated. Guests can enjoy all the Club and Tattersalls enclosures (listed below) 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).

Hotel information

Housed in an elegant Regency villa overlooking Pittville Park, this traditional hotel is situated just over one mile away from Cheltenham Racecourse. The period-inspired guest-rooms are individually decorated, and include WiFi, TVs, and mini-bars. Room service is available. Amenities include a restaurant offering locally sourced dishes, a library with a log fireplace, plus a courtyard garden with a Koi pond. There's also meeting space and on-site parking.

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April Meeting Platinum Package

Wed 19 Apr 2017

  • Club/Tatts

    Cheltenham Saver Adult plus Racecard

  • Queens Hotel Cheltenham MGallery Collection

    Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

from
£123.00
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information

Available on all racedays apart from the Bet Victor Gold Cup Day and Cheltenham Festival Week when the enclosures are separated. Guests can enjoy all the Club and Tattersalls enclosures (listed below) 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).

Hotel information

Overlooking the Imperial Gardens, this upscale hotel in a stately Regency-era building lined with columns is a 7-minute walk from the Everyman Theatre and 2.7 miles from Cheltenham racecourse. Colourful, modern rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, MP3 docks, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add garden views, coffee machines, minibars and/or claw-foot tubs. There's an elegant restaurant with a conservatory serving British cuisine, as well as a warm bar offering snacks. Other amenities include meeting space and parking (surcharge).

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April Meeting Premier Package

Thu 20 Apr 2017

  • Club/Tatts

    Cheltenham Saver Adult plus Racecard

  • Queens Hotel Cheltenham MGallery Collection

    Deluxe Room, 1 King Bed

from
£110.50
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information

Available on all racedays apart from the Bet Victor Gold Cup Day and Cheltenham Festival Week when the enclosures are separated. Guests can enjoy all the Club and Tattersalls enclosures (listed below) 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).

Hotel information

Overlooking the Imperial Gardens, this upscale hotel in a stately Regency-era building lined with columns is a 7-minute walk from the Everyman Theatre and 2.7 miles from Cheltenham racecourse. Colourful, modern rooms offer free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, MP3 docks, and tea and coffeemaking facilities. Upgraded rooms add garden views, coffee machines, minibars and/or claw-foot tubs. There's an elegant restaurant with a conservatory serving British cuisine, as well as a warm bar offering snacks. Other amenities include meeting space and parking (surcharge).

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April Meeting Platinum Package

Thu 20 Apr 2017

  • Club/Tatts

    Cheltenham Saver Adult plus Racecard

  • No 131

    Superior Double Room

from
£140.50
per person
(based on 2 people sharing)

Ticket information

Available on all racedays apart from the Bet Victor Gold Cup Day and Cheltenham Festival Week when the enclosures are separated. Guests can enjoy all the Club and Tattersalls enclosures (listed below) 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).

Hotel information

This posh hotel in a Georgian townhouse is less than 2 miles from Cheltenham racecourse and 8.9 miles from Tewkesbury Abbey. Featuring antique furnishings and original artwork, the 11 chic rooms offer WiFi, flat-screen TVs with premium cable channels and iPod docks, plus Nespresso machines and minibars. Some rooms have free-standing tubs. Amenities include complimentary continental breakfast. There’s also an upscale restaurant for modern British fare, plus a cocktail bar with a pool table.

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Enclosures

Where to be for the best views

CLUB ENCLOSURE

As Cheltenham'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 center 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. The bookmakers in the betting ring (weather permitting) and the extensive totepool betting facilities can also be easily reached. Finally, the enclosure contains a host of bars and eating options including the Gold Cup and 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, as well as extensive betting facilities 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 Bet Victor 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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Travel Information

How to find us

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

Parking at Cheltenham is free on all days apart from the Festival and Saturday of the Open. Parking for the 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 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.

Dress Codes

What to wear

There is no particular dress code at Cheltenham, 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 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.

Racecourse Information

The History

As the Home of Jump racing, there are few sporting venues able to match a prestige such as Cheltenham’s. 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.

The racecourse also plays host to the creme de la creme of, not only racing at Cheltenham, but the whole jump season in its entirety. Taking place over four days in March, 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 Gold Cup, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Champion Hurdle, Cheltenham Festival may well be as close to heaven on earth as possible for real racing fans, whilst the craic contributed by the Irish contingent is always engaging. The final day of the Festival is always the highlight of the week, with the cream of national hunt racehorses taking part in the Blue Riband event – the Timico 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 course holds other events outside those marvellous four days in March, with the Bet Victor Gold Cup meeting in November and Trials Day in January filling the Festival void.