Showcase FridayFeatured Event
The season returns in fine style as Cheltenham celebrates the best of the West.
As we enter the Winter months, the National Hunt season begins to get into full swing and many top trainers and owners will bring their promising stars of the season to Cheltenham Races to begin their season campaign for 2018/19.
Showcase SaturdayFeatured Event
Day two of the season opener is a definite date for your diary.
Top class athletes will return to the spiritual Home of Jump racing as top owners and trainers bring their future stars to Cheltenham Races to kick start their season. Last year it was a meeting to remember for local trainer, Martin Keighley as he scored a double over the two days.
Come along for a fantastic day of racing, with bars and restaurants open to suit all palettes throughout the day. Returning in 2018 will be our popular Food and Showcase Zone to give racegoers the chance to try the finest products the West has to offer. More on-the-day raceday information will be released in due course.
Countryside DayFeatured Event
The November Meeting commences with Friday featuring Countryside Day, a tradition dating back over two decades where money is raised for the Countryside Alliance and Injured Jockeys Fund. There will be pre-racing activities in the paddock to raise awareness of these important organisations.
Come along for a fantastic day of racing, with bars and restaurants open to suit all palettes throughout the day. As well as the famous Shopping Village for you to start that Christmas Shopping. With exhibitors including the stylish Fairfax & Favor, the customisable Will Bees Bespoke and the adventurous Bredon Hill Shooting, we are confident that there is something for everyone.
The popular Guinness Village will be open for Club/Tatts Enclosure ticket holders for live music and an atmosphere like no other. Plus, enjoy live music throughout the day. Plus, the famous Final Flight bar returns to continue the party after racing with live music inside, as well as in The Centaur. Music acts to be announced soon.
The November Meeting SaturdayFeatured Event
As the National Hunt season hits full speed, The November Meeting takes centre stage. Day Two of the biggest Jump racing fixture before Christmas features the iconic BetVictor Gold Cup at Cheltenham Racecourse.
The racing highlight of The November Meeting always draws a large, high-class field and was won last year by the popular Splash Of Ginge and Tom Bellamy for local trainer, Nigel Twiston-Davies.
Come along for a fantastic day of racing, with bars and restaurants open to suit all palettes throughout the day. As well as our famous Shopping Village for you to continue your Christmas Shopping.
The popular Guinness Village will be open for Club/Tatts Enclosure ticket holders for live music and an atmosphere like no other. Plus, enjoy live music after racing in the Final Flight bar and The Centaur – music acts to be announced soon!
The November SundayFeatured Event
This is the only Sunday where racing takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse throughout the year, so it is the perfect opportunity to get the children along to enjoy a day out.
The meeting always provides glimpses of future stars and it was no different in the latest renewal of the Sky Bet Supreme Trial Novices’ Hurdle. The runners were well bunched throughout the race with no certain winner appearing. Eventual Cheltenham Festival winner, Summerville Boy took the lead as they climbed the Cheltenham hill, drawing clear of the rest of the field by 3 lengths but Slate house, under Harry Cobden, fought back to win the race by 3/4 of a length.
Come along for a fantastic day of racing, with bars and restaurants open to suit all palettes throughout the day. As well as our famous Shopping Village for you to start that Christmas Shopping.
The popular Guinness Village will be open for Club/Tatts Enclosure ticket holders for live music and an atmosphere like no other. Plus, enjoy live music throughout the day. With an emphasis on families, join us in The ROA Family Fun Zone where there is plenty of FREE entertainment for your children.
International FridayFeatured Event
It's always a festive Friday at The International as racegoers are treated to the finale of the Crystal Cup. The race concludes a series of unique races across Europe which encapsulates and celebrates the rich heritage of the sport. The 2017 running saw the Gordon Elliott trained Bless The Wings win The Glenfarclas cross Country Handicap. Drawing clear by 2 and a half lengths under Davy Russell to beat Cantlow.
In the feature race of the day, the Grade 3 Unicoin Group Handicap Chase, Robinsfirth was ridden to victory under Robbie Power by 2 lengths. Having led from 3 out it was a fantastic performance from the Colin Tizzard trained horse.
With the festive season in full swing, it is the perfect time to entertain friends, family or clients. The International Meeting offers far more than just racing with a range of dining and hospitality options. Don't miss out on our bespoke Shopping Village filled with a wide selection of unique retail offerings, Cheltenham provides a huge variety of carefully selected trade stands. Finish your festive shopping with us in the Shopping Village and a variety of stands to get those last minute Christmas gifts.
International SaturdayFeatured Event
Day two of The International is the perfect way to get you into the festive spirit. With Christmas just around the corner, come along and enjoy a day of racing and finish off your last minute shopping with our variety of carefully selected trade stands for you to buy those bespoke and quality gifts.
Saturday of The International features a key race on the road to The Festival™ in March, the Unibet International Hurdle. The 2017 rendition went to the popular My Tent Or Yours who had his day in the sunshine under Barry Geraghty. It was a closely fought battle better 2016 winner, The New One as they charged up the Cheltenham Hill as one. What excitement will the 2018 race hold?
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Final Flight Festival Tuesday
Champion DayFeatured Event
The first day of the Festival is many peoples favourite with four Grade 1 races and three highly competitive Handicaps for punters to sink their teeth into. The famous Festival roar will reverberate all around Cheltenham as the Supreme Novices Hurdle gets the meeting underway!
Ladies DayFeatured Event
Wednesday at The Cheltenham Festival is Ladies Day, giving racegoers the opportunity to enjoy the very best in Jump racing as well as dressing up in all their finery to join in with the fashionable crowd. Whether its an extra feather in your hat, the highest heels in your cupboard or, for the men, their very best tweed, it really is an occasion to savour.
Final Flight Festival Thursday
St Patricks ThursdayFeatured Event
Cheltenham’s celebration of St Patrick’s Day is always a great celebration in their Guinness Village, with Guinness on tap and Irish horses running on the day!
Cheltenham Gold Cup DayFeatured Event
The climax of the entire Jump season is the Cheltenham Gold Cup; the highlight of the week and a race that every year is guaranteed to provide a story for the history books.
Previous winners include Golden Miller, Arkle, Desert Orchid and Kauto Star but who will add their name to this illustrious list?
Final Flight Festival Friday
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Centaur Party after racing
Where to be for the best views
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.
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.
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).
How to find us
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 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.
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.
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.