The Cheltenham Festival is an annual horse racing event held each year at the prestigious Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. The four days are spread between Champion Day, Ladies Day, St Patrick’s Day and Gold Cup day, with a total prize money of over £4 million making it second only to the world famous Grand National.
If you’re seasoned gambler or after the ultimate horseracing experience, then the Cheltenham Festival is the place to be. Watch the racing from the stands whilst enjoying the hospitality on offer. Then be sure to visit both the trophy room and Hall of Fame, taking in the history of the Cheltenham Festival, racing memorabilia and see trophies from past meetings.
In recent years Irish born jockey Rupert “Ruby” Walsh has dominated the event winning 52 races, all within an eight-year period, so visit the Cheltenham Festival and see if his record can be beaten.
Nearest airport to Cheltenham Racecourse is Birmingham International, about an hour drive by car and can be reached by flights from Manchester, Newcastle and London Heathrow. For enquiries on advanced tickets contact Customer Services on 0344 5793019. Opening hours for telephone lines are 8am to 7pm Monday to Friday, 9am to 6pm on Saturday and 9am to 5pm on Sunday.
With over 230,000 people attending over the course of the week it is advisable to book tickets online ahead of your visit. Make the outing even more special by visiting Chez Roux at Cheltenham or the Panoramic Restaurant for dinner, or party after the racing at the Final Flight Bar. If you are planning a large booking contact the specialist team on 01242 537 653 who will be able advice on the various hospitality packages available.
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With so much to see and do in Cheltenham, make the most of your visit. Take a ride on the Gloucestershire steam railway, relax in Pittville Park, see the historic ruins of Hailes Abbey or make the most of the natural beautiful countryside that is the wonderful Cotswold Hills.
For more information about the Cheltenham Festival: buying tickets, Champion Day, Ladies Day, St Patrick’s Day or Gold Cup Day, history of the Cheltenham Festival, news, directions, food and drink or live music during the event, check the official website.
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