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Cheltenham Racecourse is the jewel of the South West, set against the beautiful Cotswold Hills this venue has a fantastic history and is part of the heart and soul of the historic town of Cheltenham. Owned and operated by The Jockey Club, Cheltenham Racecourse has been at the forefront of British Horseracing for many years and is known for the highest standards and outstanding quality.
The racecourse prides itself on promoting and supporting the local economy, sourcing most of their food locally, and their ability to cater for thousands of guests on the big race days is an astonishing achievement.
The biggest event of the year is undoubtedly the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival, held each year in March over 4 days. The Festival is the Olympic games of Jump Racing, which sees over a quarter of a million guests descend on the course to see the best Irish and British thoroughbreds’ race to first past the post.
The course also hosts a range of other world-class events, such as World Snooker in the Coral World Grand Prix in early February, and regularly opens its doors to Christmas parties, comedy nights, and much more.
Hospitality packages are available for each of the 16 meets throughout the year, and there are plenty of options to choose from to suit all budgets.
The International is a great pre-Christmas meeting held over two days in December that is perfect for entertaining. A favourite for Christmas parties and a wonderful opportunity to pick up some beautiful Christmas gifts.
The most extraordinary jump racing event of the year is undoubtedly The Festival™ presented by Magners, four days of edge of your seat entertainment, with reputations at stake and over £4.5 million of prize money to be won.
The Home of Jump racing kicks off the season in style with The Showcase in October, an exciting two-day event that sets the years tone and class until The Festival™ in March the following year.
Traditionally seen as the start of the National Hunt season The November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse, run over three days in mid-November this friendly alternative to The Festival™ is one of the most exciting events of the Autumn.
Part of the heart and soul of Cheltenham, the racecourse has many excellent transport links.
Officially there is no dress code at Cheltenham, the course recommends dressing for the weather. However, in hospitality areas, gentlemen usually wear a suit or similar, and many ladies choose to wear county-style hats.
The racecourse postcode is GL50 4SH for use with GPS equipment. However, on a race day, customers are strongly advised to follow temporary signs when entering Cheltenham and the local area and not the brown permanent signs.