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Cheltenham Festival

Plan your day at Cheltenham Festival 2024

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Here’s what you need to know to plan your day for the highlight of the jump season. The most extraordinary racing event of the year.

New to Cheltenham Racecourse? Make sure you download our official app on the day to make the most of your day and be guided around the course.

Tune into Cheltenham Radio on 87.7fm for regular travel updates throughout the day, alongside your tips and insider news each day of the festival.

Can't find the information you need below? Contact us today.

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MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR VISIT TO THE CHELTENHAM FESTIVAL

  • Cheltenham Festival is selling fast, book now to avoid disappointment
  • Download the Cheltenham Racecourse App to make the most of your day and be guided around the course.
  • Plan your journey, make yourself aware of the planned road closures and train strikes, visit the travel page for more information.
  • Remember - book parking in advance online to secure your space.
  • Arrive early, we open at 10:30, don’t miss out on any action and it might even mean you are able to spot jockeys and trainers as they arrive at the racecourse.
  • Read up on how to get the most out of your to Cheltenham Racecourse through Insider Tips.
  • Tune into Cheltenham Radio on 87.7fm to get all your tips and insider news each day of the festival.

The Racecourse will be particularly busy during the Festival week so we advise allowing plenty of time to complete your journey and sufficient time to enter the venue. Cheltenham Festival will be a safe and secure event and so, as with other major events, security checks will be carried out before you enter the racecourse. For more information on bag poilcy, please visit our FAQ's.

  • Make a day of it, the Cheltenham Festival is more than four extraordinary days of racing, enjoy unmissable entertainment throughout the day: with a variety of live bands from jazz to rock performing in all areas of the course.
  • We’d love to see your photos from the day - use #CheltenhamFestival and tag us in your photos for the chance for your pictures to be shared on our social channels.
  • If you need any assistance throughout the day, keep an eye out for our "Redcoat" stewards or visit our staff at the information point, who will be happy to help.
  • The Orchard™ is a premium and unparalleled experience for racegoers, if you are a Club Enclosure ticket holder be sure not to miss out on extraordinary entertainment including our resident DJ, spinning Balearic beats and sunset classics from the sunseeker boat and the brand-new Orchard Food and Drink Hall!
  • The Shopping Village is bursting with wonderful shops, from fabulous fashion, accessories and jewellery to art, home furnishings and much, much more.
  • Where the craic is mighty, the Guinness Village it is a must experience at The Festival. Everyone is ready to party, and the atmosphere is electric.
  • As well as showing all the action in the parade ring and on the track, there will be interviews, behind-the-scenes exclusives and a close-up of all the entertainment at The Festival - so keep an eye on the screens to stay up to date with all The Festival happenings.
  • Did you know that most of the bars at Cheltenham Racecourse are names after famous racehorses? With the vast range of bars at the racecourse, from the buzz of the course-side Arkle bar or the glamour of the Moët and Chandon Roma Bar.
  • Don’t rush off! Join us in the Centaur after racing for a live band performance every day of The Festival.
  • Our car parks will be extremely busy and customers should be prepared that it will take time to leave our car parks, racegoers should be aware of the planned road closures to plan your journey home.

Plan Your Visit

Enclosures

We have three enclosures at The Cheltenham Festival and the type of ticket you buy will grant you access to different areas.

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Group Bookings

If you’re looking to secure between 15 and 50 tickets, you can take advantage of our preferential Group rates.

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Travel & Parking

We want to ensure that getting to Cheltenham Racecourse is made as easy as possible. Book your coach journey with National Express or your plan your bus journey from Cheltenham Spa station.

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Cheltenham Racecourse App

Don't miss any of the action, download the Cheltenham Racecourse app today to receive all the latest from Cheltenham.

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When and what time

Everything you need to know in preparation for your visit to Cheltenham Racecourse including timings, facts and directions.

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Live Entertainment

There will be live entertainment before, during and after racing in all three enclosures across all four days of the Cheltenham Festival.

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The Orchard

Available to those in the Club Enclosure, The Orchard offers a fun, unique area to enjoy the racing from - a first in British horseracing. Giving Festival racegoers a premium experience to enhance their day.

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Cheltenham Festival Style

Although there isn't an official dress code for The Cheltenham Festival, smart is preferable and often adopted. We advise you to check the forecast and dress accordingly to make your day with us as extraordinary as possible.

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The Slow Fashion Awards

The Slow Fashion awards celebrate vintage and borrowed items, as well as investment pieces that can be passed down through generations. We encourage all racegoers to showcase their unique and personal style, and to share the stories behind their amazing outfits with friends, family, and on social media.

The awards are open to both men and women, and we can't wait to see the incredible fashion on display!

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Mastering your Style Wednesday look

As Style Wednesday approaches, and we celebrate 100 years of the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup, it's an occasion to showcase your sartorial elegance and sophistication. We will delve into the world of classic race day styles, from refined colour palettes to iconic accessories and impeccable tailoring.

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The Shopping Village

The shopping experience at The Cheltenham Festival offers an ideal shopping opportunity with plenty of shops ready to sell a diverse range of goods with something to suit every taste and budget.

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Food & drink

At Cheltenham Racecourse we pride ourselves on providing a local, premium, and sustainable food and drink service throughout the Festival. We strive to support local businesses and campaign to supply premier brands and enhance the product range available to serve only the best.

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Festival FAQs

Take a look at our Cheltenham Festival frequently asked questions here.

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Contact Us

Can't find the information you need? Contact us today and we will be more than happy to help. 

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Accommodation tips for The Festival

There’s so much choice in Cheltenham, the gorgeous surrounding Cotswold villages and even further afield, providing options for all budgets and tastes.

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Visit Cheltenham's guide to visiting the Festival

Packed with useful information on where to stay, restaurants, bars and shops to visit as well as things to enjoy in the local area.

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Racecourse Map

View our official Racecourse Map for Cheltenham Racecourse and find your way around the Grandstand and Course. 

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Cheltenham Radio

Cheltenham Radio is a special radio station that will run throughout the 4 days of the festival broadcasting 24 hours a day. The station will bring you all the colour and spectacle of jump racings biggest week with live commentary of all the races.

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Safety & Security

Delivering a safe and secure event is our top priority at Cheltenham Racecourse, and our team are dedicated to ensuring you have an enjoyable day out.

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Venue Accessibility

Cheltenham welcomes racegoers with disabilities and offers a range of facilities to enable them to get the most from their day.

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The Jockey Club and House of Cavani

House of Cavani offer contemporary fashion and formalwear that you will be proud to have in your wardrobe. Boasting a range of classic smart wear that you can wear during the finer moments of life, House of Cavani has a range of clothing that the modern racegoer needs to feel dapper. Exclusive Offer: Get 15% off your House of Cavani order by using the code: JOCKEY15


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