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Cheltenham Racecourse

We believe there is only one place to continue your New Year celebrations, and that's a day at the races, and New Year's Day 2020 did not dissapoint. 




Racegoers enjoyed our Family Fun Zone, which included appearances from Alex the Lion and Skipper the Penguin from Madagascar. As well as live music in the Guinness Village from Lampa, who played everyone's favouritie Irish songs. Followed by Tommy and The Fuse performing in The Centaur after racing. 


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New Year's Day 2020 hosted a variety of complimentary entertainment in the Family Fun Zone, located in the Club/Tattersalls enclosure, including: 

  • Inflatables from All About Fun 

  • Facepainting by Cheltenham Facepaints - free for kids 

  • Have your photograph with Alex the Lion and Skipper the Penguin from Madagascar at intervals throughout the day, on the hour from 11am - 3pm

  • Free Rosette Making and Horseracing themed colouring in 

  • Horse Hopper racing with Sam's Funky Fun, where you'll become spectators as your little one becomes a jockey as they race to the finish line

  • Live shows from local favourite Showtime Shane who mixes magic, puppetry, and party games

  • Free balloon models from Twistopher and Twistina - such as swords, hats, flowers, and more

  • Don't miss out on collecting your childs FREE Walking Pet Balloon, they'll bring with them horses, unicorns, giraffes and more (first 500 only)

  • St James City Farm will be bringing their farm to us! They'll be bringing their beloved rabbits, guinea pigs, birds, chickens, and an owl. They'll also be bringing a horse simulator and a wooden milking cow - so your little ones can learn and have a go at milking a cow! 


Lampa will be performing in The Guinness Village throughout the day for Club/Tattersalls racegoers. Lampa will continue the new year's celebrations throughout the day and are a contemporary Irish band who will play everyone's Irish favourites 


Live music in The Centaur after racing from local favourites Tommy and The Fuse for Club/Tattersalls racegoers. Tommy and The Fuse will be performing party classics, to continue the new year celebrations after racing


Please note due to the recent wet weather our car parks, many of which are grass, are saturated. 


Trackway is being laid on many of our grass areas to assist with parking but you may be asked to park in car parks more distant from the course than usual.


We are and will continue to do our upmost to ensure all of our customers arrive and depart our car parks safely and as quickly as possible.


However we encourage you to car share or use public transport where possible. There is a bus service from Cheltenham Spa train station and the centre of Cheltenham to the racecourse. The racecourse is a short walk from the centre of town.


We ask that you be patient as we are working in tricky conditions to ensure that all racegoers have the best possible experience.  In the event of you becoming stuck, please use your hazard lights and we will attend to you as soon as possible.


We also encourage you to dress for the weather and suitable footwear is advised.



Start Times





The Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle (Listed)

2m abt 4½f



The Markel Insurance Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 2)

3m abt 2½f 

Steeple Chase


The Paddy Power Broken Resolutions Already Dipper Novices’ Steeple Chase (Class 1) (Grade 2)

2m abt 5f

Steeple Chase


The Paddy Power Handicap Steeple Chase (Class 1) (Grade 3)
(Feature race)

2m abt 5f

Steeple Chase


The Paddy Power 69 Sleeps to Cheltenham Handicap Hurdle (Class 2)

abt 3m 



The Dornan Engineering Relkeel Hurdle Race (Grade 2)

2m abt 4½f



The EBF Stallions & Cheltenham Pony Club Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race (Listed)

1m abt 6f


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