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We want your time at The Festival™ presented by Magners to be as extraordinary as possible.


Gates open at 10:30am on all four days of The Festival, with the first race at 1:30pm and final race at 5:30pm. 


As part of ensuring our guests enjoy a safe environment while attending Cheltenham Racecourse, we thank you for cooperating with our routine search procedures on arrival and restriction on bag sizes being entered into the Racecourse. To read our full bag policy click here.

When and What Time?

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

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The Park - New for 2020

Be a part of the extraordinary in The Park, new for 2020, it features entertainment and live music throughout the day, a range of new bars showing live racing and boasting an electric atmosphere and a 90 minute DJ set at 4:30pm.

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The Orchard™

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

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The Festival Lounge - New for 2020


Enjoy your day from The Festival Lounge, and additional admission to our most premier enclosure Club. Admission includes complimentary tea and coffee, live racing on TV, your base for the day and more.  

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Directions and Parking

We want to ensure that getting to Cheltenham Racecourse is made as easy as possible. Plan your bus journey from Cheltenham Spa station, or book your transport with National Express. 

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The Shopping Village

The Cotswolds premiere destination on all things fashion available at The Festival.

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Live Music

Find out about all the bands performing at The Festival across all four days, in every enclosure. 

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Car & Coach Parking

If you're arriving by car, we have parking available across all four days of The Festival. 


If you're arriving in a coach of 15 seats+ please ensure you've applied for your coach parking pass. 

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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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Food and Drink

From Moët to Mac 'n' Cheese we've got food and drink for you to enjoy - whatever you're into.

Head to The Park to enjoy the best of what Digbeth Dining Club has to offer, or to The Orchard to enjoy Glenfarclas Single Malt Whisky.

You're spoilt for choice at The Festival with a variety of food and drink outlets, bars and mobile catering outlets in every enclosure.

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The Festival Dress Code

Although there isn't an official dress code for The 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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Read our guide to help you find your way around the ring. It is always best to have a look at the horses in the Parade Ring before placing your bet. There are plenty of online options for before the day betting but it's best to shop around!

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Cheltenham Festival 2021 Tickets

The Festival™ presented by Magners 2021 will run from 16 - 19 March 2021.

Official tickets will go on sale in due course. 

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