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Cheltenham Racecourse



At Cheltenham Racecourse we truly value our position in the community. After all, we’ve been here since 1831, so we well and truly settled in!


We realise that our events may be a world-wide attraction, but our venue is very much part of a local neighbourhood.

We also know that, no matter what we do, when we have huge numbers of people descend on the racecourse to enjoy a day out, it impacts on those that live around us, in both positive and negative ways.

It is important to us that our neighbours know that we take the role we play in the community very seriously and always give consideration to the potential impact our events might have.

We are very proud to be part of Cheltenham and of course Prestbury and want our locals to be proud to have a wonderful racecourse on their doorstep.

The race days at Cheltenham collectively bring about £150 million to the businesses in town, but we are striving to be more than just about money. We want to continue to contribute in other meaningful ways, that enhances the lives of those living around the racecourse.

We know we won’t get everything right, and know that there are times when there will be an inconvenience, but we ask for your patience and understanding.

Please remember if you have suggestions or ideas on how we can improve what we do, or can make a positive difference……then please do not think twice about getting in touch and letting us know. We will always be happy to listen and improve what we do. 


We are pleased to introduce a new face at Cheltenham Racecourse. Andre Klein joins the team in this newly created role that will work to ensure that Community and Charity are at the heart of all the decisions we make. Please email Andre or our Customer Service team directly and we will make sure your comments are presented to the appropriate member of our team.


Cheltenham Racecourse In The Community


In 2019/20 we supplied over 450 different local fundraising groups with race day ticketing valued at around £50,000 for use in auctions or raffles. If you are a local Cheltenham Charity or fundraising for a neighbourhood cause please get in touch, we may be able to help! Last year we assisted school, playgroups, hospices, care centres, community projects, sports clubs and lots more!

A decision has been made to run this year’s Cheltenham Gold Cup on behalf of the charity WellChild; Over 100,000 children and young people are living with a serious illness or exceptional health needs across the UK. Many spend months, even years in the hospital because there is no support enabling them to leave. WellChild’s vision is for every child and young person living with serious health needs to have the best chance to thrive - properly supported at home with their families. WellChild’s Head Office is in Cheltenham. 



We love our local sports teams and have pledged a sponsorship this year to Saracens Football Club. 


Saracens Football Club

Every day we welcome hundreds of dog walkers to the racecourse who enjoy walking the racecourse grounds and footpaths. We have made it an objective of ours to work with the County Council to embark on a perimeter footpath enhancement programme over the coming year. Watch this space.

Cheltenham Racecourse is contributing supporter of St James City Farm and Riding School that provides youth & community-based activities, focusing mainly but not exclusively on young people, children and families in the inner city and surrounding areas of Gloucester.


St James City Farm & Riding School

Cotswold Riding for the Disabled, based at the racecourse is more than a riding school. They have created a community of people who come together to ride ponies or to help others to ride ponies. They are united by a strong sense that contact with ponies can offer excellent therapy to young and old who live with a disability. Cheltenham Racecourse maintains a close relationship with the RDA who raise a significant amount of funds through the Festival and horse sales, held at the racecourse. 


Cotswold Riding For The Disabled

One of our favourite charities to support is Box4Kids, which brings ill or recovering children and their families to the racecourse, to enjoy a day of hospitality in one of our corporate suites. Our staff also occasions at other sporting events around the country on behalf of this great charity.


Box4Kids – Barrie Wells Trust

The NCLB Community Agreement launched in September 2020, is bringing together local schools, statutory services, charities and private sector organisations to implement a collective ethos, a way of working day-to-day, that is rooted in kindness and understanding. No Child Left Behind is a project in Cheltenham that specifically aims to help all young people to thrive. The racecourse has pledged it support to the various campaigns be run through NCLB and signed the community agreement in November 2020.


No Child Left Behind

With our well attended race days it remains necessary for us to put in place some temporary measures to assist us in the management of road traffic. In advance, we apologise for the inconvenience this may cause to some of our local residents.

Signage has been erected around the racecourse in recent days, advising road users that the Evesham Road (A435) will be closed South Bound from the traffic lights (Hyde Lane/Southam Lane) to the Racecourse roundabout (Swindon Lane/New Barn Lane) on all three days of the meeting: Friday, 12th November, Saturday, 13th November and Sunday, 14th November.

We will be monitoring the situation constantly, to keep the time of closure to a minimum but our plan is to shut the road from approximately 10am until 1pm and then from 3pm to 7pm to south bound traffic only.

Please be aware, that our stewards have been asked to assist with the free movement of the few residents who live along this stretch of road. 

Please be reminded that since 2017 there has been a permanent order in place to restrict parking in “Zone R” on race days to residents only. This requirement has been put in place to discourage race goers from parking in local streets, causing inconvenience. We remind all race day attendees that we have ample parking available at the racecourse.

To make an application for a local parking permit or to update your vehicle details, please contact MiPermit on 0333 123 5900. (More information:


If residents see vehicles inappropriately parked, please do not hesitate to call the racecourse on 01242 513 014 or email us, and we will make an attempt to contact the owner.

We would like to thank the Gloucestershire Police and local council for assisting us in this necessary matter and, most importantly we would like to express our gratitude to our racecourse neighbours for their understanding.

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