Cheltenham Races

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Cheltenham is a popular spa town in Gloucestershire and benefits from a wide array of sights, activities, and attractions for visitors. Situated in the edge of the Cotswolds, the natural beauty of the surrounds add to the appeal of the town and provide a home for one of the main attractions, which is Cheltenham Racecourse, widely regarded as the ‘home of National Hunt racing’ in the UK.

Free Racing Tips In addition to providing a wonderful scenic backdrop to world famous horseracing events, the land on which Cheltenham racecourse sits, by Cleeve Hill, forms a natural amphitheatre large enough to accommodate many thousands of spectators to Cheltenham Races.

Certainly a draw for visitors who appreciate the natural beauty of the area, the popularity of Cheltenham the town means access by road is easily achieved via the M5, with regular buses to the racecourse also provided at Cheltenham Spa station.

Cheltenham races are run over two courses, the Old Course and New Course, both of which employ the same track for most of its length. The New Course differs in a downhill fence and a longer run-in for steeplechase events. It also features most of the jumps early in the race with only two hurdles in the last seven furlongs. Cross country steeplechases are also held within the confines of the main racecourse.

What undoubtedly gives Cheltenham the distinction of being the home of National Hunt, is the Cheltenham Festival, a four day event held each year in March. The most prestigious event of the National Hunt calendar, the festival is traditionally when the best of Irish and British trained horses compete and, usually coinciding with St. Patrick’s Day, the event is well attended and celebrated.

The highlight of the festival is the Cheltenham Gold Cup, a Grade 1 National Hunt chase run on the New Course over 22 fences and 3 miles 2 ½ furlongs. The terrific atmosphere at the event is synonymous with the ‘Cheltenham roar’ as the horses enter the home straight. There are few racecourses in the world that can compete with the sheer thrill and fun of Cheltenham Races during the festival and the Gold Cup in particular.

A range of different options are available to racegoers keen to experience the excitement of Cheltenham races. Admission to three different enclosures is offered, each with its own special appeal and character. The Sun’s Best Mate Enclosure offers outstanding value fore those who want an informal environment, great views over the track and a variety of betting facilities and food and beverage options. During the Festival entertainment is provided by live cover bands.
Cheltenham Races, inside rail

Tattersalls and Club is two enclosures which combine during all Cheltenham races racedays outwith the Festival and Open events to provide a superb selection of environments, fully equipped to provide the kind of luxuries and hospitality expected from such a renowned racecourse. Tickets for Tattersalls and the Club allow admission to the Member’s Lawn, Paddock, and viewing steps. Guests can also access the centre of the course adjacent to the final fence, when weather permits.

Features of Tattersalls Enclosure includes extensive Grandstand views, access to the betting ring and bookmakers, a further selection of betting, dining and drinks outlets, access to the Paddock, unsaddling enclosure and Hall of Fame within the Centaur auditorium, and first class dining within the Gold Cup and Festival Restaurants.

During the Festival, Tattersalls Enclosure is extended by the addition of the Guinness Village, near the final fence. This facility incorporates a further selection of bars, entertainment options and viewing areas. At the Festival and Open the Club offers an exclusive raceday experience incorporating the highest levels of dining and hospitality, with the best race viewing too. A Club Day badge entitles access to all the features and facilities of Tattersalls Enclosure.

The Centaur is an additional facility which provides over 1000 seats and a large screen on which to watch all the racing. A range of food outlets, bars and betting options are provided in addition to live music when the racing is finished at the Festival and the April evening meeting. The Centaur is also used at other points on non racedays for live concerts and conferences and houses the Steeplechasing Hall of Fame, which details the history of National Hunt racing since 1819.

Cheltenham Races raceday packages offer the best way to enjoy all the necessary aspects of the day. The Best Mate Package incorporates a ticket to the Best Mate Enclosure, a food and refreshment voucher, and a tote betting voucher. An alternative is the Baracouda Package for the Tattersalls Enclosure. This includes a voucher for food and refreshments, a tote betting voucher, racecard, and Baracouda gift.

Traditionally, raceday is all about enjoying the races accompanies by fine dining in elegant surrounds and in this respect Cheltenham can offer this and more. Panoramic Restaurant is just one of the many excellent dining options available. Situated within the main Grandstand on the 5th floor the restaurant offers unparalleled views over the track from the vantage point of the winning post.

A Panoramic Restaurant raceday package brings you this plus a four course luncheon at you table for the day, admission ticket and Club Badge, racecard, morning coffee, and afternoon tea. A great many more packages for the other first class restaurants within the course are available too, as are Private boxes and Chalets, perfect for entertaining business clients or marking a special occasion with friends and family at Cheltenham races.