17 Mar
  • By Heidi Merrin
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Cheltenham Festival – Things to know!

The Cheltenham Festival is regarded by many in the horse racing world as the most prestigious meeting in the National Hunt racing calendar. The Festival takes place in March every year at Cheltenham racecourse in Gloucestershire and features several Grade 1 races, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase and Stayers’ Hurdle.

Each year over 250,000 people attend across four days of racing, with a total of 28 races taking pace across the week:

Tuesday – Champion Day

Wednesday – Ladies Day

Thursday – St. Patricks Day

Friday – Gold Cup Day

Race times each day are as follows 13:30, 14:10, 14:50, 15:30, 16:10, 16:50 and 17:30. The feature race of each day takes place at 15:30.

The biggest race of the week is the Cheltenham Gold Cup which takes place on the Friday of the Festival and has a total prize fund of £625,000 (2021), making it the most valuable non-handicap chase in the UK.

There are multiple hospitality facilities available across the course to suit every budget from the buzz of the Courtyard facilities to a private course facing box – be sure to get some advice before booking from our hospitality professionals at Impulse Decisions.

If you are looking for a top day out – then look no further, the Cheltenham Festival is a must attend event and once you have attended, it will keep you coming back each year!