See below for some useful information which will help you and your guests to plan for your Cheltenham raceday. If you require any further information then please contact us on 01825 746082.
WHICH DAY TO ATTEND?
Cheltenham Festival - March
Tuesday - Champion Hurdle Day is the opening day of the Festival and many think this is one of the best days. There are seven important races and the atmosphere on this first day is electric and is epitomized by the roar that welcomes the flag fall of the first race. Whilst numbers will not be as many as for Gold Cup Day, there will still be an amazing atmosphere and with some room to move around. Over the years, all days of the Cheltenham Festival are as popular for hospitality and the Tuesday is no exception.
Wednesday - Many people’s favourite day as it features two wonderful chase championship races. At 2.40 is the RSA Steeple Chase over 3 miles and half a furlong which is competed for by young chasers whose ultimate aim will be the Gold Cup in a couple of years time. This is immediately followed by the Queen Mother Champion Chase over 2 miles, where jumping and speed are the attributes required to succeed in this event. For those of you who really enjoy watching horses over the bigger obstacles, this is a day that you will really enjoy with these two great races.
Thursday - Thursday features the World Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase and the day has been given the name of St Patrick’s Thursday.
Friday - This is the busiest day of the week and our steam train transfer is strongly recommended as the traffic and car parks are very busy. As with all days of the Festival, taking the steam train will ensure that you have a traffic and stress-free day. The Gold Cup will be run at 3.20 and it is important to take your place either on the balcony of your box or in the Grandstand if you are in the marquee hospitality, in plenty of time to fully enjoy this exquisite feature race. There are 7 wonderful races to enjoy on Gold Cup Day and if you combine this with our hospitality and steam train transfer, you will have a day that will be hard to beat.
Cheltenham Open Meeting - November
Friday - Countryside Day is the opening day of the Cheltenham Open Meeting and is one of the most popular race days of the season. There are six important races and the atmosphere on this first day is electric and is epitomized by the roar that welcomes the flag fall of the first race. The main race of the day is the Glenfarclas Cross Country Chase which is run over Cheltenham’s unique Cross County course.
Saturday - The pinnacle of the Cheltenham Open Meeting is Paddy Power Gold Cup Day which features the Paddy Power Gold Cup, a 2m 5f race which is always very competitive and therefore attracts a lot of betting interest.
Sunday - A six card raceday. Please note that we do not operate the steam train to Cheltenham Racecourse on this day.
TRAVEL DIRECT FROM LONDON TO THE BACK OF THE GRANDSTAND AT CHELTENHAM RACECOURSE
If you’re travelling from London, you can travel direct from London Paddington to the back of the main Grandstand at Cheltenham Racecourse. Please click here to find out how
GUIDE TO BETTING
There are three basic ways to place a bet at Cheltenham Racecourse: on the Tote with totepool; in one of the betting rings with a 'traditional' bookmaker; or in one of the three onsite Betfred betting shops. We also provide all our steam train customers with a free bet from Paddy Power which can be used on any race at Cheltenham.
ENCLOSURES / VIEWING
A Club badge offers access to Cheltenham's most exclusive enclosure with the best viewing.
Tattersall tickets are a little more limited than Club badges and allow guests access to the viewing areas after the winning post and in front of the Guinness Grandstand.
Guinness Grandstand Seat
A Guinness Grandstand seat can also be purchased with a Club or Tattersall entrance ticket, which will offer you a reserved seat for the day overlooking the last fence, perfect for those who want a good view of the racing.
ON COURSE DINING
We provide a number of different hospitality packages at Cheltenham Racecourse in our well postioned marquees and private / shared viewing boxes with balconies. View our packages here >
There is no dress code at Cheltenham Racecourse. As the main meetings are during the winter months, the weather can be unpredictable, so we would advise you to dress accordingly. At The Festival, many ladies wear hats, but with the weather rather than high fashion in mind. Gentlemen usually wear a suit or similar in the Club Enclosure and hospitality facilities.
Cheltenham Racecourse is a stunning natural amphitheatre. But it's the undulations of the course, the test of the fences and hurdles and the fight to the finish up the legendary Cheltenham hill that combine to test the true strength of any thoroughbred racehorse and rider.
The Old Course is used for The Showcase, Open and for the first two days of The Cheltenham Festival. Click here to view the course map >
The New Course is used for The April Meeting, The International, New Year’s Day, Festival Trials and the Thursday & Friday of the Cheltenham Festival. Click here to view the course map >
The Cross Country is used for The Open, The International and The Cheltenham Festival. Click here to view the course map >
For a map of Cheltenham Racecourse click here >
WHERE TO STAY
We have a number of 3* and 4* hotel partners located in the Toddington area. View our hotel packages here >
OUT & ABOUT
Toddington Railway Station is ideally situated in the beautiful Cotswolds north east of Cheltenham Racecourse. It is surrounded by a number of picturesque villages including Winchcombe, Broadway, Chipping Campden and Moreton-in-Marsh.
STEAM TRAIN TRANSFER DIRECT TO THE BACK OF THE MAIN GRANDSTAND
Our magnificent steam train transfer travels from Toddington Railway Station directly to the back of the main Grandstand at Cheltenham Racecourse. View full details here >
GETTING TO TODDINGTON
Toddington is extremely accessible from all areas of the country. View our travel information here >