10 Things to Do at The Cheltenham Festival 2020

10 Things to Do at The Cheltenham Festival 2020

The Cheltenham Festival is an event dating back to 1860 where many of the best horses in the UK race. The festival takes place annually in March at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Large amounts of money are gambled during the Cheltenham Festival week, as it features several Grade I races including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, and World Hurdle, all held over four days.

Cheltenham is often noted for its atmosphere, most notably the “Cheltenham roar”, which refers to the huge amount of noise that the crowd makes as the starter indicates that the first race of the festival begins.

With two months left to the start of the event, here are 10 things you could do at the Cheltenham festival:

The Cheltenham Festival has a lot to offer its attendees both on the racecourse and off of it. To gain access to these services tickets are required. You will need to purchase tickets to be within any of the three enclosures to have a view of the racecourse. Hence, the type of ticket you will buy will grant you access to different enclosures and sport stands. This will ultimately help you find all the Cheltenham Festival Betting info you need, as you will get a live view of the horses participating and will be able to learn on which horse to place your bets. Keep an eye on our Festival betting page for all the latest Cheltenham tips, betting offers, enhanced odds and news for the biggest event of the National Hunt season.

1. Tours

The Cheltenham Festival is a bucket list event that captures the world producing unmissable moments that last lifetime. 

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There will be tours visiting some of the biggest and best yards in the UK to get the very latest insight from key players during the festival.

It’s absolutely necessary to participate in a tour as Cheltenham Racecourse was voted The Greatest Racecourse in the World by the Racing Post in 2019.

2. Gambling

Of course, anything related to sports these days always goes with a bet. If you are interested in putting your money where your mouth is; so to speak, there are bookmarkers accessible at the Cheltenham Festival. As always, we admonish responsible gambling as gamblers are advised to over-18 yrs of age and we strongly encourage gamblers to wager only what they can afford to lose.

3. The Park

Racegoers will be able to experience a whole new enclosure at this year’s Cheltenham Festival with the addition of The Park.

With live music and entertainment throughout the day, you’ll be able to experience Cheltenham in a whole new light.

A range of new bars to show live racing while there will be plenty of food to keep you fed and watered.

There will also be a 90 minute DJ set which will start at 4.30 pm each day of the Festival.

So, be rest assured that there’s something for everyone in The Park.

4. Dress code

There is no official dress code for The Festival but the racecourse’s website does say that ‘smart is preferable and is often adopted.’

Gentlemen are advised to wear a suit or something similar in the Club Enclosure and in restaurants and hospitality facilities.

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5. Horse Tracking

With your favorite horses, hundreds of jockeys and plenty of trainers performing at the Cheltenham Festival for four days, it can be tough to keep track of all that catches your eye.

There are racing apps for horses that have made horse tracking simple and perfect, You can easily follow the progress of your favorite horses, jockeys and trainers at the festival.

This way, you can develop your racing knowledge and build a better picture of the races to come. Plus, you also get notifications when any race is due at the festival so you never miss a jump – or an opportunity to profit.

6. Shopping Village

The club enclosure has a shopping village trade stands for shoppers.

If you love shopping, then the famous Shopping Village has approximately 70 bespoke and carefully selected stands for all your Cheltenham shopping needs.

7. Watch the race across the course

Depending on the weather, racegoers are allowed to cross the course to watch the racing from the center. But on days where there is a separate Club enclosure, only those with Club badges will be allowed access.

8. Take Loads of Pictures

Within the three Enclosures, you will get that picture-perfect shot of the course and views Cheltenham Racecourse has to offer. There are a lot of tourist attractions you could take pictures of.

So, if you have an affinity for cameras, be sure to bring them along.

9. Group Savings

The Cheltenham Festival is an ideal day out to get your friends and family together.

This category is especially for groups of 15+, that enable you to save money by booking your group together.

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10. Prepare Your Own Diet

Food for ‘individual consumption’ is permitted in the Best Mate enclosure but disallowed at the Club and Tatts enclosure as there is food available at catering units within the enclosure.

Hence, food is allowed in some areas of Cheltenham Racecourse but it depends on which enclosure you are in.


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