If you fancy a day or two out at the races, you won’t go far wrong with a trip to the Cheltenham Racecourse, set at the beautiful Prestbury Park in the Cotswolds. The Racecourse hosts many popular horse racing events throughout the year, and is well located close to transport links and lots of hotels in Cheltenham if you need to stay close by.
A Full Racing Calendar
The horse racing season at Cheltenham kicks off in October with The Showcase: one of Cheltenham’s most well attended events. Here you’ll get the chance to see some of the world’s leading trainers and jockeys, and dig deeper into how the thrilling world of racing really works. If you’re planning on making your way to The Showcase, make sure you come prepared to dust off the tweed and study the form at this this excellent Jump racing event. There are seven intensely competitive races held each day and both the weighing room and the parade ring are open to the public before all the racing, so just make sure you’ve got a hotel booked in Cheltenham for afterwards, as it won’t just be the horses who are tired out by the end of it!
Another event at the Cheltenham Racecourse which is well-worth attending is The Open, which takes place in November. This offers horse racing fans three superb days of racing thrills, set amongst an atmosphere of festival fun with open trade stands and plenty of opportunities to grab some delicious food and drink at one of the racecourse’s excellent bars and restaurants.
And for the family minded, the Cheltenham New Year’s Day event really shouldn’t be missed: this is a firm family favourite, and attracts huge crowds of racing fans and festive celebrants alike. There is a real festival atmosphere at this racing meet, with plenty to keep the young ones busy whilst you study the form!
Before You Go
There are lots more racing events on at Cheltenham throughout the year. If that’s whetted your appetite and you fancy going along to see the horses, there are a few things to bear in mind before you go:
Don’t Forget Your Race Card
A race card is definitely worth buying before the races, as this gives you a really detailed guide on all the events that are going on each day. It will also have some all-important tips on horses and other fascinating information about each event: don’t leave your hotel without one before you make your way to the races!
Take Along Some Cash
If you’re planning on having a flutter, you’ll need to make sure you’ve got some cash to place your bets. Most bookmakers have a minimum bet of £5.00, so bear this in mind if you’re planning on attending one of these Cheltenham Events.
Book A Hotel Before You Go
The popularity of the horse racing in Cheltenham means that many of the local hotels can get very booked up when an event is on, so make sure you book your hotel in Cheltenham well in advance. The Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham is a good option if you’re looking around for a hotel: it’s just 1.3 miles away from the Racecourse, and is set in the middle of the town near to lots of other amenities.
Chris Mayhew is a keen horse racing fan and attends some of the regular events at Cheltenham race course. He would recommend The Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham to anyone looking for somewhere to stay whilst they enjoy the races.