If horse races, race betting and partying are things you enjoy, you should consider attending the Cheltenham Festival this March. It’s a horse racing event that hundreds of people attend each year. There are several horse racing events in which people can choose their favorite and bet on them. Usually, the best rated horses will have the most chances to win, but it is not always the case. Sometimes the odds are different and during the four days of Cheltenham Festival the people will have many betting options to choose from. Cheltenham Festival offers many things, entertainment, fun, beautiful horses and their jockeys, and a chance to place a bet on your favorite horse.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Festival:
What is the Cheltenham Festival?
The Cheltenham Festival is annual event in Gloucestershire where trained horses from Britain and Ireland race to win the cup. It is the second largest horse racing event in the United Kingdom after the Grand National in Liverpool. This year, the event starts on the 13th of March and ends just a day before St. Patrick’s Day on the 16th. Its proximity to St. Patrick’s Day is another reason that it has become popular event, especially to the Irish. Festival-goers usually end their trip with a night of bar hopping and partying.
What events happen during the Cheltenham Festival?
There’s a mini event for every day of the Cheltenham Festival:
- March 13th, Champion Day: The Festival starts with the most important hurdle race of the season—the Champion Hurdle.
- March 14th, Ladies Day: Who says a horse racing event can’t be stylish? During the second day of the Festival, two awards will be given away. One is the Queen Mother Champion Chase award for the horses and the other is the #ColourMeMarch competition award for the ladies attending the Festival.
- March 15th, St. Patrick’s Day: Although St. Patrick’s Day is actually on March 17, the Festival wants you to be at the race track to celebrate it early. There are three races during the third day of the Festival—the JLT Novices’ Chase, the Sun Bets Stayers’ Hurdle, and the Ryanair Steeple Chase.
- March 16th, Gold Cup Day: Finally, the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup is awarded on the last day of the Festival after the best of the best have completed the race. This is the most important award of the Festival, so make sure you don’t miss it.
Where can I stay during the Cheltenham Festival?
If you’re planning to go to the Cheltenham Festival, here are five hotels that are close to the racecourse:
- The Cheltenham Chase Hotel is in Shurdington Road, Brockworth, about half an hour ride away from the racecourse. There’s free WiFi and parking at the hotel, al fresco dining, and a pool.
- The Cotswold Grange Hotel is in Pittville Circus Road, Cheltenham, about twelve minutes away by car from the racecourse. The façade of the hotel looks like a manor. It has free WiFi and parking. Breakfast is included in the price of the rooms.
- No. 38 The Park is in Evesham Road, Cheltenham, which is only a ten-minute ride away from the racecourse. It also has free WiFi and parking. Plus, there is a bar/lounge inside the hotel.
- The Holiday Inn Express Cheltenham is in Dunalley Street, Cheltenham, also a ten-minute ride away from the racecourse. There’s a bar/lounge in the hotel and free WiFi. Breakfast is included in all the rooms.
- The Clarence Court Hotel is in Clarence Square, Cheltenham, which is just 8 minutes away from the racecourse by car. There’s free WiFi and parking, and breakfast is included in the price of the rooms.