The Cheltenham Festival, an annual iconic event in the British horse racing calendar, is set to thrill spectators once again in 2024. This year is even more exciting as they’re celebrating 100 years of the Gold Cup – the pinnacle of horse jump-racing. As anticipation builds for this prestigious horse racing, we’re here to present you with some Cheltenham Races accommodation for an unforgettable stay, nearby in the Cotswold Water Park.
Dates for Cheltenham Race Festival 2024
Mark your calendars for the highly anticipated Cheltenham Racing Festival, taking place from March 12th to March 15th, 2024, at the renowned Cheltenham Racecourse. Make sure you’re well-prepared for an exhilarating weekend filled with top-notch racing action.
Starting on Tuesday and culminating in the Gold Cup on Friday, there’s so many horse races you’ll be spoilt for choice. The following Race Days are available for you to attend:
- Tuesday 12th March – Champion Day
- Wednesday 13th March – Style Wednesday (Ladies Day)
- Thursday 14th March – St Patrick’s Thursday
- Friday 15th March – Gold Cup Day
What Time does the Cheltenham Festival Open?
Gates open daily at 10.30am and the first race is at 1.30pm and the last race typically at 5.30pm each day. Times can change due to unforeseen events so plan ahead.
How Many People attend the Races?
Typically, around 240,000 people attend the Cheltenham Racing Festival over the course of 4 days so the area does get very busy! Tickets are limited to 68,500 per day and once they’re sold out, well that’s it!
What’s the Location of the Cheltenham Festival?
The Cheltenham Festival takes place at the esteemed Cheltenham Racecourse, located on Evesham Road in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, with the postal code GL50 4SH for your Sat-nav.
Nestled in the picturesque surroundings of Gloucestershire, the racecourse is easily accessible. Whether arriving by car or public transport, the racecourse’s location and well-marked entrances ensure a straightforward journey for visitors eager to immerse themselves in the excitement of the Cheltenham Festival.
Do note it can be busy getting into the racecourse’s parking area first thing and there can be a lot of traffic queuing, so it pays to be patient. Whilst you wait why not tune into Cheltenham Radio on 87.7 FM and get yourself some great racing tips!
How Much are Tickets?
Tickets to the Festival for 2024 start from just £37 per person per day for the Best Mates Enclosure and go up to £86 per person per day for the prestigious Club Enclosure. There are also Private Boxes available if your budget can stretch that far!
Cheltenham Racing Festival Weather
We’re in England, it’s March… so it’s bound to rain! 😉
Joking aside, to stay updated on Cheltenham Racing Festival weather in March, visit the Met Office page for the racecourse. Weather greatly influences the course condition, impacting horse performance and odds. Adapting your betting strategy based on forecasted course conditions—some horses excel on wetter ground and others on drier, firmer conditions—helps provide providing valuable insights for when placing a bet.
Who is this Year’s Favourite to win the Gold Cup at Cheltenham?
The reigning champion of last year’s Gold Cup, Galopin Des Champs, stands as the frontrunner to secure victory once again, boasting highly favourable odds of 6/5. In close pursuit comes Fastorslow, who showcased impressive prowess by defeating the reigning champion both in April and November at Punchestown last year. Fastorslow is currently the second favourite for the upcoming Gold Cup, carrying odds of 7/2, definitely worth a punt on!
What to Wear at Cheltenham Races?
You are permitted to wear jeans but most people turn up smartly dressed, usually in a suit or smart dress, commonly made of tweed, certainly recommended if you’re in one of the more prestigious enclosures.
If you’re not sure what to wear at the Cheltenham Festival this site offers some useful style advice:
Cheltenham Festival Accommodation
Finding the right place to stay during the Cheltenham Festival is crucial – demand is high for accommodation so it’s worth booking yours in advance. From charming local Cotswold pubs to cosy country B&Bs, the choices abound. For those seeking a more relaxed and spacious stay, our Cotswold Water Park holiday cottages and lodges offer a far more diverse range of options.
Book Accommodation at the Cotswold Water Park
At Cotswold Water Park, we understand the importance of finding the perfect accommodation for the Cheltenham Festival. Our selection of properties caters to various preferences for race goers, from intimate 2-bedroom lodges to larger holiday homes suitable for groups.
Let’s take a look at some of our popular options during the Cheltenham Festival event:
Trout Cottage, Mill Village
- Accommodates 4 people in 2 bedrooms.
- Nestled within a 550-acre private nature reserve.
- Ideal retreat after a day at the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
Spring Lake 52
- Sleeps 6 comfortably with beautiful views.
- Onsite brasserie for dining and relaxation.
- Perfect for unwinding after a day of betting on the horses!
Howells Mere 47
- Stunning 4-bedroom property sleeping 8.
- Great value and plenty of activities for the evening.
- An excellent choice for larger family groups.
Getting to the Cheltenham Festival
Plan your journey to the Cheltenham Racecourse with ease by checking the official transportation details. Whether you’re arriving by car or opting for public transport, make sure to plan ahead to avoid any delays.
Book Your Cheltenham Racing Accommodation Today!
Accommodation for the Cheltenham Festival tends to fill up quickly, so don’t delay in securing your stay. At Cotswold Water Park, we’re here to make your racing weekend memorable. Contact our team to explore more options and find the perfect Cheltenham Racing accommodation for you.