Cheltenham Festival

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When is the 2021 Cheltenham Festival?

The 2021 Cheltenham Festival takes place between Tuesday 16th and Friday 19th March. There are seven races taking place each day, each 40 minutes apart. The first race is scheduled to start at 13:30 each day with the last scheduled for 17:30.

This page contains information about the Cheltenham Festival along with a Cheltenham Festival betting guide should you wish to have a flutter.

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Where does the Cheltenham Festival take place?

Cheltenham Festival 2021 takes place at Cheltenham Racecourse which is also known as Prestbury Park. The address of the racecourse is Evesham Rd, Cheltenham GL50 4SH.

Races at The Cheltenham Festival take place over two courses. Races over the first two days take place on the old course with races on day three and four taking place on the new course. Both courses are situated at Cheltenham Racecourse and simply have a slightly different layout.

What are the biggest races at the Cheltenham Festival?

Each of the four days feature high profile races of which have prize money of up to £625,000 each.

Day One – Champions Day

The opening day of the festival where excitement and ambitions are high. The Sky Bet Supreme Novices’ Hurdle is the race to open the event with the featured race being The Unibet Champion Hurdle Challenge Trophy at 15:30.

View our Cheltenham Festival day 1 guide >

Day Two – Ladies Day

Both women and men flock to Cheltenham Racecourse dressed to impress and ready for a day of glamour. The Queen Mother Champion Chase is the featured race on day 2. A race which Altior has won the last two seasons.

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Day Three – St Patrick’s Thursday

An atmosphere not to be missed with live bands playing and Irish owners battling for victory in the seven races. Guinness sales skyrocket during the festival and even more so on day 3 with an estimated 250,000 pints to be sold over the four days.

Day three’s stand out races are The Ryanair Chase (14:50) and The Stayers’ Hurdle (15:30).

View our Cheltenham Festival day 3 guide >

Day Four – Gold Cup Day

Day four is the host of the Cheltenham Gold Cup. With a prize of £625,000 and millions of pounds wagered on the runners, it is the big money race of The Festival. The Gold Cup is scheduled to start at 15:30 with three races following it including the race to close the festival, the Martin Pipe Conditional Jockeys’ Handicap Hurdle.

View our Cheltenham Festival day 4 guide >

How to get to the Cheltenham Festival

The easiest way to get to the Cheltenham Festival on the day is via train which stops at Cheltenham Spa Railway Station. Journey by car is possible but be aware that hundreds of thousands of people attend the festival each year and so traffic and parking may be an issue.

Cheltenham Festival Tickets

Tickets for the 2021 Cheltenham Festival can be bought in advance or on the day subject to availability. It is an extremely popular event and so be sure to get your tickets as early as possible to avoid missing out. Day 4 of the festival (Friday 13th) is the most popular day to attend as it features the prestigious Gold Cup. 

Enclosure tickets start at just £37 and go all the way up to £7200 for an Orchard Pod and even more for private boxes.

What to wear to the Cheltenham Festival

There is no official dress code for The Festival but the vast majority of attendees dress smart. This is especially the case on day 2 of the festival (Wednesday) which is Ladies Day. Many ladies opt to wear hats with men being in suits. Fancy dress costumes are permitted within reason but not in the Club Enclosure.

How to watch the Cheltenham Festival

If you are not attending the 2021 Cheltenham Festival, you will be able to watch the first five Cheltenham races live each day on ITV. Some betting sites such as Bet365 provide live streams of the races to members (subject to meeting the requirements).

Cheltenham Festival Betting

Whether you’re attending The Cheltenham Festival or watching from home, you may wish to have a flutter on some of the big races. You’ll be able to bet on Cheltenham with all bookmakers which accept horse racing bets with some of the bigger bookies being Bet365, William Hill, Betfair and Coral. You’ll be able to compare Cheltenham Festival betting odds for each horse and take advantage of some Cheltenham betting offers such as Best Odds Guaranteed, Moneyback Specials, Non-Runner No Bet and many more. These Cheltenham Festival betting promotions are available at a number of bookies which we list on WhichBookie.

There will be a number of Cheltenham Festival betting offers available in the run-up and during the festival which are worth keeping an eye out for. Here at WhichBookie, we have compiled a list of the best bets for Cheltenham Festival so that you don’t have to spend the time searching for them. We also have professional Cheltenham Festival betting tips for each day of the festival which may help you land a winner.

So, whether you’re looking for the best Cheltenham Festival 2021 betting offers or hot tips for each race, WhichBookie has you covered.

What else is there to do at the Cheltenham Festival?

For those looking for more of a day out at the Cheltenham Festival, you’ll be pleased to know that there is a lot more to do than watch the races and drink. 

Live Bands: Live bands will be playing at various locations around the venue.

Shopping: The shopping village has approximately 70 bespoke shopping stands where you can browse bags, belts & hats, luxury home accessories, bespoke tailoring, artwork, clothes and much more.

The Orchard: The Orchard was introduced in 2019 and is a premium experience for those with a Club Enclosure ticket. It is a uniquely themed area hosting a range of luxury brands and you can even book your own private Pod in The Orchard which accommodates up to 20 guests and features dining and a private balcony.

Food & Drink: Guests have a huge selection of food and drink options at The Cheltenham Festival ranging from a quick burger and pint to fine dining with a bottle of champagne.

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