The Cheltenham Festival takes place annually over four days in early Spring. Widely considered the pinnacle of the National Hunt season, it's often referred to as the "greatest show on turf". It takes place this year from the 14th to 17th of March.
The festival has a rich history, dating back to the early 1900's when it was first held at Prestbury Park, just outside Cheltenham. It is today one of the most eagerly anticipated sporting events of the year.
Four Days Of Action The Cheltenham Festival is divided into four days, with each day offering a unique racing experience. Day one is Champion Day and features some of the most prestigious races of the week, including the Champion Hurdle - one of the most significant hurdle races in the world.
The second day of the festival is Ladies Day, which is always a highlight of the festival for fashion enthusiasts. Ladies Day is all about style, and racegoers are encouraged to dress up in their best outfits, with prizes awarded to the best-dressed individuals.
Day three is St Patrick's Day - a celebration of all things Irish. Many Irish racegoers flock to the festival and there is a distinctly Irish atmosphere throughout the course.
The final day of the festival rounds off with the highlight - the Cheltenham Gold Cup. A grueling 3-mile race that tests the stamina and skill of the best jump horses in the world and is the most significant event in the National Hunt calendar.
Festival Traditions Many of the festival traditions have been passed down through the generations. One of the most well-known traditions is the singing of "The Cheltenham Roar." This is a deafening cheer that is heard throughout the course as the horses approach the starting line for the first race of the day.
Another tradition of the festival is the famous "Prestbury Cup". This is a competition between the UK and Ireland and is based on the number of winners from each country throughout the festival. The winning team is awarded the prestigious Prestbury Cup.
Winners Cocktail Celebrate the winners with our 'Jockey Club Cocktail'. A classic refreshing serve suitable for celebrating this year’s Cheltenham Festival and on all occasions when you feel like a winner.