Located in Gloucestershire in the South West of England, Cheltenham Racecourse has been used for professional horse racing since 1815. The crowds at Cheltenham Races grew to as many as 30,000 in attendance in the space of a decade, leading to the introduction of a two- day July meeting featuring what eventually became the coveted Cheltenham Gold Cup. As it grew in prestige every year, it became an opportunity to present the cream of the crop in the jockey, trainer and horse racing world, allowing all competitive figures in the sport to visit Cheltenham Racecourse to lock horns in one of the UK’s finest horse racing arenas. Throughout the year, the Cheltenham horse racing track averages an annual crowd of 700,000 visitors. The racecourse not only provides thorough horse racing entertainment for all these visitors, but it caters for them adequately too, with a feast of the finest food and drink to all in attendance.
Cheltenham races doesn’t only attract the fancy hats and expensive frocks, but this doesn’t mean that you’re prevented from indulging yourself. Unlike most racecourses, the Cheltenham races dress code doesn’t limit you in what you’re wearing, even going without a specified Cheltenham Gold Cup dress code over the racecourse’s most prestigious race meeting. This is mainly due to the season in which the majority of Cheltenham races take place, with Cheltenham Festival being held in March, and The November Meeting unsurprisingly being an often cold event.
Suits are commonplace for men in The Club Enclosure and ladies will usually adorn a hat, but the winter months tend to dictate how much highbrow fashion occurs. We will update this page with everything that you’ll need to know before attending, including any altered rules for the next edition of The Festival, which will be clearly branded as the Cheltenham races dress code 2019.
The new course at Cheltenham races is a downhill fence and has a longer run for steeplechases than the old course. Hurdle races on the new course are just over two miles long, also accounting for a cross-country course, which is laid out inside the main racecourse and used for the cross-country steeplechases.
Throughout the year, including the festival, the race track averages an annual crowd of 700,000 visitors. The race course not only provides thorough horse racing entertaining for all these visitors but caters for them adequately too.
For the cream of the crop in the jockey, trainer and horse racing world then come visit the Cheltenham course, undoubtedly one of the UK's finest.