Cheltenham Festival 2019: everything you need to know

Get ready for one of the biggest racing events of the year, with four exciting competition days lined up. Book your train tickets to Cheltenham Spa station early to get the best fares available. Here’s everything you need to know about one of the most prestigious jump racing events in 2019.

From the Champion Day kick-off on Tuesday 12 March and the legendary Ladies Day, to this year’s Gold Cup Day Jump race finale, Cheltenham Festival is set to be nothing short of exhilarating. Here’s what you can expect from the fun four-day festival.

When is it?

Tuesday 12 March to Friday 15 March.

What to expect

A jam-packed four-day, adrenalin-filled festival with a different theme each day, including Champion Day (12 March), Ladies Day (13 March), St Patrick’s Thursday (14 March), Gold Cup Day (15 March).

More than 260,000 people are expected to attend the festival and celebrate jump racing at its finest, with horses, jockeys, owners and trainers battling it out for the highest racing honours and prize money.

As well as the competition events, you can expect live music performances, great hospitality, food and a boutique shopping experience in the tented village.

How do I get there?

There is a dedicated bus service for the festival that will operate between Cheltenham Spa station, the town centre and the racecourse. The first journeys will depart from Cheltenham Spa station and the town centre at 9am, with the last departure from the racecourse returning to the station at 8pm. A single ticket from the station costs £3 and a return ticket from the station costs £5.50.

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