The Festival

Tuesday 11th - Friday 14th March 2025

Think less sporting event – more pilgrimage!

People plan their holidays around Cheltenham and they’ll do pretty much anything to be there. Clear a space in your diary once and you could be doing so for many years to come.

Coming from all over the world, 250,000 racegoers will witness first hand the running of 26 races offering more than £4million in prize money, together with opportunities for fearless gambling, as the season reaches a dramatic crescendo in the shadows of Cleeve Hill.

Of course Cheltenham is about the famous races and legendary triumphs where the ghosts of Festivals past are always present – Arkle dueling with Mill House, Desert Orchid emerging triumphant, Best Mate’s famous treble. Kauto Star and Denman. But it’s also about so much more. The sheer beauty of the setting, the famous throaty roar which rings around Prestbury Park, the camaraderie. It’s about the whole experience!