There is nothing quite like the experience a day at the races offers. While there are race meets going on around the world this is something the British excel at. Not only do we have a wealth of choice across the length and breadth of the country, race meetings are a chance for everyday folks to dig out their best bib and tucker and rub shoulders with the rich and famous that make up the horsey set in the UK.
Cheltenham Gold Cup Day – 13th March 10:30 – 18:00
If this is something that has long appealed to you yet you have never yet got round to it, one of the very best is the Cheltenham Gold Cup and National Hunt Festival. This years event takes place from the 10th-13th March which is only a few weeks away. There are still tickets available so if you want to experience the very best of the UK racing scene.
So what can you expect by taking a trip to the Cheltenham festival? Well there is horse racing to start with obviously, and a lot of it. The crème de la crème of of horses, jockeys and trainers travel from across the globe for these 4 days in Cheltenham. The elite will take part in the premier event; the Cheltenham Gold Cup which lists such legends as Richard Dunwoody, Ruby Walsh, Barry Geraghty and and Tony McCoy amongst its list of past winners.
There is a very much a social scene that exists at this festival that is quite unique in that no other sports has one quite like it. Whether you are a racing enthusiast, like the odd flutter on the gee gee’s or simply want to soak up the extraordinary atmosphere a day at the races should definitely be on your wish list. As at every race meeting there is one day designated for all the fine filly’s of the 2 legged variety; the immensely popular Ladies Day.
At this years Cheltenham Festival Ladies Day is on the second day of the meet; Wednesday 11th March. The elite race of the day is the Queen Mother Champion Chase yet many of the crowd will be feasting their eyes on the weird, wonderful and downright wacky outfits the ladies proudly parade around in. Despite there being no guarantees of the weather in March, wellies and sensible shoes are swapped for heels, glamorous dresses and an amazing array of hats and fascinators.
If you love people watching then a day at the races will be right up your street. Aristocracy, celebrities and even royalty rub shoulders around the Cheltenham course and you can be there amongst them. As you will imagine the hospitality facilities are second to none at Cheltenham, think Wimbledon with horses rather than rackets to get an idea of the Champagne and other tasty treats on offer here.
Unlike Wimbledon, however, a day at the Cheltenham Festival can be a lot more budget friendly, which makes it one of the most popular events for Joe Public. With tickets starting from £22 this is an affordable event for most. St Patrick’s Day comes early to Cheltenham and this most celebrated of all the Saint’s days takes place on 5 days early on Thursday 12th March. There are also still tickets available for this day which all manner of extra events planned that will take you right through into the evening. Oh, and fancy dress is optional but highly advised!
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