As befits the UK’s premier racecourse, Cheltenham festival enclosures offer a huge variety of viewing areas, bars, restaurants, hospitality, and entertainment.
Gates open at 10.30am on each of the four days of the Festival, and for the three hours before racing, and the hour and a half after, there is time to soak up the unique atmosphere amongst the trade stands, parades, music, and entertainment that fill the Cheltenham racecourse during the week.
Best Mate Enclosure Cheltenham
The Best Mate Enclosure gives racegoers a great view of the racing as well as access to a variety of food outlets, betting shops, and Cheltenham bars and pubs. The enclosure is directly opposite the main stands and, at the Festival, entertainment often includes leading ‘cover’ bands.
Tattersalls Enclosure Cheltenham
Cheltenham enclosures like the Tattersalls grandstand provides extensive views of the course, a betting hall, bars, and food outlets. Racegoers in Tattersalls have access to The Centaur, Paddock, unsaddling enclosure, the Hall of Fame, the Gold Cup and Festival Restaurants, the trade stands in the tented village and all bookmakers in the betting ring.
At the Festival, the Guinness Village, opposite the last fence, extends the Tattersalls enclosure with extra viewing steps, bars, bands, and other entertainment.
Club Enclosure Cheltenham
Club, as its name suggests, is the most exclusive enclosure with the best viewing, refreshment outlets, and betting areas. The purchase of a Club day badge for the Festival also entitles racegoers to use all of the facilities within Tattersalls. At the Festival, the chalets and boxes in the tented village area in the Club enclosure.
With access from the Hall of Fame, the Centaur acts are one of the Cheltenham enclosures that provide over 1000 additional seats, a big screen to watch all the racing, tote pool and other Cheltenham betting tip outlets, food, and bars. This facility is available to racegoers in Club and Tattersalls and operates as one of the Cheltenham festival enclosures that are popular both during and after racing at the Festival – hosting live music and revelry after the last race of each of the four days.
Cheltenham Festival Enclosure Seats
Seats can be booked in the Tattersalls, Guinness Stand and the Head On Stand for all four days of the Festival meeting (subject to availability). Reservations can be made online or by phone.
Trade stands are located around the paddock, with the majority in the tented village. Stand details are printed on the racecard.
Disabled facilities are available in each enclosure for race viewing and also in an area overlooking the parade ring. Normal rates of admission are charged for those in wheelchairs and their friends. There is an area reserved for car parking for members who have applied for a disabled label. The car park staff are briefed to allow cars displaying a disabled driver label to park as close as possible to the entrances and various Cheltenham racecourses. For those with hearing difficulties, Cheltenham enclosures are tailored with an induction loop that enhances the commentary for racegoers on part of the Tattersalls steps.