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Cheltenham Festival FAQ

Answers to all of your Cheltenham Festival questions. For more information on this year's event check out our guide to Cheltenham Festival

What is the Cheltenham Festival?

Cheltenham Festival is a horse racing festival held every March. It is one of the biggest dates in the British horse racing calendar, with prize money second only to the Grand National. 

Where is Cheltenham Festival held?

The festival is held at Cheltenham racecourse at Prestbury Park in Gloucestershire. 

How many people go to Cheltenham Festival?

In 2018 a total of 262,637 people attended the festival over the four days of racing. Friday, Gold Cup Day, saw a sell-out crowd of 70,684 watch the final day of races.

When was the first Cheltenham Festival?

Racing has taken place in the Cheltenham area since 1815. In 1860 a festival was held under the name of the National Hunt Meeting. The exact venue changed frequently between 1860 and 1911, when it settled at Prestbury Park. 

What is the oldest race at Cheltenham?

The Stayers' Hurdle is the oldest race at Cheltenham Festival, first taking place in 1912. 

Has Cheltenham Festival ever been cancelled?

In 2001 Cheltenham Festival was called off due to an outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease in Britain. Initially, the festival was delayed until April however a case of the disease was discovered in the local area resulting in a complete cancellation of the event that year.

How long does Cheltenham Festival go on for?

Cheltenham Festival takes place over four days in the middle of March. Each of the days features 7 races, totalling 28 in all. Racing begins on a Tuesday, known as Champion Day and finishes on the Friday afternoon.

Who won the Gold Cup at Cheltenham?

The 2018 Cheltenham Gold Cup was won by Native River. 

What is the prize money for the Cheltenham Gold Cup?

The prize money for last year's Gold Cup was £625,000. In total there is £4,590,000 to be won over the four days of racing. Around half of that total comes from the race sponsors.

What is the capacity of Cheltenham racecourse?

Cheltenham racecourse can hold 67,500 people. 

Find out more about Cheltenham Racecourse.

Where to watch Cheltenham Festival?

For those who cannot make it to Cheltenham there are plenty of ways to watch. Broadcast live on TV, there are also a range of live viewing options online.

How much are Cheltenham Festival tickets?

Tickets range from £25 to over £140 depending on which day or stand you are looking for. Buy tickets for this year's Festival here.

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