2020 Cheltenham Festival Course Guide

Where to go and what to do at 2020 Cheltenham Festival

When heading to the Cheltenham Festival the main focus on the mind of many punters is, of course, the racing itself, but if you’re new to the world of horse racing and you’re unsure of the secrets you can uncover at Prestbury Park we’ve put together this handy guide so you’ll know the best places to see all of the horses before you take a look at the horse racing betting markets.

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Cheltenham Festival Dress Code

Before heading through the gates of Cheltenham, many punters like to know they’re dressed for the occasion. Although in terms of stature the Festival is comparable with the likes of Royal Ascot, the time of year it’s held, and the fact National Hunt Racing differs from Flat racing, it often carries a more relaxed dress code which means it’s normal to see gentleman dressed in flat caps and coats.

Cheltenham Racecourse Enclosures

At the course itself there are many different enclosures punters can pay a visit to and some of them are only in place for the Festival itself or other specific meetings throughout the season, so be sure to try and take in all the atmosphere if you can.

The Guinness Village

The Cheltenham Festival is quite possibly the most famous Anglo-Irish sporting event to be held each year. Thousands of Irish punters descend on the spa town for four days of racing and to ultimately have a good time. If you’re heading to the festival for the first time, we’d recommend taking a trip down to The Guinness Village which is next to the Main Grandstand as it’s here where you’ll see the vast majority of the Irish contingent setting up camp to watch all of the feature races.

Club Enclosure

The most expensive enclosure on the Cheltenham Course is the Club Enclosure, which allows punters an access all areas approach to racing. Letting you explore the paddock where you can eye up all of the runners and stand trackside where you’ll be right in the heart of the action, the winning post is within touching distance of your fingertips. It’s here punters can also gain access to the shopping village, the Cheltenham Hall of Fame and the Princess Royal Stand which is also home to the main hospitality areas of the course.

Tattersalls Enclosure

The perfect middle ground for punters who prefer the casual side of the Cheltenham Festival but still want to gain access to the Paddock where they can get up close and personal with the runners and riders, this enclosure is located either side of the Club Enclosure offering punters two positions to view live action racing one of which faces the final obstacle of the race and the other just past the winning post.

Best Mate Enclosure

Located in the centre of Cheltenham Racecourse, The Best Mate enclosure is opposite the main Grandstand, but still has all of the things you need to enjoy a day at the races. A great place for Cheltenham first-timers who want to enjoy the atmosphere of the festival.

The Shopping Village

That’s right, if punters are looking for the place to part with some of their winnings before leaving the course they could pay a visit to the shopping village. With over 70 stalls on offer, selling products unique to the Festival itself, it could be worth your time to head down and take a look at what the traders have to offer.

Food and Drink at The Cheltenham Festival

With four days of racing to look forward to at the Cheltenham Festival, all punters will need refreshments so they don’t miss out on any of the feature races. There’s plenty on offer if you’d prefer not to partake in one of the many hospitality options on offer and we’ve listed some below that we think you should visit.


Named after the famous horse who won the Mares Hurdle on 6 consecutive occasions, this eatery is one of the most popular across the course. Located right next to the parade ring, you can soak up the atmosphere as well as previewing the runners for the next race.

Arkle Bar

There is a theme that goes alongside the names of many of the popular places at the Cheltenham Course, and this one is no different. Located on the stand side of the course, it can give punters a prime spot to watch all the racing action.

What Else Should I See At The Cheltenham Festival

Best Mate Statue

Located near to the entrance at the North Side of the course, the Best Mate statue is something that all punters should consider paying a visit to. Paying tribute to the Gold Cup winner Best Mate, who holds the records for the most ever win in the biggest race of the festival.

Arkle Statue

If you’re heading to the paddock at Cheltenham you would be hard-pressed not to notice the fitting tribute to Arkle that is located just above the paddock.

Tony McCoy Statue

A recent addition to the Cheltenham Course, this statue pays tribute to the racing career of the AP McCoy who was UK champion jockey for a record 20 consecutive seasons, winning every influential race in the National Hunt Calendar including the Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle and the Champion Chase.

Cheltenham Hall of Fame

If you want to know more about the famous runners and riders who’ve taken part in Cheltenham Festivals gone by then punters can pay a visit to the Hall of Fame which is located to the south of the Club Enclosure.

We hope our guide on what to do at the Cheltenham Course will help you make the best of your trip to Prestbury Park and so that you can explore all that the Festival has to offer in between the races or before the main event starts.

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