Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival 2022: A Guide

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Everything you need to know about the four-day horse racing extravaganza

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The most prestigious jump racing event of the year, The Cheltenham Festival runs from 15 – 18 March 2022, marking the start of the social season.

Each year over 260,000 people flock to The Jockey Club for four days of horse racing, live music, food and drink. Horses are made heroes and reputations of top jockeys are on the line. Champions return to retain their crown, while others battle to steal the limelight. It’s a week of drama and high emotion, with moments of pure theatre thrown in for good measure. There’s plenty to enjoy off the track too: from shopping to restaurants to entertainment. Here’s everything you need to know about The Cheltenham Festival 2022.

The Cheltenham Festival

Where?

The festival is held at Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Cheltenham, GL50 4SH. It’s a five-minute drive from the town centre.

When?

The festival takes place from 15 – 18 March 2022. Gates open at The Festival every day at 10.30am. The first race is at 1.30pm, and the last race at 5.30pm. Each day there is a feature race at 3.30pm, including The Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup Steeple Chase on Friday 18 March.

Cheltenham Festival

The Races

  • Day One: Featuring the Unibet Champion Hurdle
  • Day Two: Featuring the Betway Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase
  • Day Three: Featuring the Ryanair Steeple Chase
  • Day Four: Featuring the Boodles Cheltenham Gold Cup

Incredible horses are set to run. On day one keep an eye out for 2021 Champion Hurdle winner Honeysuckle, plus Constitution Hill and Jonbon in the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle. Friday’s Gold Cup, meanwhile, is set to be another spectacular steeplechase, with last year’s winner, Minella Indo, a contender alongside two-time winner of this race, Al Boum Photo.

The Cheltenham Festival

The Food

The dining options at the festival are world class, with over 45,000 meals being plated up over the four days and a fantastic 3,500 catering team taking part each day. In true British style over 9,000 gallons of tea and coffee are consumed, with nine tons of locally produced potatoes and five tons of locally sourced salmon devoured throughout the week. Local produce is in fact at the heart of the festival’s catering, with up to 70 percent of the fruit and vegetables coming from within the Cotswolds region and 100 percent of the cheese produced within 50 miles of Cheltenham. What’s more, the entirety of the afternoon tea selection is quintessentially ‘best of British’.

Award-wining venues include The Horse and Groom Pub, a relaxed and informal spot which overlooks the final two fences of the racecourse, and [email protected] The Festival, which offers fine dining and unrivalled views from the third floor of the premium course suites. Elsewhere visitors can dine in the company of the iconic Roux family at Chez Roux, one of the most prestigious restaurants at the festival hosted by the world-renowned Albert Roux, his son Michel Roux Jr. and granddaughter Emily. The Champions Walk Restaurant, meanwhile, offers great views of the horses as they move between the Parade Ring and the course, alongside a menu focused around local Cornish produce.

Elsewhere, delicious cocktails are served at the Glenfarclas Cocktail Bar, whilst Fine Wine Partners will be offering perfectly chilled wine to accompany the race-watching; it’s thirsty work, after all.

The Orchard

The Orchard, Cheltenham Festival

C&TH is thrilled to be the official media partner for the Fitzdares’ Partners Bar within The Orchard. Situated in the heart of the Tented Village and open to Club Enclosure ticket holders, The Orchard is home to brands such as Boodles, Nyetimber and Bentley, offering top-class entertainment and unique experiences for racegoers.

The Fitzdares Club Partners Bar is an invitation-only area within The Orchard. It’s a venture from The Fitzdares Club, which was originally created as an upmarket live sport pop-up back in 2018. As the pop-up moved across London’s most exclusive clubs, its popularity grew, and in 2020 Fitzdares found a permanent home in Mayfair. Lavish sports viewing is the focus, with state-of-the-art equipment and daily HD sporting streams of everything from Royal Ascot to the Champions League.

Fancy going to the extra mile? Delight in booking one of The Orchard’s exclusive Pods, complete with a private balcony and available to hire for 12 up to 20 guests.

BOOK IT

Tickets for the festival are on sale from £50. thejockeyclub.co.uk

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