Information about our services around The Cheltenham Festival
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Taking place every year since 1860, the Cheltenham Festival is one of the most prominent events in the equestrian sporting calendar. The Cheltenham races are hosted at the Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire, usually taking place over four days in March.
It's a major weekend for horse racing fans, due to the impeccable equestrian talent on display, but it is also an important event for competitors. It is one of the most prestigious and biggest prizes in horse racing, so competitors and crowds alike flock to the racecourse to be part of the excitement.
How to get to the Cheltenham Festival by train:
Cheltenham is located on the CrossCountry network with Cheltenham Spa station being connected to a wide range of CrossCountry stations around the UK. Whether you're travelling from near or far, you can travel to Cheltenham Spa station in comfort and style with CrossCountry.
On race days, we expect Cheltenham Spa station to be particularly busy, so make sure to plan your journey accordingly.
About Cheltenham Festival
Cheltenham Festival is one of the most significant events in the horse racing world, not only in the UK but in the world. With a long history of showcasing peak equestrian performance, it is an unmissable festival for horse lovers and horse racing fans. In fact, there is such a high-energy environment at the festival that it has become well-known for the 'Cheltenham roar'!
Over the course of the festival, there are different themed days. Champions Day is the opener of the festival and where energy is often at its highest. There is also Ladies Day, where women are encouraged to don their finery - especially bright colours and bold hats; it is not only a big day for horse racing but for fashion too! Held in March, the festival often intersects with St. Patrick's Day, so look out for Saint Paddy's Day celebrations in between the races! Finally, Gold Cup Day is when the Gold Cup race takes place - one of the major races of the festival.