Cheltenham Racecourse - The Open

Friday 16th - Sunday 18th November 2018

A major highlight of the British Racing Calendar, with two days of racing magic, 80 trade stands in The Open Shopping Village, a great atmosphere in the grandstands, bars and restaurants and an historic race. Under 18's are admitted free on all three days.

Passion you can taste

Come and join us for fine food and fabulous dining at the Races Horseracing and hospitality at Cheltenham are natural partners, so whether you fancy a simple meal with friends or you're planning a successful corporate event at the Races the welcome will be warm and the memories will be rich.

"The atmosphere, the horses, the people, the race quality, the location and the racecourse set up all contribute to make it the best day out that anyone could ever dream of and the greatest sports arena in the world" Harry Tregoning, Facebook fan page

What to wear

Being autumn in England, the weather could do anything it wants to, so make sure you dress for it! Tweed items are both warm and comfortable, and are one of the more commonly seen items of clothing at the racetrack. Team them up with some leather wellies and long shooting socks and you will have nice warm feet throughout the day.

For the accessories, make sure you have a bag large enough to carry around everything you might need (including an umbrella!). You will also need some gloves or wrist warmers to keep your hands toasty, as well as something to stop the chilly wind nipping at your ears. Why not head over to Timothy Foxx to pick up some of their super-warm ear warmers?

And last but not least, jewellery. Why not check out our equestrian never know our horseshow earrings might just give you the luck you need for your horse to come in first?

Our Hints and Tips

It is worthwhile having some spare clothing in the back of your car as no matter what the weather starts out like, you may well end up having to wring out what you are wearing, and there is nothing worse than a long car journey in wet clothes!

Don’t forget to drink plenty of liquids. You will be on your feet for a long time and you will need to stay hydrated to avoid the paramedics having extra work. Unfortunately, alcohol doesn’t count…

Allow plenty of time to get in and out of the raceground as the access is not brilliant and there can be very long queues.

It’s always worth a small flutter on the day, but make sure that you have in mind your own limit as to exactly how much you want to risk and do not go over it. Nothing ruins a day more than losing more money than you have!

Where to stay

There are several really nice places to stay in the area. Why not visit to see the brilliant selection of accommodation available. Just type Cheltenham Racecourse into the Search Box, and away you go! Or if you want the more luxurious approach, take a peek at some of the top quality hotels available at

Where is it?

Cheltenham racecourse is just north of Cheltenham on the A435. It is very clearly signposted from almost every direction, although if you want to use your SatNav, the postcode is GL50 4SH. Visit Google Maps here to see where it is.