The Cheltenham Festival is regarded as the greatest four days for lovers of horses and jumps racing. Tens of thousands of English and Irish jumps fans descend on the town for four days of top quality racing as they see their champions return year after year.
We’ll start with a few days in Lambourn, “the valley of the horses”, as we visit a few jumps trainers stables, stud farm and get a track tour at Warwick races.
Then we’ll make our home in Stratford for the Festival week as we take in all four days racing from all different vantage points including some great hospitality.
PAYMENT – $2000pp deposit due on booking, balance due 60 days before the tour begins.
We meet in London for a group transfer to Lambourn, “the valley of the horses” and home to many of the leading jumps trainers in England. We’ll check into the beautiful Pheasant Inn Hotel before heading down for some welcome drinks and dinner as we get to know everyone.
After an early breakfast, we head off to explore the home of English jumps racing, Lambourn. With its superb facilities and wide-ranging gallops covering in excess of 500 acres and with more than 30 trainers to choose from, Lambourn Valley is an amazing place to see. We’ll visit a couple of leading trainers including Nicky Henderson who’s saddled up 60 Festival winners.
We’ll finish the day with a nice Saturday pub lunch before a relaxing afternoon to rest up from the long trip or find a place to punt the afternoon away.
After breakfast we’ll check out, head to Highclere Stud one of the leading independent stud farms based in the rural heart of southern England. The stunning 300 acres of undulating hills and lush grassland has been carefully developed as a prime breeding and rearing facility since its establishment in 1902. The Warren family own, manage and run the stud and have a wealth of experience in all aspects of stud farming as well as a deep understanding of the thoroughbred industry and bloodstock sales.
The stud now stands European leading First Season Sire, Cable Bay who is joined in 2020 by exciting first season sire Land Force, the brilliantly fast winner of the Gr.2 Richmond Stakes by No Nay Never.
Then it’s onto Warwick for lunch and an afternoon at the local races. It’s a small jumps meeting where we’ll be given a tour of the track so you can see the size of the fences up close. We’ll stay for a few races until we freeze (last time we all had to buy gloves and beanies to survive!), have a few drinks before heading to our accommodation nearby in Stratford-upon-Avon. This is our home for the rest of the trip.
After a busy first few days, today is a day off for everyone to relax, enjoy the town made famous by Shakespeare or if you’re really keen, we can head to the local Stratford races for a casual afternoon on the punt.
In the evening we head out for a Cheltenham Festival Preview Evening with a few special guests to give us some hints and tips for the week.
This is it, the first day has arrived and we’re off to Cheltenham! We’ll leave in plenty of time to make the short trip as travel times vary greatly due to traffic.
For our first day, we have a prime spot in the Final Fence Restaurant. This elegant, modern restaurant is situated at the heart of The Village, next to the buzzing Guinness Village and, as its name suggests, it overlooks the final fence the horses jump before racing up the hill to the Winning Post. We have premium hospitality in the restaurant including four-course buffet and beverages included (beer, wine, soft drinks).
We’re back at the Cheltenham Festival, this time in the Club Enclosure so you can explore the whole course. There’s no better way to enjoy the day at Cheltenham than from the Club Enclosure, their most premier enclosure. It’s an experience to remember with access to all public areas and spectacular views from the main grandstand, lawn or Winning Post.
In addition to paddock viewing access, you can enjoy the Hall of Fame, all the public areas of the Princess Royal Stand and The Shopping Village. The Shopping Village is a must-visit for all with over 70 trade stands on offer, there should be something to take your fancy.
We push on ahead to the Cheltenham Festival for day three, and we’re back into some premium hospitality.
“The Horse & Groom”, named in honour of our sporting roots this newest addition to hospitality at The Festival will offer a relaxed, informal and charming experience with racing at its heart and central to the view.
From sampling a flight of beer and choosing your drinks at the bar to enjoying a trip to the themed food offering carts, we promise this will be one of the most unique pub experiences you have ever enjoyed.
Located overlooking the final two fences of the racecourse and featuring a range of wines, real ale and food of the very highest quality.
The final day of the festival is highlighted by the Gold Cup, the most highly prized race of the week. We again have access to the Club Enclosure and all it has to offer, including special access to an exclusive Racing Breaks Private Bar so you can skip the long queues. This will be your last chance to experience this unique festival and I suggest you explore everywhere, including the inside of the track.
We’ll finish the week back in Stratford with a few drinks to share all our stories.
We finish off the tour with a recovery luncheon at a beautiful old English country pub where we celebrate our wins and reminisce about our near misses.
Then we get packing for the journey home tomorrow, or onwards to another adventure.