Cheltenham Racecourse is one of the country’s most prestigious sporting venues and offers visitors a huge range of viewing options – the enclosures include top hospitality, restaurants as well as outside viewing areas
Best Mate Enclosure
Named after three times Gold Cup winner Best Mate, the Best Mate Enclosure is located in the middle of the racecourse opposite the grandstands which gives racegoers great views of the racing. The enclosure has not long since been redeveloped and offers visitors an extensive variety of food, bars and betting facilities.
The Best Mate Enclosure is known for having a buzzing atmosphere and during the festival, the entertainment will often include leading ‘cover’ bands.
However, please note The Best Mate Enclosure doesn’t provide access to the Parade Ring or additional entertainment and activities such as the Shopping Village.
The Grandstand provides great views of the course, and there are numerous bars, food outlets and betting facilities. Patrons of the grandstand enclosure have access to The Centaur, the Paddock, unsaddling enclosure, the Hall of Fame, the Gold Cup and Festival Restaurants, the tented village and all bookmakers in the betting ring.
The Premier Enclosure
The Parade Ring at Cheltenham is surrounded on three sides by terracing and overlooking balconies with direct access from the Grandstand and Premier enclosures. It not only affords excellent views of the runners parading before each race, but also the winners’ enclosure when victorious horses are greeted like no other winners in racing.
The Centaur is an indoors events facility, providing over 1000 additional seats at the Festival. There’s a big screen to watch all the racing, various betting outlets, bars and food vendors. This facility is available to race goers in the Grandstand and Premier enclosures and is popular both during and after racing. After the last race during the Festival, there is live music.
The Shopping Village
It’s as if every purveyor of country clothing ups sticks and descends on Prestbury Park to set up camp whenever there’s racing. There are dozens of stalls where hats sporting feathers (from game birds) vie for attention with waxed jackets. Rivaling the tweeds are works of art. The Shopping Village is well worth a visit but be warned that purchases are likely to leave blisters on your credit or debit card.