Cheltenham Festival 2022 – everything you need to know from tickets to race dates


The much-loved Cheltenham Festival is back in March with four days of horse racing at the iconic Prestbury Park racecourse – and here’s everything you need to know.

From how to get tickets to the dates and times for the Gold Cup – the highlight of the jump racing season – we’ve got a simple guide to help racing fans plan a special day.

With last year’s Cheltenham Festival reunion held behind closed doors due to Covid, the 2022 edition promises to be one to remember, whether you’re traveling the M5 from neighboring Worcestershire to further afield Shropshire, the Black Country or Birmingham.

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This year there will be 28 races in total, featuring the best jockeys and trainers from Britain and Ireland, as shown on Gloucestershire Live.

Below is everything you need to know about this year’s Cheltenham Festival.

Where and when is the Cheltenham Festival 2022?

The meeting takes place over four days from Tuesday March 15 to Friday March 18.

There are seven races each day at Cheltenham Racecourse, called Prestbury Park, in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. Drivers can find it by using the postcode GL52 3LE in a GPS.

Horses in the WellChild Cheltenham Gold Cup Chase in March 2021

What are the races each day?

Day one kicks off the festival on Tuesday with four Tier 1 races, headlined by the Champion Hurdle.

Day two, Wednesday, features the Champion Chase and Thursday is centered around the Stayers’ Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase.

The last day of Friday will be marked by the Cheltenham Gold Cup at 3:30 p.m.

Why is Cheltenham so popular and will the Royals be there?

Cheltenham is the pinnacle of the show jumping calendar, bringing together the most talented horses to battle it out for one of horse racing’s greatest prizes.

Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall attend day four of the
Zara Tindall and Mike Tindall attending day four of ‘Gold Cup Day’ at Cheltenham Racecourse in 2020

Members of the royal family often attend as horse racing fans, such as Camilla, the Duchess of Cornwall, and Zara Tindall and her husband Mike in 2020.

The races, which take place close to St. Patrick’s Day, pit the main Irish stars against the British ones. This is often a goal that trainers work towards for months or even years.

As a result, it attracts around 250,000 spectators over the four days – around 60,000 per day. The meeting is also massive for bookmakers – punters betting huge sums in the hope of finding a winner.

How much do Cheltenham Festival tickets cost?

Tickets are available from The Jockey Club, which owns 15 of Britain’s most famous racecourses, including Cheltenham.

Racegoers can see the runners and riders in the parade ring at Cheltenham Racecourse
Racegoers can see the runners and riders in the parade ring at Cheltenham Racecourse

Tickets available for the first three days start at £40-£45 and allow access to the Best Mate compound – which promises an “atmosphere like no other” with “arguably the best views of the race right in front from the main stand and adjacent to the finish line”.

The cheapest tickets currently available for the final day – Gold Cup Day – on the Jockey Club website are on the club grounds and cost £215.

There are also currently tickets available at inflated prices on resale sites.

Is there parking at Cheltenham Racecourse and public transport?

There is public parking at Cheltenham Racecourse which costs £20 for the day.

Sir Andy Murray and his wife Kim.  Celebrating a winner of the Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019
Sir Andy Murray and his wife Kim. Celebrating a winner of the Queen Mother Champion Steeple Chase at the Cheltenham Festival in 2019

Tickets are available on the Jockey Club website – where it says booking in advance guarantees the best price.

Additional train services run from Birmingham New Street station to Cheltenham during the festival and special buses take those arriving by train from the station to the racecourse, which is a few miles away.

Can you wear jeans at the Cheltenham Festival and is there a dress code?

Although there is no official dress code for Cheltenham, the racecourse recommends people “dress for March weather”.

Racing fans prefer smart clothes, which usually means suits, especially tweed, for men. Themes can often be seen, such as groups of friends dressed in flat caps and Peaky Blinders-style clothing.

A variety of clothing worn by racing fans in 2018, which were
A variety of clothes worn by running fans in 2018 who were “dressed for March weather”

Hats are not required, but some women wear winter clothing, such as Fedora-style headwear, and dressy coats are often popular due to the cold weather.

How can I watch the Cheltenham Festival on TV and what time do the races take place?

The majority of the four-day races will be shown on ITV1. The entire map will be on Racing TV for subscribers.

The schedule is as follows:

tuesday march 15

Novice Supreme Obstacle – 1:30 p.m.

Arkle Novices’ Chase – 2:10 p.m.

Ultima Handicap Chase – 2:50 p.m.

Champion Hurdle – 3:30 p.m.

Mares hedge – 4:10 p.m.

Boodles Juvenile Handicap Hurdle – 4.50pm (not on ITV)

National Hunt Novices’ Chase – 5.30pm (not on ITV)

Wednesday March 16

Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle – 1:30 p.m.

Brown Advisory Novices’ Chase – 2:10 p.m.

Coral Cup – 2:50 p.m.

Champion Hunt – 3:30 p.m.

Cross Country Chase – 4:10 p.m.

Big Annual Disability Hunt – 4.50pm (not on ITV)

Champion Bumper – 5.30pm (not on ITV)

Thursday March 17

Turners Novice Pursuit – 1:30 p.m.

Pertemps Final Handicap Hurdle – 2:10 p.m.

Ryanair Chase – 2:50 PM

Resteurs Obstacle – 3:30 p.m.

Paddy Power Plate – 4:10 p.m.

Mares’ Novice Hurdle – 4.50pm (not on ITV)

Kim Muir Challenge Cup – 5.30pm (not on ITV)

Friday 18th March

Triumph Hedge – 1:30 p.m.

County Obstacle – 2:10 p.m.

Albert Bartlett Novice Hurdle – 2:50 p.m.

Gold Cup – 3:30 p.m.

Hunters’ Hunting Festival – 4:10 p.m.

Mares’ Chase – 4.50pm (not on ITV)

Martin Pipe Handicap Hurdle – 5.30pm (not on ITV)

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