The Cheltenham Festival is an exciting meeting in the National Hunt Racing Calendar, with race prize money second only to the Grand National. It’s an event where many of the best British and Irish-trained horses race to an extent which is relatively rare during the rest of the season.
The festival takes place annually at Cheltenham Racecourse in Cheltenham, Gloucestershire. and this year runs from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th March, the meeting culminating in the famous Cheltenham Gold Cup.
If you stay at Victoria House, you are ideally situated for Cheltenham and many pubs in Stow on the Wold are open early, serving breakfast and Guinness (the meeting usually coincides with Saint Patrick’s Day).
Large amounts of money are gambled during Cheltenham Festival week, with hundreds of millions of pounds being bet over the week. Cheltenham is often noted for its atmosphere, most notably the "Cheltenham roar", which refers to the enormous amount of noise that the crowd generates as the starter raises the tape for the first race of the festival.