The four days of action in March culminate the jumps season for many, and with 28 top quality races, the stars are out and in full force.
If it's jump racing you want to witness and you want the best of the best, you get them at Cheltenham racecourse.
Around a quarter of a million tickets are sold for the festival each year, showing just what a popular event this is. There may not be that many allowed to attend in 2021, depending on Covid-19 regulations at the time, but if people were allowed to attend in those numbers, they certainly would.
Attending the 2021 Cheltenham Festival
Although numbers are likely to be reduced in 2021, there should still be fans in attendance. This is incredibly important for the track, those who work on it and those who are around it.
Bookmakers have been struggling without fans at racing, so they will be hoping to attract an each way bet for Cheltenham races from as many people as possible. The more people that are allowed to attend, the bigger on course turnover will be for those bookmakers.
Like many other events, betting on the festival begins months in advance of the meeting itself, wagers are already being placed on the horses that have impressed so far.
It is this build up and the excitement of talking about Cheltenham for months beforehand that adds a really special dimension to the meeting. This is what makes it stand out and be different to any other meeting out there, even something as big as Royal Ascot.
The Atmosphere of the Festival
When you take a look at sporting events you should visit, many of them talk about the atmosphere they provide. This is exactly the same with Cheltenham, the atmosphere on course is something special.
From the Cheltenham roar at the start of the four-day meeting to the applause given to big race winners in the parade ring afterwards, there is a special connection between the crowd and those taking part, which brings this atmosphere.
When you head to the Cheltenham Festival to enjoy the racing, you are in the company of thousands more people who want to do the same. Some prefer the stands, others view from the parade ring while some people book into the restaurant.
We all have our own way of viewing the festival and enjoying it, but whatever you choose, know that you are never too far away from the delightful atmosphere on offer.
More Than Just Horse Racing
One of the best things about the Cheltenham horse racing festival is that there is more than just racing to entertain you. Throughout the day you will see a variety of other things to do.
The shopping village is popular with those looking to grab a bargain while The Centaur is an indoor venue where people can enjoy a drink, a bet and watch the action on a live screen.
After racing, you can be entertained by the live music on offer, there are many reasons to stay behind after the action and extend your day.
This is what makes the festival perfect for casual horse racing fans. You donâ€™t need to be an expert, you can go with the intention of getting involved and having fun, and find many other things away from the track that will help you enjoy your day out at Cheltenham.