What Date is the Cheltenham Festival?

February 7, 2022
Paul G

You've probably heard friends or even the press talking about the Cheltenham Festival and how it's due to take place soon. But "what date is the Cheltenham Festival" this year?

The Cheltenham Festival is held every year in March. It takes place over four days attracting some of the very best jumps horses from the UK and Ireland.

It takes place at Prestbury Park in Cheltenham, Gloucester.

It's widely regarded as the highlight of the National Hunt season and as one of the best racing festivals in the world.

Each day of the festival one of the four main Championship races takes place, the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Stayers Hurdle. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highlight of the week and takes place on the final day.  

This post is designed to tell you the date of the festival as well as when the major races of the festival take place. 

What Date & Time is the Cheltenham Festival

Cheltenham Festival 2022 Dates

The 2022 Cheltenham Festival is due to take place between the 15th of March and Friday 18th March.

What date is the Cheltenham Gold Cup 2022?

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is regarded by many as the highlight of the Cheltenham Festival and its winners go down in history.

The 2022 Cheltenham Gold Cup is due to take place on the last day of the festival which is Friday, March the 18th.

Dates of The Cheltenham Festival Championship Races 

One Championship race takes place each day of the festival. 

The Champion Hurdle headlines the opening day of the festival. This year's Champion Hurdle will take place on the 15th March 2022 at 15:30.

The second day of the festival traditionally known as Ladies Day features The Queen Mother Champion Chase. This year's Queen Mother Champion Race will be run on March 16th at 15:30.

Day three, famously referred to as St Patrick's Thursday and all things Irish are celebrated. It features The Stayers Hurdle and the Ryanair Chase. The 2022 Stayers Hurdle takes place on March 17th at 15:30.  

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the highlight of the week and takes place on the final day.  As we said above it will be run on the 18th of March at 15:30. 

Cheltenham Festival Declaration Dates

All races at the Cheltenham festival declare at the 48 hours stage. This means that for those of us looking to place bets via our chosen Cheltenham Festival betting apps we have clarity ahead of the race about which horses are in the race.  

In Summary

The 2022 Cheltenham Festival kicks off on the 15th of March and closes on March 18th with the Gold Cup. Each of the features races are run at 15:30. 

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