Review at the Races: Cheltenham Ladies Day

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One of the most anticipated events on the racing calendar, the sun shone generously on the fascinators and hats that moved gracefully around the grounds during Cheltenham Ladies Day 2017.

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Amid the excitement and glamour, eight of the UK’s top lifestyle bloggers enjoyed the luxury and hospitality of the Gold Ticket Festival Package.

They basked in exclusive club admission, tote betting service, gourmet courses at the Festival Restaurant and a hospitality team at their beck and call.

Facilities

On the doorstep of the Cotswolds, Cheltenham Racecourse is a world-famous ground that delivers thrilling sport in breath-taking surroundings:

“We had a warm and friendly welcome from all of the staff and were offered coffee and cookies on arrival – a perfect start to the day. During our meal, the restaurant manager came over and surprised us with a complimentary bottle of champagne for looking so fabulous! The hospitality team really did go above and beyond for us during the day and made the experience even more enjoyable.” – Kate, Katie Charlotte Blogs

“We had a table where all the bloggers sat together for a gorgeous three-course meal, afternoon tea and a few glasses of wine. We watched the races during lunch on the big screen and placed our bets. We then ventured outside to experience the race atmosphere and we watched the races in the sunshine – perfection.” – Hayley, Hayleyjoann

Food and Drink

Our ladies were treated to tea or coffee with biscuits upon arrival, followed by a four-course á la carte lunch and rounded off with afternoon tea and a selection of fine cheeses:

“The Festival restaurant was impeccable; clean, fresh, light and bright, buzzing with lots of people excited for the day ahead. The table was beautifully set; white table cloth, with blue napkins, good quality silverware, and enough wine glasses to sink a ship!” – Cassie Maie, Cassiemaie

“I couldn’t have eaten one more thing at Ladies Day if I’d tried! I’m not exaggerating when I say that the food provision was immense.”- Abbey, Abbey Louisa Rose

“The restaurant itself was lovely, with big screens set up for us to watch the races on and a very neutral theme. The orders for our lunches were taken and then promptly delivered and the food was lovely.” – Rachel, The Inelegant Wench

Dress Code

Some come to Cheltenham Ladies Day for the horse racing, and some come for the fashion. Our bloggers were charmed by tweed and fascinated by fascinators:

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“The majority of men opted for tweed or suits, the standard ‘racing attire’, which fitted the occasion (I have to say the men did look very smart). However, as it was Ladies Day, to see an abundance of colours, outfits, fashion in all its glory from the ladies, was a wonderful sight.” – Cassie Maie, Cassiemaie

“Some ladies went all-out with insanely beautiful fascinators and hats whilst others looked subtly beautiful. I also didn’t know where to look with all the handsome men in suits and tweed…” – Hayley, Hayley Joann

“Being Ladies Day, there were some phenomenal hats on show and no shortage of tweed around.” – Joelle, Just Joelle

Atmosphere

Race day can be a rollercoaster, as punters are swept up in the anticipation, thrill and exuberance of the Cheltenham spirit:

“The atmosphere at the races was incredible, our hospitality pass allowed us to access the parade paddock to see the horses and jockeys up close. There must be something about the sunshine, winning bets and a day of drinking that makes everyone you meet at the races super friendly.” – Joelle, Just Joelle

“Everybody was so friendly, and what I enjoyed most was the fact that people would just randomly talk to you; whether they know you or not, sharing tips, friendly banter, what bets have been placed, you name it, it was up for discussion.” – Cassie Maie, Cassiemaie

“But we did take a walk around to really take in the whole atmosphere, and you can’t help but really get into the ‘races’ feeling when you’re there – it’s pretty contagious.” – Emily, Emilybecca

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Value for Money

The Gold Ticket Festival Package cost £370 per person, but the bloggers agreed it was an unforgettable experience that was worth every penny:

“The Festival Package allows you to be wined and dined with a great view of the parade ring, as well as access to the bathroom that only those in the hospitality suites can use (no queuing for the toilet!). Of course, you have the freedom to venture outside and watch all the action from the stands, but it’s a great feeling when your feet start to hurt from wearing heels and you know you can stumble back up to the restaurant and rest for as long as you want – without missing any of the action!” – Kate, Katie Charlotte Blogs

“Being able to access other areas of the racecourse, such as the paddock and winner’s enclosure, made the package that more exclusive, enabling you to really get a good vibe and enjoyment from a day at the races.” – Cassie Maie, Cassiemaie

“The races always offer good value for money and the Festival Restaurant package allows you to enjoy the races in luxury.” – Emma, Emma & 3