Cheltenham Festival ticket prices frozen for 2025

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Ticket prices for the 2025 Cheltenham Festival have been frozen following a backlash over the cost of attending this year’s meeting.

Prices have remained unchanged after increased admission costs were blamed for a drop in crowds at the horse racing event.

The total attendance figure for the four-day festival stood at 229,999 marking a decrease of around 11,000 from last year. Managing director of at The Jockey Club Racecourses Ian Renton said the freeze was implemented to ensure prices were accessible.

The first lot of early bird tickets start at £37 ($47/€43) for the Best Mate enclosure while advance prices for the Club enclosure are available at £102 for Gold Cup day and from £86 on the other three days of the festival.

Early-bird tickets in Tattersalls are £70 on Gold Cup day and then £55 for the first three days.

“The Cheltenham Festival remains the pinnacle of jump racing and a marquee event in the sporting and social calendar, but we and all businesses operating in the leisure and hospitality industry know only too well the huge effect that the ongoing cost of living crisis is having on consumer behaviour,” Renton told reporters.

“While we’ve seen slightly lower numbers in terms of general admission this week, hospitality sales continue to go from strength to strength.

“We want to ensure we’re accessible at a variety of price points. Tickets started from £37 when first on sale last March, a price which will be held when 2025 tickets go on sale on Monday.”

Car parking rates also came under scrutiny during the event last week, with prices starting at £20 for the early purchasers. Some racegoers encountered difficulty when leaving the site due to wet weather forcing organisers to use tractors to pull some vehicles from the mud.

Next year’s Cheltenham Festival is set to take place from March 11 to 14.