For more than 200 years Cheltenham Racecourse has had a global reputation as the Home of Jump Racing.
It has continued to be the heart of sport over the years and is known throughout the world – but it is also about far more than racing.
Cheltenham has diversified – retaining its core function and yet transforming itself into a respected and well-known site for its conference and events facilities.
This rich history and the sporting atmosphere provides one of the most unique and flexible event venues in the country.
Whether it be the end of a school year, a graduation or recognising the achievements of peers – there is always a reason to celebrate at Cheltenham Racecourse.
Housed at the venue are a wide variety of rooms from small meeting rooms to The Centaur, the racecourse’s 2,600m² indoor space – making it the largest venue of its kind between Birmingham and Bournemouth.
The Centaur is equipped with HGV cargo doors and state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, as well as there being ample free parking.
Capacities reach up to 2,250 with direct links between the Grandstand Rooms and The Centaur allowing the racecourse to combine outstanding service with a truly flexible space.
The Centaur is a magnificent space that can be transformed into a banquet style room to accommodate up to 800 guests for a formal dinner and drinks reception while the venue’s caterers can tailor menus perfectly for guests and different events.
As a result it has carved a national reputation for awards ceremonies, graduations, proms and other large-scale proceedings.
And no event is the same – the experienced Cheltenham team produce bespoke events that not only meet the needs of clients but also wow their guests.
The staging, PA system and technical support can be used in a number of ways including hosting a panel discussion with special guests, presenting awards or providing your invitees with entertainment between each course.
But the racecourse can also provide perfectly for a more intimate occasion with less than 50 people or an elaborate celebration of the years’ accomplishments, there is a space suitable to meet all needs.
Cheltenham Racecourse has worked with a whole host of clients on events such as this including Gloucester Rugby, the P2P Association, University of Gloucestershire, Cotswold Life Food and Drink Awards, the Gloucestershire Business Awards and EMI’s.
It also hosts its own awards ceremony, The McCoys, The Jockey Club Jump Awards, which first began in 2016 and is returning for its third year in 2019.
There is no larger awards ceremony in the horseracing world than The McCoys, reflecting on the triumphs and the highlights of the season and appreciating every character in the sport. From the unwavering support of owners to the often unsung dedication of stable staff, The McCoys exist to recognise the individuals without whom this sport would not prosper as it does.
The McCoys have gone from strength to strength over the past three years and the Cheltenham team can work with clients to nurture events and help to make them grow, just like this prestigious awards event.
This has shown through The McCoys own recognition, which includes being named as a finalist in the 2019 C&IT Awards for the Celebratory Event of the Year category, as well as gaining a bronze in the Best Awards Event category in the Conference Awards in 2018.
With a host of flexible rooms and outdoor space that is set in acres of breath-taking countryside, Cheltenham Racecourse can cater for all needs for conferences and events.