Becky’s Blog: We are not all about racing you know!

In the first of our Events Blogs we hear from Rebecca Elvin, Regional Operations Manager at Cheltenham Racecourse

Did you know that in 2017 Cheltenham Racecourse hosted 240 non-raceday events and, combined together, they attracted a massive 90,000 visitors?

We host events from two people to 10,000 and they are all completely different, but we love hosting every single one.

It has been a busy time in the conferencing and events world for us, leading to Royal visits, music festivals, concerts and business meetings.

We were thrilled to welcome HRH The Princess Royal here for the Motor Neurone Disease Association dinner and our Head of Sales, Lee Moulson was given the honour of being part of the welcoming party.

We had a tasty treat delivered to us recently thanks to our lovely hotel partner Cheltenham Chase. They sent over an ice cream van for all the staff – it was lovely weather and very much appreciated.

Along with the fun, we have also had work to do which has included hosting the Wychwood Festival, which was a sun-soaked wonderful family celebration with great performances from headline acts Baxter Dury, the phenomenal Gipsy Kings and rocking to a new generation, Shed Seven.

It was great to see so many people camped out in the centre of the racecourse for the event, a little different to its usual use!

The music didn’t stop there when Jessie J, Kaisers Chiefs and the Vamps were on site for PDSA PetLife 18, followed by Gloucester University Student Recruitment and Gloucester Business Show. Variety really is the spice of life here!

We have had solar panels fitted on the roof of The Centaur – our 2,600m² space, which is the biggest venue of its kind between Birmingham and Bournemouth. They have now been connected and are starting to generate power for us.

Over the coming weeks we will be visiting a variety of the larger outdoor shows across the country – why? I hear you ask. We are always looking for great attractions to feature in our events here so we are off to find some of the more unusual forms of entertainment – please do get in touch if you have something to suggest.

We have also had fantastic news that we are going to be hosting the Ladbrokes World Grand Prix Snooker in February 2019. Representatives from World Snooker have visited to start making plans and we went to the Crucible in Sheffield to have a behind-the-scenes tour to see how the event will run here. We learnt fascinating things including that the room needs to be kept at a specific temperature to help the baize and make sure the balls run true. The matches are also conducted in total silence which was a bit eerie to begin with.

We have recently hosted food tastings for upcoming events and I look forward to sharing some of the amazing dishes with you in the lead up to the events.

If you are looking to host an event with a difference, get in touch with the team by calling 01242 539538 or emailing cheltenhamevents@thejockeyclub.co.uk to see what we can do for you.

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