Day Out To The Cheltenham Festival Trials Day

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The date is set, the horses are ranked, and it’s all going to unveil on the 29th of January 2022. We are discussing the Cheltenham Festival Trials Day, of course, and just in case you have not yet planned your journey from Essex to Cheltenham yet, it’s time to change that as soon as possible. Stay with us as we introduce you to the Cheltenham Festival Trials Day races, as well as a few quick tips for the trip.

When does the Cheltenham Festival Trials Day Start?

The Cheltenham Festival Trials Day races are scheduled for the 29th of January, Saturday, and the first race will kick off at 12:15pm. You should get inside the gates by 11:45am at the latest, or at any time after 10:30am (opening time for the Cheltenham Racecourse). Check the full day’s schedule below to know what to expect and when.

  • Race 1: Class 2 Handicap Hurdle (3,400 metres approx.) at 12:15pm.
  • Race 2: Class 1 Juvenile Hurdle (3,400 metres approx.) at 12:45pm.
  • Race 3: Class 2 Novices’ Handicap Steeplechase (4,125 metres approx.) at 1:20pm.
  • Race 4: Class 1 Grade 3 Cheltenham Countdown Podcast Handicap Steeplechase (4,225 metres approx.) at 1:55pm.
  • Race 5: Class 1 Grade 2 Cotswold Chase (3,520 metres) at 2:30pm.
  • Race 6: Class 1 Grade 3 Cleeve Hurdle (4,828 metres approx.) at 3:05pm.
  • Race 7: Grade 2 Classic Novices’ Hurdle (4,125 metres approx.) at 3:40pm.
  • Race 8: Class 1 Listed Mares’ Standard Open National Hunt Flat Race at 4:15pm.

Now that we have the full schedule, check the odds and place your bets early on with this limited time free bet offer from Unibet. You can watch the entire Cheltenham Trials Day Event on your bookmaker’s site or app on your laptop or smartphone. However, if you want to feel the excitement of travelling to the racecourse from Essex, we have a few handy tips to ease your journey.

Cheapest and Quickest Way to Travel from Essex to Cheltenham

You will need to drive for about 150 miles (241.4 km) to get to Cheltenham, which may not be the most convenient way to travel from Essex to Cheltenham. However, it’s the cheapest and the fastest way to get to the town for sure. Estimated drive time is roughly 3 hours, and it should not cost you more than £25 – £35 in fuel. Do keep in mind that this estimate is based on the assumption that you will not be renting a car and instead, will be driving one of your own.

What about Trains?

Unfortunately, there is no direct train route here that you can take. You will have to take a few detours and breaks to get from Essex to Cheltenham. This whole trip, including breaks, should take anything between 4 – 4.5 hours. Below, you will find a small breakdown of the suggested best route.

  1. Get to White Notley and then take the train to London Liverpool Street (1 hour approx.).
  2. Take the subway from Liverpool Street Station to Lancaster Gate Station (15 minutes approx.)
  3. Reach London Paddington Station nearby (6You will need to drive for about 150 miles (241.4 km) to get to Cheltenham, which may not be the most convenient way to travel from Essex to Cheltenham. However, it’s the cheapest and the fastest way to get to the town for sure. Estimated drive time is roughly 3 hours, and it should not cost you more than £25 – £35 in fuel. Do keep in mind that this estimate is based on the assumption that you will not be renting a car and instead, will be driving one of your own.50 meters) and then take the train directly to the Cheltenham Spa Station (2 hours approx.).

It’s not going to be cheap either, as the total expense in ticket money is estimated to be around the £60 – £80 mark per person, depending on what tickets you buy.

Accommodation

You could and probably should stay the night, especially if you want to explore the local attractions a bit after the Cheltenham Trials Day races are over and done with. Booking early on is highly advised as even the cheapest hotel will charge a pretty penny if you try to book on arrival. The best places will also be full of guests with no room to spare by the time 29th January arrives. So, book early to save money and arrange for quality accommodations.

That being said, there are so many places to stay in Cheltenham that if you don’t mind paying extra on account of last-minute booking, you will always find a place to stay in town. After all, there are quite literally hundreds of inns and hotels in Cheltenham! Expect to pay anything in between £40 – £200 for a room per night, depending on where you do choose to stay.

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