6 ways to celebrate The Festival™ at home

It might not compare to the thrill of being at the races but there are still plenty of ways to celebrate the iconic Cheltenham Festival this year – with SoGlos rounding up some of the best ways to party at home.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Three friends toasting with Champagne
Discover 6 ways to celebrate the Cheltenham Festival, including the Gold Cup, at home this March 2021.

Don your best loungewear – or something a little dressier – and jump right into the horseracing action from the comfort of your own home as the Cheltenham Festival is broadcast live on ITV, from Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 March 2021.

From toasting your luck with a living room cocktail or two, to getting a dinner party delivered to your door, SoGlos has handpicked 6 great ways to celebrate the Cheltenham Festival 2021 while enjoying the action at home.

1. Celebrate with The Festival™ at Home Hamper

Take hospitality into your own hands and experience the luxury of The Festival™ at home, with an artisan food hamper from Cheltenham Racecourse delivered straight to your door.

Tuck into cheese and crackers; smoked salmon, salami and ham; or pop the cork on a bottle of champagne, with lemon macrons to enjoy, too. There’s the choice of three hampers, with a 10 per cent donation to charity partner WellChild included with every purchase.

To order, visit thejockeyclub.co.uk.

2. Toast your winnings with a cocktail at home

After a successful day at the races, swap one of Cheltenham’s swanky cocktail bars for the kitchen and try your hand at mixology, crafting a cocktail to celebrate your winnings – or commiserate your losses…

As well as offering 100 per cent organic and vegan-friendly spirits, distilled in the nearby Cotswolds, British Polo Gin knows how to mix a mean cocktail. And with a combination of fizz and British Polo Gin Strawberry & Rose, the Strawgasm is the perfect tipple to toast your luck.

For more information, visit britishpologin.co.uk.

3. Dress up for Ladies’ Day at home

It’s usually the day racegoers get dolled up to the nines – and this year, Ladies’ Day on Wednesday 17 March 2021 is the perfect excuse to trade your lockdown loungewear for something a little flashier.

Get your racecourse fashion fix by shopping for something fancy at Avenue A’s virtual marquee – with The Festival™ sponsors, WellChild, benefiting from a 10 per cent donation when you use the charity’s bespoke shopping link.

For more information, visit wellchild.org.uk/cheltenhamfestival.

4. Download the Jockey Club app

Enhance your at-home raceday experience with The Jockey Club app, keeping lucky punters up-to-date with the latest tips and gossip – with entertaining games and competitions all week, too.

Totally free to download, there’s a digital racecard, video highlights and plenty of exclusive content, keeping racing fans involved in The Festival™ action from their sofa.

To download, visit thejockeyclub.co.uk.

5. Enjoy a dinner party by post

With a three-course meal – plus nibbles! – delivered to your door, Plush Pantry has hungry punters covered this race week. With deluxe dishes including Dorset Chicken supreme; a jam-packed fish pie; and a mushroom and pesto risotto on offer, simply plate up and reheat to enjoy while catching up on the racing action.

There’s also the option to extend your feast to afternoon tea or add a bottle of champagne to make the at-home dining experience extra special. The last day to order is Friday 12 March 2021, so make sure you don’t miss out!

6. Party on St Patrick’s Thursday

With great numbers of Irish racegoers making the trip to Cheltenham Festival every year, Day Three of The Festival™ is affectionately known as St Patrick’s Thursday, which this year falls on Thursday 18 March 2021.

While things are a little different this year, we still think it’s cause for celebration – and although your lounge isn’t quite the Guinness Village, it’s a good excuse for a few pints as the exhilarating horseracing action unfolds!

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