Upcoming UK & Irish Racing Festivals

Unmissable Racing Festivals


Cheltenham Festival

£600 million will be wagered at the “Jewel in the Crown” of British horse racing; the Cheltenham Festival

Grand National

Grand National Steeplechase

Over 10 million people watch the world’s greatest jump racing spectacle; The Grand National at Aintree.


Punchestown Spring Festival

The highlight of the Irish racing calendar is the 5-day Irish National Hunt Festival in April / May at Punchestown.

The Guineas

The Guineas - Newmarket

The Guineas at Newmarket’s Rowley Mile course is the first major Flat Racing classic of the year.

Boodles Chester

Boodles Festival Chester Racecourse

The Boodles May Festival is Chester Racecourse’s most prestigious three-day race meeting.

Epsom Derby

Epsom Derby

With a £1.6 million prize fund the Derby is the UK’s richest horse race; the ultimate test for horse & jockey.

Royal Ascot

Royal Ascot

The centrepiece of the British racing calendar; 300,000 attend Royal Ascot in June; including HM the Queen!

Irish Derby

Irish Derby at The Curragh

See the best horses in the world at The Curragh in June: The Irish Derby, Irish Oaks,  1000 Guineas, 2000 Guineas and the Irish St Leger.

July Festival

July Festival Newmarket

The Newmarket July Festival is one of the Summer Flat Racing season’s highlights.

Galway Festival

Galway Festival

Galway is the highpoint of the Irish Summer racing season with 51 races over 7 glorious days and nights.

Glorious Goodwood

Glorious Goodwood Festival

Glorious Goodwood in July / August is the sporting and social highlight of the high Summer Flat racing season.

The Ebor

Frankel at The Ebor York Racecourse

4-Days of superb horseracing at the York Ebor Festival in August featuring the Juddmonte International.

Champions Weekend

Irish Champions Weekend

The Irish Champions Weekend is a 2-day event in September, run at both Leopardstown Racecourse and the Curragh in County Kildare.

Dublin Racing Festival

Dublin Racing Festival Leopardstown

The highlight of the Irish racing calendar is the 5-day Irish National Hunt Festival in April / May at Punchestown.

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