Travel to Cheltenham aboard the attheraces.com Express

Join us on the attheraces.com and arrive at the 2020 Cheltenham Festival in style!

The magnificent steam train from Toddington Railway Station to Cheltenham racecourse gives you a unique opportunity to take the stress out of the journey to the Festival.

Instead of getting stuck in the traffic in and around the track, you'll be hauled in luxury vintage carriages by a fine thoroughbred steam locomotive; it's the only major sporting venue in the UK where you can travel directly to the heart of the action in this way.

Your journey starts in the tranquil setting of Toddington Railway Station before you step back in time and experience a nostalgic 35 minute journey through the beautiful countryside of the Cotswolds, Malverns and Vale of Evesham. You'll have time to take advantage of the full cash buffet service available throughout the journey serving Champagne (which can also be pre-ordered), beers, wines, liqueurs and savoury snacks, plus the valuable opportunity to cram in some last-minute form study.

You will arrive relaxed and in style as you pull into Cheltenham Racecourse station, just a furlong from the Paddock and conveniently located opposite the North entrance to the racecourse. 

Bookings can be made for numbers of one person upwards and private carriages and compartments are available on request. Seating is arranged around tables, except in the compartments.

We will be running two trains on each day, subject to demand, from Toddington and the first train will leave at 10.50am and return into Toddington at 6.45pm. However, for 2020 there will be an additional train on the Friday with the luxury Northern Belle train. The costs are as follows:

Tuesday 10th March 2020: £70.00 return
Wednesday 11th March 2020: £70.00 return
Thursday 12th March 2020: £70.00 return
Friday 13th March 2020: £75.00 return

Prices for entrance tickets and hospitality can be found on our website www.classichospitality.co.uk.

Train timetable is now as follows:

Date Train Train Departs Toddington Train Arrives at Cheltenham Train Departs Cheltenham Train Arrives at Toddington

Tuesday 10th March

Train 1

Train 2

10:50am

11:05am

11:25am

11:40am

6:10pm

6:25pm

6:45pm

7:00pm

Wednesday 11th March

Train 1

Train 2

10:50am

11:05am

11:25am

11:40am

6:10pm

6:25pm

6:45pm

7:00pm

Thursday 12th March

Train 1

Train 2

10:50am

11:05am

11:25am

11:40am

6:10pm

6:25pm

6:45pm

7:00pm

Friday 13th March

Train 1

Train 2

10:50am

11:05am

11:25am

11:40am

6:10pm

6:25pm

6:45pm

7:00pm

Additional train on Friday 13th March

Date Train Train Departs Broadway Train Arrives at Cheltenham Train Departs Cheltenham Train Arrives at Broadway

Friday 13th March

Northern Belle Train

11:40am

12:30am

6:05pm

6:55pm

Northern Belle luxury fine dining train couple with attheraces.com on Cheltenham Gold Cup day!

Classic Hospitality are operating the luxurious Northern Belle vintage dining train from London Paddington to the Cheltenham Festival on Gold Cup Day (Friday 13th March 2020)

The glamour, thrill and excitement begins the second you see the train stationed at London Paddington where you will start your incredible journey to Cheltenham Racecourse. Enjoy a Bellini Brunch, study the form, get some racing advice from our onboard tipster and enjoy the views from your picture window as we journey to the market town of Evesham, located in the heart of the Cotswolds.

On arrival, coaches await for the short journey to Broadway Steam Railway Station where you will board a magnificent attheraces.com Express steam train which will embark on a 45 minute journey through the beautiful Cotswolds, Malverns and Vale of Evesham and transport you and your guests directly to the back of the main Grandstand at Cheltenham Racecourse. You will pull into Cheltenham Racecourse Steam Railway Station located just a furlong from the Paddock in unique and nostalgic fashion.

Your package includes a Club Enclosure admission ticket which is the premium entry ticket at Cheltenham giving you access to the prime viewing lawns located by the winning post, Parade Ring and various bar facilities. After an action-packed day’s racing and witnessing the 2020 Cheltenham Gold Cup, you will re-join the attheraces.com Express steam train which will take you back to Broadway.

You will miss all the traffic and congestion in and around the racecourse. Once back at Broadway, our coach transfers will be on hand to return you to Evesham where you will re-join the majestic Northern Belle for a very special journey home.

A delicious five course meal paired with specially selected wine awaits. With Champagne in hand, sit back, relax and raise a glass to a very memorable day at the races.

Getting to Toddington Railway Station

Toddington station is situated in the village of the same name in Gloucestershire.  For visitors using satellite navigation systems, the postcode is GL54 5DT. There is hard-surface car parking at the Station and coaches are able to set-down and pick-up. Toddington’s facilities include the Flag & Whistle Cafe where visitors can purchase a cooked breakfast, teas and coffees prior to departure. Racecards and Champagne can also be purchased from the station platform before catching the attheraces.com Express.

Travelling from London?

Classic Hospitality has recognised that Cheltenham visitors who come from London often take the train to Cheltenham Spa. The problem with this is that they have an arduous journey from the other side of Cheltenham to the racecourse in horrendous traffic, some even complaining that the bus transfer has taken well over an hour. Our solution offers a transfer from London direct to the back of the Grandstand at the racecourse. We achieve in the following way;

1. Take the train direct from London Paddington to Moreton in the Marsh which takes 1 hour 36 minutes

2. A specially chartered coach will be waiting to take you to Toddington to board our racecourse bound steam train which goes straight to the back of the Grandstand. The return cost for the coach transfer is just £25 and when you take into account the cost of taxis for Festival week which can be in excess of £100, this is great value.

3. On arrival at Toddington, listen to the live band, enjoy a glass of Champagne on the platform and take your designated seat on the steam train.

4. Enjoy the 35 minute journey through the Costwolds arriving in style at the back of the Grandstand.

5. Take the short stroll to the North entrance and experience this great festival of National Hunt Racing either in one of our hospitality facilities or just with your entrance ticket. 

6. Reverse the process on the way home and miss all the hours of queuing to exit the Car Parks and avoid the Cheltenham traffic jams.

Classic Hospitality Experts

Classic Hospitality and their parent company Corporate Entertainment Co Ltd have been working with Cheltenham recourse for 20 years and we have many great facilities including marquees in prime locations, course facing boxes for private or shared use and budget hospitality with the option of Grandstand seats. In addition we can provide accommodation at one of our many hotel partners and to make things easier for you we have arranged free transfers to Toddington station so you can catch our steam train to the racecourse. Our objective is to give you plenty of choice so you can find a solution that suits your objectives and budget and to make things as easy as possible for you.

Accommodation

We are also able to offer friendly and helpful advice on a full range of accommodation opportunities to suit every budget. View our hotel partners here.

Hospitality

Classic Hospitality offers a complete range of hospitality opportunities at Cheltenham Racecourse to combine with your attheraces.com Express transfer. Whether you prefer to be in a shared restaurant location or in the privacy of your own Grandstand Box, Classic Hospitality can offer the very finest hospitality packages to suit your taste and budget.

For sports hospitality at all other major sporting events including Football, Golf, Rugby and Motorsports visit www.corporateentertainmentco.co.uk.
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