- Enjoy New Year's Day racing at Cheltenham Racecourse

December 10, 2010 (PRLEAP.COM) Travel News can reveal that a trip to one of the UK's most famous racing venues on New Year's Day could be the perfect way to recover from the excesses of the previous night.

Cheltenham Racecourse will host its annual January 1st meeting once more to mark the beginning of 2011, with large crowds expected at the home of National Hunt racing.

The New Year's Day event is a favourite outing among local families and also looks set to attract plenty of Cotswold hotel guests.

One of the special features of the meeting is the race day tour, which gives Pony Club members and their families a chance to see behind the scenes at the Prestbury Park venue.

Cheltenham's gates will open at 10:30 GMT on New Year's Day, with the first race due to begin two hours later.

The final contest is scheduled for 15:55 GMT and tickets are priced between £12 and £25.

Situated in a natural amphitheatre below the escarpment of the Cotswold hills, Cheltenham is one of the most scenic racing venues in the country.

It is famous for the four-day Cheltenham Festival, a highlight of the British sporting calendar that takes place at the course each March.

For more information on this event, visit the Cheltenham Racecourse website or contact the venue on 01242 513 014. offers a range of accommodation in the Cotswolds, such as the Tortworth Court Four Pillars Hotel.

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