About Cheltenham is the Home of Jump racing A theatre of excellence that really can elevate you to a sporting high. Cheltenham is at the heart of almost every aspect of Jump racing. This is the place where owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and breeders dream of having winners. It's the place where the most important races are run. This is where many stars of the future go through the sale ring. But most of all, this is the place where the equine and human champions forge their reputations. As always, there is much to look forward to in the season, 16 exciting days of top class Jump racing. Hundreds of thousands of racing fans come to Cheltenham every year., but you don't need to be an expert to have the time of your life. The wide variety of experiences ranges from the relaxed feel of the meetings in October and April, to the heady excitement of The Open and the family fun of New Year's Day. However, the focus of any jumping season is always The Festival. The Festival at Cheltenham is the shining jewel in Jump racing's crown. It is four days of magic, magnificence and madness, played out on a stage framed by the breathtaking vista of the Cotswold Hills. It features a cast of the best horses, jockeys and trainers playing to an audience of 260,000 people, all of whom are determined to have the time of their lives.