Horse Racing Festivals

Racegoers are always researching the major horse racing festivals and biggest horse racing events in September 2022.

With so many prestigious UK horse racing fixtures taking place throughout 2022 the ability to attend some of the famous festivals can become a reality.

With horse racing events happening from the winter months in heavy ground conditions to the sunshine and glamour of the Flat season throughout the summer. There’s something for everyone at these iconic UK horse racing venues.

In our Horse Racing Festivals guide we will run through all the biggest UK horse racing meetings of 2022.

Dublin Racing Festival

The 2023 Dublin Racing Festival dates are from Saturday 4th February to Sunday 5th February 2023.

The Dublin Racing Festival 2023 is held at the Leopardstown Racecourse and features exciting races like Chanelle Pharma Irish Champion Hurdle and Paddy Power Irish Gold Cup.

Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival held at the Cheltenham Racecourse in Gloucestershire is the highlight of the National Hunt year and the pinnacle of jumps racing, it is the biggest and best National Hunt jump racing festival in the year.

With 28 amazing races over four days, the Cheltenham Festival showcases the best racehorses have to offer in the National Hunt sphere.

The 2023 Cheltenham Festival dates are from Tuesday 14th to Friday 17th March 2023.

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Check out the 2023 Cheltenham Festival video if you want to know more information about the National Hunt most talked about 4-day horse racing festival.

Each of the 2023 Cheltenham Festival races is a chance to be part of history and attending the horse racing festival is a great experience.

Grand National Festival

The Grand National Festival is a three-day horse racing event with the most famous in history on the final day – The Grand National.

The Grand National meeting is also known as the Aintree Festival as it is held at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool.

With 40 runners the race is over one of the toughest UK horse racing courses and it is the race where the nation stops to have a bet.

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The Aintree Festival racing is always top-class with the highlight of course being the Grand National on Saturday.

Christmas Festival

The Kempton Christmas Festival is a popular two-day National Hunt Horse Racing Festival on Boxing Day and the 27th of December 2022.

The popular horse racing events over the 2 days at the Kempton Winter Festival are:

Punchestown Festival

The annual Punchestown Irish National Hunt Festival is the last big meeting of the National Hunt season in Ireland that takes place from 26th April to Saturday 30th April.

The 2022 Punchestown Festival is held at the Punchestown Racecourse in County Kildare, Ireland and is known as the home of Irish Jumps Racing.

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Guineas Festival

The Guineas Festival held at the Newmarket Racecourse in Suffolk features the first two Flat Racing Classics of the season in the 1000 Guineas Race and 2000 Guineas Race.

The Guineas are regarded as two of the most prestigious UK horse racing fixtures and have been imitated all over the world.

The 2022 Guineas Festival dates are from Friday 29th April to Sunday 1st May 2022.

Both races set the tone for the Flat season and can be career-defining for horses, horse racing trainers, and horse racing jockeys.

Chester May Festival

The 2022 Chester May Festival dates are from Wednesday 4th May to Friday 6th May 2022.

The Chester May Festival 2022 is held at the Chester Racecourse in Cheshire and features exciting races like the Chester Vase, Huxley Stakes, Chester Cup, Cheshire Oaks and Ormonde Stakes.

York Dante Festival

The 2022 York Dante Festival dates are from Wednesday 11th May to Friday 13th May 2022.

The Dante Festival 2022 is held at the York Racecourse and features exciting races like the Tattersalls Musidora Stakes, Dante Stakes and Yorkshire Cup.

Epsom Derby Festival

The Epsom Derby Festival held at the Epsom Racecourse in Surrey features two of the most sought after British Classics in The Derby and The Oaks.

The 2022 Epsom Derby Festival dates are from Friday 3rd June to Saturday 4th June 2022.

The Oaks only open to three-year-old fillies is run over 1 mile 4 furlongs and 10 yards on the undulating Epsom Downs racecourse has prize money of £500,000.

The Derby is Britain’s richest race and is often regarded as the best Flat race in the world.

The Derby only open to three-year-old colts is run over 1 mile 4 furlongs and 10 yards on the undulating Epsom Downs racecourse and has prize money of £1,500,000.

Royal Ascot Festival

The 2022 Royal Ascot Festival dates are from Tuesday 14th June to Saturday 18th June 2022.

The 2022 Royal Ascot Festival is held at the Ascot Racecourse in Surrey and features the Prince of Wales Stakes race and Diamond Jubilee Stakes race which both have 1 million in prize money for the winner.

Royal Ascot is the showcase event of the Flat season known for the glitz and glamour, it’s one of the UK horse racing fixtures like no other.

The world-class action is on show in Royal Ascot races such as the Queen Anne Stakes, Commonwealth Cup, and Gold Cup.

Royal Ascot is attended every day by The Queen and a Royal winner is always popular with horse racing fans.

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Eclipse Summer Festival

The 2022 Eclipse Summer Festival dates are from Saturday 1st July to Sunday 2nd July 2022.

The Eclipse Summer Festival 2022 is held at the Sandown Racecourse in Surrey and features exciting races like the Eclipse Stakes worth 750k in prize money.

Newmarket July Festival

The 2022 Newmarket July Festival dates are from Thursday 7th July to Saturday 8th July 2022.

The first day of the July Festival is Ladies Day at Newmarket Racecourse and is the hottest ticket of the summer, with visitors travelling from far and wide to enjoy the thrilling racing, epic entertainment and of course fabulous fashion.

The King George Weekend

The 2022 King George Weekend dates are from Friday 22nd July to Saturday 23rd July 2022.

King George weekend is headlined by King George and Queen Elizabeth Stakes with prize money of 1.25 million.

It is Britain’s most prestigious open-age Flat race.

Glorious Goodwood

The 2022 Glorious Goodwood Festival dates are from Tuesday 26th July to Saturday 30th July 2022.

With 5 days of thrilling horse racing action set against the magnificent backdrop of the rolling Sussex countryside, Qatar Goodwood Festival – popularly known as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ – is one of the highlights of the flat racing season.

Ebor Festival

The 2022 Ebor Festival dates are from Wednesday 17th August to Saturday 20th August 2022.

The 2022 Ebor Festival is held at the York Racecourse in Yorkshire and features the Juddmonte Stakes which has 1 million in prize money for the winner.

The historic four-day Ebor Festival event is one of the major UK horse racing meetings of the Flat season.

The 4 days of horse racing include some great races like the Yorkshire Oaks, the Group 1 Nunthorpe Stakes and many other famous races like the Ebor Handicap.

St. Leger Festival

The 2022 St. Leger Festival dates are from Wednesday 7th September to Saturday 10th September 2022.

The St Leger Festival 2022 is held at the Doncaster Racecourse and features exciting races like world’s oldest classic horse race the St Leger.

Dubai Future Champions Festival

The 2022 Dubai Future Champions Festival dates are from Friday 7th October to Saturday 8th October 2022.

The highlight of The Newmarket Gold Season, the Dubai Future Champions Festival, provides two days of top-class horse racing, as the sport looks to unearth potential stars for the following campaign.

The quality of action on the Rowley Mile Newmarket Racecourse across the two days is nothing short of breathtaking, with seven Group races run on Friday and Saturday.

British Champions Day

The 2022 QIPCO British Champions Day date is 15th October 2022.

The QIPCO British Champions Day 2022 is held at the Ascot Racecourse and features exciting races like the QIPCO Champion Stakes worth 1.3 million in prize money.

Ascot British Champions Day is the finale to the UK Flat season and is the richest race day in the UK and the action both on and off the track never fails to disappoint.

With four Group Ones up for grabs, it really is the perfect finale.

Popular Questions

What are the best horse racing festivals for jump racing?

The best jump horse racing festivals are:

  • Cheltenham Jump Racing Festival
  • Punchestown Jump Racing Festival
  • Aintree Jump Racing Festival
  • Dublin Jump Racing Festival

What are the best horse racing festivals for flat racing?

The best flat horse racing festivals are:

  • Guineas Flat Racing Festival
  • Royal Ascot Flat Racing Festival
  • Derby Flat Racing Festival

What are the summer horse racing festivals?

Here are all the UK summer horse racing festivals:

  • Eclipse Summer Festival
  • Newmarket July Festival
  • Glorious Goodwood Festival
  • Ebor Summer Festival
  • St Leger Festival

What are the irish horse racing festivals?

Here are all the Irish horse racing festivals:

  • Dublin Racing Festival
  • Punchestown Festival
  • Tattersalls Irish Guineas Festival
  • Irish Derby Festival
  • Galway Festival

Summary

Great Britain holds some of the most famous and prestigious Racing Festivals in the world, annually attracting the best horses from around the globe in both Flat and Jump racing.

As the Founder of British Racecourses, I have a life-long passion for horse racing and have loved the sport as long as I can remember. I am also a keen racehorse owner and have worked in the gambling industry for several years. I set up British Racecourses with the desire to share my passion for racing with other like-minded people.