Mummy says….. ‘Last month I was invited to a fabulous event that I could never imagine me ever going to – Ladies Day at The Festival Cheltenham Races
. I have never been to anything like this so was super excited to have been asked to go.
I was invited together with my daughter Amy who blogs too, along with some other bloggers, by Ladbrokes
to experience the Golden Package on Ladies Day. Ladies Day was 15 March this year. I was a bit nervous if I am honest, as Ladies Day race events are notorious for being super glamorous with everyone going all out with their outfits, accessories and of course hats. I was also so so happy to have gone with Amy as we hardly ever get to spend time together, just us, as she is away in Uni.
We left home in West Wales at 7am to drive to Cheltenham for the day. Amy was living in Bristol, but she travelled home so that we could drive up together. Thank goodness, it was so good to be arriving with someone! The drive was pretty straightforward and we found the venue easily enough, although there were huge queues to enter, as you can probably imagine. We left home in cloud and arrived in beautiful warm sunshine and 20 degrees!
Parking was easy, in a huge field which was well manned with stewards, with a bit of a walk to the race course itself. It was fine in the sunshine, but would have been pretty boggy if it had rained. The Gold Ticket included parking for one car and two people, otherwise parking for the day was £15.
We were taken to the Festival Restaurant, a private restaurant with a viewing terrace over the winners enclosure, although once sat down we couldn’t see much at all. Luckily there were large TV screens showing each race. The atmosphere was buzzing with excitement, and the staff were really friendly.
The Gold Ticket Festival Package.
This invite includes entry to Ladies Day at Cheltenham Races and VIP access to the Festival Restaurant with a hospitality badge.
The tickets were worth over £370 each. We enjoyed a 4 course a la carte lunch, afternoon tea, Tote betting service and the table for the day including a hospitality team to look after us. There was also morning coffee and biscuits but we missed these as we a little late due to the traffic. No other drinks were included.
There was a comprehensive wine list, and we enjoyed a glass of champagne each (at £9 a glass). A bar just outside the restaurant served soft drinks, beers etc too.
There was a fabulous menu on offer and I chose:
Pumpkin and Parsnip Soup with croutons, roasted pumpkin seeds and olive oil.
Oyster medallions – herb breadcrumb oyster mushrooms, sautéed asparagus and quinoa and roasted garlic cream sauce.
For desert I chose zesty lemon and praline tranche with cornish clotted cream and raspberry coulis.
I also enjoyed cheese and biscuits.
Afternoon tea included a range of crustless sandwiches and mini desert cakes.
All the food was perfectly cooked, beautifully presented and absolutely delicious.
The restaurant was in a building with no public access, so there were no queues for the toilets. Staff offered a betting service at the table so you didn’t have to dash off to place our bets. We did have a little flutter, but unfortunately didn’t win a penny. A couple of other bloggers did have a win though.
It remained a stunning day and we went outside after lunch to soak up the sun and the atmosphere – which was one of great excitement. We were in a separate VIP area to the general public which was still very busy but raised for a better view of the racetrack.
I had a wonderful day at Ladies Day and am so grateful to Ladbrokes for inviting me.
I am not sure this package is worth £370 but it was an incredible experience and I would definitely go again if I was able to.
Have you ever been to the races?