Cheltenham Racecourse builds on its non-race day activities

Cheltenham Racecourse has announced this morning, Wednesday 5th September, that tickets have officially sold out for Irish stand-up comedian Dara Ó Briain who will be performing live in The Centaur on Thursday 11th October 2012.

Cheltenham Racecourse is known for hosting some of the UK’s most prominent racing fixtures including the legendary Cheltenham Gold Cup; the recent sell out strengthens the position of the sporting venue as a popular events destination. The venue offers a multitude of event spaces including The Centaur, a 2,250 seated auditorium with state-of-the-art lighting and sound capabilities, as well as 300 acres available for outside events. The venue also boasts over 10,000 free car parking spaces, making it an ideal choice for concerts and comedy promoters.

Following the launch of its ‘LIVE’ division in 2011 the racecourse is proving to be a crowd pleaser, continually  building on its non-race day activities with an exciting programme of live events for 2012 and 2013. The venue announced last month that chart-topping band Kaiser Chiefs will be performing in the venue’s Centaur on 21st February 2013. Tickets for the indie rock band from Leeds went on sale Wednesday 29th August and are expected to sell out over the next few days having been on sale only one week.

Susie Bradshaw, conference and events manager at Cheltenham Racecourse, said: “We were expecting Dara’s event to be a popular evening however we did not expect tickets to sell out so soon having only been on sale for just over three weeks. We are thrilled by the sell out and very excited to be hosting Dara’s popular ‘Craic Dealer Tour 2012’. Our ticket sales prove how big an appetite there is around Gloucestershire, the South West and Midlands areas for live comedy and music events, and we aim to keep Centaur busy with live events over the coming years.”

Located only one mile from Cheltenham town centre, the venue is accessible from the midlands’ major arterial routes including the M40 and M5, as well as direct train links to London and Bristol.


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Notes to editors

  • Cheltenham Racecourse has a range of suites available for hire across the venue from small meeting rooms to an auditorium, conference suites and balconies.
  • The racecourse offers free Wi-Fi and technical and catering facilities on-site.
  • The racecourse boasts over 10,000 free parking spaces and close links to major road and rail links the venue is easily accessible from all directions.
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