Horse racing legends to visit Lydiard Park Hotel to celebrate Cheltenham Festival Week

By Barrie Hudson - 12 January 2024


Horse racing fans will soon be able to meet their heroes at the eagerly awaited ‘Legends of Horse Racing Dinners’ on 13 and 14 March at Lydiard Park Hotel.

The recently refurbished hotel and conference centre promises two nights of captivating entertainment combined with fabulous food and drink to celebrate Cheltenham Festival week. 

Horse racing legends Bob Champion CBE (13 March) and Mick Fitzgerald (14 March) will be guest speakers on subsequent evenings with both sporting dinners expertly compered by BBC sports presenter and horse racing fanatic Ady Williams.

Both events will include a delicious three-course meal, horse racing prize quiz, Q&A’s and a rundown of the Cheltenham racecard with festival tips from Bob and Mick.

Guests will also enjoy live interviews as both racing legends share anecdotes, experiences, and behind-the-scenes stories from their illustrious careers in the saddle.

Tickets for the dinners are priced at £59.95 per person for each night or £97 for both nights, offering exceptional value for an evening filled with entertainment, gourmet dining, and legendary encounters. 

For those looking to share this experience with friends or colleagues, tables of 8 are available for £430 per night.

Doors open at 7pm, with dinner served promptly at 8.15 pm. Exclusive overnight packages are available for those who wish to extend their stay and make the most of these unique occasions.

Lydiard Park Hotel is also offering a shuttle service to and from the Cheltenham Festival on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 March – priced at £18 per day or complimentary for hotel package guests.

Cllr Chris Watts, Swindon Borough Council’s Cabinet Member in charge of Lydiard Park, said: “This is a great event that’s made for fans of horse racing.

“I’m really pleased to see more events being held at Lydiard Park Hotel and it’s an amazing venue to meet some horse racing legends and talk everything racing.

“Not only will you get to meet Bob and Mick, but you’ll also get an incredible three-course meal and some tips on how you could get a big score at the Cheltenham races.

“Tickets will sell fast, so make sure you book as soon as possible.”

To reserve a space at the ‘Legends of Horse Racing Dinners’, people can book online at or contact the Lydiard Events team on 01793 464644.

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