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Festival Facts - Guinness Drank etc
Sun, Mar 13th, 2016

March 15-18, 2016

Sunday, March 13, 2016 - Facts and figures for The Festival.

£100,000,000 - local (Gloucestershire) economic impact of The Festival each year.
£4,150,000 - record amount of prize money on offer at The Festival 2016 - the most of any Jump festival in the world.
£1,000,000 - The Jockey Club 'Chase Triple Crown' bonus over and above the race's prize money that Cue Card will win his connections with victory in the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup (split £650k to his owner Jean Bishop, £150k to trainer Colin Tizzard, £100k to stable staff at the Tizzard stables and £100k to jockey Paddy Brennan).
£575,000 - prize money available for the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup.
265,000 - pints of Guinness knocked back by spectators at The Festival 2015.
120,000 - bottles of wine drunk at The Festival 2015.
105,000 - people using Cheltenham Spa train station over the four days of racing.
80,000 - number of movements between the racecourse and the town on the shuttle bus service.
68,000 - maximum capacity at Cheltenham on Cheltenham Gold Cup Day (when all temporary facilities are open).
62,000 - average attendance over the four-day period of The Festival.
45,000 - bread rolls eaten at The Festival 2015.
45,000 - afternoon teas served to customers at The Festival 2015.
40,000 - hospitality guests served over the four days of The Festival.
38,000m2 - volume of space that is built for the four days in the Tented Village and the triple decker that sits alongside the racecourse.
36,500 - vehicles parked over the four days.
21,120 - distance, in feet, run during the National Hunt Chase, The Festival's longest race.
12,320 - yards of running rails surrounding the track.
20,000 - bottles of house Champagne sold at The Festival.
8,000+ - gallons of tea and coffee served.
6,000 - staff employed over The Festival.
5,000 - bundles of birch used every season.
2001 - the only year, besides the periods during the two World Wars, that The Festival has been cancelled (due to foot and mouth disease).
1934 - the year Golden Miller became the first horse to win both the Cheltenham Gold Cup and the Grand National in a single season.
800 - members of the press accredited for The Festival each year.
350 - chefs on site.
£150,000,000 - bet on The Festival every year.
£135,000,000 - what The Jockey Club has spent on facilities at Cheltenham in the last 35 years.
50 - staff coaches per day, sourced from all over the country, as far away as Liverpool, London, Cardiff, Swansea, Birmingham and Coventry.
£45,000,000 - cost of the redevelopment of Cheltenham Racecourse. This project was concluded on time and within budget in November, 2015.
30 - extra flights put on by Ryanair on the Dublin to Birmingham route during The Festival period (around 20,000 customers will use Ryanair).
28 - National Hunt races run at The Festival.
22 - fences jumped during the Cheltenham Gold Cup.
9 - tons of potatoes consumed during The Festival.
8 - Guinness-only bars.
7 - most wins by a jockey - Ruby Walsh - in a single year.
6 - most consecutive victories by a horse in any Cheltenham Festival race - Quevega in the David Nicholson Mares' Hurdle between 2009 and 2014.
5 - tons of smoked and fresh salmon consumed at The Festival.
4 - number of feature races run during The Festival, including the Timico Cheltenham Gold Cup, Betway Queen Mother Champion Chase, Stan James Champion Hurdle and Ryanair World Hurdle.
3 - the three-storey temporary structure installed for The Festival, beyond the Guinness Village, is the biggest, three-tiered temporary structure in Europe.
2 - shortest distance raced at The Festival in miles.

Catering Specific


Local produce at the heart of what we do
70% of the fruit & vegetables are sourced within the Cotswolds region
100% of the cheese used is produced within 50 miles of Cheltenham
100% of the salmon is cured or smoked within 50 miles (Severn and Wye & Coln Valley) & is 100% sustainable Scottish salmon
100% of all the seafood is best of British, either landed at Orkney or Brixham
100% of the afternoon tea selections is best of British


3,500 catering team operating the event each day
350 chefs catering each day of the event
350 managers running the event each day
750 students from over 20 colleges work at the Festival each day
5 furlongs of temporary bar counters
40,000 hospitality meals
24 marquees including the longest triple deck structure in Europe, with over 2.5 miles of internal walls
8,000+ gallons of tea & coffee consumed
5 tons of cheese consumed
9 tons of potatoes consumed
5 tons of salmon consumed
240 private boxes
12 restaurants
34 temporary kitchens
65 mobile catering units
Arkles real ale brewed in Cheltenham
265,000 pints of Guinness consumed
20,000 bottles of Champagne

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