Racing underway at Punchestown Races

The Ultimate Punchestown Festival Experience

2 Night Package from £725

PUNCHESTOWN, COUNTY KILDARE, IRELAND
Tuesday 30th April to Thursday 2nd May 2024

The 2024 Punchestown Festival starts on Tuesday 30th April and concludes on Saturday 4th May 2024 at Punchestown Racecourse near Naas in County Kildare. The “finale” meeting of the Irish Jumps season where the Champion Owner, Trainer and Jockey are crowned. At Venatour Racing Social, we have put the Ultimate Package together including a stable tour, Irish National Stud visit, two days racing including the Gold Cup Day and a lovely stay in a 4 Star Hotel.

The 5 Day Meeting in County Kildare is a draw for the very best owners and trainers from both sides of the Irish Sea. With its unique mix of racing, live entertainment and the finest food and drink, Punchestown Festival is a must for all National Hunt Racing fans.

A showcase of jump racing is in store over five fabulous days where 12 grade one contests and over €3.3 million in prize money is up for grabs. Seasoned campaigners compete shoulder to shoulder with rookies and new names and this is where our champions are crowned and fresh talent emerges. It is truly a fitting finale meeting for our horses, trainers, jockeys and owners who have entertained us over the jump season.

Few sporting experiences compare with the raw energy of horse racing in Ireland. It is inherent in Irish culture and heritage. It is fast, it is tough, it is fiercely competitive but it is exhilarating, thrilling and passionate in equal measure. The energy from the track feeds the enclosures where the atmosphere is unbeatable. The soundtrack of cheering, chat, live music and bustling bars injects that festive spirit. Do not miss it!

Tuesday 30th April

The highlight of the first day is the Grade 1 Champion Chase which kicks off a fabulous 5 days of racing.

Wednesday 1st May

It’s Gold Cup Day along with two more Grade 1 Races, the buzz is incredible, and the racing is top class!

In conjunction with

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Tuesday 30th April
  • Morning flight from Birmingham Airport to Dublin Airport.
  • Coach transfer to Barberstown Castle Hotel for check-in.
  • Coach transfer to Punchestown Racecourse for Day 1 of the Festival.
  • Return transfer back to your hotel.
Wednesday 1st May
  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Coach pick-up for the Irish National Stud Visit (2-3 hours visit)
  • Return transfer back to your hotel.
  • Coach transfer for Day 2 of the Punchestown Festival – Gold Cup Day!
  • Return transfer back to your hotel.
  • Option for Hooley with Live Music and Pig Roast (extra cost).
Thursday 2nd May
  • Breakfast at Hotel.
  • Coach transfer for stable visit.
  • Coach transfer to Dublin Airport.
  • Flight back to Birmingham Airport.
  • Return flights from UK to Ireland.
  • Airport transfers as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Two-nights accommodation on bed and breakfast basis at Barberstown Castle Hotel.
  • Race day transfer arrangements as indicated in the itinerary.
  • Official Race Day Tickets (upgrade options available subject to availability).
  • Irish National Stud visit including transfers.
  • Stable visit including transfers.
  • An experienced Venatour Tour Manager.

Optional extras

(all include transport where applicable)

A row of champagne flutes being filled

VIP Hospitality

4 Course Lunch with complimentary bar in our private vantage suite.
(available Tuesday – Friday)

£499

per person per day

An exclusive buffet spread

Buffet Hospitality

3 Course Buffet Lunch with cash bar in our private suite.
(Tuesday and Wednesday only.)

£295

per person per day

Irish fiddle and half empty drinks on a table in a traditional Irish bar

TRADITIONAL Hooley

Includes a pig roast, live music and Irish Dancing, all conveniently hosted at the Barberstown Castle Hotel.

£60

per person

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