Campsite Review: Cheltenham Racecourse

We have a quick overnight stop at our first Caravan and Motorhome Club site

Recently we had to visit Cheltenham for an appointment and, as we were on the way back home from Old Oaks, we decided to have a look around the area to try and find a site for a quick overnight stop. A quick Google later and I found the Caravan and Motorhome Club Cheltenham Racecourse site and as it was the closest to where we needed to be I pre-booked a pitch and we set off.

Toilet facilities more suitable for a sports venue than a campsite

At the moment we aren’t members of the C&MC and this increased the price significantly. Fortunately Cheltenham Racecourse is a site that is open to non-members however there is a surcharge of £12 a night on top of the pitch fees. This brought the bill to £28 for the night, on the high side given the facilities available.

On arrival the reception area was closed but a friendly warden appeared and opened up to book us in and explain how the C&MC sites work with regards to parking the vehicles correctly against the pitch marker posts. As we were only staying for the night and would be leaving reasonably early the next day she explained which pitches were free and allowed us to pick our own that we found the most suitable.

Serviceable but dated showers

Driving around the site the vast majority of the pitches are hard standing and it is essentially like a car park on a slope towards the racecourse. If you decide on one of these pitches levelling blocks are a must as some of the pitches have a considerable incline. There are a number of grass pitches suitable for awnings at the top of the site. The pitches here are more traditional and we decided to park up here for the night.

The facilities block is accessed with a code, I assume to stop racegoers from using them however this could perhaps be disabled when there isn’t an event on as the first time I used them I ended up ringing Jade who was still in the van as I couldn’t remember the code! While they were clean enough they are very dated and could do with some modernisation. The shower I used was frankly a poor effort with very low water pressure. There is also washing up and laundry facilities however these are in a separate area under the Dawn Run stand.

Obligatory shot in front of the Dawn Run stand

Around the corner from the reception is a small portacabin containing local area information and a visitor comments book. There was also a sign for help yourself herbs but unfortunately we couldn’t find any on our visit.

For us it isn’t a site that we would stay at for a few days but was serviceable for the overnight halt that we required. Unfortunately if you are a non-member the fees are overpriced for the facilities offered and so we wouldn’t recommend it on that basis. If, however, you are a member of the C&MC then the £16 we would have paid is a fair price.

T4 Travels rating: 3

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