Chel­tenham Race­course

Cel­e­brate at the dou­ble

Cotswold Life - - CONTENTS - WORDS: Tracy Spiers

Chel­tenham Race­course will trans­form from roar­ing cheers of race­go­ers en­joy­ing the last races of 2018, to the Roar­ing Twen­ties as staff turn the Cen­taur into The Great Gatsby Christ­mas Party.

For those ven­tur­ing to the fa­mous Prest­bury grounds for their of­fice fes­tive do, it will be all glitz and glam­our as they en­joy the classy at­mos­phere of this deca­dent era.

For the past few years en­ter­tain­ment man­agers have worked their magic on the Cen­taur to cre­ate an ex­tra spe­cial am­bi­ence with their themed Christ­mas par­ties. The Great Gatsby builds on the suc­cess of pre­vi­ous events such as the White Christ­mas and last year’s The Of­fice. This year’s spec­ta­cle takes its in­spi­ra­tion from the 1925 novel writ­ten by Amer­i­can au­thor F. Scott Fitzger­ald about peo­ple liv­ing on pros­per­ous Long Is­land.

Guests will be trans­ported back al­most 100 years through mu­sic and en­ter­tain­ment and thanks to the pop­u­lar­ity of last year’s sea­sonal cel­e­bra­tions, the race­course party take places on both race days not just one. Al­ready the £70-a-head tick­ets are sell­ing fast for De­cem­ber 14 and 15.

Jivin’ Miss Daisy, pop­u­lar premier 20s and 30s band, will bring the au­then­tic swing­ing sound to life, be­fore a DJ takes the party at­mos­phere into the night.

“There are plenty of op­por­tu­ni­ties to dance, but for those who pre­fer not to we also have casino tables and other en­ter­tain­ment to en­sure Christ­mas spir­its are kept high through­out the evening,” says Clare Evans, re­gional con­fer­enc­ing and events man­ager.

“The Cen­taur will be decked out in black and gold, stun­ning cen­ter­pieces, feath­ers and trap­pings. Those who want to can dress up in fab­u­lous 1920s dress or go for the more tra­di­tional black tie. Every­one gets a drinks to­ken when they ar­rive and all guests will re­ceive two tick­ets to up­com­ing races at Chel­tenham which are re­deemable on­line.”

As well as a wide range of en­ter­tain­ment in­clud­ing a selfie mir­ror for photo op­por­tu­ni­ties to put on the big screen or for keep­sakes, there’s a de­li­cious three-course fes­tive din­ner. This in­cludes starters of salmon with crisp baby gem and rocket salad, or tomato, her­itage beet­root and smoked moz­zarella salad. Main dishes in­clude rose­mary chicken breast with roasted car­rots, sticky glazed parsnips, pars­ley creamed pota­toes and but­tered greens in a rich red wine sauce, or a wal­nut and gor­gonzola filled gnoc­chi with sautéed cour­gette and squash. Salted caramel and milk cho­co­late ganache, served with poached pear, mas­car­pone cream and cin­na­mon crumb rounds off the deca­dent menu.

As the Christ­mas Party nights will be go­ing ahead at the same week­end as The In­ter­na­tional, Chel­tenham’s pop­u­lar De­cem­ber race meet­ing, Sophia Dale, re­gional com­mu­ni­ca­tions man­ager, says peo­ple can make it a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion.

“If they want to they can make a real day out of it and com­bine their party with a day at the races as well. The In­ter­na­tional al­ways prom­ises two days of high-qual­ity races. Last year we saw Siz­ing Ten­nessee and Ms Par­fois go on to per­form re­ally well in the Fes­ti­val,” says Sophia.

“It’s an ex­cit­ing and stylish way to end this year’s rac­ing and of course we all look for­ward to the first race of 2019 on New Year’s Day.”

‘Peo­ple can make a real day out of it and com­bine their party with a day at the races’

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