Celebrate at the double
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’