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Plan Your Family Visit

Family visits

We want all our Festival goers to have a great time at the Festival so here’s some helpful information for families planning a visit.

The age recommendations shown are a guide to the age group we think will enjoy the event most. They are not a restriction, you know your child best.

There are a whole host of free family activities at all of our Festivals.

We want to ensure that everyone is safe at the Festival, so children aged 11 years and under must be accompanied by a ticket-holder person aged 16 or over. Everyone over the age of 12 months is allocated a seat and requires a ticket, while babes in arms (12 months and under) do not require a ticket unless otherwise stated. We keep our prices as low as possible to allow for this. This person can accompany a maximum of 6 children to an event. Cheltenham Festivals maintains a Safeguarding Policy, but cannot take responsibility for unsupervised children.

We have accessible toilets and baby changing facilities that both men and women can access at the Festival Village to ensure everyone can enjoy their festival visit.

There is a children’s play area and skate park within the park in Montpellier Gardens where the Jazz and Literature Festivals are held. This is a perfect place for children and young people to left off steam.

We have a fresh water tap on site so you can bring your own water bottle and top up for free throughout the day. This is located near the main portaloos at the Festival Village.

Healthy food and drink options suitable for families are available at the Festival Village. We welcome breastfeeding mums.

All of our venues at the Festival Village are wheelchair and buggy accessible. If you have any concerns or any of your family have special requirements please call our Box Office on 01242 850270 who will be able to offer advice and take your booking. If wheelchair spaces are required please book an advance to ensure availability and avoid disappointment. Please note that Tickets for festival goers who are registered disabled will be charged at the standard price of the ticket. A carers ticket is complimentary. Events which include catering, books or any other goods, do not qualify for a free carer ticket.

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