The entertainment package at the Festival ensures that the famous Punchestown atmosphere greets you from the moment you enter the racecourse. The main stage hosts excellent live music, children's entertainment, fashion shows, best dressed finals and expert betting panels. As you make your way around the racecourse and through the many restaurants and bars you will come across live street theatre with jugglers, stilt walkers and mime artists. The Sky Bar will have DJ’s and live music while the après racing music throughout the pavilions, bars and public areas is always a crowd pleaser. You have been warned – bring your dancing shoes!
Junior Jockey Fun Club!
Alongside social festival goers and racing fans the final day of the festival has become very much a family day with a big focus on the race goers of tomorrow. As a result a dedicated area hosts lots of attractions for children in the Junior Jockey Fun Club with pony rides, brilliant bouncy castles, face painting and lots more. All children under 14 race for free and most of the activities are complimentary. There is also a fun fair available.
Best Dressed Ladies Competition
Glamour is an essential (though not compulsary!) element of the Punchestown Festival and while the racing superstars go head to head on the track, Ireland’s most stylish ladies will be going peep toe to kitten heel when competing for the most prestigious title in the racing and social calendars.
Punchestown is renowned for its lively bar scene where racegoers can enjoy a pint of the black stuff, a sip of bubbly or something in between at one of the many bars throughout the enclosures where the brilliant atmosphere is always on tap. In the general enclosure there are numerous 'bottle bars' and kiosks throughout. Madigan Group are the official bar operators at the Punchestown Festival. The bars include:
The Madigans Bar is located beside the horse walk and always gathers a good crowd as it is a sun trap, has outside seating and live music after racing. Betting facilities are nearby.
The Madigans Grandstand Bar is located on the ground floor of the main grandstand. The Lawlors Bar is located on level one of the main grandstand and offers ample seating, Tote facilities, grandstand access and screens.
The Guinness Festival Bar is in the reserved enclosure and has an unbeatable atmosphere. Located metres from the track and within easy access to the parade and betting rings. This bar is directly opposite the Champagne Bar and ideally located for the apres racing music and entertainment.
The Bollinger Champagne Bar is all bubbles and splash and is quite literally trackside. The atmosphere and celebrations over flow from this particular venue and was central to the massive outdoor sing along in recent years. Possibly one of the best locations to enjoy a drink and watch a race is Chasers Bar located trackside end of the main grandstand.
Festival Shopping Village
Indulge in some retail therapy at the extensive Festival Shopping Village with everything from jewellery and clothing to cosmetics and furniture.
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