Here’s What We Know

Posted: 30th September 2018

Punchestown Festival 2021 - Here's what we know 

Owing to Covid-19 restrictions all racing at Punchestown is currently taking place behind closed doors. Whilst none of us know exactly how the coming months will unfold, it is unlikely that the usual crowds will be permitted access to the 2021 Punchestown Festival. We are putting plans in place to ensure that we deliver as much of the festival action to you as possible. We aim to bring our home straight straight to your home. To be kept up to date on progress and plans please ensure you are included in the Punchestown mailing list.

Below is the Punchestown Festival Guide from previous years that we hope will be applicable for Festivals to come! 

Festival Racing

39 races including 12 Grade 1 contests and a total prize pot of over €3.2 million. This is a big deal! 

Your Kind Of Town

Not only do we have pulse accelerating racing, Punchestown Festival is a must in the social calendar. Live music, buzzing bars & a selection of delicious eateries, there is lots to look forward to. 

Visit the social hub of the festival with your friends and enjoy a chic new Bollinger Bar, buzzing Festival Bar, the famous Sky Bar and much more. 

The Punchestown Festival has a ticket or package to suit all requirements regardless of your budget or occasion so click here to see your options.

Style, Shopping & Family

Dress up or Dress down...Here at Punchestown there is no dress code but we do encourage smart casual dress. This year both ladies & gents can have a shot at winning a fabulous prize in our Bollinger Best Dressed Competiton. Suits or skirts, it's all to play for from Tuesday 28 April - Friday 1 May at the Style Quarter in our Bollinger Lounge situated in the Reserved Enclosure. 

Indulge in a little bit of retail therapy! Osprey Avenue will host over 30 exhibitors showcasing Irish brands and visitors from the UK with millenary, fashion, art and sculpture, homewares and lifestyle products so make sure to allow time for a browse.

The final day of Festival 2020 is our Ballymore Festival Family Fun Day. Whether your five or ninety-five there is something for everyone to enjoy with FREE children's entertainment in our Junior Jockey Club. Learn more here.

Dinner In Town

Whether you're looking for a four-course dinner in a stylish hospitality venue or a tasty burger whilst watching the Champion Hurdle, we have it all in town.

Our Festival hospitality packages start from €149 and can only booked on a pre-book basis so contact our hospitality team today on to secure your seat!

Self-service venues on the day include; The Hay Café, The Feedroom and The Fox Den Café.

How are you travelling?

We have plenty of free parking on-site but for the day that's in it, why don't you let someone else do the driving? Take a look at our Festival transport page here for all your travel needs. 

Here are a few points not to forget..

  • Whilst the atmosphere is electric & the competition is on fire, our festival is in Ireland at the end of April so a good coat & umbrella wouldn't go astray.
  • Try and bring cash with you to the course as although there are cash points the queues may just cost you an epic view of the Gold Cup winner crossing the line. 
  • If you are prone to being asked for ID, bring it with you. We wouldn't want you sipping on Ribena while your friends are clinking glasses in the Bollinger Bar.
  • Don't want to carry the coats all day? Don't worry....there's a cloakroom adjacent to the horse-walk.
  • Don't forget the tickets!

Festival Race Times (based on previous year. Subject to minor changes)


Gates Open 

First Race 

Last Race


12 noon


7.15pm          (Bar Info: Last orders 9.15pm, bars close 9.45pm sharp)


12 noon


7.45pm          (Bar Info: Last orders 9.30pm, bars close 10pm sharp)


12 noon


7.45pm         (followed By Goffs Festival Sale in parade ring)


12 noon


7.45pm        (Bar Info: Last orders 9.30pm, bars close at 10pm sharp)




6.40pm         (Bar Info:  Last orders 8pm, bars close 8.30pm sharp)

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