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Welcome To Winter Festival 2023

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5th Oct 2023

Welcome to Winter Festival 2023


Quick Guide:

The new look Winter Festival will take place on  Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th November 2023.

The first race is at 11.40 each day. Last race between 3.30 and 3.45. Eight race card each day.  Gates 10am.

Advance ticket deals available online from just €15. Students, seniors and family concessions available on the day with ID.

Free Family Entertainment included in €25 Family ticket (2 adults + kids)

Hospitality packages from €95pp in trackside restaurant. Private suites with tailored group catering available for 15 people or more.

Music after racing on Saturday. Shuttle bus service to Naas after racing each day.

Special festive edition Shopping Village

What’s the new look?

There is a new enhanced racing line up and new dates. We have consolidated top quality races to create a brilliant Grade 1 double header across the weekend. The Unibet Morgiana takes place on Saturday and the famous John Durkan Chase is the star on Sunday. Like all great shows there is a brilliant supporting cast with the graded, rated, listed and cross country racing on offer. The new Winter Festival takes place a week later than previous years meaning no more clashes with the November meeting at Cheltenham.

Winter Festival Programme of Racing (subject to minor changes)


Saturday 25 November

1    11:40   John Lynch Carpets Maiden Hurdle 3yo

2   12:13    Pigsback Maiden Hurdle 4yo

3   12:48   Conway Piling Beginners Steeplechase

4   13:23  Gr2 Brennan Family Florida Pearl Novice Chase

5   13:58   Ryans Cleaning Handicap Steeplechase

6   14:33   Grade 1 Unibet Morgiana Hurdle

7   15:08   Colm Quinn (TBC) Novice Hcap Hurdle

8   15:43   Mervyn Gray Construction Flat Race


Sunday 26 November


1   11:40   Risk Of Thunder Cross Country Chase

2   12:10   EBF Irish Stallion Farms Maiden Hurdle

3   12:45   E&M Security Handicap Hurdle

4   13:20  Frontline Listed Grabel Hurdle (Mares)

5   13:55   Gr2 BetVictor Craddockstown Novice Chase

6   14:30   Grade 1 John Durkan Memorial Chase

7   15:00   Pertemps Handicap Hurdle Qualifier

8   15:35   The Irish Mirror Flat Race


*Details subject to minor changes.

Hospitality Packages:


The ever popular Winter Festival Race & Dine package is a sell out every year. There are a selection of trackside restaurants and private suites to choose from. This weekend is ideal for special occasion celebrations and pre-Christmas gatherings. We are also delighted to welcome so many visitors from the UK. Talk to our hospitality team to secure your lovely social day out at Punchestown.


Transport & Accommodation:


There will be a shuttle bus back to Naas after racing both days.

Marathon Travel will operate a coach transfer service from Dublin City Centre – BOOK HERE have accommodation packages available from €150pp

Visit the Where To Stay page for our hotel partner Winter deals.

Tasty Food Options:


If the Race & Dine package doesn’t suit don’t worry as the brilliant Lily & Wild catering team will be cooking up delicious food at good value.  Visit The Feedroom for delicious hot and cold options at decent prices. The Hay Cafe on ground level of the grandstand offers really tasty hot and cold snacks and great coffee. All of our bars and cafes accept contactless payment. The bars will give cash back up to €100 where available.




There’s something comforting about the sound of live music playing from the bar as darkness falls after a great day of racing. Keep the craic going with The Evolution band on level one of the grandstand. Remember that there will be buses outside for transport to Naas.




The end of November means we are well within our rights to get festive! Bring the little ones along for an afternoon of fresh air, gorgeous horses, hot chocolate and free games and activities in The Playroom. A special visitor will make an appearance. Family ticket is only €25 for two adults with kids.


What To Wear:


It’s Ireland….in November….so wrap up to enjoy the best of the day. If you are attending one of our restaurant or suite venues anything from smart casual to fully suited and booted is advised. There are plenty of comfortable indoor venues with great access to the parade ring and viewing stands.


Need to know more?


Our team are happy to assist in any way we can so drop us an email on or call +353 (0)45 897704

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