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All you Need to Know About Punchestown Festival

The Punchestown Festival takes place from Tuesday 25 April to Saturday 29 April and is expected to attract a record crowd of 130,000 people. Racegoers will be treated to five fabulous days of quality National Hunt racing, exciting entertainment, stunning fashion, gourmet food and a great festival atmosphere.

Punchestown is a top highlight in the Kildare events calendar, bringing top-class racing action, live entertainment, and style and glamour all into one. The buzz at Punchestown is like no other, so today we are listing five reasons why you have to nab tickets this year!

1 – Music

Music is a key part of the Punchestown experience and most bars and restaurants will round off an evening of racing with a live music session. One winning tip we can give is to bring your dancing shoes.

From one man bands, two piece chart covers, modern trad, D.J’s spinning floor fillers and a singalong in the Sky Bar that is now a tradition there is something to suit everyone’s musical taste and abilities!

2 – Best Dressed Lady

The stakes are high both on and off the track with the Bollinger Best Dressed competition taking place on the first four days of the Festival. A daily winner will be picked on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday with the ‘Grand Finale’ taking place on Friday 29 April. Visit the ‘Style Quarter’ situated in the Bollinger Lounge to ensure that you’re spotted by the judges! Click HERE to find out all you need to know about the Style at Punchestown.

3 – The Bars

Fourteen different bar venues each boasting their own unique style of interior. Choose from the Loft Bar, Archive Bar or Bud Sports Lounge all located on the first floor of the grandstand with brilliant views of the parade ring, general enclosure and just steps away from the viewing terrace.

Meanwhile in the reserved enclosure the Bollinger Lounge will be the official HQ of all things fashion as the Punchestown Style Quarter. The now famous Sky Bar will be the centrepiece of the social hub at Punchestown, while the Hunt Stand is home to the Festival Bar.

4 – Food

Food, glorious food! And lots of it! With all the excitement of a day at the races and the fun of the Punchestown party it is important to refuel! The Festival is full of delicious eateries throughout the enclosures. From the Feedroom Café at the top of the winners enclosure, the Hay Café situated on the groundfloor of the grandstand and The Foxes Den within the Hunt Stand to name but a few. As if that’s not enough, there are where a variety of different exhibitors serving all your favourites scattered throughout the enclosures.

Looking for a bit more? Dine With Champions in one of the six hospitality options on offer at the Punchestown Festival. Prices start from €149pp and can be secured by contacting the team today on Get in touch soon though – it’s booking up fast!

5 – Irish Design

It’s not all about racing at the Punchestown Festival! When you’re full to the brim with all the delicious food and drink available, head over and visit the Osprey Avenue where thirty different exhibitors will be showing the best of Irish design, art, jewellery, millinery and clothing.

Tickets to Punchestown Festival can be bought HERE. All children 14 years and under go racing for FREE when accompanied by an adult.

For further information on Punchestown Festival 2023 visit!