Punchestown Festival takes place at the end of this month from Tuesday 30th April to Saturday 4th May and is expected to attract a record crowd of 130,000 people.
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, the Ballymore Orchestra 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 search for the Bollinger Best Dressed Lady will be held over the first four days of the Punchestown Festival. The daily winner will then progress to the grand final on Ladies Day, Friday 3rd May.
The overall winner of the coveted style competition will attend an exclusive invitational screening of the highly anticipated 25th James Bond movie in Paris in April 2020. Bollinger is the champagne of choice for the world’s most famous spy.
In addition, the lucky lady and a friend will enjoy a money can’t buy trip to the Bollinger Estate and Champagne Libraries, France. This trip includes an overnight stay in the beautiful historic town of Reims, the capital of the Champagne region, Michelin dining and luxury overnight stay in Paris, the City of Light. Of course, a private chauffeur, champagne lunch experience and a year’s supply of Bollinger Champagne are a given!
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! Make sure to visit The Feedroom Café at the top of the winners enclosure where a menu of delicious hot dishes (try Philips Famous Chicken Curry – the choice of champions!), cold snacks and decadent desserts.
On the ground floor of the grandstand is Hay Café where you can get top class coffee, baked treats and savoury snacks. The Foxes Den in the Hunt Stand will serve a selection of hot and tasty dishes on the go and over 30 food concessions will offer all the favourites.
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.