Wednesday 27 June 2007 

C&G Cheltenham Cricket Festival 2007 Launch

In less than a month Gloucestershire County Cricket Club (Glos CCC) will again be setting up at the College ground in Cheltenham for this year’s C&G Cheltenham Cricket Festival.

Gloucestershire have been playing at Cheltenham for over 135 years although it was not called a Festival until 1906. It is one of the most successful Festivals in the world and further history can be found in the cricket section on the Glos CCC website.

The Club will be playing at the Cheltenham College ground from 22nd July – 3rd August, hosting six cricket matches, including 2 four-day LV County Championship, 3 one-day NatWest Pro40 matches and a Lords Taverners’ Charity match.

The Festival sponsors, Cheltenham & Gloucester and, Glos CCC will continue to encourage the new generation of cricketers by providing the “C&G Game Zone”. This area is set aside for youngsters for playing cricket, coaching, competitions and other activities. It is definitely a favourite with the many youngsters visiting the ground.

The NatWest Pro40 match versus Warwickshire Bears on Sunday 29th July will also be the Life Members’ Day. This is an annual occasion for the life members of the Cricket Club to celebrate and we thank them for their support. Life Members’ Day includes lunch in a marquee. So please contact the membership secretary on 0117 9108017 for further details.

In addition to the cricket we will again host the “Beating of the Retreat” by the Band of the Prince of Wales’s Division on the 1st August following a successful debut at last year’s Festival. This year the band will also play during the tea interval. The main performance will start 20 minutes after close of play. Tickets for this can be purchased from the Club, however, spectators and members already in the ground will be allowed to stay to watch the Beating of the Retreat at no extra cost.

Wednesday the 1st August also hosts the annual Ladies’ Day which is the perfect way for local businesswomen to watch an afternoon of cricket whilst networking. For more information or to book a table call 0870 744 1324.

There are also plenty of fringe events at this year’s Festival to be enjoyed by all the family. These include a “taste of Gloucestershire” party on 28th July and a trip to Kim Bailey’s racing stables on 26th July. Further information on all the fringe events can be found under events on the GCCC website www.glosccc.co.uk or by contacting Kevin Touhey.

2007 Cheltenham Festival Fixtures:

22nd July NatWest Pro40 vs. Northamptonshire (1.45pm start)

24th July NatWest Pro40 vs. Lancashire (1.45pm start)

25th – 28th July LVCC vs. Essex (11am start)

29th July NatWest Pro40 vs. Warwickshire (1.45pm start)

30th July Lords Taverners’ Day

31st July – 3rd August LVCC vs. Derbyshire (11am start)

Tickets cost £13 for adults and £6 for under 16s on the gate for the LVCC matches. Tickets for the NatWest Pro40 matches can be bought in advance for the discounted price of £13 for adults (£16 on gate) and £6 for under 16s (£8 on gate). A family ticket (2 adults and 2 under16s) is also available for the NatWest Pro40 matches at £34 in advance or £40 on the gate.

Tickets can be purchased by:

Calling the ticket line (during office hours) 0117 9108000 / 9108010

Through our website www.glosccc.co.uk

Or by visiting the Ticket Office at the County Ground during office hours.

Please note that advance ticket prices are available up to 48 hours before the date of the game.

Why not enjoy the cricket Festival in style with our corporate hospitality packages? For the larger group you can hire a business marquee for up to 150 people or a business chalet for 24 or 30 people where you can watch the cricket from your own private viewing enclosure. Or for £115(+VAT) per head you can book a private table in the Hammond Marquee for a day of entertainment. For availability and further details about hospitality packages at the Festival please contact Marie Journeaux 0870 7441324 or email mariejourneaux@mjcorporateevents.co.uk

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