Join us at Cheltenham in March for the National Hunt Festival of Racing

You are cordially invited to join our house party during the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival between 16th and 19th March 2010.

We are the Pension Playpen sports and social committee, Bill Whitehead (bursar), Dick Strattan (entertainment),Henry Tapper (headmaster),  Kim Gubler (equine) and Karen Wake (matron).

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We have purchased tickets at a group rate for the Tattersalls enclosure on all four days of the Festival and have arranged transport to and from the course. We now offer you to join us for anything from a day to a week in the Cotswolds with us.

You can choose to join us for as many days as suits. The full package will include

  • Transport to and from the Farm from London
  • Accommodation at the Farm
  • Transport to and from the course
  • Tickets for the racing
  • Breakfast
  • Supper either in the House or at a local pub (not included in the price)
  • General jollity including our usual sing-songs around the piano with Dick etc.
  • Drinks at the House

Who can come?

This is an open invitation but we have sent it to you because we know you-like you and are sure you will fit in well. You may have come on similar trips organised in previous years or this may be new to you.

Most of the people who want to come are involved in pensions but we have always had a lot of our friends and family coming along and this has worked really well.

We strive to have a great time and do everything possible to make this a fantastic, stress-free occasion!

How can I find out more?

Just get in touch with one of your hosts , our details are on Linkedin. Henry is the obvious first choice, he can be contacted at or by phone on 07785 377768.


We are a not for profit group. All revenues raised will be ploughed into the week – your hosts will take no wages!

The cost of a full  week Monday 15th to Sunday 21st  will be  £600 per person.

The cost of “the full racing package”= Arrive Monday evening, leave Saturday morning is £450 per person.

The cost of a single day package is £120 per person (one night at the house).

We can provide any other combination of nights and days racing on request.

What do we want you to do?

You should register your interest immediately by replying to you can contact one of the other  hosts if you know their details!

To guarantee your stay you need to send us money by TT or cheque to our bank account. We’ll give you all the details once you’ve contacted us and confirmed all the details you want.

You will recognise that this is a social function and not a business venture. Bill is a hugely respected banker (oxymoron?) and a professional trustee. We have priced the packages with a contingency for unexpected events. If by happy chance we have money left over at the end of the week we will either return the balance or roll it into the subsidy of another event later in the year.

Places are strictly limited. The maximum number we can have in the house on any one night is 18 and we will be allocating places on a first come first served basis with priority going to those coming for all four days.

Once we have received your cash we will confirm your stay and keep you regularly updated.

About henry tapper

Founder of the Pension PlayPen,, partner of Stella, father of Olly . I am the Pension Plowman
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