Cheltenham Free Bets & Bonuses

free betOur recommended Cheltenham bookmakers provide new customers with attractive welcome offers throughout the year.  During the Cheltenham Festival things go up a notch however and during the first couple of weeks in March you can claim some of the most outrageous welcome free bets and bonuses you will see all year round.

In this section we focus on the best introductory betting site promotions and show you the major terms and conditions to consider when claiming them.  There are many different types of free bet and bonus deals available in amounts to suit all types of punter, from those looking for a low stakes £5 bet to those wishing to get matched bonuses of £100's.  The important thing is to take the right offer for you. 


£50 Free Bet

18+. New customers only. Promo code 'F50' required. Certain deposit methods excluded. Min £/€5 on win or each-way bet excluding Tote or pools = match max £/€50 free bet. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Bet must be made within 14 days. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. Single bets only. Free bet cannot be used on certain markets. T&Cs apply.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

Bet £5 Get £20

18+. UK+IRE only. Min first bet £5 at odds 1/2 or more. Tote and Pool excluded. Must be placed within 14 days of account reg. £20 credited as 4 x £5 free bets. Not valid with Cash Out. Free bet valid for 4 days. Free bet stake not returned. T&Cs apply.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

Bet £10 Get £60

Bet £10+, Evens+, within 7 days of joining. Get a £10 any event free bet, £10 in play free bet, £10 3-fold+ free bet, £10 5-fod+ free bet, £10 virtual sports free bet. All valid 7 days with cash winnings, stake not returned. Also get a £10 casino bonus, also vlaid for 7 days (40x rollover select games)

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

Bet £10 Get £30

New customers only – Minimum deposit of £10 using deposit code 30f - A qualifying bet is a ‘real money’ stake of at least £10 placed on any sports market - Minimum odds of 1/2 (1.5) - Free bets credited upon qualifying bet settlement and expire after 7 days - Free bet stakes not included in returns - Deposit method and withdrawal restrictions apply.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

Up To £100 in Bet Credits

New Customers only. Up to £100 in Bet Credits. Sign up, deposit £5 or more to your account and bet365 will match your qualifying deposit in Bet Credits when you place qualifying bets to the same value and they are settled. Min odds/bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. T&Cs, time limits & exclusions apply.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

£10-£100 Matched Bonus

New Customers only. Min. deposit £10 (no Skrill/Neteller). Bonus amount is 100% of deposit, up to £100. 1x deposit turnover (min. odds 3/5) for bonus receipt. 6x deposit and bonus turnover in 90 days for bonus release. Some bet types don’t contribute to turnover. Withdrawal before turnover results in bonus cancellation. Terms apply 18+.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

100% Bonus up to £50

Deposit £10+ using code WELCOME to get an equal bonus as part of the RaceBets introductory offer. The bonus matches your first deposit 100% up to £50. To activate the bonus wager the deposit within 45 days. Bonus can be converted to cash once rolled over 5x at 1/2+ (1.50) odds in 30 days.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

Dep £20 Play £70

Register, opt in and deposit £20+ (within 4 days) and get a £20 Sports bonus and a £30 Casino bonus.  Sports bonus + deposit amount (i.e. £40) needs to be wagered 5x in 10 days at 4/5+ odds (any markets) and casino bonus needs to be rolled over 40x in 2 days.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

Bet £10 Get £30 in Free Bets

New William Hill online customers only. Min. unit stake of £10/€10 at odds of 1/2 or greater. Only the “win” part from EW bets will count. Free bet terms, payment method & country restrictions apply. Free bets credited as 3 x £10/€10. Free bet stakes are not returned as part of the settlement of successful free bets. All Free Bets must be wagered within 30 days.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

£30 First Bet Insurance

Join, deposit and bet £10+ on any sports market, if that wager loses get 100% of your money back as a bonus up to a maximum of £30. Bonus cash needs to be rolled over 3xin 30 days at 2/5+ (1.40) although you can keep the bonus stake itself along with any winnings after this.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

Matched Bet up to £30

Register and deposit (using debit, credit card or PayPal) and place a £10+ wager within 7 days at odds of 3/4+, get a matched free bet up to £30 that is valid for one week from award.  Use the free token on any markets you like, no odds restrictions, winnings in cash (up to £20,000) stake not given back.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

£10 Matched Bet

Register for a new account and opt in to the promotion.  Deposit and bet £10 or more (at 4/5+ odds) within 14 days to claim a matched £10 free bet active for a further 30 days.  The £10 free token will be given within 24 hours of you placing your qualifying bet and can be used from the dropdown menu on your betslip for any wager.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

50% Bonus up to £50

Sign up and then use code WELCOME50 when you make your first deposit (any method except Skrill or Neteller) of £10+.  Get a 50% matched bonus equal to that amount up to £100 max (deposit £200 to get full amount), wager the deposit + bonus amount 6x within 60 days at 3/5 (1.60) or greater odds to realse into cash.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

£25 First Bet Insurance

For new customers using mobile only. Bet £1+, no minimum or maximum odds required, on any market that settles within 30 days. If that bet loses simply get refund as a free bet up to £25.  Free token is valid 7 days from issue and can be used as you like. Skrill, Paysafe, Neteller & PayPal not eligible.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

Up To £100 Free Bets

New Customer offer. Place 5 x £/€10 or more bets to receive £/€20 in free bets. Repeat up to 5 times to receive maximum £/€100 bonus. Min odds 1/2 (1.5). Exchange bets excluded. T&Cs apply.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

Risk Free £20 Bet (Cash)

New customers only, limited to one per person. If you’ve previously had a Paddy Power account, you will not qualify for the offer. Place your FIRST bet on any Sportsbook market and if it loses we will refund your stake in CASH. Max refund for this offer is £20. Only deposits made using Cards or Paypal will qualify for this promotion. T&Cs apply.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

Bet £10 Get £10 Bonus

Create an account and make a first deposit by credit or debit card (eWallets not valid for offer).  Place a first bet of £/€5+ more at odds of 4/5+ (1.8).  On settlement contact support by live chat or email & request your bonus token (awarded in 24 hours). Your bonus token will equal your first bet up to £10 and can be used on any markets over the next 7 days, cash winnings token itself not returned.

T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.

Free bets generally pay you cash winnings, require lower qualifying deposits/bets to claim and give you a higher percentage free.  You won't get the stake back, you can't split them up and they usually expire within 7 days. 

Bonuses tend to be of higher overall value and amount, you can keep the bonus itself, split it up into many bets and it usually comes with a longer validity of 30+ days.  Bonuses however need to be bet through several times at minimum odds, known as the wagering requirement or rollover.

How To Use Free Bets & Bonuses

rulesBetting sites often offer introductory welcome incentives such as 'Free Bets' or 'Bonuses' for new customers as an effort to entice punters to start using their services. The trouble is, what happens if you don’t know how to use them?

There’s an obvious temptation to read the words 'free' and 'bet' and feel as though it’s going to be a bit like printing money. Sadly the reality is rarely that simple. Don’t be disheartened, however, as this is still a brilliant opportunity to take advantage of numerous excellent offers that you’ll find around the place, and overall these deals do increase your chances of winning. 

Bookmakers offer these sign up deals not to try to con you, they are instead so generous because online betting is so competitive that they have to give you free funds to bet with in order to get your custom in the first place.

There are several different offers that you’ll want to keep your eye out for, with the wording being key for letting you know what you’re going to get. The main thing to know is that you rarely, if ever, get free cash added to your account. Instead these offers are normally made up of what we’ll refer to as 'bonus funds' or 'free tokens'. These bonus funds or tokens can be used in place of cash and have some rules attached to them.  The table below is designed to help you compare free bets and bonuses to determine which offers suit you better.

 BonusesFree BetsRisk Free Bets
Awarded On Deposit On Bet Placement If First Bet Loses
% Free 50% - 200%  50% - 600% 50% - 100%
 Expiry Time 14 Days+ 3 Days+ 3 Days+
 Winnings  Bonus Funds  Cash# Cash#
 Roll-Over  Yes, 3x (+)*  No  No
 Keep Stake?  Yes No  No
 Split Up? Yes  No - 1 token = 1 bet  No - 1 token = 1 bet
Each-Way?  Yes No  No
 Minimum Odds Yes for bonus roll-over Yes, for qualifying bet, sometimes for free token Yes, for qualifying bet, sometimes for free token
 Maximum Odds No Occasionally for free token Occasionally for free token
 Maximum Winnings Sometimes Sometimes  Sometimes 
Bet Types Single and Multi-Line^ Single Line Only^  Single Line Only^

# Free bet winnings should always be paid in cash, if not we suggest you avoid the offers.

* Be careful to check if the rollover is just for the bonus amount or includes the deposit + bonus.  If for example you have a £100 matched bonus a 3x deposit and bonus wagering requirement would be the same as saying 6x the bonus.

^ Single bets are those that require a single unit stake, this could be a straight win, single line accumulator or place bet, but couldn't, for example, be an each-way bet.  Multi-line bets include full cover bet types such as Lucky 15, 31 or 63 wagers, that require multiple parrallel stakes.

In general our advice is simple: keep an eye out for the wording of any offer and make sure you check out the small print. That will let you know if there are any minimum odds requirements, whether you need to roll over your winnings before withdrawal and other key factors.  For more about how to bet on horse racing see our dedicated page.