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. 

New Customers only. Deposit and place a £5 qualifying bet at odds of 2.00 or greater within 7 days of opening a new account; excludes cashed out bets. Receive 2x £10 Free Bets, valid on set events only at odds 2.00 or greater, expires in 7 days, plus a £10 Casino Bonus, expires in 7 days. Wager the Casino Bonus 40x to withdraw winnings. Credit or Debit card only.Geographical Restrictions.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
Open Account Offer. For new customers at bet365. Min deposit £5. Bet Credits available for use upon settlement of bets to value of qualifying deposit. Min odds, bet and payment method exclusions apply. Returns exclude Bet Credits stake. Time limits and T&Cs apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
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+.
18+ New UK+IRE customers. Paypal and certain deposit types and bet types excluded. Min £5 bet within 14 days of account reg at min odds 1/2 = 4 x £5 free bets. Free bets valid for 4 days on sports, stake not returned, restrictions apply. T&Cs apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
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+.
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+.
New customers from UK & Northern Ireland Only. Stake £10 or more at single/cumulative odds of Evens (2.0) or greater on your first bet. Free bet balance of £30 credited within 48 hours of bet settling. Free Bets expire after 7 days. E-Wallet restrictions apply. Minimum 5 game rounds. Game restrictions apply. Maximum 30 Free Spins on selected games. Free Spins expire after 7 days. Full T&Cs apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
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+.
New customers only. Minimum deposit £/€10 – must play through once. 100% Maximum bonus £/€50 on first deposit only. 5x wagering at minimum odds of 1/2(1.5). Must be completed within 45 days of registering. T&Cs apply. 18+.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
Sport Nation
Register and deposit (minimum £10) with code SN50NEW and get a 100% matched bonus up to £50 (i.e. deposit £50 to claim in full). Place bets at odds of 3/5+ to the combined value of 7x the deposit + bonus amount within 30 days to withdraw.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
New UK customers (18+, inc. N.Ireland) who place a £5+ first bet at odds of evens+ on any bet that settles within 60 days will get a matched free bet up to £25 awarded within 24 hours of the wager settling. It is valid 7 days from issue and can be used as you like. If you also stake £10 on a totepool market (one transaction) get £10 cash back if that bet settles in 60 days. Skrill, Paysafe, Neteller & PayPal deposits not eligible.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
Min deposit £10. Money back as bonus. Wagering requirements: Sportsbook 3x at min. odds of 1.40 (2/5), Casino 25x. Only one bonus can be used at a time, Sportsbook bonus must be wagered before using the Casino, unless the bonus has been forfeited. Bonus will expire after 7 days of opt-in.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
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+.
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+.
Min. deposit £15 (no Skrill/Neteller); Bonus amount is 50% of deposit up to £100; Deposit and bonus amount must be wagered 6 times (min. odds 4/5 on singles and 2/5 per selection on acca bets), in 30 days, for bonus release; Some bet types don’t contribute to turnover; Withdrawal before turnover results in bonus cancellation.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
Sign up and make your first deposit (any method except PayPal or Skrill or Neteller) of £10+. Place a £10+ wager at odds greater than 1/2 and when that bet settles get a 100% matched free token equal to that amount up to £25 max. Use the free bet at odds greater than 1/5 within 7 days, any markets
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
Create an account and make a first deposit by credit or debit card (eWallets not valid for offer). Place a first bet of £/€20+ more at odds of 4/5+ (1.8). On settlement should that bet lose you will get a £10 bonus token (awarded in 48 hours). Your bonus token 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+.
New customers only, bet up to €/£20 on the Exchange and if your first bet loses, we’ll refund you €/£20 in Cash. Bet must be placed in first 7 days of account opening. T&Cs apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
New customers depositing (by a method other than Skrill, PaySafe or Neteller) and betting £10+ (one bet) ,with odds of 3/1 (4.00) or greater, will recieve a £10 free bet upon settlement of the qualifying bet. Free token expries after 7 days and must be used on a 3+ multiple bet.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
Cash stakes only. Min £10 stake required for initial £5 free bet. Min odds ½. Max £25 in free bets. Subsequent free bets equal 50% average of each 3 qualifying bets. 13 bets required to receive full £25 free bet. Qualifying bet must be placed within 30 days of opening account. Free bet expires after 7 days. Payment method restrictions apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
New customers only, real money deposit required (credit/debit card only). Deposit & bonus amount must be wagered 6x at min odds 4/5+ prior to bonus and bonus winnings withdrawal. Winning from real money bets can withdrawn anytime. Bonus for sports betting only.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
Join and deposit (using a card) £10 or more and bet £10+ at odds of evens or greater. Once that bet settles if it loses get your stake refundedup to £10 in the form of a free token that you can use on any sports markets at odds if 1/2+ over the next 7 days. T&Cs apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
Deposit (except PaySafe, Neteller & Skrill) and bet a minimum of £10, place an accumulator bet with at least 3 selections and 7/10+ odds for each pick (excludes Horse Racing selections). Once the qualifying bet has settled you will receive a stake matched free bet up to £25 within 24 hours that can be used on any sports over the next 30 days.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
Bet £10 or more at 1/2+ odds on any sports market within 13 days to claim two £15 free bet tokens when that bet settles, within 1 hour. You will be promoted to opt-in to the offer following your first wager settling. Free tokens expire after 30 days and can be used on any single line sports markets. Bet types/free bet restrictions apply. Limited availability.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
Place a £10+ qualifying bet with odds of Evens+ and get a £10 Free Bet to be used on an accumulator with a minimum of 3 selections and minimum cumulative odds of Evens+. Free bet will expire after 7 days if not used. Certain bet types excluded for qualifying bets. Must accept pop-up when prompted. UK only. 1 Per new customer. Limited availability. Qualifying bet must settle within 7 days of registration. Free bet restrictions apply.
T&C's Apply. New Customers Only. 18+.
Turnover requirement of 7x your deposit bonus at minimum odds of 1.8. Bonus expires after 30 days. The maximum stake towards wagering is £50. Any bets placed exceeding the £50 maximum will not count towards any wagering requirement.
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.