We love touring the UK, mainly because flights are so blinking expensive! We have just come back from Bristol and the Aardman Studio and are already planning where to head to next.
Cheltenham sounds like a wonderful town to visit at any time of the year. The spa town situated right on the edge of the Cotswolds is one of the UK’s most attractive towns with beautiful shopping parades, wonderful walks in town and out of town – and a sense of elegance and charm that remains in so few other towns today.
The reason Cheltenham is so special is perhaps because it was designed to be so; Cheltenham was conceived in the 18th and 19th centuries as a pleasure and health resort for well-heeled visitors. And you still get a sense of this in its hotels, restaurants, shopping parades and, of course, its architecture.
If there’s one time of year that Cheltenham really comes into its own, though, then it has to be spring. Everything is fresh, the town has a “scrubbed clean” feel about it and the Cotswolds’ countryside is absolutely stunning or so I have heard.
The spring “season” is kicked off most famously in the town with National Hunt racing’s celebrated Cheltenham Festival – situated at the Prestbury Park racecourse just outside the town itself.
This is the world’s most prestigious meeting for jumpers and hurdlers the world over – but particularly from Britain and Ireland. The culmination of the Festival is the Cheltenham Gold Cup – the most prestigious jumps race in the world, which will be held this year on Friday March 14th.
Hundreds of millions of pounds are gambled on the Cheltenham Festival each year – whether at the course itself, in bookmakers or on racing betting websites. The Festival has enjoyed a tremendous resurgence in recent years and interest in it has never been higher.
Prestbury Park itself is a beautiful setting – though perhaps best viewed on a non-race days by lovers of the rolling countryside that surrounds this beautiful Regency spa town.
Cheltenham has a lot going for it whether you’re here for the great shopping, the architecture, wonderful country walks, historical interest, the racing live betting – or even a little of everything.