Although it may not have the big city glamour of London or the picturesque historical heritage of York, it seems that Cheltenham is becoming increasingly a fixture on the UK’s tourism map.
And much of the way that the beautiful spa town has achieved this is through its ability to successfully promote many of its key festivals. So with the upcoming Cheltenham horse-racing festival offering enticing bets, as well as the Food and Drink Festival showing the best in local produce, we thought we’d look ahead to Cheltenham’s attractions in 2016.
Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival
The advent of celebrity chef culture has undoubtedly done much to increase the prestige of renowned culinary celebrations such as the Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival. The event takes place from 10 to 12 June in the beautiful Montpellier Gardens which will be overrun by celebrity chefs offering masterclasses in perfecting a range of extravagant dishes.
Local produce will also be a big part 2016’s festival with many of the 140 local food and drink producers keen to display how they’ve adapted eco-friendly practices into their operations. But special mention but also be made to the festival’s musical offerings that feature jazz, folk and even classical treats to accompany expected reruns of last year’s events such as the World Potato Peeling contest!
Racing at the Cheltenham Festival
From 15 to 18 March, the spa town is expected to be swell in numbers with the arrival of the keenly-anticipated Cheltenham Festival that provides four days of top horse racing action. The pinnacle of last year’s racing was undoubtedly the sensational Gold Cup win by Coneygree and this year’s contest should prove no less enthralling. Planning on betting? Then visit www.racinginfo.co for the best horse racing tips in order to up your winnings.
As the festival usually falls upon St Patrick’s Day there is usually a very boisterous Irish contingent in the crowd, but don’t let that distract you from the betting. So for some expert racing analysis, check out Coral’s Cheltenham coverage and get ready to cheer on your horse as they cross the finish line!
Cheltenham Jazz festival
But for those music lovers who favour their entertainment a little more smooth, then the Cheltenham Jazz Festival should provide a great way to sample some of the best jazz musicians from around the world.
The event takes place from 27 April to 2 May and this year will feature Jamie Cullum as the festival’s guest director. Key names already revealed include the likes of the Grammy-nominated trumpeter Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah as well as the acclaimed saxophonist Tim Berne and his exciting new band Berne’s Snakeoil.
And with further literature and science festivals already planned for 2016, it’s not just your bets at the the Cheltenham Festival that will bring you to this spa town next year!