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Cheltenham Festival 2024
Cheltenham Spa is one of England's most complete Regency towns. Situated less than a hundred miles from London and an ideal base for touring into Worcestershire, the Cotswolds, Stratford upon Avon and Bath.
Its Regency town houses are characterised by intricate ironwork balconies and painted stucco facades which line the historic Promenade, squares and terraces. With its award-winning gardens, impressive range of stylish shops and restaurants, music and literature, the town hosts several festivals of culture and of course its famous festival of horse racing.
Cheltenham is the home of the flagship race of British steeplechase horse racing, the Gold Cup, the main event of the Cheltenham Festival.
Horse racing began in Cheltenham in 1815, and has become a major national attraction after the establishment of the Festival in 1902. The racecourse attracts tens of thousands of visitors to the festival each year.
Cheltenham Racecourse is situated in the nearby village of Prestbury, the home of National Hunt, or jumps, racing in the UK.
Meetings are hosted from October to April. The highlight of the season being the Cheltenham Gold Cup, which is normally held in the middle of March, during the Cheltenham Festival.
The Festival is one of those rare events that exude pleasure, passion and fun in equal measure. For anyone who appreciates top class sport and the opportunity to share a special experience with like-minded people, it truly is a life affirming four days.
The Festival produces an amazing atmosphere that is unique. The combination of the huge crowds, the wonderful setting and the sense that you are watching history being made produces a sporting cocktail like no other. During the week, over 220,000 people will experience The Festival in person, many of them travelling significant distances to be here, all of who are determined to have the time of their lives.
Visitors looking for Accommodation and Great Places to Eat with a celebratory drink or two can find all they are looking for in the beautiful nearby county of Worcestershire.
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