Throughout the year there are many different seasonal events that take place within the Cotswolds towns and villages, ranging from traditional annual festivities to newer and one off events. One of the main events that is taking place in March is the Cheltenham festival.
The Cheltenham festival is a popular event in the National Hunt racing calendar held every March at Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham Gloucestershire this year running from the 14th-17th March.
There are many popular races within this festival including the Gold Cup, Queen Mother champion race, champion hurdle and world hurdle which is held over four days. The Cheltenham festival originated in 1860 and is becoming more and more popular with visitors coming from all over the world to attend. Accommodation and local amenities become very full so it is always advisable to book well in advance, some people even repeat their booking for the following year during their stay!
The festival is also televised so if you don’t manage to go or would rather be away from the crowds you can still be kept up to date with live coverage and results. Lots of money is lost and won and the atmosphere of this event makes an impression on people.
The festival normally co-incides with St Patricks day and as the races are attended by a lot of people from Ireland there is a lot of merriment and celebration throughout these four days.
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