Five reasons to visit Cheltenham in 2013

Five reasons to visit Cheltenham in 2013: It is going to be an exciting 2013 in Cheltenham, where the glamour and clamour of the races meets one of Britain’s most beautiful Regency towns.

The town was visited by George III in the late 1700s and has been a fashionable destination ever since. From the grand Promenade to the Pittville Pump Room and, of course, the world famous racecourse, Cheltenham has something for everyone.

The town hosts a series of festivals between May and October, celebrating the best of science, music and literature. Newcastle-born physicist Peter Higgs, the man whose theories led to the construction of the CERN reactor in Switzerland and a bone fide scientific celebrity will appear this year.

Alongside him will be a whole host of scientists, thinkers, musicians, comedians and writers who will descend upon the town over the summer in a celebration of culture.

The town also provides for the more casual visitor. Its spectacular Promenade plays hosts to a wide range of shops and was once voted Britain’s favourite high street.

The Pittville Pump Room is a Grade 1 listed building and a popular tourist destination. For all you classical music buffs, the Gustav Holst Museum offers a unique look back in time in the very house where Holst was born.

Cheltenham is probably best known for its world-famous racecourse, where great jockeys like A.P. McCoy and Ruby Walsh have won the Gold Cup.

In 2012, 230,000 people came to the town to witness four frenzied days of racing gold during Cheltenham Festival.

More of the same is expected this year, and whether you’re watching from home or in the heart of the action, the Festival never fails to provide adrenaline-fuelled action and the best of times.

However you’re involved in the Festival this year, if you fancy your chances then grab a race card at Ladbrokes. With 27 races over four days there are plenty of runners to choose from – and Lady Luck may just be smiling on you.