Cheltenham's spring and summer highlights

The beautiful Cotswolds spa town of Cheltenham has enjoyed a great reputation for attracting visitors to its wide range of festivals. And 2016 looks to be no different with many fantastic opportunities for people to enjoy the town's traditional offerings of fine culinary delights, tempting horse-racing bets and even an exposé of a famous Hollywood icon. 

Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival 

One of the town's most popular attractions is undoubtedly the annual Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival . This year the event returns to the tranquil Montpellier Gardens from 10 to 12 June for what should be a fantastic showcase of this year's culinary trends. 

The festival will feature special talks in the Chef's Kitchen with many celebrity chefs and local food experts offering free masterclasses. And given the area's great reputation for cuisine, the focus will be returning to local organic produce, as well as the Yealands Estate International Wine Classes that will provide a welcome introduction to the world of wine tasting. 

Cheltenham Races 

But one of the biggest events of the year is undoubtedly the Cheltenham Festival. This hugely-anticipated racing event occurs from 15 to 18 March and can provide a good guide to the betting in the Grand National that takes place the following month. 

Already sports betting sites have begun the build-up to this prestigious racing event, and Coral's early doors preview of the Cheltenham Festival has shown how both Min and Moscow Fury are looking good for this iconic race. And with a reliably-large Irish contingent attending for the St Patricks Day celebrations, you can be sure of a carnival atmosphere! 

Portraits of an Icon 

Although most visitors to Cheltenham will be familiar with the horse-racing and the food and drink opportunities, the town looks to receive a touch of Hollywood glamour when a prestigious photographic exhibition of Audrey Hepburn comes to town until the end of January. 

The acclaimed Portrait of an Icon exhibition takes a retrospective look over the famous film star's life through an intimate and revealing collection of photographs that cover her early years as a chorus girl in London's West End, to her humanitarian work in later years. 

So if you're in the mood to get a good prediction for the Grand National betting, taste the best in local produce from the Cotswolds, as well as become inspired by one of cinema's all-time greats, then be sure to visit Cheltenham in 2016.

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