Thousands of people are descending on the Cheltenham Festival this week. For those looking to explore further afield, here are our top 10 things to do in the city of Gloucester this week.
1. Visit the stunning Gloucester Cathedral: just walking around this magnificent building will leave you in awe, but you could also take a tower tour, climbing the steps to see Gloucester and beyond from above. On Wednesday at 11am there will be a special service with real donkeys.
2. Check out the amazing Gloucester Docks: our city's Docks are the best preserved inland port in Britain. You can learn about their history at the Waterways Museum.
3. Food, film and fashion at Gloucester Quays: While at the Docks head over to the Gloucester Quays area to enjoy a coffee, a meal at one of the many restaurants, and a spot of shopping. There is even a 10-screen cinema.
4. Take a healthy walk up Robinswood Hill: enjoy beautiful views over the area and keep fit at the same time. On Thursday at 10am and 2pm there is a health walk that you can join if you prefer to go as a group. Just head to the entrance to the site at Reservour Road.
5. Go back in time to see Gloucester's Roman ruins: the city was once known as Glevum, the ancient Roman city, and we have a wealth of heritage under the city's streets. Head down Eastgate Street and peer down through glass panels outside Boots to feast your eyes on the old city walls.
6. Eat out at one of our many news restaurants: there are several restaurants at Gloucester Quays to try such as Zizzi, Ed's Easy Diner, Portivo Lounge, Pizza Express, Nando's, Chimichanga and The Real China, or you can head into the city centre streets to feast on delicious tapas at Sebz (Northgate Street), or springbox and zebra meat at the Tiger's Eye at the Old Bell Inn (Southgate Street) or the newly opened authentic Thai restaurant So Thai (Bearlands).
7. Soak up some culture with the Stamping Ground art exhibition at the Guildhall, the city's famous music venue in Eastgate Street.
8. Listen to some live music from the Will Edmunds Trio gig at Cafe Rene on Wednesday from 9pm. Free to enter.
9. Enjoy an evening of darts at Gloucester Rugby: former world champions Eric Bristow and Keith Deller will take on Gloucester Rugby players at the world-famous Kingsholm Stadium.
10. Revel in medieval madness at the Gloucester Folk Museum: if you are staying for the weekend too, then this could be a whole lot of fun. Saturday, 6pm until 9pm. The hands-on experience will take visitors from the collapse of the Roman empire to the reign of Elizabeth I. Tickets are £10 from 01452 503050.