Cheltenham is the perfect destination for a summer weekend break. Located in the stunning Cotswolds, there is a wealth of events, places of interest, theatres, festivals and shops to keep you entertained. Picturesque avenues of Regency buildings, swathes of open park space and tons of chic places to stay, you’ll be spoilt for choice when you visit Cheltenham. Here are just a few of the amazing sights and sounds to fit in while you’re here:
Pittville Park – Beautiful Regency townhouses surround this large parkland with quaint boating lake, tennis courts, huge children’s playground, golf and animals. You can also find the iconic Pittville Pump Room located here, the home to the original spa waters that put Cheltenham on the map.
The Lido – When the sun is shining, head to the Sandford Park Lido, an art deco outdoor pool complex and one of the finest examples of such in the whole country.
Entertainment – If you’re seeking some culture, then you won’t be disappointed as the town boasts a Town Hall, the Everyman Theatre, The Playhouse, the Bacon Theatre and Cheltenham Racecourse where many events and shows are staged throughout the year.
Festivals – Cheltenham is unique in that it stages so many world-famous and incredibly popular festivals throughout the year. Whatever it is you’re into, the town is sure to have an event right up your street. Current festivals include the Literature Festival, the Music Festival, Science Festival, Jazz and Food.
Nightlife – Cheltenham has a lively nightlife scene with many pubs and music venues where you’ll find live music most nights. Cheltenham Nightclubs offer top DJ nights, promotions and a classy place to bust some moves.
Shopping – Recently expanded, the Brewery Quarter is Cheltenham’s newest top shopping destination with top brands and plenty of family-friendly activities including indoor adventure golf, soft play and a Cineworld Imax multiplex cinema. There are also loads of fantastic restaurants here.
Museums – Discover the Art Gallery & Museum with an extensive collection of fine art, lots of exhibitions and free entry. Cheltenham also plays host to the Holst Birthplace Museum dedicated to the composer Gustav Holst. Other fascinating visits include the Whitewall Gallery, The Gardens Gallery and Castle Fine Art.
Sport – For sporting fans, Cheltenham is home to a world-famous racecourse, Cheltenham Town Football Club, Cheltenham Cricket Club and Gloucestershire County Cricket Club. The annual Cricket Festival is held in the grounds of the iconic Cheltenham College.
Nearby – Within easy travelling distance you’ll find more treats and popular attractions including Cotswold Farm Park, Sudeley Castle, Prinknash Deer & Bird Gardens, Rococco Gardens, Gloucester Cathedral, Gloucester Docks & the Quays, as well as picturesque Cotswold villages such as Painswick, Bourton-on-the-Water and Winchcombe.