Cheltenham has recently rebranded itself "The Festival Town". Described as the Cultural Capital of the Cotswolds an article on Cheltenham by the New York Times described the town as enjoying a cultural renaissance with many "happening spots". The Independent called the town a "Design Destination" with stylish places to eat and drink.
Cheltenham has so much to offer but the simple pleasures can sometimes be the best such as taking a stroll along the leaf-lined promenade as autumn falls on Cheltenham, experiencing many of the architectural and heritage features that can still be seen today. Being part of the Cotswolds, the town is highly regarded for its surrounding green acres. However, Cheltenham has plenty of greenery within the town including Imperial Square Gardens, Pittville Park and Montpellier Gardens which all provide glorious open space that is ideal for relaxation and recreation. At different points in the year they also act as a flexible venue for one of the many events that take place in the town.
Renowned for its shopping, theatre and festivals, Cheltenham is truly a year-round town, with something for all interests and tastes. With a continental feel, enjoy Cheltenham's cafe culture, wrap up and grab a bite to eat al fresco or enjoy a drink or meal at some of the many high street and independent restaurants, cafes and bars across the town.
The Wilson, Cheltenham's Museum & Art Gallery is home to an internationally significant museum collection of exceptional quality and variety and fine art collections, and their temporary gallery spaces offer an exciting programme of changing exhibitions. The birthplace of Gustav Holst is open to the public as a Museum, one of England's most respected composers, best known for his work The Planets. The museum is one of only two composer birthplaces open to the public in the country.
In Cheltenham there is a myriad of bars and restaurants. From trendy independent cocktail bars to more traditional pubs and cuisine from all corners of the world, you will be spoilt for choice. For those seeking late night entertainment, there are plenty of late night bars and nightclubs to dance the night away. Cheltenham is a Purple Flag town meaning that it has been recognised nationally as one of the safest nights out.
The Brewery Quarter is a buzzing district where old meets new and is home to branded eateries, a multi-screen cinema, bowling alley and bars offering live gigs and entertainment throughout the week.
The jewel in Cheltenham’s crown is undoubtedly Cheltenham Racecourse and in particular the world renowned March Festival which sees over 250,000 people visit in March. The town though is also home to Cheltenham Town Football Club who play in Division Two and in July each year Cheltenham Boys College, hosts first class cricket at what is believed to be the longest running Cricket Festival in the world. In 2018 Cheltenham hosted a tour stage in the cycling Tour of Britain and in 2019, the Centaur, Cheltenham racecourse hosted the World Snooker Grand Prix.