If you’re not familiar with Cheltenham, but are considering it as a location for your retirement property, you’re definitely looking in the right place.
Cheltenham, also known as Cheltenham Spa, is a regency spa town that is ideally located just on the edge of the Cotswolds. The town itself is famous for its Regency architecture and is said to be the most complete regency town in England.
Having said that, there’s a lot more to discover about Cheltenham than it’s historic past. Cheltenham is buzzing with things to do and see, far too many to fit into just one article! So instead, we’ve handpicked 5 of our top things to do and see in Cheltenham, that we highly recommend you try.
The Cheltenham Races & Cheltenham Festival
A real highlight in the Cheltenham “things to do” calendar is the Cheltenham Festival. This exciting festival epitomises everything that is great about the sport of horse racing. Soak up the atmosphere and watch as horses, jockeys, owners and trainers compete for over £4.5 million of prize money.
This 4 day festival saw over 260,000 people pass through its gates in 2018 and is set to get even bigger in 2019. Find out more here.
The Cheltenham Literature Festival
On the 5th to the 14th of October 2018, over 600 literacy legends and world-renowned entertainers will arrive in Cheltenham as part of the historic Literature Festival. Now on its 69th year, the Cheltenham Literature Festival attracts some of the biggest names from culture, politics and sport.
With a real mix of talks, readings and interviews, it’s an event that really shouldn’t be missed! For more information on this year’s line up or to book tickets, visit the Cheltenham Literature Festival website.
Visit Pittville Park
Pittville Park is home to Pittville Pump Rooms, which is a beautiful and historic Regency Building, originally built in 1825. The park itself boasts a pitch and putt course, tennis courts and a series of lakes where you can go boating. In the summer, many events are held in the bandstand, perfect to enjoy on a sunny day with a picnic or an ice-cream from the nearby refreshment kiosk.
More information on Pittville Park and the many other open spaces Cheltenham has to offer, can be found on the Cheltenham Borough Council website.
Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum
Named after the great Edward Wilson, who was a son of Cheltenham, The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum showcases his story as one of Scott’s key men on his 1912 expedition to Antarctica. A new gallery space has also recently been added, where the World famous Arts and Crafts Movement collection inspired by William Morris, as well as other exhibits from paintings to porcelain, will be on display.
Admission to the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum is free of charge. Opening times and more information on the current exhibitions can be found here.
The Brewery Quarter
For those looking for a faster pace of entertainment, The Brewery Quarter is Cheltenham’s perfect destination for eating out, leisure and getting some retail therapy. Located in the heart of Cheltenham town centre, (on the Western end of the High Street, a 5 minute stroll from the Promenade) The Brewery Quarter is home to a number of restaurants, bars, a gym, cinema and hotels.
A full list of what can be found in The Brewery Quarter can be found on their website, along with the latest offers and discounts.