The Festival Town
Known as ‘The Festival Town’, Cheltenham’s festivals attract thousands of regional and international visitors. The town is famous for holding the world’s oldest Literature Festival, along with Jazz, Science and Music Festivals.
Cheltenham College is also home to the annual Cricket Festival. It is the world’s longest running cricket festival on an outfield. It was first started in 1872 and has been held at College for over 140 years.
The world renowned Cheltenham Festival takes places at the racecourse. This is the highlight of the racing calendar with 260,000+ race goers from Britain, Ireland and mainland Europe attending the festival. It is the 4th biggest sporting event in the UK.
Where to eat and drink
Whether it’s a normal week in the calendar, or a Festival week, there is always a buzz in Cheltenham. There are a myriad of bars and restaurants, from your branded favourites to independent eateries and bars – you’ll never not have somewhere to go!
Some of our favourites include:
The Ivy Brasserie – The Grade I listed building, Montpellier Rotunda, is home to The Ivy; sophisticated all-day dining.
No. 131 – Traditional Georgian architecture combined with eclectic modern design, delicious all-day dining, and one of the very best late-night bars in town. No.131 The Promenade is located in the heart of Cheltenham.
Franco Manca – Located on the Promenade, you can tuck into a menu of sourdough pizzas and Italian specialities! There are plenty of vegan and gluten free options available too.
The Daffodil – this restaurant is a hidden gem, tucked inside a beautiful 1920s cinema. The building has many unique period features; the sweeping staircase, art deco features, projectors and beautiful entrance reception. The food style is classic dishes, with a modern and contemporary twist.