We have arrived at the edge of the Cotswolds in the Southwest region of England in the spa town of Cheltenham. It is perhaps best known for its annual hunt racing festival at the  Cheltenham Racecourse, which takes place in March.

Prince William and the Duchess of Cornwall at the Cheltenham festival in 2007

However, there are other wonderful activities happening all year round in the town. It is also the home of a few famous people such as the Rolling Stones guitarist, Brian Jones, Olympic Skier Eddie the Eagle, and Edward Jenner, who discovered vaccinations for small pox. Music, sports and science. They got it all covered. So here is a list of things you can do when you find yourself there (like I’m sure these famous Cheltonians did! well, sort of.)

Where to go…

For lunch

  • Red Pepper.  Family owned bistro and coffee lounge. 13 Regent Street, Cheltenham. To book call 01242 253900.

For dinner

  • The Daffodil.  Converted former Art Deco picture house. 18-20 Suffolk Parade, Cheltenham 01242 700055
  • Spice Lodge. ‘Pan Asian Cuisine’. Montpellier Drive, Cheltenham 01242 228300

On a sunny day

  • Cheltenham has been the  winner of Britain in Bloom on many occasions, which is the largest horticultural campaign in the United Kingdom, making perfect destination for sunny walks and picnics
  • The Promenade – a tree lined boulevard with a lively continental feel
  • Montpellier and Imperial Gardens provide colourful displays in the town centre
  • Further afield – Painswick Rococo Gardens, mid-18th century garden design with woodland walks

On a rainy day

  • Gloucester Docks – designer shopping outlet and historical docks
  • See a show at The Everyman Theatre or Cheltenham Playhouse

We leave you with the Rolling Stones classic Paint it Black…



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