Cheltenham is an elegant Regency Spa town and is often referred to as “The Western Gateway to the Cotswolds.” It is a lovely place in all seasons as there is so much to enjoy. The architecture of the town is fabulous; the town has a great vibe and the racecourse is always a popular reason to visit for the racing as well as for the many prestigious events that it hosts.
Cheltenham Promenade was voted one of the top five shopping streets in Britain and is a tree lined avenue, flanked by upmarket stores, shops and cafes. In the winter it is host to the fantastic Christmas market.
One great source of information for local events is www.exploregloucestershire.co.uk
Some of the extremely popular events held during the year are The Folk Festival, The Literature Festival and Wychwood Music Festival. Close by, there is Cheese-Rolling at Cooper’s Hill, always worth a mention.
Local attractions include Gustav Holst’s birthplace, Sudeley Castle, The Cotswold Way National Trail, The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, The Centaur, The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway, Adam Henson’s Cotswold Farm Park, Prinknash Bird and Deer Park and The Everyman Theatre.
The area of Prestbury in Cheltenham is reputed to be one of the most haunted places in The Cotswolds and is very popular around Halloween when many ghost tours are organized. There have been many reported sightings of ghosts in the area ranging from a charging horseman to a ghostly funeral procession.
As well as all of this, excellent restaurants and pubs with real fires (such as the Royal Oak Inn, photograph above) provide tempting reasons to dine out and relax in the evening.
www.royal-oak-prestbury.co.uk 01242 522344
www.ploughprestbury.co.uk 01242 222180