Local Events and Festivals

Cheltenham is renowned for its many festivals throughout the year. Whether its a day out at the races or enjoying some tasty treats at the food and drink festival there is something for everybody.

Festival Trials Day

Festival Trials Day

Festival trials day is 29th January and is the last Cheltenham race day before the Festival in March - the atmosphere is incredible. Huge crowds gather in the spacious stadiums to catch a glimpse of the Festival contenders as they show the world what they're made of!

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Cheltenham Winter Craft Beer Festival

Cheltenham Winter Craft Beer Festival

The Friends of the Cheltenham Samaritans bring to you Cheltenham’s first ever ‘Winter Craft Beer Festival’ on 25th and 26th February; set in the unique and stunning settings of a Church. Not just any old church either, this is at the newly refurbished ‘Pip and Jims’ (otherwise known as St. Philips and St. James)in Leckhampton (just off the Bath Road).

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Cheltenham Craft Festival

Cheltenham Craft Festival

Craft Festival Cheltenham its in its fourth edition and will be taking place from 11th March - 13th March at Cheltenham Town Hall. Joining the celebration of craft, creativity and shopping are Keith Brymer Jones, master potter, businessman and judge of the TV's "Great Pottery Throw Down".

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The Cheltenham Festival

The Cheltenham Festival

The biggest, boldest jump racing event of the year - The Cheltenham Festival starts on the 15th March - 18th March.

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The April Meeting

The April Meeting

The final chance to watch the professionals test themselves on the track before the summer break; two days of quality racing.

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Cheltenham Jazz Festival

Cheltenham Jazz Festival

27th April - 2nd May 2022 marks an extraordinary milestone for Cheltenham’s Jazz journey. With 50 concerts over six days, and 100+ free gigs both around town and at the Montpellier Gardens Festival Village, it’s the hottest May Bank Holiday ticket around.​

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Race Night - Hunter Chase Racing

Race Night - Hunter Chase Racing

Cheltenham's racing season comes to an end with its evening fixture on Friday 29th April.

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Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts

Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts

Cheltenham's oldest festival was started in 1926. The annual Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts is packed with performances in music, dance and drama from local schools, dance schools, theatre groups and music clubs.

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Fresh Air Fair

Fresh Air Fair

Fresh Art Fair will return to Cheltenham racecourse from 6th - 8th May; its an easy and enjoyable way to enjoy over 50 leading uk galleries in one place.

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Cotswold Festival of Steam

Cotswold Festival of Steam

Over the Spring Bank holiday weekend of Friday 3rd - Sunday 5th June its the return of the fabulous Cotswold Festival of Steam Gala.

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Wychwood Festival

Wychwood Festival

The annual summer family festival "Wychwood" is held at Cheltenham Racecourse from 3rd - 5th June. A brilliant weekend for all ages.

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Cheltenham Science Festival

Cheltenham Science Festival

7-12th June. Cheltenham Science Festival celebrates its twentieth birthday continuing the “Be The Change” theme showing how science is shaping our future with our unique set of young changemakers. There are over 200 ticketed events, three amazing free interactive spaces, and dozens more free activities on the Apollo stage, giving audiences access to ground-breaking scientists to debate, discuss and explore.

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Cheltenham Craft Beer and Cider Festival

Cheltenham Craft Beer and Cider Festival

The 15th Cheltenham Craft Beer and Cider Festival is taking place on 11th June. A wonderful family and dog friendly Beer and Cider Festival, with outdoor stage and music run by Friends of Cheltenham Samaritans.

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Cheltenham Running Festival

Cheltenham Running Festival

Takes place on Sunday 12th June. A unique opportunity to run a 5k, 10k, half marathon around the famous Cheltenham Racecourse

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Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta

Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta

Back for a third time from 17th June to 18th June. The annual event is a great opportunity for pilots across the UK to come and fly (weather dependent) and to showcase some thrilling stunt acts.

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Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival

Taking place in Montpellier Gardens 24th - 26th June. Celebrate food and drink and enjoy live music, free wine tasting talks, cheese tasting, artisan food producers along with a huge array of cookery demonstrations.

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Prescott Bike Festival

Prescott Bike Festival

The event is held on Sunday 26th June at Bugatti Owners Club at Prescott Hill Climb. Bike fans this is an event you do not want to miss.

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Midsummer Fiesta

Midsummer Fiesta

Montpellier Gardens on Saturday 2nd July. Cheltenham favourite family fiesta including music, dance, theatre and arts performances for all ages.

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Cheltenham Music Festival

Cheltenham Music Festival

Cheltenham Music Festival returns on 8th July - 17th July with a full 10 days of show-stopping concerts bringing together the UK’s finest ensembles and world-class soloists together, including the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, Anoushka Shankar with the Britten Sinfonia, Sheku & Isata Kanneh-Mason, BBC New Generation Artists and many more.

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Cheltenham's Half Marathon

Cheltenham's Half Marathon

Taking place on 4th September - the course is fast and flat showcasing Cheltenham's regency charm.

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Cheltenham International Beer Festival

Cheltenham International Beer Festival

Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th September at Imperial Square. Find out about the latest craft beers brewed in the uk and overseas.

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Cheltenham Literature Festival

Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Festival returns from 7-16 October 2022, welcoming the world’s greatest writers and thinkers to Cheltenham. For book lovers everywhere, The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival is the only place to be each autumn. Still leading the way in celebrating the written and spoken word, the world’s first literature festival will Read the World, presenting the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats and high-profile speakers.

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The Gin to my Tonic Festival

The Gin to my Tonic Festival

The Gin To My Tonic Festival returns to Cheltenham Town Hall on 9th and 10th December, bringing together over 120+ different craft gins and spirits from across the UK and beyond.

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New Years Day Racing

New Years Day Racing

There is no better way to start the new year than an excellent jam packed day at Cheltenhams racecourse.

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