Destination Gloucestershire

Discover more about the UK's 'festival town'. Steeped in a vibrant history and home to a huge array of shops, eateries, venues and activities to suit every mood.

Cheltenham Spa

Said to be "the most complete regency town in England", Cheltenham Spa is an intimate and friendly town, renowned for its culture, nightlife, festivals and hospitality.

In 2022, it retained its Purple Flag award status for the sixth consecutive year. The nationally recognised award is given to towns and cities that have an appealing, safe and welcoming evening and night-time economy.

Things to do in Cheltenham

Cheltenham offers both traditional and modern culture. The Brewery Quarter offers a multiplex Imax Cinema, bowling alley, indoor adventure golf, and high street branded restaurants and bars to cater for all tastes. 

Cheltenham's Racecourse is world famous, hosting international events such as its March Gold Cup Festival, one of several race meets that are held all year round. The venue also hosts other events including concerts, music festivals and stage shows. If you're a fan of football, you can visit the Jonny-Rocks Stadium (Whaddon Road) to watch Cheltenham Town in EFL action.

As well as The Brewery Quarter, the town of Cheltenham is home to an array of cafés, bars and restaurants, as well as a vibrant nightlife that spans dancing, theatre, music and more besides. It also boasts a bustling high street and shopping centre which includes a range of both high street and independent shops.

Cheltenham isn't known as 'The Festival Town' for nothing. Calendar highlights include Jazz, Science, Music, Literature, Food and Drink, all of which bring famous faces to the town. Away from town, there are scenic walks at Pittville Park, where you can also take to the water at the boating lake, and Cheltenham's three peaks - Cleeve, Leckhampton and Crickley.

How to get around

As a Hartpury student, there are loads of ways you can get around and explore Gloucestershire. 

You can hop on one of the public buses that stop regularly on campus. If you ride a bike, you can store it in our secure bike sheds on campus. We also offer on-campus parking for and discounted rates with local taxi firms.

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