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Things to do in Cheltenham

Start planning your trip to Gloucestershire with our list of the best things to do in Cheltenham.


Pick up local crafts

Bring a small piece of Cheltenham home. 

If perusing stalls of one-of-a-kind gifts and crafts sounds like your idea of fun, try booking your stay for the third Saturday of the month. The region’s finest craftspeople bring their latest creations to the town’s pretty promenade throughout the year for Cheltenham Craft Market. Perfect for a minibreak memento.


Enjoy a day at the races

Back your favourites.  

Can anyone claim they’ve been to Cheltenham if they haven’t been to the racecourse? With race days throughout the year, there are plenty of opportunities to get your flutter fix and don your finest fascinator.

Check the race schedule


Hit the stage...

A show for everyone at the Everyman.

Head to the heart of town and Regent Street for an evening of entertainment at the Everyman Theatre. The Grade II listed Victorian building hosts much-loved musicals, classic comedians and brilliant ballet displays, so you’re guaranteed to find a show, no matter what your tastes. 


Stroll through period gardens

An English country garden with a French twist.

If you need to get away from it all, a trip to Painswick Rococo Garden could be just the ticket. Expect elaborate pavilions with gothic arches alongside decorative ponds in the only surviving rococo garden in the country. Pure bliss.