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Cheltenham 2017 Calendar Highlights

Cheltenham or ‘Cheltenham Spa - Festival town of England’, is not only the centre for the Cotswolds, it’s home to some of the best recognised, and most prestigious festivals around the world.

Why is Cheltenham the ‘Festival town of England’?

It hosts more major festivals than any other town in England.

‘Not to be missed’ festivals and events to look forward to in Cheltenham 2017

January & February 2017

The pantomime season draws to an end and a new season begins at The Everyman Theatre. January sees the multi award winning Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story and in February the hilarious The Play That Goes Wrong.

March 2017

Probably the most famous sporting festival in England occurs in mid March. With daffodils in full bloom and race-goers swarming the streets of Cheltenham, the Cheltenham National Hunt Festival brings the Regency town to life! Spread over four days from 14  - 17 March it finishes with the 'blue-riband' event, the ‘Cheltenham Gold Cup’. The atmosphere is electric and the buzz of excitement can be felt miles away!

April 2017

Earlier this year, the Sandford Parks Lido opens on (TBC). Their 50m outdoor pool and children's pool is a great way to relax and enjoy the Spring sun. Look at for many events at the Lido too this year!

The end of April sees the start of another great musical extravaganza with the  Cheltenham Jazz Festival (26 April - 1 May) – one of Europe’s leading jazz festivals. It’s great for all jazz lovers, with funk, blues, latin and soul.

May 2017

The Birmingham Royal Ballet will be at the Everyman Theatre on the 5 & 6 May, performing an illuminating mix of works that showcase the splendour of dance itself.

Cheltenham also hosts the Cheltenham Competitive Festival. It's a celebration of dance, music, speech and drama attended by thousands of competitors of all ages showcasing some of the talent that Gloucestershire has to offer.

June 2017

From the 6 - 11 June 2017, Cheltenham hosts the UK’s premier science festival, bursting with talks, shows, debates, workshops and hands-on activities. Adults and children love it as it opens the mind to a kaleidoscope of exploration and fun.

From 2 - 4 June at the Cheltenham Racecourse is a weekend of musical indulgence courtesy of the Wychwood Music Festival.

July 2017

The Cheltenham Music Festival from 1 - 16 July - with national and international classical musicians.

Gloucestershire County Cricket Club battle it out with other county teams during the annual Cheltenham Cricket Festival in the grounds of Cheltenham College. It’s a small, friendly and picturesque ground and this helps create some wonderful and exciting cricket.

September 2017

September sees a break from festivals, but the start of the autumn season will undoubtedly bring some great plays to the Everyman Theatre, while comedy can be enjoyed at the Cheltenham Town Hall courtesy of Howlers Comedy Club.

Watch out for the Cheltenham Triathlon on Sunday 10 September - helping raise funds for LINC (Leukaemia Intensive Chemotherapy) and Sandford Lido Limited.

October 2017

The autumn season continues at The Everyman Theatre and more endurance can be seen in the ultra-tough Devil's Aquathlon at Sandford Parks Lido on Sunday (TBC) October.

Book your tickets early to see some famous and familiar faces appearing at the Cheltenham Literature Festival from 6 - 15 October.

November 2017

It’s another bumper packed few days of horse racing at The Open with top national and international horses taking on past and current champions in what is classed as one of the best early season meetings. The highlight of the meet is the Paddy Power Gold Cup on the Saturday.

Look out for Tweedy again when he appears in the pantomime at The Everyman Theatre from Friday 24 November 2017.

December 2017

Cheltenham is famous for its shopping and with it’s tree-lined Promenade, cosmopolitan Montpellier, Regent Arcade Shopping Centre and The Brewery leisure complex  ‘Christmas Shopping in Cheltenham’ is a pleasure. Watch out for the continental markets, street entertainment and the beautiful Christmas lights and illuminations, which decorate the town centre and charming parks and gardens.


Explore Gloucestershire are continually updating our events listings, so follow the link below to find a comprehensive list of events happening in and around Cheltenham.

Forthcoming festivals and events in Cheltenham in 2017...

Please check with the contact telephone numbers or websites before planning your visit. Sometimes events can be cancelled for various reasons and we wish you to enjoy your day out.

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