10Sep 2020

An unmissable autumn highlight, this year’s pioneering hybrid Festival – combining digital and in-person events – features a unique line-up of the world’s greatest writers, thinkers, performers and dynamic new voices. From 2 – 11 October, the Festival will include over 160 events with over 100 broadcast live from Cheltenham’s Town Hall and the Everyman Theatre in front of a socially-distanced live audience.

The Festival programming team – joined by Guest Curators British-Turkish novelist Elif Shafak and Dishoom’s Shamil Thakrar – have pulled out all the stops to celebrate what is set to be an astonishing season of publishing. The line-up offers something for every book-lover, featuring literary greats and fresh talent, travel and adventure, food and drink, lifestyle and psychology, history and science, art and classic literature, alongside a powerful collection of current affairs events drawing in expert insight from the Festival’s title partner The Times and The Sunday Times, with over 24 journalists and columnists from the two papers featuring in the programme.

New for 2020, the Festival will present ‘The Citizen’s Manifesto’, bringing together young activists, politicians and key thinkers with the Festival audience to shine a political, social, economic and cultural light on a year like no other, exploring the ways in which society could and should change in the wake of COVID-19. The audience will be invited to suggest ideas for panellists to discuss on stage and visit the digital Pledge Wall to make a promise to their future self.

Even with world travel restricted, the programme won’t lose its international flavour, with a dedicated series of exclusive interviews with leading writers filmed at home entitled The World is Waiting. Providing an insight into writers’ lives in lockdown and a glimpse into the literary culture of Japan, Australia, Nigeria, the US and more, audiences can hear intimate conversations with writers such as Marilynne Robinson, Sayaka Murata, Tayari Jones, Akwaeke Emezi and Miles Franklin Award-winner Tara June Winch. The World is Waiting will form part of the Festival programme selection set to be broadcast by Official Streaming Partner Marquee TV.

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10Sep 2020

Thousands of visitors have enjoyed the new outdoor takeaway cafe at Pittville Pump Room portico since it opened on the 22nd June.  It provides a place to meet friends and family safely, enjoy great food and drink in a lovely location and have a safe, socially distanced dance. Following the success of the first Swing in the Park weekend the Cheltenham Trust team have lined up a summer of outside musical weekends and great food and drink offers.

Every coffee and cake, draught beer, panini, breakfast bap, ice cream, afternoon tea and glass of Pimms you buy at the Pittville Pump Room portico (and Garden Bar at Imperial Gardens) supports The Cheltenham Trust, as a charity, to come through these challenging times and to be in a better position to re-open the iconic venues they manage, when government guidance allows. Thank you for your continuing support.

Friday September 11: Jelly Roll Brothers 6pm to 8pm

Saturday September 12: Swing in the Park – American Diner 50s 2pm to 5pm

Sunday September 13: Honeymoon Swing Band 2pm to 5pm

Saturday September 19: Swing in the Park 2pm to 5pm

Sunday September 20: Josie and the Outlaw 2pm to 5pm

Saturday September 26: Jon Clare 2pm to 5pm

Sunday September 27: Swing in the Park 2pm to 5pm

19Mar 2020

Cheltenham Music Festival takes place on 3rd July until 12th July.

Cheltenham Music Festival is one of the UK’s leading classical music festivals, renowned for presenting world-class ensembles and soloists in magnificent venues. Composer and arranger Jules Buckley joins the Festival as Guest Curator in 2020. The Festival opens with a celebratory weekend of free jazz, folk, blues and classical music and an immersive weekend of Beethoven at Syde Manor.

What can you expect from Cheltenham Music Festival?

The Cheltenham Music Festival has earned its place as a world-renowned and highly-respected festival. It consistently delivers music for every taste, with high-calibre performers alongside tomorrow’s stars, in magnificent venues. It’s not just music in the traditional sense as the Festival undertakes to explore music in new spaces with dance, visual arts, spoken word and even a virtual reality orchestra performance on the High Street.

A core venue for the Music Festival is Cheltenham Town Hall, which offers an imposing and outstanding facade with excellent acoustics for its many performances. Pittville Pump Room, churches, galleries and many local bars and clubs are also incorporated into the programme, hosting more than 650 performers, 60 ticketed events and many free ones too.

Offering everything from grand nights out to chamber concerts, choral music and innovative events.  The factors you can expect for sure at the Cheltenham Music Festival are high-calibre performances, magnificent venues, and a huge variety of music.

19Mar 2020

The cheltenham Food & Drink Festival takes place from 19th June to 21 June 2020.

The Cheltenham Food & Drink Festival is a popular annual event for Cheltenham, both with visitors and locals.  Plans are still being finalised for the 12th festival in June 2020.  Past festivals have been a gastronomic delight with over 200 exhibitors from both the local area and surrounding regions.

The festival has always provided an astonishing variety of tasty goodies from oatcakes to aphrodisiac quince, the widest range of baked goods, meats, fish, cheeses, jams, chutneys and much more.  This is the regional food event not to be missed.

Visitors can expect a fresh selection of food from Thai to Indian and Moroccan through to the classic British fish and chips along with the traditional taste of real ale from many breweries. The cooking demonstrations are always popular with local chefs and guest celebrity chefs, as are the International Wine Tasting classes and the Food & Drink Talks covering many subjects in a relaxed, fun interactive environment with some of the most well-known and respected experts in the UK.  Subjects covered include real ale, wine and nutrition.

Get the 2020 Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival dates in your diary for a weekend of relaxing with friends and family with the background of live music whilst sipping a glass of your favourite drink.

19Mar 2020

Cheltenham Literature Festival returns to Cheltenham on the 2nd October until 11th October!

The world’s first literature festival still leads the way in celebrating the written and spoken word, presenting the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats and high-profile speakers, while inspiring over 9,000 school children with a love of books. All set here in the festival town of Cheltenham, with free pop-up events galore and festivities continuing late into the night.

The theme for 2020 is ‘Read the World’ – continuing the outward-looking focus of the Festival’s 70th anniversary celebrations. With the help of expert analysts and big thinkers, it will seek to better understand the world by listening to what writers all over the globe have to say.

Head to www.cheltenhamfestivals.com/ for more information!


23Apr 2019

The 2019 Gloucester Tall Ships and Adventure event is the ultimate family weekend in Gloucestershire with something for everyone from history buffs to adrenaline junkies.

There will be a raft of entertainment including Gravity Jet Suit displays, Industry Pro Wakeboarding championships, zip wire over the docks, marauding pirates, surf simulator, nautical activities, fun and games for children and grown-ups, a food market plus two museums on the docks site. There are live music stages featuring an eclectic selection of local bands and singers as well as the return of the essential Gloucester Shanty Festival.

Gloucester’s flagship festival continues to be a huge hit with families, coach groups and ship enthusiasts, drawing audiences from around the country, with 200,000 people expected over the bank holiday weekend. What makes the event so distinctive is its setting in the UK’s most inland port surrounded by beautifully-preserved Victorian warehouses.

The event was the runner up in the Recreation and Tourism category at the Living Waterway’s Awards 2016, to add to its Cotswolds Tourism Award 2014 and Waterside Renaissance Award in 2010. Five tall ships will sail into the docks and moor up on the quayside for visitors to see.

For further information head to www.gloucestertallships.co.uk

26Mar 2019

Each year, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival takes over Cheltenham for six days, bring a host of world-class, and up-and-coming acts from across the Jazz genre. The 2019 festival takes place from the 1st to 6th May 2019…

The festival is hosted in a tented festival village in Cheltenham’s Montpellier Gardens, featuring a Big Top stage, the Jazz Arena, a Family Tent featuring workshops, performances and sing-alongs and a food and drink area surrounding the Free Stage. More than 60% of the programme is free, with venues and free stages popping up across the town.

Performing at this year’s festival they have James Morrison, Jamie Cullum, Charenee Wade and many more! For further details, head to www.cheltenhamfestivals.com

25Oct 2018

Gloucester Quays Christmas Markets
Thursday 15 to Sunday 25 November 2018

Gloucester Quays will play host to the city’s Christmas market extravaganza for another year.

The Victorian Christmas market will be open at Gloucester Quays from Thursday 15 November 2018 to Sunday 25 November 2018.

Families can get in the festive spirit with the many stalls to browse for Christmas gifts and treats. There will also be a wide range of tasty food and hot drinks available, along with live entertainment.

Cheltenham Christmas Market
Thursday 22 November to Saturday 15 December 2018

A favourite event on the festive calendar, Cheltenham Christmas Market will return to The Promenade this winter, promising happy shoppers a whole host of seasonal crafts and gifts.

An annual highlight time and again, the 2018 Cheltenham Christmas Market will once again play host to traditional German-style wooden chalets, creating a magical atmosphere in the heart of town and offering a lovely seasonal shopping experience.

Set to light up Cheltenham’s Promenade from Thursday 22 November to Saturday 15 December 2018, the charming chalets will display everything from unique crafts through to festive food and gifts galore, with around 40 stalls to peruse

14Jun 2018
Garden Cafe, Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham © In The Park/ Garden Cafe

The annual Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival is back this year from 15th – 17th June at the picturesque Montpellier Gardens. Enjoy plenty of wine tasting, food demos, entertainment and more in the summer sun with friends and family. Every year the festival chooses a charity to support and this year they’ve chosen Youth at Heart. Be inspired by some of the best local and regional chefs to make your family meals more interesting and indulge in a tipple or two at the wine tasting masterclasses. Perhaps you’d like to learn about a variety of different food and drinks from gin to cheeses at talks being held around the festival grounds. During the weekend you will be joined by talented musicians and entertainers, from Climbing Trees’ frontman Matthew Frederick to indie-folk bank Ofelia, Punch & Judy and more. Have a taste of delicious cuisine from some of the country’s favourite restaurants and pubs such as Padstow Fish, Yo Sushi! Dodo Pub Co. and many more!

Make the most out of the weekend by staying in one of our luxury apartments, all of which are a stone’s throw away from shops, eateries and transport. Whether you are spending a couple of days visiting Cheltenham or plan on staying more long-term, Quintessential has the place for you. For booking enquiries call 01242 570988 today!

05Jun 2018

The Greeks are well known for their beautiful and luxurious celebrations and the Parthenon was exactly that. Of course, whilst the Doric columns and white marble make for a spectacular setting it’s a bit air due to it being a ruin now. Cheltenham Serviced Apartments on the other hand like the ones at https://www.q-let.co.uk/ are also well maintained as this world heritage site is. Let’s look at it on more detail.

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