For three hundred years, Cheltenham has been welcoming travelers across the world to soak in the elegance of their natural springs and inviting some of the wealthiest families in the UK to stay in their luxury hotels and guesthouses. What started out as a little market town has transformed into one of the most notable cultural centers in the Cotswolds, and at large, England.
Cheltenham is definitely a top destination for relaxing and the culturally refined, but there’s more to this spa town than just its springs.
With the stylish setting that Cheltenham offers, it’s only natural for the town to be a shopping hum. Check out the main shopping district over at Beechwood and the Regent Arcade for all your favorite High Street labels, but if you’re looking for something more unique, Visit Cheltenham suggests you head to the Montpellier & Suffolks area for antiques, homeware and trinkets, specifically over on Bath Road where a variety of smaller, independent business owners have set up shop.
Cheltenham is revered for its festivals, with one internationally acclaimed charity organization responsible for four of the numerous events throughout the year. From the renowned jazz fests, to the famous Cheltenham Races, which is one of the biggest horse racing meetings over the year, to the feature screenings at the old-cinema-turned-restaurant, the Daffodil, this town has no shortage of annual festivals. Their calendar is filled with events catering to a wide spectrum of interests, whether you’re a music lover, a science geek, a bookworm, or someone that loves to bet on horse racing. They’ve even got a few fashion and beauty related festivals lined up for 2016.
Foodies, lovers of alfresco dining, and generally anyone who wants to be wined and dined will find refuge in a slew of fancy restaurants in the town. More than 100 restaurants are operating in Cheltenham, serving culinary delights from around the globe in these Regency-era townhouse eateries. Included in next year’s events is the Food & Drink Festival, held every June at the Montpellier Gardens. It’s a culinary showcase of local and national exhibitors who use all natural ingredients sourced from farms, selling everything from liquors to condiments and cookbooks. Of course, there will be plenty of food for you to sample, too.
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