Cheltenham and Gloucester are situated in the South West, easily accessible by train and home to many attractions. Many know the area as part of the Cotswolds. There are many places to stay in the area and hotels can meet all budgets. There are many hidden gems in Cheltenham and Gloucester – not just the obvious things to do.
- A day at the races. The iconic Racecourse dominates Cheltenham and it offers an exciting day out. There are many meets and often have family fun days where children don’t pay to enter and can experience what the course has to offer. It is also the place for grown up days out and many come from a girls day out and will pop a bet on Cheltenham Ladies Day 2018. Gold Cup week is a highlight of the year and I haven’t missed a meet in several years. It is a chance to dress up and drink champagne with breakfast! This year I have booked The Ivy Cheltenham for breakfast.
- Pittville Park is a large park complete with a lake, cafe, fabulous children’s playground. It is also home to Pittville Pump Rooms which often holds exhibitions. It is also a place where you can sample the spa water for which Cheltenham is famous for. The water was believed to have healing properties and Victorians flocked to the area for their holiday to drink it and recuperate after an illness.
- Holst, the composer of The Planets was born in Cheltenham and his birthplace is an interactive museum. It is a place to learn to live like a Victorian. The museum is within walking distance of both Pittville Park and the town center.
- Gloucester Prison Tour is a unique day out and we spent several hours entertained here recently. I found it a brilliant tour although do wrap up warm as it was cold in February.
- If you enjoy shopping both Cheltenham and Gloucester offer good retail options. Cheltenham town center is beautiful and full of shops. Gloucester offers discounted shopping at The Quays where there are outlets including Jack Will, Joules and Cath Kidston among others.
- Further a field is the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley which offers many activities if you are looking to be active when visiting Cheltenham and Gloucester.
- Sudeley Castle & Gardens is also the only private castle in England to have a queen buried within its grounds – Katherine Parr, the last of Henry VIII’s six wives. There is also the wooden fort and whizzing on the zip wire in the famed Adventure Playground, as well as tackling the brand new 10-piece assault course.
- There are also a number of Festivals that take place throughout the year including Wychwood, Greenbelt and new this year is Petlife and I am giving away a family ticket so do enter!
- Rococo Gardens is open all year and a lovely place to walk,, it is also dog-friendly.
- Gloucester is a Cathedral City and the Cathedral plays host to many events. It was also used in the filming of Harry Potter and there are dedicated tours for this.
Do let us know what else you enjoying doing in Cheltenham and Gloucester.