Spirit of Jazz
Cheltenham is the place to be if you like festivals, with the four main events – Jazz, Science, Music and Literature – all happening between May and October. Together these events attract more than 200,000 people, with the Jazz Festival being one of the UK’s premier music events.
In 2016, the dates of the four festivals are:
Cheltenham Jazz Festival – April 27 to May 2
Cheltenham Science Festival – June 7 to June 12
Cheltenham Music Festival – July 6 to July 17
Cheltenham Literature Festival – September 30 to October 8
For more information, as well as to book tickets for the festivals, visit www.cheltenhamfestivals.com or call 08448808094.
Previously known as the Cheltenham Folk Festival, Folk Three takes place at the Town Hall & Pittville Pump Room from February 12 to February 14 and features the best bands that the current UK folk scene has to offer, as well as a family-friendly afternoon ceilidh on the Saturday. Visit http://www.cheltenhamtownhall.org.uk/folkthree to find out more about the various packages and their prices.
A day at the races
When you mention festivals in Cheltenham, everyone thinks of the Cheltenham Festival of horse racing. In 2016 this huge 27-race event is set to run from March 15 to March 18, with the world-famous Gold Cup taking place on the Friday of March 18. In recent years as much as £500 million is gambled over this three-day event.
If you fancy a flutter, head to www.cheltenhamfestival.net to find out day ticket prices and to book.
Paradise for foodies
The Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival has grown in stature and reputation in recent years and 2016 promises to be great. It’s held in the Montpellier Gardens in the town centre and next year it’ll run from June 10 to June 12. Visitors can attend masterclasses, demonstrations and workshops, as well as live music and well-known chefs.
For information, head to www.cheltenham-food-festival.garden-events.com. The event organisers are actually in the process of asking enthusiasts to make suggestions to help them make next year’s festival the best ever, so get thinking!
Leaving the ground
The Royal International Air Tattoo is a hugely popular air event and is held at RAF Fairford every year. In 2016 the event will run from July 8 to July 10 and the 3,500-strong team of volunteers – many from the RAF – will be working hard to make the show a spectacular affair. There’s also challenges for budding engineers and a Vintage Village.
To find out more about the show, visit www.airtattoo.com for details and prices.