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Cheltenham – the UK’s heart for cultural festivals

Cheltenham may be often seen as a sleepy little town tucked between Bristol and Birmingham allowing convenient access to the dreamy Cotswolds.  Some might say not a lot happens in Cheltenham…until the festivals come to town, of course.

Cheltenham Festivals was inspired to give everyone access to a world where they can enjoy culture and its series of four key festivals across the year, and it continues to grow and grow year on year selling over 200,000 tickets annually.  Most of the festivals have their hub right in the heart of the town in Imperial Gardens, directly opposite The Queens Hotel.  The Queens Hotel is often regarded as festival HQ for many visitors to the area and we are proud to be a key partner in kind to the festival organisers.

Here we take you through some of the key highlights to look out for in the 2023/2024 programme.



Jazz Festival – a review of 2023

So, the Jazz Festival has been and gone already. A six-day music extravaganza at the end of April.  It was reported that its curator; Gregory Porter would be performing for the last time so he took to the stage with American vocalist Lizz Wright to light up the festival.  Other significant acts included Mika and his flamboyant set, Will Young, Tommy Blaize (lead vocal of the Strictly Come Dancing band) and Tony Hadley.

Damien Lewis, who you may know from blockbuster TV shows such as Billions and Homeland appeared on stage fronting his new band with a mix of blues and rock ‘n’ roll tracks.

Whilst we will miss the music and the incredible line-up for the next few months, dates for the 2024 festival have already been released and we will be boogying all over again next year from 1-6 May.  Hopefully we will see you there.

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Fun for all the family

The world’s most fascinating scientists, thought-leaders and creators come together during Cheltenham’s Science Festival – taking place in 2023 from 6 – 11 June. No subject is off limits when it comes to discussing all things scientific and futuristic.  There are hundreds of events taking place across the town and this year’s theme is ‘Be the Change’, with a number of events exploring mental wellbeing, human behaviours and sustainability.

There are free interactive zones where kids of all ages (and big kids) can play on arcade games from across the decades, learn how to code a robot and a multisensory maze to test all the sense of the body. Listen to guest speakers like BBC broadcaster and doctor Chris van Tulleken talk about processed foods, what they are doing to our bodies and why exercise and willpower alone cannot save us.

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Let there be music

Now in its 78th year, the Cheltenham Music Festival will once again bring the town alive to celebrate the whole spectrum of classical music across eight days from 8th – 15th July 2023.  Showcasing the very best emerging and established talent, the event will profile 40 living composers and include five world premieres.

From the opening concert performed by the City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra through to the ground breaking Manchester Collective and a return from the Clarice Singers, the town is filled with wonderful live performances and music experiences.

As part of the festival promise, there will be a series of events educating younger children on the magic of classical music.  Family events include an interactive musical experience with City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra to explore Oliver Jeffers “The Way back Home” and the Gloucestershire Youth Orchestra will perform in front of hundreds of KS1 and KS2 pupils at the Concert for Schools.

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Bookworms ready…?

The Cheltenham Literature Festival is one of the largest events in the festival calendar. With worldwide recognition and sponsored by The Times, the festival spans 10 days from 7th – 16th October 2023.  Hundreds of ticketed and free events take place across the town for the whole family supported by leading writers, new authors and high profile speakers.

This year’s programme is still being finalised but last year saw prolific writers like Stephen King, Celeste Ng (writer of Amazon Prime adapted series Little Fires Everywhere) and 2007 Booker prize winner Anne Enright attend the festival alongside stars of screen and stage such as Rylan Clarke, Jarvis Cocker and Stanley Tucci.

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So what are you waiting for? Stay at The Queens Hotel during Cheltenham Festivals and be in the heart of all the action. Click here to explore the hotel and to book your stay.

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