The snapshot series:
The snapshot series does exactly as it says on the tin – it gives a short introduction to places where Magellan personnel have visited under four main headings – Where is it, Why Visit, When should I go and Anything Else. As with all towns and cities, there is so much more to do and see than we have listed.
Where is it?
Cheltenham is a famous Regency Spa town – the perfect place from which to explore the Cotswolds and even Bath – it’s less than 100 miles from London. It’s heyday was the 18th and 19th centuries when it was known as a pleasure health resort for wealthy visitors. This architectural legacy has left behind a very attractive and stylish town which is easily walkable and very pleasant. Indeed, Cheltenham constantly wins awards for being an ideal place to live and bring up a family.
If you love Regency architecture, then it’s a no-brainer. It is also a good base for exploring the area with medieval Tewkesbury and Gloucester within a half hour’s drive and the Cotswolds, a little further. For the racing fraternity, Cheltenham Racecourse’s famous festivals are a must visit, especially for the Gold Cup. There’s a boating lake in Pittville Park, a 1930s style outdoor lido, The Wilson Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum and the Holst Museum as Gustav was born here and unsurprisingly there’s also a statue of him in the town.
When should I go there?
It’s an anytime town but if you love a festival, there’s quite a few to enjoy in Cheltenham – the key four being Jazz, Science, Music and Literature. There’s also design, poetry, folk, ukulele, cricket, food and drink, comedy, ballroom and latin dance festivals among others. No wonder Visit Cheltenham call themselves the Cultural Centre for the Cotswolds! There’s a separate website dedicated just to festivals due to their popularity.
Visit the Queen’s Hotel, Cheltenham, a town landmark which is being refurbished and relaunched this Autumn as one of only three MGallery hotels in the UK. The above collage shows the detail of the bar – a gift to Cheltenham’s former resident, Sir Charles Napier – and the new look restaurant and conservatory overlooking the hotel’s gardens, named in his honour.
Finally, a little known fact borrowed from Frank Barrett of the Mail on Sunday – the late Brian Jones, guitarist for the Rolling Stones, is buried in Cheltenham.
Contributor & photographer: Sue Lowry.
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