The town of Cheltenham in Gloucestershire is the host to several prestigious festivals that attracts celebrities and the public alike to its renowned Georgian features. It sits near, but not in, the Cotswold’s, though it does claim to be that area of outstanding natural beauties “cultural” capital which is a fair claim.
Set in and around the impressive Town Hall and the Imperial Gardens in the centre of the town the Literature festival is a mellow affair, set as it is in Autumn, the season of mellow fruitfulness and melancholic reflection. There are a few twists and surprises here and there to be found. 2017 saw a very open and frank Hillary Clinton discuss all things presidential election opening many eyes.
This jaunty festival runs in the summer in flaming July. Cheltenham once held the record for the hottest place in Britain, so it benefits from some clement weather conditions allowing for a lot of outdoor activities. There are the standard chamber arrangements but where else will you be able to hear the renowned and accomplished violinist Nigel Kennedy play the songs of Jimi Hendrix on a Stradivarius.
The town turns itself into a hotbed of discussion and new ideas as Scientists and the presenters of Science like Dara O’Brian come to the town. There are many opportunities that the public can be involved and even participate in the ongoing experiments that the scientists may have brought with them.
This is the big one and the most visited by far. 4 days of March are devoted to this racing extravaganza. Like the others, it is world recognised as being one of the most atmospheric and best to attend. Grab the latest mens designer shirts from EJ Menswear and head on down for a day you won’t forget.