Cheltenham without the Cheltenham Festival!

Everything has been a little different this year. Our new normal involves wearing masks, staying 2 metres apart, zoom calls, working from home and the dreaded home schooling. Sporting events such as the Rugby 6 Nations and football matches have been played in front of empty stadiums and this month, the prestigious Cheltenham Festival will be held behind closed doors with no spectators allowed.

But light is at the end of the tunnel. The government has announced the UK’s pathway out of the pandemic with the easing of restrictions –

The vaccination programme has been hugely successful, and with the general public also playing their part by obeying the rules such as staying at home and not mixing with others, case numbers are reducing.

One key date is the 29th of March where groups of up to 6 people or 2 families can finally meet up, all be it outdoors, but it is a sign that better things are on the way and that with a fair wind we will hopefully be living without restrictions in the not too distant future.

Although the Cheltenham Festival 2021 will be over and done with, what can you look forward to doing in and around Cheltenham when we’re allowed to?

afternoon tea

Afternoon Tea

An afternoon tea in Cheltenham is surely one of the best ways to treat yourself and your friends during your stay in this beautiful historic town. Enjoy the lovely combination of both sweet and savoury delicacies all washed down with a traditional pot of tea or a glass of bubbles for an extra special treat. The perfect, quintessentially British way to relax, indulge and spoil yourself as you while away the afternoon.

The Brewery Quarter

Once afternoon tea is done, you can turn your attention to planning an evening of entertainment. If you’re feeling rather full why not chill out and watch a film at the 14-screen state of the art Cineworld cinema, or if you fancy expending a little more energy head over to the Hollywood Bowl for a game of bowling. If cocktails are more your style The Botanist will be right up your street where live music is played every night and wonderful, unusual concoctions are crafted by the resident botanists. You can view their website and reopening plans by following the link –


Pittville Park

If you need some fresh air a visit to the stunning Pittville Park and Pump Room will clear away any cobwebs. Built in 1825 it is the largest ornamental park in Cheltenham and also features a magnificent pump room and lakes. The Pittville Pump Room is the grandest spa building in Cheltenham and overlooks the sweeping lawns and ornamental lakes. There are plenty of places to wander. Take time out to meander down glorious footpaths, surrounded by beautiful borders full of flowers and shrubs. For those looking for a little more activity why not hire a boat on the lake or wield a golf club at the pitch and putt course.