50 things to do in Cheltenham (part 2)

Cheltenham's Holst MuseumContinuing our journey through Cheltenham in Part Two of 50 things to do in Cheltenham guide, we have selected another eclectic mix that should provide a great day out for everyone. Whether you love the countryside, history, shopping, dining out, hot coffee and cool conversation you will have plenty of ideas to choose from. Cheltenham is blessed in its location as not only does the town offer numerous attractions and things to do, but also within a mile or so of the town, you can find more entries in our 50 things to do in Cheltenham guide. Whatever the weather, Cheltenham is the perfect spot to find something interesting to do. (Part 1 of the guide is here)

Our Completely Random Guide of 50 Things to do in Cheltenham Part Two

  • 14. Rockcliffe House, Cheltenham – This wonderful sloping garden and was laid out by Graham Stuart Thomas in 1976. There is an acre and a half of pleasant walks, walled kitchen garden, two lakes, many ornamental trees and shrubs, and a Holy well. Note that the walled garden will not be open in 2013 sadly due to some reconstruction work
  • 15. Eyford House Country Show – Keep the date for future reference, 30th June. This friendly country show is perfect for all the family and there is nothing more English than a day at the local show watching glossy fat ponies, noble hunters and show jumpers compete for rosettes and prizes. The sideshows are great fun and this show offers crafts, stalls, fun fair rides, children’s entertainment, activities and more than likely candyfloss and toffee apples. There is a qualifying class for Crufts dog show, which will be fiercely contended by the pooches and plenty of fun in the dog show where the waggiest tail often reaps rewards winning a ribbon and bag of dog food!
  • 16. The Home of Gustav Holst – This famed son of Cheltenham was born in Clarence Street in 1874. The composer who wrote the iconic Planet Suite left a legacy of classical music that is revered and loved. His birthplace is now a museum that has Holst memorabilia and an exhibition of life “below stairs”.
  • 17. Cheltenham Race Course – This racecourse is famous for the iconic Cheltenham Gold Cup, the holy grail of jump racing. Cheltenham is swamped by visitors during the March meeting so if not a racegoer, this week may be best avoided to visit the town. However, if you fancy a day at the races, there are many other fixtures throughout the year at the course.
  • 18. Statue of Edward Wilson – The Municipal Offices in Cheltenham were originally private homes that were built in 1825. Opposite these buildings is a statue of Edward Wilson, a local Cheltenham man who was part of the ill-fated expedition to the South Pole led by Captain Scott. Stay and ponder awhile what it must have felt like to be an early though tragic pioneer.
  • 19. The Promenade, Cheltenham – The Promenade has a reputation as England’s most beautiful streets. It is a tree lined wide boulevard with imposing, magnificent architecture flanking each side of the street. A stroll down this street is a fabulous way to pass the time and with a stop for cappuccino and a snack, it is a great way to spend a morning.
  • 20. Hall of Fame Museum – Attached to Cheltenham Race course, this museum charts the history of jump racing and is ideal for racing enthusiasts and horse lovers. It is open on days when the racing is not.
  • 21. Walks With Hawks – This unique attraction allows you to take owls and other types of hawk out flying. If you have ever fancied a bird of prey perching on you hand then this is the place to visit. The birds are first class and their welfare is paramount.
  • 22. The Brewery – This interesting building conversion is a shopping centre with a variety of super restaurants and a great atmosphere. Apart from the many dining options, there is a fitness club and a play area for children. It is family friendly and a great rainy day option.
  • 23. The Screening Rooms – Going to the pictures does not get better! Also located at The Brewery, The Screening Rooms is a luxury film going experience that starts the moment you step through the doors. There is a bar and snack service (no pick and mix here!) and when you are ready a concierge will show you to your luxury armchair seat. There is also an in-seat service where before the film, drinks and snacks are brought to you in your seat. Sounds great!

Visitors to Cooks Green Cottage always remark on the wealth of things to do yet also love the fact that the peaceful countryside can be enjoyed far away from the madding crowd.

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