Housed in gorgeous wooden chalets which create a sense of magic and wonder, Cheltenham's Christmas Market pops up mid-November, under the Christmas lights on the Promenade. It runs until 15th December and features 40 stalls selling a wide range of Christmas gifts, crafts, food and drink in a unique Christmas Market atmosphere. Enjoy a glass of Gluwine and a bratwurst while you wander and browse along the rows of stalls
Dates - 22 Nov 2018 - 15 Dec 2018
Conveniently located between the Roman city of Gloucester and the Regency town of Cheltenham, Gloucestershire Airport, Staverton occupies a well connected location. With only a 3 minute drive from the M5 and A40, the Midlands and South West are all within easy reach. Whether you’re chartering private flights or booking a package holiday, fly from Gloucestershire. From a calm and serene hot air balloon flight to a thrilling wing walk, you’ll be spoilt for choice for once in a lifetime gifts for that special person. Take the aircraft controls for a trial flying lesson or put on goggles and a flying jacket and feel the wind in your hair as you soar over the Cotswolds in a vintage bi-plane. Memories that will last a lifetime.
The Airport is a 5 minute walk away & 2minutes in the car .
Cheltenham is at the heart of almost every aspect of Jump racing. This is the place where owners, trainers, jockeys, stable staff and breeders dream of having winners. It's the place where the most important races are run. This is where many stars of the future go through the sale ring. But most of all, this is the place where the equine and human champions forge their reputations. As always, there is much to look forward to in the season, with 16 exciting days of top class Jump racing. Hundreds of thousands of racing fans come to Cheltenham every year, but you don't need to be an expert to make lasting memories. The wide variety of experiences range from the relaxed feel of the meetings in October and April, to the heady excitement of The November Meeting and the family fun of New Year's Day.
A warm welcome awaits you at Gloucester Cathedral - one of the finest medieval buildings in the country and the burial place of royalty. Trace 1000 years of architectural styles from Norman through Perpendicular to the present day where our team of stonemasons are still carving and casting. The extraordinary fan-faulted medieval cloisters and Great East Window are national treasures and the Lady Chapel houses some of the finest Arts & Crafts glass in the country. A glorious sacred space with a superb musical tradition and daily worship, the cathedral is open each day from 8am until Evensong. Cathedral Gift Shop Monday - Friday 10am - 5pm (4.30pm in winter) Saturday 10am - 4.00pm Sunday 11.45am - 2.45pm - Image thanks to Kevin Lewis
We celebrate Gloucestershire’s rich aviation heritage from the early days of flight, through the birth of the Jet Age to the present day. Jet Age Museum is staffed only by volunteers, some of whom flew in aircraft we have on display. Come and visit, ask questions and learn about the history of aviation in Gloucestershire and beyond. We aim to preserve the past and inspire the future. The Jet Museum is 5 minutes away .
The former dock estate has become a popular free destination where visitors can enjoy interesting views and a range of modern facilities while wandering around a remarkably complete example of a Victorian port. Views include many fine warehouses and other dock-related buildings that have been found new uses. Where ships once discharged their cargoes, there is now an ever-changing miscellany of visiting narrow boats, smart motor cruisers and the occasional yacht or tall ship. The whole area is suitable for wheel-chairs.
The Gloucestershire Warwickshire Railway is a volunteer operated heritage railway in Gloucestershire and Worcestershire offering a round trip of 28 miles. It uses part of the route of the former Great Western Railway's main line from Birmingham to Cheltenham which used to run via Stratford-upon-Avon. It now operates steam and heritage diesel trains between Cheltenham Racecourse and Broadway through some of the most spectacular scenery in the Cotswolds. The line commands wonderful views of the nearby sleepy hamlets and villages, with outstanding outlooks across to the Malvern Hills and beyond.
A cultural centre of international repute, Cheltenham provides a wide range of entertainment for visitors to enjoy, including excellent theatre, music, dance and comedy. Gustav Holst, the composer of The Planets Suite, was born here and a visit to the Holst Birthplace Museum is highly recommended. Famous people to have visited Cheltenham include Handel, Samuel Johnson, the Duke of Wellington, Princess Victoria, Lord Byron and Jane Austen. Cheltenham is a place of fine regency buildings, wide tree-lined avenues,beautiful parks, scenic lakes, spacious lawns and manicured gardens.
This ancient castle has been preserved and gradually transformed from a savage Norman fortress into a truly stately home with a wealth of treasures, paintings by English and Dutch masters, tapestries, furniture of an interesting diversity, silver and porcelain. Highlights of the castle are the massive Norman Keep with the Dungeon and the cell where King Edward II was murdered in 1327, the Picture Gallery, the Dining Room, the medieval Buttery and Kitchens, the Historic Great Hall and the magnificent State Apartments. The castle is surrounded by sweeping lawns and terraced Elizabethan Gardens with many rare plants, with a lily pond and with Queen Elizabeth I's bowling green. Before or after a visit to the Castle there are the delights of the Butterfly Farm set in the walled garden adjacent to the car park.
Goodrich Castle is the most complete medieval castle in Britain, despite its turbulent history. Built on a rocky outcrop with exhilarating views over the Wye Valley, it gives a fascinating insight into fortress life seven centuries ago. There's a 12th century keep to explore, along with the chapel and a maze of small rooms and passageways. It's possible to climb the ramparts, peer through defensive 'murder holes' and, with the help of the free audio tour, learn all about the famous Civil War Siege. 'Roaring Meg' - the gun that destroyed the castle - is also there to be seen. General Information:Parking, Toilets, Audio tour including disabled versions, Souvenir guide book, Free children's activity sheet and Limited disabled access.