Throughout the year there are plenty of unique events and festivals held in the city of Cheltenham.

During a long weekend every February since 1996, the Cheltenham Folk Festival takes over the city.  Held in the town hall, this unique mid winter event is all about music and dance, all with the common theme of folk.

In April/May Cheltenham hosts the annual Budvar Cheltenham Jazz Festival and in June The Times Cheltenham Science Festival.

For two weeks during the middle of summer (the first half of July in 2008), the city holds its HSBC Cheltenham Music Festival.  This is an event that focuses on the musical styles of one particular nation.  Russian music was the theme in 2005 and Scottish music in 2006.  For these two weeks there are many concerts and performances held in venues indoors and out.  For those who want to get involved, the festival offers musical workshops.    

In autumn 2012 The Times Cheltenham Literature Festival will welcome over 600 of the world's finest creative and political minds in 10 days of thought-provoking discussion and debate. Now in its 63rd year, Cheltenham welcomes an extraordinarily varied line-up of writers, actors, poets and politicians including Nobel Peace Prize winner Kofi Annan, screen icon Roger Moore, author Ian McEwan and exploring legend Michael Palin.  Inspired by the theme People:Power the programme is a feast of debate, discussion and entertainment – led by three outstanding Guest Directors: Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, journalist and writer Joan Bakewell and historian Peter Hennessy. 

For younger readers, Book It! offers fun, exciting and surprising events every day of the Festival. Fireman Sam, Peter Rabbit, Elmer and Spot will all be making appearances alongside outstanding children’s authors Jacqueline Wilson, Terry Pratchett, Anthony Horowitz, Eoin Colfer and Judith Kerr.

Event Dates:                 5th October 2012 – 14th October 2012

Event Location:            Cheltenham Town Hall and Imperial Square (GL50 1QA)
                                         Montpellier Gardens (GL50 1UD)

Booking details:           Tickets are available on 0844 880 8094 or online at

For more information on these, and many other year round happenings, visit the Cheltenham Festival and Event Listings page.