Cheltenham-FestivalAll eyes turn to The Festival every March, the sporting highlight of the year!

The Festival runs for one week during March and builds up to the Cheltenham Gold Cup on the Friday. One of the highlights of the sporting calendar.

With combined ticket sales of over 150,000 the Jazz, Science, Music and Literature Festivals all boast enviable international reputations as leaders in their field.

With programming that features the most up-and-coming, controversial and entertaining international performers, the festivals have justly earned their place at the centre of the UK’s cultural scene.

Since the launch of the Music Festival in 1945 and the Literature Festival in 1949, Cheltenham has been at the forefront of contemporary British culture. With the introduction of the Jazz Festival in 1996 and the Science Festival in 2002 Cheltenham Festivals have secured a reputation for innovation and excellence.

Each festival is programmed by an artistic director, all of whom are leaders in their fields. A commitment to celebrating new work and young artists ensures that the festivals never stand still and continue to receive international coverage with audiences and performers drawn from across the world.

In addition there is a thriving education programme which aims to take the festivals out into schools and the community thus generating new audiences.

Welcome to the Festival Capital of England…

Every year Cheltenham is host to over twenty festivals including Music, Literature, Food and Drink, The Performing Arts and of course, the world famous Gold Cup Racing Festival in March.

Our impressive programme events and Festivals attract performances by internationally renown artists and all festivals both big and small are held through out the year to make this one the of the UK’s destinations for celebrating arts and entertainment in all its guises.

Alongside the Main Festivals there is an exciting range of events such as Heritage Open Days, the regular Farmers Market, the monthly Arts and Craft Markets and the summer open air Art exhibition.

Discover what Cheltenham’s events and Festivals have to offer. Our calendar of events will help you plan your visit:

1. Literature Festival

2. Music Festival

3. Science Festival

4. Gold Cup

5. Jazz Festival

6. Wychwood

7. Cricket Festival

8. Poetry Festival

9. Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts

10. Design Festival

11. Ballroom Festival

12. Food and Drink Festival

13. Comedy festival

14. Paws in the Park

15. Open Air Arts Exhibition

16. Cheese Rolling

17. Heritage Open days

18. FAB – Fashion and Beauty Festival

19. Ukulele Festival

20. The Open Festival

21. The Showcase Festival

22. Festival Trials day

23. Midsummer Fiesta

24. The International

25. The Hunter Chase

For more information on the annual Cheltenham Festivals, Visit Cheltenham Festivals website:

For more information on horse racing Fixtures and events at The Centaur, visit Cheltenham Racecourse website: