The stunning Cotswold escarpment sits alongside the buzz of Cheltenham. With views across the River Severn and beyond, the hills offer delights for walkers, climbers or just those who like to get away from the bustle of towns and cities, while Cheltenham satisfies the need for a livelier pace.
Out on the town
From designer boutiques to hidden shopping precincts, Cheltenham offers some excellent opportunities for the fashion conscious, while towns such as Stroud and Cirencester offer locally produced crafts and markets. With pubs and clubs that cater to all tastes around Cheltenham and Gloucester, live music of all genres is never far away.
Family days out
When the weekend comes, there is plenty to explore. From miniature villages and farm parks to national arboretums and the historic docks and roman remains, there really is something for everyone.
Take it all in
With festivals, sports and culture to choose from, there is always something to see in and around the Cotswolds. World class festivals attract some of the best international talent to Cheltenham every year, premiership rugby can be watched at Kingsholm Stadium in Gloucester and the Everyman Theatre in Cheltenham welcomes fantastic plays and shows throughout the year.
The great, the good and even the legendary are often seen when Cheltenham’s jazz festival is livening things up. With a selection of stages and free events every day, it’s a great line-up of live music for the beginner to the jazz fanatic!
World renowned authors and celebrities regularly attend the literature festival and a whole host of talks, workshops and discussions can be found across the festival. Again, catering to all ages, children’s favourite authors will also usually be found discussing characters and stories with their readers.
Cheltenham boasts some exciting and innovative scientific businesses, and the annual Science festival attracts national and international speakers talking about every aspect of science, with fantastic interactive exhibits for all ages.
Established in 1945, Cheltenham's Music Festival features seasoned performers across all sorts of genres including chamber music, orchestral, international, opera, world music, visual art, classic premiers and so much more.
Cheltenham is home to the climax of the entire jump racing season, the Cheltenham Festival, with the Gold Cup the highlight of what is argued to be the best day’s racing of the year.
In the Cotswolds, you have premiership rugby on your doorstep. Kingsholm is home to Gloucester’s mighty Cherry and Whites, and was a venue for the Rugby World Cup in 2015.
Dating from an early abbey in the 7th century, Gloucester’s cathedral boasts more than 1,000 years of history, including the tomb of King Edward II. More recently, it was used as a principle filming location for the Harry Potter films, representing parts of Hogwarts.
Whatever your preference, the Everyman welcomes audiences for comedy, drama, musicals and opera as well as producing its own family pantomime every Christmas.
Schools & Education
Cheltenham offers a large number of schools with outstanding OFSTED ratings, and results to match. Choose from first rate state schools, excellent grammar schools and a number of private education settings, the Cotswolds will look after all your educational needs.
Find schools in Gloucestershire
With such a fantastic range of schools in the region, we simply cannot list them all here. For further information on your family’s educational options, please use the Government school comparison tool.Find Schools
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