Over the years Cheltenham has gained the reputation of being a ‘festival town’ of international repute, hosting cricket, performing arts, folk, jazz, literature and music festivals as well as the Gold Cup and Steeplechase race meetings. So successful is Cheltenham that with 93 festival days every year, one day in four is a festival day.
Cheltenham's elegant baroque Town Hall, set among the colourful gardens of Imperial Square, is the home of Cheltenham's major festivals. It stages
an impressive concert programme, featuring both classical and contemporary
music, plus comedy, dance, exhibitions, antiques, crafts and collectors' fairs.
Another venue for Cheltenham's countless festivals is The Everyman Theatre. Apart from its regular repertoir, it hosts Cheltenham Festival of Literature, Cheltenham Festival of Science and many other special events.
Cheltenham racecourse is renown for its Gold Cup, which takes place in March. And in the summer it becomes a place to go to listen to the music, Greenbelt Festival and Wychwood Festival are among the ones hosted there.