Shopping in Cheltenham
Cheltenham High Street Shopping
Naturally falling into quarters, shopping in Cheltenham is a key activity. Well known High Street brands jostle for position in Cheltenham High Street, which is mainly pedestrianised. The former Beechwood Shopping Centre will see John Lewis opening their newest flagship store in the near future, which will no doubt be a popular addition to Cheltenham's retail offering. There are plans, too, for development of a new leisure quarter in the town.
Many cultural shopping districts offer an independent shopping experience, many still displaying evidence of the town's regency architecture.
Here you will find the local well established department store, Cavendish House and newer up to the minute fashion stores nestling alongside scrumptious eating places such as Huffkins, for tea and cakes, or the alfresco dining area at Cafe Rouge.
Wandering along the wide leafy Promenade has a distinctly Continental feel, giving a relaxed shopping experience. As well as higher end boutiques, you can find vintage shop Cath Kidston and more specialist shops, including antique jewellers, shoes and a camera shop. Popular names such as Joules, Monsoon and East can also be found on The Promenade.
Montpellier and The Suffolks
Montpellier is set at the end of the Promenade just after Imperial Gardens. Shopping here is in individually styled shops and boutiques with everything from clothes to homeware, and a dance shop sit side by side in Regency buildings with restaurants and a wine bar to give this quarter of the town a real village feeling to the Cheltenham shopping experience.
On Montpellier Walk, you will find a line of Caryatids (modelled on The Acropolis in Athens) at the side of every shop alongside a feast of cafes with alfresco dining, a deliciously continental feel to the area.
The Suffolks have become popular for antiques, homewares or individual specialist shops. Home to a restaurant in a church and one which used to be an art deco cinema, this quarter has an artistic appeal all of its own.
Forming a quarter of the town, for the local community and visitor alike, shopping in Bath Road has something for everyone from ironmongery, shoes and health food to clothes and gift shops. Added to which are banks, a supermarket, pubs, cafes and restaurants for that all-round local shopping experience if you want to try a different experience to town centre shopping in Cheltenham.
The Brewery and Beyond
The Brewery Quarter is home to Cineworld with IMAX, and luxury film experience at The Screening Rooms, together with many well known branded restaurants, fitness rooms, ten-pin bowling and the opportunity to have family fun at the Play Farm.
If you want to park right outside your store of choice, maybe buying bigger items, you can try the shopping areas of Kingsditch or Gallagher Retail Parks on the Tewkesbury Road.
Two events now geared to tie in with shopping are Cheltenham Fashion Week and the Fashion & Beauty Festival. Check out the other festivals and events and stay a few days to take in all Cheltenham has to offer, from attractions to food and drink.