As part of the Heritage Open Days initiative, there are plans underway to open various buildings to the public where talks, tours, historical information will be presented to the public, when usually they are not accessible to the public eye. This is a list comprising all the buildings, tours, walks, and guides that will be available for the public this year.


“Meet the Author”

Location: Victory Club, Burlington House, Lypiatt Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2SY

Date: Thursday 13 September19.30 for 19.45

No Booking Required

Local Cheltenham authors David Elder, Neela Mann and Sue Jones give three talks about Cheltenham from three different view points pertaining to Women’s suffrage, World War 1 and the buildings which illustrate Cheltenham’s history.These three authors will be discussing their three books within a single talk to inform the general public about what happened in the buildings in these time periods.


“A Sunday Suffrage Stroll”

Location:The Cheltenham Trust, Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1QA

Date: Sunday 16 September 10:30 – 11:30

Booking Required

Walk through the town centre and explore Cheltenham through the suffragette movement of the remarkable women who lived here. The walk will explore some of the momentous places that tell of the key events and will be approximately an hour long. It is being led by Sue Jones, a local author.


All Saints’ Church, Cheltenham

Location: All Saints' Road, Pittville, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2HG

Date: Saturday 15th September 10:00- 16:00 and Sunday 16thSeptember 12:00 – 16:00

No Booking Required

All Saint’s Church is celebrating its 150th anniversary this year and due to the special event the church will be open to the public to participate in a trail. It is a perfect day out with the family, especially for those who would love to get to know more about the church where Gustav Holst was baptised.


Cambray Baptist Church

Location:Cambray Baptist Church, Cambray Place, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1JS

Date:

Friday 14 September 1000 - 1600 Mini organ recitals 1100 and 1500 Tours 1030 1130 1230 1330 1430 and 1530

Saturday 15 September 1000 - 1600 Mini organ recitals 1100 and 1500 Tours 1030 1130 1230 1330 1430 and 1530

Sunday 16 September 1300 - 1600 Talk 'The Great War and the YMCA' 1500 Tours 1330 and 1430 

No Booking Required

The grade 2 listed Baptist church was built in 1853 and boasts an impressive interior that many visitors have called “The TARDIS”. Tours around this church will show off the various periods of history and architecture, with music from World War 1 being played on the organ.


Chapel Arts

Location:Chapel Arts, Knapp Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3QQ

Date:

Thursday 13 September 10am-4pm
Friday 14 September: 10am-4pm
Saturday 15 September: 10am-4pm

No Booking Required

This refurbished church is now home to many art pieces and is also used as a venue for music, drama and small workshops. Visitors will learn about the history of the fist chapel built in the space in 1701 before it was demolished in 1819. The space was once again renovated in February 2017 to be able to accommodate the other church activities it hosts.


Cheltenham Bowling Club

Location:Cheltenham Bowling Club, Suffolk Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2DX

Date: Friday 14 September 1700-2000
Sunday 16 September 1200-1600

No Booking Required

The Cheltenham Bowling Club will be open to the public for only one weekend this September and is a golden opportunity to go and visit the Town’s oldest sporting club. Visitors might also be allowed to have a rare chance to play bowls, as long as the weather is fine.


Cheltenham College

Location: Cheltenham College , Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7LD

Date:

Saturday 15 September Tours of Chapel and the main buildings - 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00; Tours of Thirlestaine Long Gallery - 13:00

Pre-booking: Preferred
Booking Contact: Rachael Merrison
Email: archives@cheltenhamcollege.org
Booking opens: 16 July 2018 00:00
Booking closes: 15 September 2018 13:00

Cheltenham College has a diverse and rich history within the town and as a result it is celebrating 50 years of education and will be opening its doors to the public. Visitors will be allowed to hear talks on the First World War Alumni and understand how the Victorian School went from all-boys to all-girls .As well as the college being open Thirlestaine Long Gallery will also be opened, formerly created by Lord Northwick, to show off the many paintings it houses.


Cheltenham General Hospital

Location: Cheltenham General Hospital, Sandford Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7AN

Date:

Saturday 15 SeptemberTour 1400-1530
Sunday 16 SeptemberTour 1400-1530

Pre-booking: Required
Tour must be pre-booked and a ticket collected from The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3JT
Call: 01242 237 431
Booking opens: 20 July 2018 

A guided tour of the 19th Century building located on the Hospital site. The tour will include the architect, voluntary hospital system and how money was raised during the wars to help with expansion.


Cheltenham in the Great War

Location: ParmoorHouse , 13 Lypiatt Terrace, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2SX

Date: Saturday 15 September 1400

No Booking Required

Neela Mann will be giving a talk on the lives that were left behind at home during the Great War. This will include Belgian refugees, soldiers’ welcome home slippers and more.


Cheltenham Ladies’ College

Location: Cheltenham Ladies' College, Bayshill Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3EP

Date: Saturday 15 September 1300-1500, Tours 1300, 1400

Pre-booking: Required
The tour must be pre-booked (entry tickets must also be collected from the Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre office before the tour)
Booking Contact: Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre
Call: 01242 387492
Email: info@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk
Write to: The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3JT
Booking opens: 17 July 2018 09:30
Booking closes: 13 September 2018 17:00

An hour long walking tour which will show off the main college buildings, built in 1873, and the History of the College display room. The artistic and stylish interiors of the college show the powerful influence the arts and crafts movement had on the college, and what resulted from it.


Cheltenham Lido 

Location: Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7PU

Date:

Thursday 13 September 9:30 - 7:30

Friday 14 September 11:00 - 7:30 

Saturday 15 September 11:00 - 7:30 

Sunday 16 September 11:00 - 7:30 

No Booking Required

Wander around Cheltenham's 1930's Lido. Having been refurbished in 2006/07 the Lido has been successful in staying open due to the local community averting its closure. There will be a tour around all the facilities on site and also the plant room. 


Cheltenham Masonic Hall Open Day

Location:The Masonic Hall, Portland Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2PB

Date: Saturday 15 September 1000 – 1600

No Booking Required

This 19th century Masonic Hall is one of England’s oldest purpose-built masonic halls that is still in use today. Having been built nearly 200 years ago by George Underwood, the Grade 2 listed building still has most of it’s regency features and this also includes the organ from the 1700’s. The history of this wonderful building will be on full display the day it is open to the public.


Cheltenham Minster St. Mary & Bell Ringing Event

Location: Well Walk,, off Clarence Street., Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JX

Date:

Thursday 13 September 11.00-15.00 and 18.30-20.00 Bell event.
Friday 14 September 11.00-15.00
Saturday 15 September 10.00-17.00
Sunday 16 September 12.30-17.00 Tour and Talk 15.00

No Booking Required

The Minister is the oldest building in Cheltenham. Having been built in the medieval period, it is a Grade 2 listed building. All the bells in the minister have been replaced and another added in to make the practice suitable for new bell ringers. The bell ringing event will hopefully be shown upon a screen for those who do not want to climb the steep steps.


Cheltenham Playhouse

Location: 47-53 Bath Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7HG

Date: Sunday 16 12:00 - 4:00

No Booking Required 

A guided tour around the building and its many uses starting in 1806. The Cheltenham Playhouse has been a salt manufacture, steam mill and bakery, slipper baths, medicinal spa and a theatre (since 1945). Visitors will also be allowed to have a look around the swimming pool underneathe the auditorium. 


Cheltenham Synagogue

Location:Cheltenham Synagogue, Synagogue Lane, St James Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3PU

Date:

Thursday 13 September 18.00 - 19.00
Sunday 16 September 11.00 - 16.00

No booking Required

The Grade 2 Regency building will be showing off the rare glimpses of the oldest Ashkenazi furniture, from 1761, and prayer plaques. Talks will be given and members will be able to answer any questions visitors might have. A talk from Dr Geoffrey Moss about the psychological side of the bible will be held here too. (This talk will need pre-booking so please call 01242242724)


Cheltenham Town Hall

Location: The Cheltenham Trust, Town Hall, Imperial Square, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1QA

Date: Thursday 6 September 10.00-16.00

No Booking Required

The main attraction to Cheltenham’s heritage is the town hall which was built in the 20th century and was used for balls and large scale events. It is now used for the Cheltenham festivals, when extra space is required, throughout the year.  Volunteers will be available to ask any questions visitors might have about the Town hall.


Cheltenham’s Bath Road and The Suffolks – 200 Years of Trading History

Location:Norwood Arms, Leckhampton Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 0AX

Date: Friday 14 September 11.00

Pre-booking: Required
Pre-book and collect tickets.
Booking Contact: Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre
Go to: https://www.visitcheltenham.com/your-visit/cheltenham-tourist-information-centre-p1812373

The 90 minute guided walk will be starting outside the Norwood arms and go up the Bath Road and into the Suffolks and Great Norwood Street to show off the local shops and pubs within the area that might be tucked away from view. There will also be other notable buildings on display or will be pointed out.


Clarence Gardens

Location: John Dower House, Crescent Place, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3PG

Date:

Thursday 13 September 1100-1300 & 1400-1600
Friday 14 September 1100-1300 & 1400-1600
Saturday 15 September 1100-1300 & 1400-1600

No Booking Required

The restoration project to help with the re-establishment of Clarence Gardens will finally be shown off this year. Alongside John Dower House visitors can be expected to learn about the history of the Grade 2 listed building and how it once served as a police station.


Dean Close School - Historic Tours 2018

Location:Dean Close School, Shelburne Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 6HE

Date:

Thursday 13 September: 10am and 2pm
Saturday 15 September 10am

Pre-booking: Required
All tours need to be pre-booked. If you would like to join us at late notice and haven't booked, please call 01242 267439.
Booking Contact: Felicity Copp
Call: 01242 267439
Email: development@deanclose.org.uk
Go to: http://www.deanclose.org.uk/HeritageOpenDays
Write to: Dean Close School
Booking opens: 1 June 2018 09:00
Booking closes: 15 September 2018 09:00

A tour around one of Cheltenham’s most recognised schools, Dean Close is set upon 50 acres of land and this year it is celebrating 50 years of co-education. The school dates back to 1886 and was named after the Very Reverend Francis Close Dean of Carlisle. The tour around some of the older buildings in the school will show the depth and history the school has to offer.


Guided Walking Tour of Regency Cheltenham

Location:Tourist Information Centre at Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Date: Saturday 15 September 11.00

Pre-booking: Required
Entry to walk is by ticket only. Pre booking is essential.
Call: 01242 237431
Email: info@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk
Write to: Chelenham Tourist Information Centre (TIC), The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum Clarence Street GL50 3JT

A tour of the regency town with a blue badge tour guide to offer information of the architecture and history of the town.


History of Swindon Village

Location: St Larence Church, Church Road, Swindon Village, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9QR

Date: Sunday 16 September 14-00-16-00

No Booking Required

A 50 minute talk followed by a 40 minute walk on the History of Swindon Village and being able to see the central conservation, the Manor and the Hall. 


Holst Birthplace Museum 

Location: 4 Clarence Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2AY

Date: Thursday 13 September 10:00 - 5:00 

No Booking Required

The Holst Birthplace Museum is open all day and will be offering a 30 minute talk on "Gustav Holst's WW1: With the Salonika Forces" which is about Holst and his time with the YMCA in teaching music to troops. 


Holy Apostles Church, Charlton Kings

Location:Holy Apostles Church, London Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 6HW

Date:

Friday 14 September 2.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. (1400 to 1700)
Saturday 15 September 10.00 a.m. to 1.00 p.m. (1000 to 1300)

No Booking Required

The only Anglican Church to be named, it is also the very same church that inspired the book “Alice through the Looking Glass” by Lewis Carroll. The history of the church will be highlighted to visitors along with the various people who built it.


Normandy House

Location: Normandy House, 305-311 High Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL503FB

Date: Saturday 15 September Tours 1000 & 1100

Pre-booking: Required
Tour must be pre-booked and a ticket collected from Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre, The Wilson Art Gallery and Museum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham GL50 3JT
Booking Contact: CheltenhamTourist Information Centre
Call: 01242 237431
Booking opens: 21 July 2018 

Built in 1813 Normandy House was one of the earliest teacher training colleges for women. Having previously been a house for the wealthier landlords in Cheltenham it was converted into a hospital in 1839. In 1849 it was converted into a college. After that it fell into decline many years later and was closed down. It’s now being used as office blocks. 


Paradise Lost?

Location:Parmoor House, 12 Lypiatt Terrace, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2SX

Date: Sunday 16 September 14.00 

No Booking Required

A talk from Jim Markland as he discusses the various up’s and downs of the East India Company and what influence they made for the British Empire and the relationships they formed with India during long periods of mutiny and revolution.


Parmoor House

Location: 13 Lypiatt Terrace, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 2SX

Date: Saturday 15 September 1100-1600

Sunday 16 September 1100-1600

No Booking Required

The HQ of the Civic Society in Cheltenham, Parmoor House will be displaying exhibits from the Cotswold Centre for History and Heritage and will also include students from the University of Gloucestershire. These two bodies will be talking about the history of Cheltenham during world War 1 and “slum” clearing from the lower high street area.


Pittville Pioneers (1) - Mary Ann Scott & Mary Jane Briggs

Location: Lansdown House, Pittville Circus Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2QE

Date: Friday 14 September Talk 1000-1100

Pre-booking: Required
Tickets must be pre-booked and collected from Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre.
Call: 01242 237431
Write to: Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre, The Wilson, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JT
Booking opens: 21 July 2018 09:30
Booking closes: 12 September 2018 17:00

Talks on the adventurous lives of Mary Ann Scott, who was shipwrecked on the coast of New Zealand, and Mary Jane Briggs, who was Cheltenham’s first suffragist, and the various landscape surrounding Lansdown house.


Pittville Pioneers (2) - Dr Grace Billings & Florence Earengey

Location:No. 38 The Park, 38 Evesham Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 2AH

Date: Sunday 16 September 1400-1530

Pre-booking: Required
Call: 01242 237431
Write to: Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre, The Wilson, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JT
Booking opens: 21 July 2018 09:30
Booking closes: 14 September 2018 17:00

Talks on Dr Grace Billing’s, Cheltenham’s first female doctor, and Florence Earengey, Cheltenham’s leading suffrage campaigner. There will also be a look at No. 38 The Park and the beautiful setting surrounding the house, Pittville Park.


Pittville Pump Room

Location:Pittville Pump Room, East Approach Drive, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 3JE

Date: Thursday 6 September 10.00-16.00

No Booking Required

The only working spa in Cheltenham is located in Pittville pump room. The architecture and heritage is certainly something visitors would loveto experience and learn about their local history. Volunteers will be on site to discuss any questions visitors might have about the working Spa.


St Andrew’s United Reformed Church, Cheltenham

Location: St. Andrews United Reformed Church, Montpellier Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1SP

Date:Saturday 15 September 1000 – 1300

No Booking Required                                                         

The Gothic Church was built in 1886, enhanced in 1930 and renovated in 2017. It is the last Victorian church to have been built in Cheltenham and is originally Presbyterian. The Church hosts a selection of concerts and events within its walls.


St Christopher’s Church, Warden Hill

Location: Lincoln Avenue, Warden Hill, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 3DD

Date: Saturday 15 September Opens 1400, brief talks 1400, 1500 & 1600 and bell ringing demonstrations during the afternoon, closing 1700

No Booking Required

Ten stain glass windows based upon the parables will be on display in St Christopher’s Church. Talks and tours will be available and there might also be some bell ringing for visitors to listen to and enjoy.


St Luke’s Church, Cheltenham

Location: St Luke’s Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7JJ

Date:

Thursday 6 September 1200-1400
Friday 7 September 1200-1400
Saturday 8 September 1000-1500
Sunday 9 September 1200-1400
Thursday 13 September 1200-1600
Friday 14 September 1200-1600; Tour 1400
Saturday 15 September 1000-1500
Sunday 16 September 1200-1700; Tours 1400 & 1500

Pre-booking: Required
Guided tour must be prebooked
Booking Contact: Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
Call: 01242 237 431

Guided tours and galleries will be open to the public where the yarn bombing exhibition can be seen, reflecting the women in World War 1. Tours will be showing the North, South and West galleries and a trip up the spiral staircase. The Church also boasts stained glass windows, mosaics and wood carvings to entice the eye to a wonderful Church interior.


St Peter’s Church

Location: St. Peters Church, Tewkesbury Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL51 9AH

Date: Saturday 15 September 1400-1600

No Booking Required

A look at the World War 1 memorial that was renovated and is located in a Grade 2 listing church. The church itself is of a roman influence in terms of style and architecture. It is also the meet up point for charity work group The Rock.


Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

Location: Church Road, Leckhampton, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 0QJ

Date: Sunday 16 September 1:30 - 5:30 

Pre-booking: Required
Guided tour must be prebooked
Booking Contact: Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre (TIC)
Call: 01242 237 431


The New Club

Location: Atherstone Lawn, 2 Montpellier Parade, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1UD

Date:

Thursday 6 September Not Open
Friday 7 September Not Open
Saturday 8 September Not Open
Sunday 9 September Not Open
Thursday 13 September Not Open
Friday 14 September Not Open
Saturday 15 September 1400 - 1700. Last tour 1630
Sunday 16 September 1100 - 1600. Last tour 1530

No Booking Required

They first opened their doors in 1874 and used as a Gentleman’s only Club for those who had been a part of the higher ranks in the Army. Mainly used for those with stories to talk about the war that many people went through. The Club then allowed different professions and women into it’s doors before it was relocated in 1970.


The Wilson

Location: The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JT

Date: Thursday 6 September 9.30-19.45

No Booking Required

The Wilson is the home of many artworks and history based items where visitors can get an overall sense of the history Cheltenham has but also be able to experience something new and learn about famous faces and names from Cheltenham. Such people include Edward Wilson and Gustav Holst.


“Cheltenham Remembers: The story of the Cheltenham’s WW1 Painting”

Location: The Open Archive at The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JT

Date:

Thursday 13 September 10.00-12.00
Friday 14 September 10.00-12.00

No Booking Required

Author Neela Mann will be showing visitors the painting that the men of Cheltenham wished to portray and is part of the “Cheltenham Remembers” projects.


“Cheltenham Remembers: The story of the Cheltenham’s WW1 Painting” - Talk

Location: The Open Archive at The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JT

Date:

Saturday 8 September 11.00
Saturday 15 September 11.00

Pre-booking: Required
Booking Contact: Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre
Call: 01242 237431
Email: info@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk
Booking opens: 21 July 2018 10:00
Booking closes: 15 September 2018 10:00

Author Neela Mann will be showing visitors the painting that the men of Cheltenham wished to portray and is part of the “Cheltenham Remembers” projects. Mann talks about how the painting came to be and it is part of the official World War 1 memorial Painting.


“What did Cheltenham’s Women do in WW1?”

Location: The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum, Clarence Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 3JT

Date: Sunday 16 September 12.00

Pre-booking: Required
Booking Contact: Cheltenham Tourist Information Centre
Call: 01242 237431
Email: info@cheltenhamtrust.org.uk
Booking opens: 21 July 2018 10:00
Booking closes: 16 September 2018 12:00

Neela Mann gives a talk on the women and ladies who were associated with Cheltenham during World War 1. Mann talks about the effort that these women put into the war and how each building is associated to them.


If you would like to find out more for parking and accessibility for the venues above, please visit here for all information. There is also a brochure you can check out for full details. If you have any other queries or questions, then please contact Cheltenham Tourist Office who will be more than happy to help.

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