It's that time to wrap up warm again as Autumn offically arrives in Cheltenham. Find out all the gruesome details for a spooky season, walk the golden tree lined streets at Cheltenham's markets and explore all the special events running in this colourful month... 


October Event Highlights...

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Date: 5- 14 October 2018

Location: Montpellier Gardens, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, Gl50 1UW (+ various ticketed venues)

Every autumn Cheltenham is transformed into a literary lovers dream - over 600 of the finest writers, actors, politicians, and poets celebrate the joy of books. There are still a few tickets available to select events, plus there's more than 80 free events happening that you can just turn up and enjoy.

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Free ...around town programme...

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Archaeological dig at Sudeley Castle

Date: 13-14 October 2018

Location: Sudeley Castle, Winchcombe, Near Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL54 5JD

Experts from 'Dig Ventures' spend a 'dirty weekend' uncovering a long-lost tudor garden and banqueting house in the beautiful grounds of Sudeley Castle, spectactors are invited to join tours throughout the weekend.

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Sandford Park Lido Dog Swim

Date: 13-14 October 2018

Location: Sandford Parks Lido, Keynsham Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL53 7PU

Just before the lido is drained for the winter your four legged friends can take a dip. This tail-wagging, fun-filled paddling session is a great day out and so much fun!

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Sandford Park Lido Dog Swim 2018


Other top picks:

Dracula

Date: 1-6 October 2018

Location: Everyman Theatre, Regent Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1HQ

Experience a completely reimagined version of the famous story of Dracula at the Everyman Theatre. Described as a 'monumental, genre defining classic' this spine-chilling play from the London's West End and Broadway is an intense and spellbindingly addictive evening. 

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International Street Market

Date: 4-7 October 2018

Location: Promenade House, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1PJ

With dozens of stalls positioned on the Promenade, take a trip around the world with Eastern sweets, French baked goods, crepes, paella, curry, cheeses and olives. 

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An Inspector Calls

Date: 9-13 October 2018

Location: 7-10 Regent Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 1HQ

Winning more awards than any other production in history, this popular thriller is a must-see for a new generation of theatre-goers. 

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Christmas Gift Fair

Date: 18-21 October 2018

Location: The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH

Get your Christmas shopping done early with this fair that has more than 150 retailers under one roof. The perfect collection of gifts...

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Christmas Gift and Fashion Fair

Broadcast: Funny Girl – The Musical

Date: 24 October 2018

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

Featuring Sheridan Smith, the critcally acclaimed musical Funny Girl is a semi-biographical based on Broadway Star Fanny Brice and her relationship with entrepreneur Nick Arnstein.

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Keep the home fires burning

Date: 25 October 2018 

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

Based on true events, experience an unforgettable journey through the forgotten melodies of World War One in this brand new musical, featuring the songs of the Great War, including Pack Up Your Troubles, Hush Here Comes A Whizzbang!, Oh It's A Lovely War, Long Way to Tipperary, Forward Joe Soap's Army, When This Lousy War Is Over, Keep The Home Fires Burning and Goodbyeee.

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Keep the Home Fires Burning

The Showcase

Date: 26-27 October 2018

Location: Cheltenham Racecourse, Prestbury Park, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4SH

The National Hunt season begins in the winter months as we celebrate the best of the West where trainers will bring their most promising stars to Cheltenham Races. 

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Halloween

Of course, we cannot do an event guide without a mention of Halloween. There's too many events to list here individually, so we've put together a handy Halloween Guide right here...

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