A Year in Cheltenham

2018 has been an excellent year for the town of Cheltenham with our annual events exceeding expectations and visitors from far and wide enjoying all the town has to offer.

The 2019 events calendar for Cheltenham is also set to be full to the brim with exciting events including our annual racing fixtures, our prestigious events and much more! Plan your next visit to Cheltenham with our handy 2019 Cheltenham Dates for your Diary!

Regency architecture of Cheltenham

2019 Dates for your Diary

Racing in Cheltenham

Dates: Multiple dates throughout 2019

There are plenty of racing events in Cheltenham to keep your diary full. Check out the key dates below:

The FestivalTM presented by Magners | 12th – 15th March 2019

The highlight of the Jump season with an atmosphere that will make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up. The Festival™ epitomises and encompasses everything that is great about Jump racing so be sure to join the party in 2019!

Champion Day | 12th March 2019

Let the roar commence on day one of The Festival™. As the tapes rise for the opening of this iconic meeting, horsemen and racegoers alike celebrate as the 12-month wait is over and racing’s favourite fixture is back.

Ladies Day | 13th March 2019

Sporting grace and glamour, be bold, don your best silks and add a splash of colour on Ladies Day 2019.

St Patrick’s Thursday | 14th March 2019

Celebrate St Patrick’s Day on day three of The Festival. It is a typically Irish affair with plenty of tradition available in the Guinness Village plus racegoers are treated to authentic music around the course throughout the day.

The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup | 15th March 2019

Last but most certainly not least, where champions are crowned and history is made during the closing day of The Festival™.

Tickets go on sale for The Festival™ & The Magners Cheltenham Gold Cup 2019 on Monday 19th March 2018. 

Horse jumping at Cheltenham Racecourse

Other Racing Fixtures for 2019

Festival Trials Day | 26th January 2019

The April Meeting | 17th – 18th April 2019

Race Night | 3rd May 2019

Cheltenham Festivals

Date: Multiple dates throughout 2019

Cheltenham is known as the Festival Town and we are very proud of our exciting festival calendar. We are expecting 2019 to be bigger and better than ever with our favourites returning to the town.

The Cheltenham Jazz Festival | 1st - 6th May 2019

The Jazz Festival will be back in early May bringing with it some extra cool vibes as the early names for the Cheltenham Jazz Festival have been announced and there's lots more to come.

The Cheltenham Science Festival | 4th – 9th June 2019

One of the highlights of the year is the Science Festival! With lots of science-y experimental fun (and not to mention slime) it is perfect for the whole family to enjoy.

The Cheltenham Music Festival | 5th – 14th July 2019

Consistently delivering splendid music for every taste, the Music Festival is the perfect summer event to have in your diary and is a great excuse to get together with a group of friends.

The Cheltenham Literature Festival | 4th – 13th October 2019

It is the oldest and largest festival in the world and we hold it close to our hearts. The Literature Festival is popular with all ages from budding readers to fully fledged bookworms alike.

Cheltenham Literature Festival

Boutique Independent Sale

Date: Sunday 27th January 2019

The third annual Cheltenham Boutique Sale will return in the New Year with luxury goods available at enticing sale prices of up to 75% off. This unique event attracts some of Cheltenham’s best-known boutiques including Keith Scarrott Shows, Beards Jewellers and more.

Light Up Cheltenham

Date: 3rd - 24th February 

Following the successful launch back in February 2018, the Light Up Cheltenham event will be back to brighten up our town in 2019.

The event will see landmark buildings throughout the town lit up in dazzling colours during February Half-Term. It also provides the perfect romantic backdrop, you know, just in case you’re thinking of asking that ‘Special Question’ around Valentine’s Day.

Spark performing at Light up Cheltenham

2019 Ladbrokes World Grand Prix

Date: 4th – 10th February 2019

The Ladbrokes World Grand Prix Snooker Championship will be hosted at Cheltenham Racecourse next February. The biggest names in world snooker will be battling for the £375,000 prize fund and tickets are now available to purchase.

Brian Jones 50th Anniversary Walking Tour

Date: 28th February - 24th August

Marking 50 years since the early death of Brian Jones, the Rolling Stones founder member and leader, this walking tour takes you around the key points of Cheltenham such as where Brian attended Cheltenham Grammar School to the Odeon where he returned on-stage with the Rolling Stones. 

Brian Jones 50th Anniversary Walking Tour

The Spectre Cheltenham Master 2019 Darts Tournament

Date: 5th April 2019

World number one Darts star Van Gerwen and his biggest rival Anderson, will headline a high-quality field when Cheltenham’s annual arrows night returns on Friday 5 April 2019 at the racecourse.

Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling

Date:  Monday 27th May 2019

The Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling is expected to return for 2019. The annual event will see loyal competitors throw themselves (quite literally) down the steep Coopers Hill in Gloucestershire with spectators flocking from far and wide.

Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling

Wychwood Music Festival 2019

Date: 31st May - 2nd June 2019

Nominated as the Best Family Festival at the UK Festival Awards every year, the Wychwood Festival is great fun for all ages. From headphone discos to a sculpturer’s corner, it’s is the perfect summer-opening festival.

Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta

Date: 22nd – 23rd June 2019

With a fun filled weekend of hot air balloons, family entertainment and lots more, the Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta is set to be a hit next June!

Cheltenham Cricket Festival

Date: 15th - 25th July 2019

The Cricket Festival will be back for 2019 with Aston Martin Cheltenham as the official partner so not only can you enjoy the Cricket, you can also take a look at the beautiful Cars on exhibition!

Cheltenham Cricket Festival

Heritage Open Days

Date: 13 – 22 September 2019

Heritage Open Days is England’s largest festival of history and culture and sees buildings and places open their doors for visitors to explore. Next year the Heritage Open Day Festival will run for 10 consecutive days, meaning you can explore those hidden gems for longer!

Cheltenham Paint Festival

Date: 1st - 8th September 2019

The preparations for the most colourful and artistic event on the Cheltenham calendar have already begun. The 2019 Cheltenham Paint Festival has big plans for big walls and big name artists…Sounds like fun!

Christmas 2019

Date: November to December 2019

We love Christmas in Cheltenham and although it’s only just gone for 2018, it will all kick off again next November with plenty family friendly events and activities.

From choosing your Real Christmas Tree to grabbing those unique and thoughtful gifts at the festive market or heading to the panto to meeting Father Christmas, it really is the most wonderful time of the year.

Family choosing Christmas tree


Cheltenham Jazz Festival
Cheltenham Jazz Festival

One of the country’s best-loved jazz festivals. Cheltenham Jazz Festival will take place 26 April - 1 May 2023. What we know so far - Gregory Porter will return as Artistic curator and acclaimed American vocalist Lizz Wright will also take to the stage.  Fergus McCreadie, shortlisted for the 2022 Mercury Prize and winner of 2022 Scottish Album of The Year and 2022 JazzFM Instrumentalist of the Year will make his Festival debut.

Cheltenham Science Festival
Cheltenham Science Festival

Cheltenham Science Festival by Cheltenham Festivals will take place Tuesday 6 – Sunday 11 June 2023, in Imperial Gardens and various venues around Cheltenham. This annual event brings together the UK’s most respected scientists, favourite science communicators, writers, and artists to talk about today’s hottest topics.

Cheltenham Music Festival
La Serenissima performing at Cheltenham Music Festival in 2021

Cheltenham Music Festival brings nine days of performances and events by leading international artists, new talent and innovators including London Mozart Players, New English Ballet Theatre and Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra.

Cheltenham Literature Festival
Cheltenham Literature Festival

500 events and close to 1,000 authors and speakers will take part in the Cheltenham Literature Festival this year, including Stephen King, Lenny Henry, Ian McEwan, Celeste Ng, Elizabeth Strout, Bono, Graham Norton, Stanley Tucci and many more!

Cheltenham's Boutique Sale 2019
Cheltenham's Boutique Sale 2019

Held each January for the past two years, this unique event sees more than 600 shoppers picking up luxury goods at sale prices of up to 75% off from some of Cheltenham’s best-known boutiques...

Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling on Coopers Hill
Local Culture
Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling on Coopers Hill

The Gloucestershire Cheese Rolling is expected to return in 2022. Gloucestershire’s Cooper Hill has been host to the traditional cheese rolling event since the 1800s.

Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta
Major Event
Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta

The Cheltenham Balloon Fiesta is a family-friendly event that will be returning to the famous Cheltenham Racecourse for the third time this summer!

Cheltenham Cricket Festival
Cheltenham Cricket Festival

The Cheltenham Cricket Festival is one of the most loved events in the social and sporting calendar. The idyllic setting of Cheltenham College provides the perfect backdrop for cricket at the height of summer.

Cheltenham Paint Festival
Cheltenham Paint Festival - Inkie PE Way

Cheltenham's streets pop with colour thanks to the annual Cheltenham Paint Festival. Watch artists hard at work when the festival returns for the fifth year this summer, 29 - 31 July 2022 and enjoy street art creations year round in The Festival Town!

Light Up Cheltenham
Free Event
Light Up Cheltenham

Light Up Cheltenham will see some of the town's most iconic architecture transformed with coloured illuminations each night and will welcome back the giant observation wheel in Imperial Gardens...

Brian Jones 50th Anniversary Walking Tour
Brian Jones 50th Anniversary Walking Tour

Follow a walking trail around Cheltenham to learn more about the formative years of this iconic figure in British culture who has inspired a devoted fan club...



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