Cheltenham is a fine place to visit in any season but it is especially wonderful in Winter. From parks and gardens to restaurants and retreats, Cheltenham is sure to warm your heart. We asked our Cheltenham Champion Jamie from Thrifty Mumma Thrifty Bubba for her take on the town's top spots this season...

Pittville Park

Walking distance from Cheltenham town centre and free to visit, Pittville Park offers entertainment for the whole family. Parking is free and plentiful and with three cafes to choose from you can walk with a hot drink in hand. Children are spoilt for choice with a large well-equipped play area as well as animals and aviaries to visit on the Eastern side alongside a smaller play area on the Western side. History lovers will be in their element as the park is overlooked by the Grade 1 listed Pittville Pump Room where you can even taste the spa waters! Dogs are welcome and with woodland walks and lakes to explore Pittville Park is wonderful in Winter.

Pittville Park, Cheltenham

Crickley Hill Country Park

Complete with a car park, café and unparalleled views of the Severn Vale, Crickley Hill Country Park is the perfect place for a brisk walk whatever the weather. Just outside of Cheltenham, this popular area of outstanding natural beauty is also an archaeological site of interest complete with its own Iron Age fort. In the snow this escarpment resembles a ski resort with sledges and snowmen frequenting the slopes.

Crickley Hill Country Park


It is snowdrop season and Gloucestershire offers a number of venues where these delicate flowers can be seen on display. Hailed as ‘England’s greatest snowdrop garden’, Colesbourne Park is close to Cheltenham and each year produces a historic collection of 350 varieties. This weekend (2-3 March 2019) visitors are offered reduced admission for only £5 per person. Parking is ample and visitors can enjoy all the 10-acre garden has to offer including lakeside and woodland walks.

The Greenway Hotel and Spa

Crisp days and cold nights can leave us wishing to indulge in some self-care. Situated just outside Cheltenham town centre The Greenway Hotel and Spa is the perfect place to visit when wishing to relax and unwind. Leave the hustle and bustle behind and head to this elegant Elizabethan retreat where ESPA treatments will melt your cares away. Boasting an al-fresco hot tub warmed by an open fire, The Greenway offers sumptuous spa days allowing you to enjoy a hydrotherapy pool, thermal suite and state-of-the-art gymnasium.

The Greenway Hotel and Spa

The Ivy

This Winter, The Ivy Cheltenham is the place to be for dining with a difference. Set in Montpellier’s Grade I listed Rotunda building, The Ivy Cheltenham offers impeccable service alongside a stylish, sophisticated menu served from dawn till dusk. The cocktail bar, complete with cascading Ivy plants, is a popular attraction and the décor centred on Cheltenham Races makes for stunning scenery.

It’s clear to see that you are spoilt for choice when visiting Cheltenham. However you choose to spend your visit, Cheltenham is ready to welcome you this Winter.

The Ivy Cheltenham

This post was brought to you by Cheltenham Champion and family blogger Jamie from Thrifty Mumma Thrifty Bubba. Find out more on her blog here...


Pittville Park
Municipal Park
Pittville Pump Room Cheltenham across the lake

A fantastic blend of living history, open spaces, children's activities and of course a boating lake! The perfect place to spend a day...

Pittville Pump Room
Historic Site
Pittville Pump Room Cheltenham

Pittville Pump Room is a beautiful, historic Grade One listed property set in parkland at Pittville used for cultural, commercial and community events...

Crickley Hill Country Park
Natural Wildlife Site
Crickley Hill Cheltenham

Visit part of the beautiful Cotswold countryside at Crickley Hill Country Park.  Managed jointly by the National Trust and Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, the park is a haven for nature and home to many birds, reptiles and mammals and is recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest for its wonderful variety of wildflowers. Rising above the city of Gloucester, Crickley Hill it also boasts breath-taking views over the Severn Vale, the Brecon Beacons and Black Mountain.

The Greenway Hotel and Spa
Country House Hotel
The Greenway exterior

The Greenway Hotel and Spa is tucked away on the outskirts of the rolling Cotswolds, within a short drive of Cheltenham. Set in eight acres of stunning countryside grounds, this 16th Century Elizabethan manor house hotel is the proud owner of 4 AA Red Stars reflecting the team’s exceptional service and hospitality.

The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie
The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie Cheltenham - exterior

The Ivy Montpellier Brasserie in Cheltenham is an all-day dining British restaurant with an all-encompassing menu serving modern British and international classics, seven days a week. Located in the stunning grade I listed Montpellier Rotunda building, the restaurant serves breakfast, elevenses, lunch, weekend brunch, afternoon tea, dinner, cocktails and features a private dining room and a bar, offering relaxed yet sophisticated dining.



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