The faint sound of Christmas bells are creeping up on us and the present shopping has some-what commenced. Don’t start wishing November away though as we have some fabulous events taking place in Cheltenham this month, many that will gently ease you into the festive season!

Unmissable events in Cheltenham this November

Cheltenham Real Ale Festival 

Cheltenham Real Ale Festival promotional poster

Date: 1-2 November

Location: Princess Hall, Cheltenham Ladies’ College 

Calling all ale lovers! The fourth Cheltenham Real Ale Festival is set to be held in the beautiful surroundings of Princess Hall inside Cheltenham Ladies’ College. With 80 different real ales up for offer, you’ll get the chance to sample a large range of ales, ciders and vegan beers. 

Cheltenham Town vs Forest Green Rovers

Cheltenham football players during a match

Date: 2 November

Location: Cheltenham Town F.C., Whaddon Road, Cheltenham, GL52 5NA

The biggest Gloucestershire Derby in history with both teams going well at the top of League Two, this is a match not to miss!

Jools Holland and his Rhythm & Blues Orchestra

Jools Holland

Date: 9 November 

Location: The Centaur, Cheltenham Racecourse 

Boogie-woogie pianist Jools Holland is making a return to Cheltenham this November with his rhythm and blues band. Special guests the fabulously talented and popular artists, Ruby Turner, Louise Marshall, Gilson Lavis, Christopher Holland and BRIT award winner Eddi Reader.

The November Meeting 

Horse jumping at Cheltenham Racecourse

Date: 15-17 November

Location: Cheltenham Racecourse.

Enjoy three days of unmissable racing at the Home of Jump Racing.  As well as all of the racing action, there will be live performances by The Wurzels in The Centaur on the 15th. On Sunday 17th, Family Fun Raceday, under 18s will be able to attend the races for free and with kids activities included, you can be sure they will be happily entertained all day long! 

Racing fans should also check out the November Meeting Preview Evening at Ellenborough Park with National Hunt jockey, Richard Johnson OBE and trainer Olly Murphy chaired by broadcaster and Sky Sports Racing presenter Mike Cattermole.

Unmissable live talks/performances taking place in Cheltenham this November

RESPECT - The Aretha Franklin Songbook

Date: 6 November 

Location: Everyman Theatre 

Celebrate the Queen of Soul this month in a live concert that pays tribute to the legendary Aretha Franklin. Lead vocalists, Stacy Francis, Cleopatra Higgins, Tanya Edwards and Cleo Stewart are accompanied by a live band and gospel choir.  This is sure to be a great night!

An Audience with Harry Redknapp 

Date: 6 November

Location: Cheltenham Town Hall 

King of the Jungle and English football manager, Harry Redknapp, is coming to town to talk about the funniest moments in his football and celebrity career. He’ll be telling tales of his time in I’m a Celeb, as well as answering audience questions. VIP tickets include a photo taken with Harry, plus a signed photo.

An evening with Rob Beckett 

Rob Beckett promotional poster

Date: 28 November

Location: Cheltenham Racecourse 

The ‘Mouth of the South’ is back on tour with his brand new stand up tour - Wallop. After a long break from stand-up, Rob Beckett has come back to fill us in and make us all laugh. 

Family fun 

Peter Pan Goes Wrong

Peter Pan Goes Wrong promotional poster

Date: 19 October - 2 November 

Location: Everyman Theatre 

This comical West-end sensation is soaring its way into Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre. Cornley Polytechnic Drama Society unravels their tale of Peter Pan, taking us on a hilarious yet ingenious journey by striking the funny bone of children and parents alike. This fun and light-hearted play is bound to put you in the festive spirit. 

Enchanted Sudeley 

Enchanted at Sudeley Castle promotional poster

Date:26 October - 3 November

Location: Sudeley Castle and Gardens 

Sudeley Castle is becoming the magical home to enchanted scenes this Halloween. Follow a fairy tale trail around the castle, and its gardens, to discover scenes from the most loved fairy tales, such as Snow White and Sleeping Beauty. 

Click here to check out more Halloween events in Cheltenham.

Morgan and West: Unbelievable Science 

Morgan and West Unbelievable Science promotional poster

Date: 1 November 

Location: Bacon Theatre, Dean Close School 

Two scientists, Morgan and West are coming to Cheltenham to show how crazy science can be. There will be explosive thrills and perhaps even some dramatic spills that are guaranteed to put the audience on the edge of their seats. The duo will be proving that science is exhilarating and inspiring, no matter what age. 

Bake Back in Time

Date: 16 November (and 7 December)

Location: Holst Birthplace Museum

Learn to bake drop scones just like they used to be.  Watch and taste as this Victorian favourite is freshly baked on the museum coal-fired range.

Firework displays in Cheltenham

We are lucky to have a wide choice of places to enjoy Bonfire Night in Cheltenham from huge firework displays to community led and school events too.  Below we’ve shared a couple of the major firework displays in Cheltenham for 2019…


Cheltenham Cricket Club Fireworks Party

Date: 1 November

Location: Princes Street, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL52 6BE

The annual display, held at Cheltenham Cricket Club, promises to be its best one yet! With mulled wine, real ale and food stalls, you can really make an evening of it. There will even be a silent display, before the main fireworks are let off, for those with children or simply whose who would prefer not to start the month off with a bang! 

Cheltenham Racecourse Firework Display 

Date: 2 November 

Location: Cheltenham Racecourse, Evesham Road, Cheltenham GL50 4SH

The spectacular fireworks display at the racecourse is a 30 year-old tradition. And as well as the dazzling fireworks, a funfair will be on site - making it the perfect family evening out. To top it all off, all of the money raised from the evening will be donated to local charities. 

Early Christmas events in Cheltenham

Towards the end of November Christmas events really ramp up!  Check out our Cheltenham Christmas Dining and Cheltenham Christmas Party Guide.  Other festive events can be found below…

*Look out for our bumper guide to Christmas in Cheltenham coming very soon!

Cheltenham Christmas Markets

Christmas markets on Cheltenham Promenade

Dates: 21 Nov - 14 Dec.  (Replaced from the 17th - 24th December by the Christmas Arts & Crafts Market). 

Location: The Promenade, outside House of Fraser / Cavendish House.

Browse wooden chalets selling a wide range of Christmas gifts, crafts, food and drink whilst sipping on mulled wine and soaking up the festive atmosphere with family and friends.

Cheltenham Christmas Lights Switch On

Christmas light switch on White Witch puppet and exterior of John Lewis (Image from Christmas lights switch on in Cheltenham 2018 with the Great Witch).

Date: 23 November

Location: Throughout Town Centre. Click here for more details.

The Cheltenham Christmas lights switch on is sure to get you into the festive spirit with a traditional Christmas tale to keep all ages entertained.

Inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol the three ghosts of Christmas will lead crowds through the town, reminding us that Christmas is a time for people to come together. After following the ghosts gather near The Queens Hotel to join Father Christmas to switch on the lights.

Christmas Panto!  Cinderella at The Everyman Theatre

Cinderella pantomime promotional poster

Dates: 29 November - 12 January

Location: The Everyman Theatre

The end of November is the start of panto season.  Oh yes it is!!  This year we can look forward to Cinderella and her ugly sisters entertaining us with their classic rags to riches tale.

Festive Classes

Christmas wreath

Wreath making classes (often with a festive afternoon tea!) are always a bit hit in Cheltenham.  Several hotels and venues run these classes in the run up to Christmas including Ellenborough Park and the Jury’s Inn.

Other festive class which are sure to be a big hit with gin drinkers are gin making workshops. The Greenway Hotel and Spa are offering a delightful Sloe Gin class with lunch for ladies and Siblings Gin, are promising mince pies served with Cranberry and Clementine G&T's during a festive workshop at their Cheltenham based distillery.

For a full list of all the events in Cheltenham this November check out our What’s On Guide.  For shopping and restaurant inspiration take a peek at our comprehensive Shopping in Cheltenham and Eating Out in Cheltenham sections of our website.  

We wish you a brilliant November in Cheltenham, do tag us in on Instagram using #OurChelt so we can see what you get up to!


The November Meeting
Horse Racing
The November Meeting at Cheltenham Racecourse

The November Meeting is an unmissable three-day meeting at the Home of Jump Racing. It's true that all roads lead to The Festival™, but the magic starts at The November Meeting.

Family Fun Day at The November Meeting
Family Fun Raceday at Cheltenham Racecourse

Looking for things to do in Cheltenham with the kids? Under 18s receive free entry to Cheltenham Racecourse on our Family Fun Raceday.

Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with Eddi Reader
Jools Holland & His Rhythm & Blues Orchestra with Eddi Reader

Jools Holland & Rhythm and Blues Orchestra with Eddie Reader at The Centaur

Three Ghosts: Cheltenham Christmas Lights Switch On
Three Ghosts: Cheltenham Christmas Lights Switch On

The Cheltenham Christmas lights switch on is sure to get you into the festive spirit with a traditional Christmas tale to keep all ages entertained. Inspired by Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol the three ghosts of Christmas will lead crowds through the town, reminding us that Christmas is a time for people to come together.

Cheltenham Christmas Market
Cheltenham Christmas Market

Unfortunately Cheltenham Christmas market is not taking place in 2020 however many other Cheltenham Christmas Events are taking place including a much smaller Cheltenham Christmas Craft Market, Panto at Everyman Theatre and Spectacle of Light at Sudeley Castle. Please visit our Christmas in Cheltenham 2020 guide for full details and Christmas shopping inspiration.


The Everyman's annual, family-friendly pantomime is back! Cinderella features the hilarious return of Tweedy as Buttons, Cinderella's best friend in this rags to riches tale.



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