Cheltenham has been voted the best place to live in the South West 2020 by The Sunday Times with its education, culture and connectivity highlighted amongst its best attributes. 

Selection of images - Regency buildings, Pittville Pump Room and GCHQ

**To celebrate we have three chances for you to win a £100 Cheltenham Gift Card. Keep reading for more details!**

Cheltenham is no stranger to such accolades, having been voted by The Telegraph as the best place in the UK to raise a family in 2014. However, this latest recognition highlights why Cheltenham is fast becoming a destination for those wishing to enjoy the relaxation of countryside living without missing out on the culture of a big city.

Alongside its well-known horse racing and stunning Regency architecture, the article details the town’s incredible food and drink offering, from its Michelin starred restaurant to its more recent crop of cool cafes and classy gastro pubs. In addition, Cheltenham boasts a huge choice of shops and is seen by many as the shopping destination for The Cotswolds. There are also over 25 festivals a year, from the world leading Literature Festival to the longest running Cricket Festival and for those rare times festivals aren’t on, locals and visitors can get their dose of culture at one of the town’s four theatres or the town’s high regarded museum.

Selection of images - Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham Festival and Cheltenham Science Festival

Of course the article mentions the incredible selection of schools the town has, from private schools and grammar schools to highly rated comprehensives, many of which are considered amongst the best in the whole of the South West.

Cheltenham is also recognised for its connections to major cities such as Bristol, Birmingham and London making it perfect for commuters and visitors. This follows a timetable change by Great Western Railway in December which saw train journeys cut to less than two hours for some journeys to London.

Selection of images - Cleeve Hill, Pittville Pump Room and Imperial Gardens

Cheltenham has a firm focus on the future too though, with the town’s famous resident - the UK government’s cyber hub GCHQ – at the heart of ambitious plans to establish Cheltenham as one of the world’s cyber tech capitals. Plans for a new campus and cyber-tech community, Cyber Central – a 45 hectare site at the heart of the 200 hectare Golden Valley development to the west of the town and adjacent to the GCHQ site (the so-called ‘doughnut’) - are now accelerating under the leadership of Cheltenham Borough Council. The Council recently bought the land on which the site will be developed for £37.5m seizing, as they see it, the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to create a world-leading cyber-tech hub in Cheltenham, with the associated economic and social benefits this will bring.

Tracey Crews, Director of Planning at Cheltenham Borough Council said “This announcement comes at one of the most unprecedented periods of change as we deal with the impacts of COVID-19.  What we are already seeing is communities and businesses rallying together.  Not only do we have a strong basis upon which to address economic recovery, but the support of our businesses, residents and visitors.  Together we will get through this and build upon the positive success factors which have led to Cheltenham being voted the best place to live in the South West.”

Win one of three £100 Cheltenham Gift Card's by telling us what you love about living in Cheltenham!

Selection of images - delicious food, Cheltenham BID giftcard and shopping

To celebrate being voted the best place to live in the South West by The Sunday Times we have three chances for you to win a £100 Cheltenham Gift Card!

The Cheltenham Gift Card is a MasterCard-based gift card that works in the same way as store gift cards but can be used at more than 100 business across the whole town centre including shops, restaurants and coffee shops. Check out the full list of participating busineses on the Cheltenham BID website, the organisers of this fabulous initiative.

Giveaway terms and conditions...

We are giving away 1 x £100 gift card on EACH of our social media accounts...

We will randomly pick one winning comment from each of the above social media accounts on Monday 6 April. We will announce the winners on social media and via our newsletter.  Do sign up to our newsletter to make sure you don't miss out!  E-news sign up. Feel free to enter on all three channels to triple your chances of winning.

The prize is non-transferable, non-exchangeable & cannot be exchanged for money. This giveaway is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by or associated with any of the above social media accounts..

We wish you the very best of luck and we look forward to reading your comments and finding out what you love about living in Cheltenham!


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