We are disappointed to share the news that Cheltenham Music Festival has been cancelled for 2020 due to COVID-19. Read on for the full statement from the Senior Management Board of Cheltenham Festivals... 

With deep regret we have taken the decision to cancel this year’s Cheltenham Music Festival. We had been optimistic that our Music Festival could still go ahead in July, but because of the continuing impact of the COVID 19 virus, we must put the safety of our audiences, artists, staff and volunteers first. We are sorry for this additional disappointment, following the cancellation of our Jazz and Science Festivals.

At the forefront of our minds are the wonderful artists and ensembles who will no longer be able to perform in Cheltenham this summer. We are working hard to find a way to bring them back as soon as we can.

We are delighted to announce that our Literature Festival in October will be expanded to include some of the most popular elements of our Jazz, Science and Music Festivals. More will be revealed in due course.

We are enormously grateful to our friends and supporters who continue to rally round so generously to help safeguard the future of the Festivals.

Meanwhile we are keeping our audiences informed about what our team has been working on with a fortnightly email newsletter. There is also lots of content available on our website, including podcasts, playlists, reading lists and throwbacks from previous Cheltenham Festivals.

Best wishes 

Helena, Adrian, Ian and Ali 

Cheltenham Festivals Senior Management Board  


Cheltenham Literature Festival
Cheltenham Literature Festival

The Times and The Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival will take place this year 8 - 17 October 2021. Still leading the way in celebrating the written and spoken word, the world’s first literature festival will Read the World, presenting the best new voices in fiction and poetry alongside literary greats and high-profile speakers.



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