The exciting new travel festival, which was due to be held on the 3rd and 4th November 2023, has been rescheduled to 6th January 2024, after the unexpected closure of its Pittville Pump Room venue, for emergency remedial maintenance work.

Cheltenham’s newest festival, the Cheltenham Travel Festival will now make its debut at the Cheltenham Town Hall on Saturday 6th January 2024.

Cheltenham Travel Festival in association with JRNY Travel Magazine

The inaugural festival was forced to postpone after Pittville Pump Room was closed for emergency remedial work just days before the festival opened its doors. “We were forced to move the dates as there were just no suitable alternate venues available at short notice. However, we are delighted that the new dates, the central location, and larger space at the Town Hall, has given us an opportunity to improve the festival format and ensure visitors looking to escape the post-Christmas winter blues, will find plenty of holiday inspiration”, says Byron Shirto the festival’s organiser.

Bringing together inspiring speakers, photography masterclasses, and representatives from some of the UK’s top travel companies, the festival will provide plenty of ideas and practical advice for festival visitors’ next travel experience or holiday.

The festival is due to remain open on Saturday evening and will host a series of travel talks by adventurous travel authors, presenters, and content creators.

Visitors to the festival will be able to see the winners and runners-up of the World Travel Photography Awards by JRNY travel magazine and learn about capturing that great image themselves. Kav Dadfar, JRNY’s co-founder and an award-winning travel photographer, says “We’ve had some amazing entries to the competition this year, and we can’t wait to unveil them in Cheltenham. I’m really looking forward to talking to people about my two favourite things: travel and photography.”

Visitors will be able to meet in person some of the UK’s most inspiring travel companies including Steppes Travel, Coral Tree Travel, New Scientist Discovery Tours, Different Japan, Holiday Architects, and Virgin Atlantic Holidays, as well as sustainable rail operator VIA Rail Canada and expedition cruise line, AE Expeditions, amongst others.

The festival is on the 6th January 2024 at the Cheltenham Town Hall, in Cheltenham, further details and tickets are available on the Travel Festival website. Entry to the festival is £6 for an adult day visit and includes free Travel Talks, discounts on holidays, a tote bag with a complimentary copy of the coffee table JRNY magazine worth £10, and a chance to win prizes, including Bradt Guides, travel books and many other travel-related giveaways.

For more unmissable events, read our ultimate annual Cheltenham festivals guide.


Cheltenham Town Hall
Historic Site
Cheltenham Town Hall, events venue Cheltenham, live entertainment venue Cheltenham

Cheltenham Town Hall is now home to an impressive all year round programme of major festivals, entertainment, exhibitions and functions. Built in 1902-1903 as a venue for social events, it replaced the Assembly Rooms on the High Street, which had been demolished to make way for a bank. Interestingly, unlike most Town Hall's, this grand building in Cheltenham was not built as the seat for a Borough Council, which is instead found in the Municipal Offices across the road on the Promenade.



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