Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts 2020 sadly cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Announcement by the festival organisers -
It is with enormous regret that we have to announce the cancellation of the May Festival due to the Coronavirus. In response to this unprecedented public health crisis, and in line with the government’s advice on public gatherings, we have decided that the safety of the performers, their teachers and supporters, as well as our own volunteers, must be our priority.
As in previous years, we have received thousands of entries; school children, adult choirs from across the UK, and hundreds of individual performers. The Town Hall has been booked, as usual, for 12 consecutive days of music, dance and drama and our stewards are ready to stage another fabulous Festival, not only for the performers, but for large audiences of parents, grand-parents, teachers, friends and others, who come each year to celebrate the Performing Arts and support the extraordinary talents of the performers.
We know that this cancellation will be a disappointment for many people. However, we must follow a common-sense approach and regard this as an annoying interruption – after all, our Festival has been running, continuously, for the last 94 years! With everyone’s support we will be back next year to stage Cheltenham’s oldest festival.
Understandably questions are being asked about entry fee refunds. We are now preparing, of course, to refund all entry fees, as follows: all entry payments made via CFPA’s on-line entry system will be repaid to the original payment card – we hope to complete this process by the end of March. Those few individuals who have made an entry payment by BACS or cheque will be contacted personally so that, either the cheque can be returned or destroyed, or a repayment can take place. For more details please see the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts website.
What is the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts?
The 94th Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts will be packed with performances in music, dance and drama by children from local schools, theatre clubs, dance schools, music clubs etc. There is something different every day from ballet and tap to piano and strings, Shakespeare and poetry. Adults also provide music and drama performances including the Choral Day on the last Saturday. With tickets valid for the whole day you can go to as many performances as you like or become a Friend of the Festival for entry to the whole 13 days.
The Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts is proud to be one of Cheltenham's oldest Festivals giving the opportunity for generations of children to perform at Cheltenham Town Hall and Bethesda Church
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Cheltenham Town Hall, the main venue for the Cheltenham Festival of Performing Arts, is located in Cheltenham town centre. Cheltenham is situated off junctions 10, 11 and 11a of the M5, Cheltenham lies within the main motorway network in easy reach of London, Bristol and Birmingham. If travelling from the north on the M5 it is possible to leave from junction 9 and take the A435 south. For full information click here - Getting to Cheltenham by car.
Public Transport Directions
It is easy to travel to Cheltenham via coach and train. With many direct services available from most major cities. Coaches come into Royal Well Bus Station in the town centre. The train station is a five minute drive from the town centre. Buses run regularly to/from the town centre and the railway station. Click here for full information about Getting to Cheltenham.