Delight in a spa break in Cheltenham this summer

Neptune fountain, Cheltenham

When you want to get away from it all, relax and stimulate yourself, there can be few better options than a spa break in Cheltenham. This large spa town is a historical jewel of leafy Gloucestershire, serving up no shortage of attractions for the culture vulture, sports fan or avid traveller.
Cheltenham is nationally and internationally renowned for events like Cheltenham Literature Festival, Cheltenham Jazz Festival and Greenbelt, and that’s without mentioning the must-not-miss race of the British steeplechase horse racing calendar with which Cheltenham will always be synonymous, the Gold Cup. But even if you aren’t in town at the same time as any of these remarkable events, there are still so many fun things to see and do.
Simply walking around the town, you can’t fail to marvel at the astonishing Regency architecture that has led Cheltenham to be described as “the most complete regency town in England”. Outstanding examples of this architectural style include the Municipal Offices and Cheltenham Synagogue. But theatre fans are also well-served by such venues as the Parabola Arts Centre, the Bacon, the Playhouse and the Everyman.
What if you want to take in some visual art? Well, just pop into the Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum, which holds some of the finest decorative arts pieces that the Arts & Crafts Movement produced. You may or may not also be aware that the English composer Gustav Theodore Holst was born here. His life is commemorated by the Holst Birthplace Museum, where you can find the personal belongings – including the piano – of the man best known for composing The Planets.
Then, there are those festivals. Embracing everything from music and jazz to science and literature, they give the visitor on a spa break in Cheltenham access to a truly astonishing range of activities. Adding to the potential confusion is the fact that two sporting events are also frequently referred to as “Cheltenham Festival” or “the Festival”: the Cheltenham Cricket Festival and the Cheltenham Festival for National Hunt racing. Needless to say that both are well worth attending.
As you walk around Cheltenham on your spa break, consider where you may have seen these buildings before. It was here where the 1968 British drama film if… was filmed, for example, while the town was also a key filming location for the 1970s and 1980s BBC2 sitcom Butterflies. In more recent years, it was even where the 2007 film The Full Monteverdi was partly filmed.
Whether you do or do not care about Cheltenham’s links to the worlds of film and TV, you are sure to care about the town itself. There is simply nowhere more delightful to spend a short spa break, and Rosehill Travel is happy to put a package together to ensure that you see all of the most important sights.

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