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Top ways to spend a sunny day in Cheltenham 

Posted by Cassie on 06/12/2024, Category: Article
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Cheltenham comes to life in the sun. With its regal parks, flower displays, cafe culture and nearby countryside, there are countless ways to while away the sunny afternoons. For some inspiration on how to spend a perfect summer in Cheltenham, we’ve narrowed down our top activities. 

 Sandford Parks Lido  

This grade II listed outdoor 50m pool has been a gem of Cheltenham since its opening in 1935. Offering a cafe with a varied lunch menu, a kid’s pool and plenty of lounging space, the Lido has everything you need for a full day in the sun.  

The lido season runs from May to October, and a cabin sauna is open to swimmers braving it in the colder months.

Season and day tickets are available, with special offers running for families. 

 

Al Fresco dining

Cheltenham takes full advantage of its picturesque regency streets, with many bars, restaurants, and cafes offering outdoor seating. 

Some of our favourite spots for dining outside include: 

Bosco Pizzeria 

Serving authentic Italian cuisine with fresh ingredients alongside a large selection of wines, aperititivos and soft drinks, Bosco Pizzeria brings Mediterranean summer to Cheltenham. Dine in the sun in their outdoor seating area, overlooking Imperial Gardens and its award-winning flower displays.  

Curious Café & Bistro 

The Curious Café draws customers back again and again to enjoy tea and cake, lunch, and an all-day brunch menu in its charming, vine-covered garden.  

Take a slice of heaven home with you from their twin deli next door, which sells top-quality local produce and homemade breakfast, lunch, and dinner.  

The Nook on Five

In 2022, Cheltenham welcomed its first rooftop restaurant; since then, the Nook on Five has become a fast favourite. Serving a contemporary British menu, with subtle inspiration from French cuisine, dining at The Nook on Five is an unmissable experience.

 Pittville Park  

This grade II-listed ornamental park truly is the home of Cheltenham heritage. The pump room on the park’s east side is key to Cheltenham’s status as a spa town, a monument to the healing waters that turned a small market town into the wealthy regency town it is today.   

The Park is divided by two lakes and covers 44 acres. The ‘lower lake’ allows seasonal fishing and offers boats to hire. On this side of the park, you’ll also find tennis courts, a golf course, and a skate park.  

The east side offers a large children’s playground with a zip wire for big kids, sand pits for the little ones, and several aviaries, home to birds and bunnies.  

Several cafes offer hot drinks, cakes, and lunch across the park. The Heritage Cafe, Boathouse Cafe, and Central Cross Cafe are all within the grounds.  

 Tuckwell Amphitheatre – The Open-Air Theatre Festival 

Nestled in greenery, with a backdrop of stars and birdsong, the Tuckwell Amphitheatre is a perfectly magical setting for the annual Open-Air Theatre Festival. Enjoy classic drama, live music, and outdoor cinema throughout the two-week festival in August.  

 Cowley Manor  

With Italianate gardens dating back to the 19th century boasting seven natural springs, two lakes and ornate stone carved, tiered fountains, you can truly get lost on a sunny day at Cowley Manor.

Summertime events at Cowley include, outdoor film screenings, audio tours of the gardens and spa days by the outdoor pool. A broad lunch and drinks menu is also available on the outdoor terrace.  

Suffolks Sunday Market 

Nothing says lazy sunny Sunday like a street market. Stretching from Montpellier Terrace through the Suffolks these Sunday markets are the best place to try the highest quality local produce, crafts, food, and drink.  

Check out Visit Cheltenham to find out when the next Sunday market is.

Cheltenham BID and Visit Cheltenham.
Suffolk Street Fair.
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Leckhampton Hill 

Cheltenham is rich with natural beauty, with countless walks and trails nearby enjoying views across the Cotswolds. Leckhampton Hill sits less than 3 miles from the town centre, and its panoramic views, stretching as far as Wales, make it a local favourite and tourist destination.  

The rare limestone grassland found here has made the area a Site of Special Scientific Interest and is the perfect habitat for a range of wildflowers, butterflies, birds, and small mammals.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Pittville Apartment

2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Allocated Parking
1022 sq/ft

Wellington Square, Cheltenham, UK

From £135 p/n

Pittville Apartment

2 Bedrooms
2 Bathrooms
Allocated Parking
1022 sq/ft

Wellington Square, Cheltenham, UK

From £135 p/n

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36 Queen's Apartment

1 Bedrooms
1 Bathrooms
Allocated Parking
624 sq/ft

36 Queen's Road, Cheltenham GL50 2LT, UK

From £105 p/n

36 Queen's Apartment

1 Bedrooms
1 Bathrooms
Allocated Parking
624 sq/ft

36 Queen's Road, Cheltenham GL50 2LT, UK

From £105 p/n

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Pittville Lawn

1 Bedrooms
1 Bathrooms
Free Permit Parking
624 sq/ft

2 Pittville Lawn, Cheltenham, UK

From £105 p/n

Pittville Lawn

1 Bedrooms
1 Bathrooms
Free Permit Parking
624 sq/ft

2 Pittville Lawn, Cheltenham, UK

From £105 p/n

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Pittville House

4 Bedrooms
4 Bathrooms
Allocated Parking
4500 sq/ft

Wellington Square, Cheltenham, UK

From £450 p/n

Pittville House

4 Bedrooms
4 Bathrooms
Allocated Parking
4500 sq/ft

Wellington Square, Cheltenham, UK

From £450 p/n

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18 Tivoli Mews

1 Bedrooms
1 Bathrooms
Allocated Parking
430 sq/ft

18 Tivoli Mews, Cheltenham GL50 2UX, UK

From £88 p/n

18 Tivoli Mews

1 Bedrooms
1 Bathrooms
Allocated Parking
430 sq/ft

18 Tivoli Mews, Cheltenham GL50 2UX, UK

From £88 p/n

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Glensanda

4 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
Allocated Parking
1775 sq/ft

3 Glensanda Court, Montpellier Spa Road, Cheltenham GL50 1UF, UK

From £190 p/n

Glensanda

4 Bedrooms
3 Bathrooms
Allocated Parking
1775 sq/ft

3 Glensanda Court, Montpellier Spa Road, Cheltenham GL50 1UF, UK

From £190 p/n

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