View from Cleeve hill in Gloucestershire.

Take a look beneath the stunning Cotswolds landscapes and you’ll soon discover a whole new side to Cheltenham and Gloucester.

Home to the Cheltenham Racecourse and Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucestershire’s got a strong sporting heritage. You’ll also find an exciting range of activities you can try out yourself, from snowboarding and water sports, to mountain biking and paintballing. If it's events and festivals you’re after you’ll find no shortage here. In fact, we hold over 45 festivals every year – that’s nearly one every week!

Take a look below to find out more.

Gloucester quays.
A street café in cheltenham.
The crowd looking at the stage at Wychwood festival.
A man using a water jet pack in the docks.

The great escape

Gloucestershire is famous for its outdoor activities. Here are just a few things you might like to try out:

Don’t forget to check out our sports and societies pages to find out what else our students get up to.

Festivals and events

Gloucestershire is alive with an eclectic mix of events, with over 45 festivals every year - that’s almost one every week!

Many of our students work and volunteer with festivals such as 2000 Trees and Wychwood, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Newton Faulkner, Funeral for a Friend and Bob Geldof.

You’ll also find our students working alongside literary greats like Ian McEwan and Margaret Atwood at the Cheltenham Literature Festival, or listening to speakers such as Brian Cox and Richard Dawkins at the Science Festival.

Take a look at the So Glos website to find out more about Gloucestershire's festivals and events.

Night life

There’s no shortage of clubs, bars and pubs in Cheltenham and Gloucester, along with a number of venues known for their live music or student nights. The Frog and Fiddle, Café Rene, the 2 Pigs, 13 Degrees, and The New Inn are particular favourites with our students.

Take a look at the After Dark website to find out more.

Industry

Our graduates will tell you about our thriving business industries, from finance, product design and aviation, to sports, festivals and hospitality.

When it comes to finding a job you’ll have a whole host of national and multinational organisations on your doorstep, including Dyson, Superdry, GE Aviation, Endsleigh Insurance, Ecotricity, Zurich, UCAS, GCHQ, Spirax Sarco Engineering and Nelson Thornes Publishing. And that’s not even mentioning the local start-ups, many of which are run by our own graduates and students.

Landmarks

Every year Cheltenham embraces the glamour and grandeur of the annual Cheltenham Gold Cup races, and in 2015 we became host to the Rugby World Cup, with international giants such as Argentina, Japan and Tonga tearing up the pitch at Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm stadium. We are also home to the majestic Gloucester Cathedral, the historic Gloucester Docks and the Pittville Pump Room.