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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.​

​​​​​​ “The best thing about Gloucestershire is the number of opportunities – it’s really busy and lively." 
- Amy Wright, English Language and Creative Writing student.  


 

Festival County

Fashion, music, cider, cycling, tall ships, cricket, food, comic books – it’s all happening in Gloucestershire. With over 45 music, arts, science and literature festivals every year - that's almost one a week.​

Wellbeing Festival

Explore every area of health and wellness with fitness classes, talks, workshops and events.

Wychwood

Over 100 acts performing across four stages, plus workshops, talks, debates and comedy.

Poetry Festival

Poetry, prose, music,  and comedy - students can take part in open-mic nights.

2000 Trees

Over 130 bands playing against the stunning backdrop of the Cotswold hills.

Literature Festival

Writers, actors, politicians, poets celebrate the joy of the written word.

Tall Ships Festival

A display of amazing ships in Gloucester Docks, live music and food and drink stalls.

Science Festival

Scientists, big thinkers and comedy geniuses discuss life’s big questions.

Barn on the Farm

This independent festival has hosted the likes of Ed Sheeran, and many more in previous years.

​Activities

Ski and Snowboard centre 

Gloucester's dry ski slope for extreme sports, also home to laser tag!

The Warehouse 

A transformed victorian warehouse - now an indoor climbing and caving centre.      

Stand Up Paddle Boarding

Paddle in the historic Gloucester Docks, or on the River Severn.

 

Go Ape

Adventure high up in the trees nestled deep in the Forest of Dean.

Nightlife

MooMoo clubrooms 

Three clubrooms for different music genres and home to the SU official night out.

 

The Frog and Fiddle

Many student societies hold events here. 14 screens for live sport and a gig venue.

ATIK

Gloucester’s biggest nightclub, student night is on a Wednesday.

 

Vintage Cinema

1930s-themed Sherborne Cinema screens the latest releases and vintage classics.​​​​

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Jazz Festival

Free admission and a free live music stage! For all other gigs and concerts, ticket purchase is required.

Hiking the hills

Enjoy awesome views from the surrounding hills or take on the 100 mile long Cotswold Way.

The Wilson

Never get bored with the changing displays at Gloucestershire’s premier art gallery and museum.

Parkrun

Join fellow runners of all abilities on a Saturday morning in either Cheltenham or Gloucester.  

Countryside

Cycling in the forest 

Take your own bike, or hire one and explore the cycling routes in the Forest of Dean. 

Boating on the lake

Hire a rowing boat in Pittville Park or use the tennis courts, golf course  and skate park.      

Cotswold Water Park

Take up any watersport you fancy or enjoy a swim in one of the 150 fresh water lakes.  

Horse Riding

Visit beautiful Cotswold villages and countryside by horseback.  

Food & Drink

Cocktail o'clock 

Choose from over 500 pubs, clubs and bars in both Gloucester and Cheltenham.

Cheltenham Food and Drink Festival 

Over 200 of the best food and drink producers from both locally and nationally.

The Brewery Quarter

Restaurants, bars, ten-pin bowling, indoor golf, cinema and even its own microbrewery. 

Gloucester Quays food festival

Live cookery demos, book signings and a chance to sample from the 120 stalls.​

 Sports

Cheltenham Racecourse

The famous festival attracts celebs and royals. It also hosts our Summer Ball.     

Kingsholm Stadium

Home to Gloucester Rugby. Off-season it regularly hosts pop concerts.

Cheltenham Town FC

Whaddon Road is the home of Cheltenham Town Football Club, aka ‘The Robins’. 

Cheese Rolling

Gloucestershire has hosted this hill-tumbling event since the 1800s.

Shopping 

Superdry HQ

Cheltenham is home to international fashion label Superdry's HQ.

Gloucester high street 

Shopping centres, independent boutiques, delis, restaurants and coffee shops.      

The Promenade

Classic architecture, cafe terraces and smart shops on Cheltenham's tree-lined promenade.  

Gloucester Quays

Great for outlet shopping as well as food festivals, microbreweries and the cinema.

Culture

Town Hall and Gardens

A grand venue for concerts and exhibitions, the gardens regularly host events too.     

Everyman Theatre

This Victorian theatre has a varied programme, of drama, opera, musicals and comedy.     

Sandford Parks Lido

The Cheltenham Lido is one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in the UK. 

Gloucester Cathedral

You can go on a Harry Potter tour in the building that featured as Hogwarts in the film!     ​​​