8 alternative things to do during Cheltenham Festival

If racing isn't your thing, fear not as there are still plenty of things do in Gloucestershire during Cheltenham Festival, with SoGlos selecting eight alternative activities to keep you busy this March.

With Cheltenham Racecourse’s biggest meet set to take place this March, SoGlos has selected eight alternative things to do during The Festival and Gold Cup, perfect if horse racing isn’t your cup of tea.

Whether you want to soak up a spot of culture at the theatre, retreat to the spa or enjoy a night of comedy, there’s plenty to keep you entertained from Tuesday 13 to Friday 16 March 2018.


1. Enjoy hilarious quips with some comedy

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Promising plenty of wit and sharp comedy, audiences can warm up on a cold March night when Katherine Ryan performs at Cheltenham Town Hall on Friday 16 March 2018.

Critically acclaimed and a regular guest on the BBC’s Live at The Apollo, Katherine Ryan will have audiences in stitches with her brand new tour, Glitter Room.


2. Head to the theatre

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While the bars along Regent Street will be bustling with race-goers, theatre fans can enjoy a night of culture at Cheltenham’s Everyman Theatre.

During Race Week, the award winning Blood Brothers will be taking to the Everyman stage after impressive performances in London’s West End.


3. Whip up a storm in the kitchen



Combining a whole host of nutritious ingredients, keen cooks and novices alike can escape to the Forest of Dean where Harts Barn Cookery School will be hosting a Deliciously vegan class.

Taking place on Saturday 17 March 2018, the class will see guests whip up delicious dishes including marinated tofu, vegetable stir fry and a sweet potato curry.


4. Enjoy a boozy beverage tour

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Whilst the racecourse is bound to brimming with boozy beverages, there’s plenty of places to try a tipple or two across the rest of the county.

For real ale and beer lovers, Hillside Brewery is the perfect place to whet your whistle, whilst gin fans can take their pick from one the selection of over 100 gins at The Maytime Inn in the heart of the Cotswolds.


5. Take a haunted history tour


Set to spook even the bravest of visitors, Prestbury Ghost Tour will be taking place on Saturday 17 March 2018, with a chance to find out all about the nine ghosts that haunt the village pubs.

Sure to send chills down your spine, the tour will lead fearful followers around Prestbury, taking in the tales of the Charging Cavalier and the Medieval Messenger along the way.


6. Indulge in some pampering

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Whether you’re craving a new hair do, or fancy treating yourself to a manicure, Cheltenham’s Earl's & Co is the perfect spot for a bit of pampering.

With a whiskey barber shop and a range of heavenly treatment available, why not escape the hustle and bustle and indulge in some much needed ‘me’ time.


7. Catch an exhibition


Escape the crowds with a visit to The Wilson, an impressive museum and gallery that’s home to fine art spanning the ages and continents.

Located in the centre of Cheltenham, The Wilson, which is named after the famous Gloucestershire explorer Edward Wilson, is open till late on Thursday evenings, offering the chance to soak up a bit of culture after a day at the office.


8. Escape to the country


With the racing action focussed around Cheltenham, planning a countryside day trip is the perfect chance to explore Gloucestershire and its many attractions, including Sudeley Castle, Cotswold Farm Park, Slimbridge Wetland Centre, and Painswick Rococo Garden, while our round up of the most picture-perfect Cotswold destinations is brimming with inspiration.

Also, it’s worth bearing in mind that traffic can be heavy around Cheltenham Racecourse, with gates opening at 10.30am and the last race of the day usually around 4pm, so make sure you plan your journey ahead.


By Sophie Bird

© SoGlos
Thursday 18 January 2018

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