Thursday 29 October 2020

Cheltenham set to sparkle this Christmas with new festive lights

New lights will bring plenty of festive cheer to Cheltenham this Christmas, while plans for an expanded market are cancelled.

While an expanded Christmas market planned for Cheltenham has been cancelled because of the Coronavirus pandemic, the town’s residents and visitors can look forward to completely new Christmas lights this year – thanks to the BID and support from Cheltenham Borough Council.

Organisers say that as well as sparkling during the darker hours, the new lights will bring a gleam of light during day, as golden baubles hang from trees on the Promenade and holly, reindeer, stars and harps adorn the lampposts in other streets.

A new Christmas tree will be installed at the popular Montpellier roundabout, and the BID also plans to put on a range of family activities to make Christmas as special as possible.

Alex Rose, chairman of the BID, said: ‘The decision to cancel was a hard one. We looked at several alternative plans which would enable us to bring the extended markets to town, but the public’s health must come first’.

Jess Goodwin, event manager for the BID and Marketing Cheltenham added: ‘With nearby places like Worcester also cancelling their markets, Cheltenham would have been the only town in the South West and Midlands still running a market, attracting large crowds from neighbouring regions, which could affect the level of infection within the local area and we want to do what is necessary to avoid this.’

Follow SoGlos on Facebook for the very latest Gloucestershire news stories.

© SoGlos
Thursday 17 September 2020

More news you might like...

More than £15,000 has been crowdfunded for the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham, so far.

Cheltenham Playhouse Theatre crowdfunding appeal reaches milestone

A crowdfunding appeal to save the Playhouse Theatre in Cheltenham from closure has raised more than £15,000 – with donations...

Part of the #EndChildFoodPoverty campaign, Gloucestershire businesses are offering free meals for kids in need during the October 2020 half term.

Gloucestershire businesses offering free children’s meals during the school holidays

In light of the government ‘no vote’ to fund free meals for children during the school holidays, Gloucestershire restaurants,...

Oh help! Oh no! It’s a Gruffalo! And you can spot him on the new Gruffalo Spotters Trail at Beechenhurst.

New Gruffalo Spotters Trail launches at Beechenhurst

Just in time for the October half term, head to the Forest of Dean for a brand-new Gruffalo Spotters Trail at Beechenhurst...

The SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards received a record number of votes in 2020 – with some surprise winners this year!

SoGlos Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2020 winners announced

At a time when the lifestyle industry and businesses and organisations across Gloucestershire have been hard hit, we are thrilled...

Barn Cinema is opening in Cirencester in October 2020, with Christopher Nolan’s Tenet the first film to be screened.

Independent cinema is coming to Cirencester

Cirencester will finally have its own cinema, when The Barn Theatre launches its social distance film screenings, this October...

Unmissable highlights