Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2024 winners revealed

The results are in! Find out who has won a coveted trophy at the Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2024, in partnership with Pro Global.

By Annabel Lammas  |  Published
Congratulations to the winners of the 2024 Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards!

SoGlos is delighted to reveal the winners of the seventh annual Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards — the biggest celebration of the county's lifestyle sector, which took place at The Sub Rooms on Thursday 16 May 2024.

This year's exciting awards event brought finalists, category partners and special guests together in Stroud to unveil the winners across all 19 categories, as well as who had been crowned overall Lifestyle Business of the Year by headline partner, Pro Global.

The competition was fierce, with a record 250 businesses shortlisted; over 22,000 votes cast by SoGlos readers and only the top contenders in each category being recognised as finalists; and the winners and highly commended businesses chosen by a panel of judges, made up of representatives from Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards category partners.

All finalists were invited to celebrate their success at The Sub Rooms, with welcome drinks and food provided by the venue. With special thanks to event partner PR Production Services, compere Steve Knibbs and the SoGlos team for making the magic happen!

And the winners are...

Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards 2024 winners

Cultural Venue of the Year 2024

Category partner: 16i 

Winner: Gloucester Cathedral

Not only a sacred space but an iconic Gloucestershire landmark, Gloucester Cathedral secures the top spot for Cultural Venue of the Year 2024.

Whether attending a service, sightseeing or hearing its world-class choral music, Gloucester Cathedral offers a warm welcome to people of all faiths and of none — welcoming over 400,000 visitors in 2023, its busiest year in over a decade.

Highly commended: Painswick Rococo Garden

Family Day Out of the Year 2024

Category partner: WSP Solicitors

Winner: WWT Slimbridge Wetland Centre

One of Gloucestershire's most accessible and inclusive attractions, Slimbridge Wetland Centre wins the coveted title of Family Day Out of the Year for a second year running.

Slimbridge is the only place to see five species of flamingo in the UK and home to one of the biggest amphibian collections in the whole of Europe — with plenty of wildlife spotting opportunities, immersive exhibits and fun outdoor activities to spark kids' curiosity. 

Highly commended: Westonbirt, The National Arboretum

Independent School of the Year 2024

Category partner: HR Star

Winner: Cheltenham College

The prestigious Cheltenham College, a co-educational day and boarding school for three to 18-year-olds, takes the title of Independent School of the Year 2024.

Celebrated for its 'historic reputation, but thoroughly modern approach', the school delivers an all-round education through its academic efforts, diverse curriculum and extra-curricular programme, and immense community spirit — with philanthropy forming a big part of the student experience, too.

Highly commended: The King's School Gloucester

Entertainment Venue of the Year 2024

Category partner: Cleevely Motors

Joint winners: Everyman Theatre and Gloucester Brewery

In a first double-win for the Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards, two fantastic businesses are crowned Entertainment Venue of the Year — with Cheltenham's Everyman Theatre and Gloucester Brewery sharing the coveted title in 2024.

Dubbed Gloucester's most inclusive and diverse events space, Gloucester Brewery's Warehouse 4 puts local talent on the stage, as well as engaging with local charities to host fundraising events — enabling over £50,000 of fundraising in the last 12 months alone. 

While the Everyman Theatre attracts thousands of theatregoers to Cheltenham each year, staging premieres of plays, West End-worthy musicals and, of course, its acclaimed Christmas pantomime, which sold a record number of tickets and raised over £20,000 for charity in 2023.

Highly commended: The Frog and Fiddle

Sporting Venue of the Year 2024

Category partner: ActionCOACH Cheltenham

Winner: Cheltenham Racecourse

Galloping into the top spot, Cheltenham Racecourse brings the Sporting Venue of the Year award home to Prestbury Park in 2024.

Not only home to the jewel in Britain's jump racing calendar, the Cheltenham Festival, this world-renowned racecourse hosts race meets throughout the season — from the more relaxed events in October and April to the exhilarating November Meeting, with family-friendly fun on New Year's Day.

Highly commended: Gloucester Rugby

Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year 2024

Category partner: Prosperity Care and Wellbeing

Winner: The Beefy Boys

With a cult-like following thanks to its American-style dirty burgers, this year's coveted Casual Dining Restaurant of the Year award goes to The Beefy Boys.

Since opening its hotly anticipated Cheltenham restaurant in March 2023, The Beefy Boys has gone from strength to strength, winning two accolades at the National Burger Awards, with co-founder Murf invited back as a judge for 2024, and appearing on BBC's The Hidden World of Hospitality with Tom Kerridge and Saturday Kitchen.

Highly commended: KIBOU Japanese Kitchen & Bar

Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year 2024

Category partnerAffinity Dental Care & Implant Centre

WinnerLumiere Restaurant

Cheltenham's latest venue to achieve a Michelin star, Lumiere, wins the Gloucestershire Lifestyle Award for Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year 2024.

As well as curating elegant, ingredient-led menus and an exceptional dining experience, Lumiere shines for its commitment to sustainability, staff welfare and community engagement — led by passionate husband and wife team, chef Jon and general manager Helen.

Highly commendedPrithvi

Food / Drink Producer of the Year 2024

Category partnerHazlewoods

WinnerThe Artisan Baker

Ori Hellerstein's The Artisan Baker secures a win at the Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards in 2024, scooping the Food / Drink Producer of the Year award for its sustainably produced bakes.

Catering for gluten-free, vegan and no-sugar dietary requirements and prioritising eco-friendly practices throughout its production, The Artisan Baker serves customers from its own bakeries in Cheltenham and Stroud's Five Valleys, as well as supplying venues like Gloucester Services — it even featured on the Channel 4 series, A Cotswold Farm Shop!

Highly commendedWholly Gelato 

Pub / Bar of the Year 2024

Category partnerStroud Brewery

WinnerGloucester Brewery

Another win for Gloucester Brewery, which snaps up the fan favourite Pub / Bar of the Year award in 2024!

From winning multiple awards for its craft beers — all of which are vegan-friendly, with a gluten-free craft lager and alcohol-free option, too — to providing a vibrant, sociable space for the community to raise a glass (or three!), this beloved Gloucestershire boozer is a well-deserving winner.

Highly commendedThe Plough Prestbury

Cafe / Coffee Shop of the Year 2024

Category partnerNimble Elearning

WinnerGarden Terrace Cafe at Batsford Arboretum

Glorious Gloucestershire attraction, Batsford Arboretum, wins this year's Cafe / Coffee Shop of the Year award for its recently renovated Garden Terrace Cafe.

Whipping up fresh bakes every day, the extended cafe boasts almost triple the seating capacity as its previous iteration, catering for the increase in visitors to Batsford in the past few years — offering a stunning spot to meet up with friends or recharge after exploring the arboretum.

Highly commendedRainbowls

Chef of the Year 2024

Category partnerLaithwaites

WinnerJon Howe, Lumiere Restaurant 

Hot off the back of its Fine Dining Restaurant of the Year win, Lumiere bags another Gloucestershire Lifestyle Award — with chef patron Jon Howe taking home Chef of the Year 2024.

Recognised with a Michelin star, Jon produces elegant and creative dishes, honing his own style of British cuisine led by ingredients sourced from his family farm or trusted network of industry-leading suppliers.

Highly commendedSam Idoine, Roots + Seeds Kitchen Garden 

Hotel of the Year 2024

Category partnerRRA Architects

WinnerCowley Manor 

Just one year after reopening under new owners Experimental Group, Cowley Manor is recognised as Hotel of the Year in the 2024 Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards.

Following a total refurbishment, the Cotswold manor narrates its own 300-year story through its elegantly reimagined bedrooms and amenities, including its Experimental Cocktail Club bar, award-winning C-Side spa and restaurant, curated by chef consultant Jackson Boxer.

Highly commendedThe Speech House Hotel

Unique Stay of the Year 2024

Category partnerCotswold Cottage Gems

WinnerThe Lakes by YOO 

Offering waterside retreats in a serene Cotswold setting, The Lakes by YOO is the winner of the first-ever Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards Unique Stay of the Year category.

More than holiday accommodation, The Lakes by YOO delivers a lifestyle experience, with its home-from-home, interior-led cabins; spa, restaurant and bar; and outdoor activities, from water sports and high ropes to nature walks — with almost £1 billion of real-estate spread across its sustainable, 850-acre estate.

Joint highly commendedMrs Mills Yurts and LV14 SULA Lightship

Shopping & Leisure Destination of the Year 2024

Category partnerClockwise Cheltenham

WinnerDunkertons Organic Cider Shop and Deli 

Three cheers for Dunkertons Organic Cider Shop and Deli, which scoops the award for Shopping & Leisure Destination of the Year 2024.

Its retail space and product availability has increased massively in the last 12 months, with enviable food vendors like The Woozy Pig, Humble Kusina and Baz & Fred joining its line up; while its deli stocks the best of organic British produce, from Dunkertons' own cider brewed on-site to fresh bread delivered daily from La Boulangerie Artisan.

Highly commendedGloucester Quays 

Independent Retailer of the Year 2024

Category partnerBikini Bathrooms and Kitchens

WinnerMade in Stroud 

Made in Stroud is the worthy winner of this year's Independent Retailer of the Year award, supporting over 150 makers and artists to grow by providing an outlet for their work.

This charming treasure trove embraces the creative spirit of Stroud, stocking a vibrant collection of locally crafted, handmade goods, from ceramics and textiles to one-of-a-kind jewellery and artworks.

Highly commendedHot Tubs Rock

Property & Interiors Business of the Year 2024

Category partnerSevernside Security

WinnerLittle Interior Co. 

Cheltenham-based Little Interior Co takes the trophy for Property & Interiors Business of the Year in 2024.

Owned and run by Grace Major, this small business has grown from helping customers to elevate their interiors as a homewares store, to include a workshop space that hosts regular events; a busy florist that's already bagged over 75 wedding bookings; and coffee pod.

Highly commendedThe House Ministry

Health & Wellbeing Business of the Year 2024

Category partnerWinfield Hospital

WinnerMomentum Pole & Aerial

Beating off tough competition in this popular new category, Momentum Pole & Aerial is crowned Health & Wellbeing Business of the Year 2024.

Providing safe and supportive spaces for people of all ages, body types and backgrounds to try pole and aerial arts, Momentum changes how people interact with exercise, teaching them how to feel strong, confident and empowered by moving their bodies.

Highly commendedHatherley Manor Hotel & Spa

Event of the Year 2024

Category partnerHollie Gazzard Trust

WinnerCheltenham Jazz Festival

As one of Europe's biggest jazz festivals, produced by arts charity Cheltenham Festivals, Cheltenham Jazz Festival is this year's Gloucestershire Lifestyle Awards Event of the Year. 

Every May bank holiday, the world-renowned event brings international jazz stars, up-and-coming artists, special one-off performances and family-friendly shows to Gloucestershire — delivering first-class entertainment AND contributing to the community through its free events and schools programme. 

Highly commendedThe Times and Sunday Times Cheltenham Literature Festival 

Charity of the Year 2024

Category partnerActive Gloucestershire

WinnerAllsorts Gloucestershire 

A huge round of applause for this year's very deserving Charity of the Year, Allsorts Gloucestershire!

Allsorts supports local families who have children with additional needs, with or without a formal diagnosis, providing a safe place where disabled children can have fun in its sensory Activity Hub and Toy Library; access to positive opportunities; a sports programme designed to break down barriers; and compassionate family support sessions. And what a win to celebrate in its 15th anniversary year!

Highly commendedSue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice

Lifestyle Business of the Year 2024

Category partner: Pro Global

Winner: Allsorts Gloucestershire 

Handpicked by headline partner Pro Global from all the winners on the night, Allsorts Gloucestershire is crowned this year's 'winner of winners', taking the title of Lifestyle Business of the Year for 2024.

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