Cheltenham Things to Do

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    Walking Tour of the town

    by crazyman2 Written Aug 14, 2012
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    Yes, I could have spent ages researching the town on the net but I do enjoy finding out things from local people.

    So, I went to the Tourist Information, in the Promenade, to enquire about guided walks.

    11:30 Saturday and Sunday, £5 each. Great! The people in the tourist information office were so helpful.

    At 11:30 a group of ten met Mary, our guide. She took us on a circular walk of the town, telling us about the history, the architecture, the culture and some of the people of the past. She kept up a good pace, despite the showers. If I had one criticism, it would be her obsession with safety when crossing roads but I guess that everything is health & safety orientated these days!

    Would I do the tour again? Yes, in a few years. Was it worth £5? Yes!

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    Statues that perform a hold-up!

    by crazyman2 Written Aug 14, 2012
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    Yes, these statues, the Caryatids, are to be seen in Montpellier Walk in Cheltenham. They were created in 1840 by Rossi and are modelled on some of those in the Acropolis, Athens.

    Although they are made of painted (mostly white) terracotta, they have a function: to help support the buildings above them.

    I saw them on a guided walk of the town. Unfortunately, there wasn't time to take some really good photos of them....an excuse to go back!

    There is a whole line of them leading along the Walk. If I had another opportunity, I would like to go back and photo them with hats, shades or veils on!

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    Lady Hare and the Minotaur by Sophie Ryder

    by crazyman2 Written Aug 13, 2012

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    Sophie Ryder's 1993 piece, The Lady Hare and the Minotaur, really made me smile and feel at one with the world.

    It's a huge sculpture siiting on a bench in The Promenade.

    Sophie's website, sophieryder.net , shows plenty of other Lady Hares and Minotaurs ----plus dogs too! She hasn't gone for anatomical accuracy; she seems to be trying to show the fluidity of behaviour/form between ourselves and other animals.

    I would like to see it in the snow.

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    Memorial to Dr Edward Wilson, Polar Explorer

    by crazyman2 Written Aug 7, 2012

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    This memorial stands proudly in front of the civic offices in the Promenade.

    Edward Wilson, 1872-1912, was born in Cheltenham. He became a medical doctor and a skilful artist.
    However, he is best remembered for his two expeditions to Antarctica. The first one (1901-04) was with Scott and Shackleton.
    The second expedition was the ill-fated 'race to the pole' which resulted in the death of Wilson, Scott and the others.

    This memorial was sculpted by Scott's widow, Kathleen. It was unveiled in 1914. How tragic that soon memorials would be created across England and the rest of the world: the First World War was looming.

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    Cheltenham Ladies College

    by uglyscot Updated Jun 10, 2011
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    This is one of the most prestigious private schools for women/girls in Britain.
    I was busy photographing features of a beautiful building when a woman smiled at me. I asked her what the building was . She told me it was Cheltenham Ladies College, and said she worked there. Inside are beautiful stained glass windows and ironwork, which she said could be seen by appointment.
    The outside alone with its doors, windows and domes was fascinating.

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    Reminder of Scott's Antarctic Expedition

    by uglyscot Written Jun 10, 2011
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    Edward Adrian Wilson was one of the brave explorers who accompanied Scott on his expedition to reach the South Pole. Unfortunately all perished. Wilson is commenorated in a monumental statue, and a house associated with him.

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    Fountain and statues

    by uglyscot Written Jun 10, 2011
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    In front of the civic building is the statue/fountain of Neptune.
    A memorial to soldiers who fought in South Africa shoes a soldier.
    A more whimsical statue of a hare and a minataur is further along the street, and the memorial of an antarctic explorer can also be found.

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    Cheltenham Promenade

    by grandmaR Updated Sep 5, 2009

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    Although Bath is renown for the Regency architectures, Cheltenham also has a wonderful Regency Promenade which is considered by some to be bigger and more extensive than that of Bath. We only saw it from the bus and I didn't get a picture of it.

    Cheltenham began as an Anglo-Saxon village and market town in the 11th century. Not until the 18th century, were medicinal waters were discovered in a field to the south of the town, where Cheltenham Ladies’ College now stands. These were regarded as beneficial for a whole range of illnesses and by 1788 when King George III spent five weeks at Cheltenham, drinking the waters for his health’s sake that ‘set the seal’ of approval on the town and led to visitors flocking to the town.

    The Promenade is the heart of Regency Cheltenham. We saw some of this from the bus, but it was hard to take a picture of it from the bus, and when we got off the bus I wasn't willing to walk that far back to it, plus I was a little lost and didn't know exactly how to get back there. So I've taken a photo of the picture which now hangs in my daughter's living room of the town where she lived.

    The bus schedule for the London to Cheltenham bus says: Cheltenham, Promenade - this stop is located in the town centre on the Promenade and is opposite the Municipal offices. It is ideal for local bus connections to other parts of town. (photo 2)

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    Vintage Flying

    by top_vapour Written Jun 16, 2009

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    Its one thing flying to and from a destination or taking a trial flight in a modern aircraft, but Tiger Airways offer even more!

    Rewind back several decades and you would see old bi-planes such as the Tiger Moth. Tiger Airways operate Stampe SV-4's, a Waco and a Boeing Stearman. There aren't many places where you can get in these aircraft any more, and the team at Tiger Airways really have their heart set on restoring these old yet beautiful aircraft.

    Before you go up in the air, you get a briefing. The instructor will also ask (if you have time) if you want to some aerobatics (you can opt out if you wish!). After your flight you are given some fantastic photos and a chance to buy souvenirs!

    When I went, I had an amazing time! You can never be too young or too old! The staff were really helpful and very friendly. A fantastic day for all the family (the kids love the planes too!)

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    Enjoy the Jazz Festival

    by MikeBird Updated May 4, 2009

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    The Cheltenham Jazz Festival has a wide variety of Musical events in 14 different venues across the town. The programme this year has contemporary jazz acts ranging from funk to gospel, flamenco to salsa. This year it runs from 28 April to 4 May.
    We wanted to hear the South African trumpeter and singer, Hugh Masakela, who was performing at the Town Hall and managed to get stall seats for £20 per person. The concert was very enjoyable though I don't think one of his best. Half his band had been delayed in South Africa and although the substitutes were very good, there wasn't quite the buzz that we'd experienced in previous concerts.

    On the following morning in the sunshine and at the back of the Town Hall there was a marquee in which a number of school Jazz bands were performing. The event was free and it was very pleasant to sit out and listen to the teenagers strutting their stuff.

    Cheltenham is well suited for this kind of festival. There are big venues like the Town Hall, Night Clubs, the Everyman Theatre and venues at the local University which host the different performances. Visit their website below for further details of the festival.

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    Neptune Fountain

    by Hanau93 Written May 2, 2009

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    When i saw the fountain for the first time it reminded me of the Trevi Fountain in Rome. Once I read the sign on the fountain, I knew that I wasn't too far off. It was built in 1893 of Portland Stone and the builders were indeed inspired by the Roman fountain. It was also part of a general scheme to add to the already lovely Promenade which houses the Municipal Government. It had to be refurbished in 1989 and it looks lovely..

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    Crickley Hill

    by Hanau93 Written Apr 16, 2009

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    A nice place to see Cheltenham and surroundings. If the weather is great one can even see the Welsh hills. It is also quite enjoyable to go on the numerous paths there for a hike. Picknick Tables are also about for a nice break after long hike. I was rather surprised to see lifestock ( cows) close by. They seemed very docile as some of the paths lead read through the pastures. Open all year, daily, dawn-dusk.

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    Pittville Pump Room

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 29, 2008

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    In 1788, King George III visited Cheltenham to sample its waters. At that, it became the "in" place to visit. During the Victorian age, the town grew from a tiny village to a major resort. The Pump Room was built on the estate of Joseph Pitt, and completed in 1830. This Regency-style building has hosted many distinguished visitors, such as Lord Byron, Jane Austin, and the Duke of Wellington.

    The Pump Room is available for hire, and is commonly used for weddings, concerts, lectures, etc. Visit the web site or call the number below.

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    Cheltenham Museum and Art Gallery

    by aaaarrgh Written Apr 11, 2007

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    The town museum is one of the main attractions in Cheltenham. The bus from the railway station stops in Clarence Street so you don't have far to walk! This year (2007) is the museum's one hundredth birthday.

    I enjoyed my all-to-brief visit, the museum and galleries are arranged so you can walk around them in a circular trip, starting and ending at the cafe and gift shop. There is an interesting history and overview of Cheltenham, collections of furniture, paintings and a nice room filled with objects from the Arts-and-Crafts period (William Morris had a house in the Cotswolds).

    One of the nicest things I saw was an early C19th model (all made of thin card) of the Pitsville Pump Rooms - the modelmaker travelled around England making architectural models and ended up requiring five caravans to carry his collection! Further on in the museum is a fabulous 1760 'sedan chair' and a model replica which you can try out yourself. There is also stuff for kids to do, puzzles, games (and when I was there an 'Easter Egg' trail).

    Generally open 10am to 5pm Monday to Saturday

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    Meet an odd couple: The Minotaur and the Hare

    by aaaarrgh Written Feb 27, 2007

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    If enormous bronze ears or ...erm ...genetalia are your thing, then Cheltenham holds a delightful surprise. In the centre of one of the towns shopping streets is a 2.8m statue of a hare and a minotaur. Actually a 'lady-hare' and *definitely* a male minotaur! The sculpture was created by locally-based artist Sophie Ryder in 1995 and bought by Cheltenham Council as part of their public art scheme.

    Another nice thing about this street is its many traditional red telephone boxes, quite a rarity in the age of the mobile phone.

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