A Beginner’s Guide to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017


The music lovers at our Cheltenham hotel bring you their top tips for making the most of one of the hottest events of the season

If you are planning on popping along to the Cheltenham Jazz Festival this year, you are in for a toe-tapping treat. In association with BBC Radio 2, Henry Westons and Arts Council England, this year’s extravaganza promises a week of bee-bop and boogying to some of Jazz music’s finest beats. Here is our guide to the event for those who aren’t sure what to expect…

When does it take place?

26 April – 1 May 2017

Where is it held?

The main festival site is at Montpellier Gardens, but there are also many other events held at various venues across Cheltenham in conjunction with the festival.

How do I get there?

Located in the heart of Cheltenham, you can reach the festival via train, bus or, if driving, via the A40, A4019 and A435 motorways.

How much are tickets?

Access to the festival site is free, although tickets for each performance can be purchased online at varying costs. Find out more about tickets today.

Who is playing?

From Laura Mvula and Valerie June to Marcus King Band and Dee Dee Bridgewater, the festival is set to host to some of the biggest names in jazz, as well as plenty of up and coming starlets set to dazzle the south west.

Any must-sees?

With over 90 free gigs from local and national artists across the 6 days of the festival, there’s plenty to see and do, but be sure to visit Montpellier Gardens, BBC Introducing, Cambray Place Stage and The Brewery Quarter Stage for a festival experience to remember.

Where should I stay?

Our hotel in Cheltenham is in the perfect location to enjoy the festival. Situated just outside the gorgeous spa town, we invite you to enjoy the festival during the day before retiring one of our comfortable guest bedrooms for the night. Find out a little more about our Cheltenham hotel and book direct today.

So, there we have it, our handy guide to this year’s fun-filled Cheltenham Jazz Festival.

If you need somewhere to stay during the festivities, find out more about our Cheltenham hotel and book today.

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