What’s On This Winter


Curious to know what’s on in Cheltenham and the Cotswolds this winter? The 20th March will see the British wintertime come to an end but in the meantime, here are some activities you can enjoy during the chillier climate.


World Grand Prix

Are you or someone you know a fan of snooker? From the 4th to the 10th February The Centaur (as part of Cheltenham Racecourse) will host the world ranking Grand Prix event. It’s any fan’s dream chance to watch the best snooker players of the game compete for the prestigious title – and better still, we’re perfectly located to host you before, during and after the competition.


Light Up Cheltenham

Following last year’s success of Light Up week, Cheltenham is getting ready to host another showing of beautifully illuminated buildings. From 6 buildings in 2018 to now over 40, their goal is to inspire some light back into an often dull February. If admiring historic and iconic architecture is among one of the things you love to do then this event is truly for you. To top it off the display will be running for three weeks from 3.30pm to 11pm every day so you’ve plenty of time to stroll around and admire all that the beautiful town has to offer.


Valentine’s Day

It is believed that St Valentine was a priest from Rome, and though his tale ended sadly on the 14th February he is thought to be the origin of the idea of Valentine’s. The first Valentine’s Day was celebrated in the year 496 which itself hailed from a Roman festival called Lupercalia. Nowadays it is seen as the perfect time of year to express your feelings for the one you love, so why not spoil them with an unforgettable dinner for two in The Restaurant at Ellenborough Park. Choose from a specially created Valentine’s Day menu, including Chateaubriand for two and a sharing tarte tatin – no other hotels in the Cotswolds offer such a lavish menu.


The Enduring Eye Exhibition

Until the 24th February The Enduring Eye is an unmissable exhibition that offers an incredible photographic insight into Sir Ernest Shackleton’s exploration of the Antarctic. Featuring newly digitised images and revealing previously unseen details of the crew’s journey and struggles, if you’re fond of naval history or times past in general then you will want to head to The Wilson Art Gallery & Museum in Cheltenham. This informative display is the perfect way to get out of the cold and learn something new this winter. Apt, given that the journey took place in the Antarctic!


Made By Hand

Made By Hand will return to Cheltenham Town Hall from the 8th to the 10th March. Crafting fans can enjoy the wares of more than 100 designers and makers, so you’re guaranteed to see something that catches your eye. Expect to see jewellers, potters, furniture makers, textile artists, glassmakers and much, much more. We think it’s the perfect shopping weekend and a chance to pick up a gift or two for birthdays, anniversaries or even Christmas. If you’re visiting the event with friends, why not join us for Afternoon Tea so you can relax, talk about your shopping and catch up?


Thanks to our convenient location and luxurious rooms, no other hotels in the Cotswolds compare to Ellenborough Park. Why not call our decadent manor home while you explore all there is to do in the Cotswolds this winter?  


To find out more about what’s on in Cheltenham or the Cotswolds, or to book your stay with us direct for the best rates, contact the team today.


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