This post is part of the ‘Places Around The World’ collaboration created by the amazing Bee from Mind Beauty Simplicity and I’m really excited to be taking part 💖 A lot of people have got a travel itch so this collab is to give some inspiration once lockdown is over! – I’ll link everyone else’s blogs at the end of this post so make sure you check them out & their places post!
I mention Bournemouth a lot because I live there during term time for uni but my home town is Cheltenham. Since I haven’t lived in Bournemouth for that long, I’ve decided to share 3 places in Cheltenham. It’s a really beautiful town in the Cotswolds and can be known as Cheltenham Spa because there used to be a spring here. They dug a well, put in a pump and King George III visited to cure his illness. The water was bottled, sold as far as London and Cheltenham became a major tourist town.
The Everyman Theatre
I’ve watched lots of performances here and as someone who loves musicals, I couldn’t not include this! I’ve been to a lot of pantomimes here though they really scared me when I was younger so stopped going. I also saw Jesus Christ Superstar (I think) with a few friends and our mums when we were younger. I’ve watched my mum play in the orchestra at some concerts here which I loved! But, my favourite time was when I saw The Nutcracker Ballet. It was absolutely incredible and I was completely amazed by these amazing ballerinas. I took ballet lessons from when I was 3 until about 16 when my eating disorder got in the way, but before then I loved ballet so so much. I also did tap & modern dance classes and loved performing in my dance schools shows. If you ever get the chance to see ballet, take it! The Everyman Theatre showed Six the musical a couple of years back which I didn’t know until it was over – very jealous and definitely want to see it when it comes back to Cheltenham in the Autumn.
Sandford Parks Lido
Another one of the places in Cheltenham to visit is Sandford Parks Lido. It opens around May time and closes in October. I practically spent every day here as a kid. It was one of those places where you would go and there would definitely be a friend there who you could hang out with. They also have a great cafe & used to sell amazing sausage rolls (before I went veggie!), cheesy chips and chocolate flapjack. You knew it was a good day when your parents would let you stay for dinner 🥳. As well as all of this, they sometimes show films there in the evenings. I think they’ve shown Romeo & Juliet or maybe The Greatest Showman. I highly recommend it!
Devil’s Chimney – Leckhampton Hill
I couldn’t complete this list without mentioning Devil’s Chimney which is located on Leckhampton Hill. Devil’s Chimney is an iconic part of Leckhampton – no one is that sure of the origins but it did survive an earthquake! I went on many school/Girlguiding trips here so have lots of fond memories 🙂 There are lots of different paths you can take up the hill and at one part there are lots of stones so people like to spell their name out. I really like going up on the hill, looking over Cheltenham and trying to figure out where everything is.
Want to explore other places?
Check out everyone else in the collab below:
Mind Beauty Simplicity
Vic St. Michael
All things Gee
Along came Rosie
Have you visited any of these places in Cheltenham?
Best wishes Cx
Gemma Jayne says
I don’t think I have ever visited Cheltenham but these pictures and places in Cheltenham look so wonderful! I definitely will have to add this onto places to visit. Thank you for sharing xx
Thank you 💗xx
Della Driscoll says
I’ve not visited Cheltenham before but it sounds like a lovely place with lots of things to do xx
It’s lovely x
Thank you for sharing your favourite places to visit. I have never been there before but if I do I know I can ask you for recommendations.
Thanks 🙂 xx
I have never been to Cheltenham but it goes straight in my bucket list for the UK! It looks amazing, and I can wait to visit the theatre in particular! Thank you for sharing these Caroline x
Thank you 🙂 xx
I’ve never visited Cheltenham but it’s one place I would like to visit after reading this post! x
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Thank you for reading 🙂 xx
Pastor Natalie says
These places all look like a of fun. Thank you so much for sharing 3 of your favorite places of Cheltenham. Perhaps one day I can visit. It was so much fun collaborating with each one about their 3 favorite places where they live. I look forward to another collaboration in the future. 😊
I agree 🙂 x
Victoria St. Michael says
This was an awesome read, Caroline! I’m an avid hiker so the Devil’s Chimney seems like somewhere I would love to visit. The Everyman Theatre is also BEAUTIFUL, I didn’t know you were also a musical theatre fan! The first thing I ever saw live in the theatre was The Nutcracker, so we have that in common. Thanks for sharing!
Yes, love musical theatre 💗 Thank you 🙂 xx
Sophie | Love and Literature says
I’ve never visited Cheltenham but I really want to visit the Everyman Theatre one day. The views from Devil’s Chimney look incredible too! x
Thank you xx
I used to take ballet too, and I completely agree with you- The Nutcracker is something everyone should experience seeing at least once in their life!
I’m so in love with it 🥰
It’s been YEARS since I last visited Cheltenham but I do remember some of their amazing sculptures in the town centre, including that fish wishing clock. The Lido looks fab, definitely worth a day trip, will put it on our summer bucket list, thank you! x
Oh yes, the fish clock is great! Thank you 🙂 x
Jenny in Neverland says
I don’t believe I’ve ever been to Cheltenham but it looks like a lovely place and I’m definitely keen to explore more of the UK after covid!
Thank you 🙂 x
I would love to visit. All of these places look amazing and I can’t wait to travel again.
Thank you 🙂
Your experiences at The Everyman Theatre sound phenomenal. I have a local theatre, and I am excited to see what events are happening soon! Being able to watch your mum play in the orchestra at some concerts sounds like a lovely experience to share. I really want to see ballet; it’s one of those experiences you have to see.
Devil’s Chimney sounds like an interesting attraction; it looks so precarious, I can’t believe it survived an earthquake. I love the views you get to enjoy after a long walk, and that image looks amazing! 😍
Thank you for sharing your favourite places in Cheltenham.
Thank you xx