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
The nutmeg diaries
All things Gee
Along came Rosie
Have you visited any of these places in Cheltenham?
Best wishes Cx