Cheltenham & Montpellier
Cheltenham is a Spa Town in Gloucestershire on the edge of the Cotswolds with a popluation of over 110,000.
Cheltenham is the home of the premier race of British Steeplechase Horse Racing with the Gold Cup, the main event of the Cheltenham Festival, being held every March. The town also hosts several festivals of culture including the Cheltenham Science Festival, Ukulele Festival, Cheltenham Food & Drink and the
Cheltenham Music Festival.
Cheltenham has been a health and holiday spa town resort since the discovery of mineral springs in 1716 and the spa waters continue to be taken recreationally at Pittville Pump Room, built for this purpose and completed in 1830.
The Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museum has a notable collection of decorative arts form the era of the Arts & Crafts Movement and the Holst Birthplace Museum contains personal belongings of the composer of The Planets, including his piano. It also includes a working Victorian Kitchen and Laundry, Regency Drawing room and an Edwardian Nursery.
Cheltenham is a regional shopping centre with a selection of department stores including, the oldest, Cavendish House and centres including the Regent Arcade and the Beechwood Shopping Centre. It is well-known locally for its nightlife, with a wide range of pubs, wine bars, clubs and restaurants particularly the fashionable area of Montpellier. 'Le Champignon Sauvage' restaurant proudly possesses Two Michelin Stars and caters for the more discerning diner.