23rd - 24th September: What's On in Cheltenham This Weekend


The weekend is here, and if you've got some time on your hands with the family, we've got some suggestions of things to do in and around Cheltenham.

The weather is set to be mostly dry and sunny in places, which has inspired a little section first of all about things to make the most of before they disappear for the winter...

Primrose Vale: According to yesterday's picking update there's lots of raspberries available, plus strawberries and blackberries. The berries are handing over the PYO-baton to the autumn crop and already you can pick apples, runner beans and sweetcorn too. Find out more

Cheltenham Lido: The Lido closes for the winter on Sunday 15th October, ending with the mega-popular dog swim. There's just a few weeks left to enjoy a swim in Cheltenham's heated outdoor pool and - to take the edge off - there's a sauna there until the end of the season. Find out more

Boat Hire at Pittville Lake: Boats will be running from the Boathouse everyday until the end of October, explore the beautiful lower lake of Pittville Park, hire prices from £7. Find out more

Saturday and Sunday Events and Activities

GWSR are holding their Day Out with Thomas weekend, departing every 45 minutes from Cheltenham Racecourse, ride on Thomas and behind other steam and diesel engines, see live re-enactments, plus there's face-painting and storytelling. Find out more

It's another Family Fun Weekend at Hollywood Bowl, with prizes, a treasure hunt and face-painting alongside the usual bowlerama. Find out more

The Cineworld Movies for Juniors line-up features Beauty and the Beast and Cars 3. Find out more.


The Cheltenham Paranormal Festival is already underway (but you knew that already, right?) and there are two very special events at the Playhouse for children and families...
The Tale of Mr Skeleton Puppet Show: Bee Daws Puppetry invites the whole family to come and meet Mr Skeleton in this child-friendly show. Tickets £5. Find out more

The School of Magic: A one-hour magic show where we teach you how famous magic tricks are really done – then get you to have a go at performing them yourself! Tickets £5. Find out more

A fab free event to amuse pre-schoolers, Rhymetime at Winchcombe Library, takes place every Saturday and includes rhymes, songs and colouring. Find out more

The last Sunday of every month at Arty Sundays, the Wilson invites you to spend some precious quality time with your little one getting crafty and creative at family art drop-in sessions. Find out more

Out Of Town Highlights

Saturday 23rd September: Daylesford Farm Harvest Festival, Kingham
A free event with lots on for all ages, from talks and workshops, to kids activities including JCB ride-ons, shelter building and apple bobbing. Find out more

Saturday 23rd September: Pirate Family Fun Day, Hucclecote
There's free entry to the Hucclecote Pirate Fete and Family Fun Day. With a bouncy castle, BBQ, ice creams and lots more. Find out more on the Hucclecote.org website

Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th September: Malvern Autumn Show
A celebration of food, the countryside, gardening & nostalgia. Shopping, entertainment and a vintage fairground for the kids. Tickets £20 for adults and £7 for kids (5-15). Visit the Malvern Show website

Sunday 24th September: Stratton Court Family Fun Day - The Plough Inn, Cirencester
There will be everything from a bouncy castle and face painting for younger children as well as vintage fun fair stalls and craft stands for the adults to have a go on; as well as an exciting performance from Cirencester Creative Dance Academy. Free entry. Visit the website

For the Grown Ups

Saturday 23rd September:
If you've recently purchased a record player, or dusted off the one in the loft, get down to the Vinyl & CD Fair at Cheltenham Town Hall to pick some classic tunes to spin.
Altogether now 'Welcome to the Hotel California'
Open 10am - 4pm
Entry £1

Sunday 24th September
Planning a wedding? There are two free wedding fayres in Cheltenham this Sunday.
Glenfall House - Visit the Facebook Event Page
Pittville Pump Room - Visit the Facebook Event Page

It's the Cheltenham Festival of Motorcycles at the Racecourse today. Browse custom, vintage and rare bikes and trade stands. Cafe and Restaurant on site. Entry £10 (under 16s free). Visit the website.

That's all folks! Have a great weekend.