Cheltenham Jazz Festival 2017:

How to Spend the Weekend in Cheltenham

Taking place in the heart of the beautiful Spa town of Cheltenham, this iconic festival will be sure to make you want to put on your dancing shoes and groove the days away. If you are thinking of visiting this year, make sure you are well prepared for your visit to get the most out of your time at Cheltenham Jazz Festival. The team from our luxury hotel in the Cotswolds bring you the ultimate insider guide to enjoying the Cheltenham Jazz Festival in 2017.

For its 22nd edition, the Cheltenham Jazz Festival celebrates the past, present and future of jazz. This year’s Festival is being held in and around Montpellier Gardens in the heart of Cheltenham town from the 26th April to the 1st May.

One of the Cotswolds most iconic events will offer free music, a selection of food and drinks stalls, concerts and acts, and fun family activities. Entrance is free to the festival site and tickets can be purchased for each individual event, so if you want to see a specific artist you can buy tickets purely for that show. Festival members receive 10% off their tickets purchases and receive entrance to all four of the Cheltenham Festivals.

Festival-goers are able to enjoy a variety of fun family activities and over 90 free gigs from local and national artists across the 6 days of the Festival. Be sure to visit the Montpellier Gardens, BBC Introducing, Cambray Place Stage, The Brewery Quarter Stage, pop-up street performances and a host of pubs and venues across Cheltenham town centre, plus a few gigs further afield. Make sure you download the full brochure from the festival website.

Catch the musical genius and artistic curator for the festival, Jamie Cullum on stage with Ben Folds Solo at The Big Top on Sunday 30th April 2017 9–10.30pm. Ben Folds is best known as an alt-rock pianist and leader of the Ben Folds Five, but his solo shows are electrifying. He inspired a young Jamie Cullum, who credits Folds as the reason he started song writing, so the Artistic Curator is honoured to join his musical hero on stage for the first time. Tickets cost £26 – £28 plus a transaction fee, but hurry, they are sure to sell out!

So, pack a picnic basket and soak up some sun and culture this May bank holiday.


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