Local to do’s


There’s a ton to do in Cheltenham, from café’s to clubs there’s tons of choice on how to spend your time. I’ve found a few favorites over my three years at the University of Gloucestershire and compiled my top three favorite places to go.

  • Smokey Joes


Smokey Joes is an American style diner pulled straight from the 50’s. The décor is exactly what you’d expect, red and cream booths, brightly coloured patterns, memorabilia from Hollywood’s starts like Marilyn Monroe and James Dean, and possibly one of the coolest things is their collection of artifacts and arcade machines you can find all over the café.  Smokey Joes is such cool place for lunch or a few drinks with friends. I don’t think there’s a cooler way to be spending a couple hours in the afternoon than with one of their signature milkshakes and a soundtrack of 50’s hits and 50’s inspired artists playing in the background. They often have open mic nights, poetry events, vintage sales and bands come to play which makes for great nights out on the weekend.

  • Festivals!


Cheltenham always has interesting events going around the local festivals. Recently at the Jazz festival there were a ton of great bands and a great mix of students and locals all together to enjoy some great music! Authors come to town with the literature festival and the science festival always has great talks and seminars to attend. While they’re only on certain times of year, the Cheltenham festivals are great to catch if you can. Take a look at the So Glos website to find out more about Gloucestershire’s festivals and events.

  • The Wilson and The Gardens Gallery


The Wilson and The Gardens Gallery are two local art galleries that always have some interesting art shows on. The Wilson shows works from the Jerwood Drawing prize each year and runs consistent exhibitions throughout the year. They even exhibit some work from the Illustration course at the university.  The Gardens Gallery is a private galley that is new exhibitions every week, many locals will go each week to see what the Cheltenham art scene has to offer.

There are a ton of other places I could have mentioned but these three of some of the ones I frequent the most. Can’t beat a milkshake and some good art!


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