The Frog & Fiddle - There aren't many places where you'll find cocktails served in teapots, but that's just one of the reasons we love this fantastically friendly pub.
Montpellier Wine Bar - For hens celebrating the bride-to-be's forthcoming day this is one of the finest places to raise a glass in Cheltenham. You'll also find a superb menu to set you on your way for a great evening.
Maitai - Bar, nightclub, cocktail lounge... Maitai is a fantastic party all housed under one roof. Great sounds to get any Cheltenham hen party on the dancefloor. But don't worry about queuing. For guest-listing step this way ladies...
Storyteller - Super friendly staff and a simply mouth-watering menu make Storyteller one of our top picks in this tasty Cheltenham. Their Jambalaya Pasta is definitely one to be savoured.
Red Pepper - Bistro by day, restaurant by night. Using the best local ingredients and the Red Pepper team have created a menu and ambience perfect for any Cheltenham hen do looking for fine pre-party faire.
Sights & Sounds
Pittville Park is the perfect place to sit and watch the world go by on a sunny day or take a stroll to give any tender heads a touch of fresh air.
Cheltenham Racecourse is one of the UK's most famous sporting venues and the place to be seen on Ladies Day. If you've never had a day at the races it is the ultimate day out for sophisticated ladies which we highly recommend.
The Wishing Clock is quite simply the strangest thing you'll see in Cheltenham. But nevertheless spirit the bride-to-be along to Regent Arcade and every half hour she'll get to make a wish in a really fun fashion.
When the clock marks the cocktail hour and your feet start itching to hit the dance floor Thirteen Degrees is a fantastically chic place for ladies to enjoy great music, hit the floor and sip something suitably sparkling.
In the Diary
March - Cheltenham Festival - One of the biggest events on the horse racing calendar and a fantastic time to visit Cheltenham.
May - Wychwood Festival - This massive music festival has won a hatful of awards and draws the biggest names in music, comedy poetry and much more.
June - Cheltenham Food Festival - Foodies will love this massive 3 day cook off featuring local flavours and TV chefs. There's also plenty to sample including some very fine tipples.
September - Cheltenham Comedy Festival - The giants of British comedy bring the laughs in venues across the city.
Top of the Shops
Browsers Vintage - Retro queens will love the style of Browsers Vintage. One of our favourite places to visit in Cheltenham.
Cheltenham Market - There's more vintage fashion to peruse at Cheltenham Market. You can also stop for a quick cuppa and healthy treat.
Regent Arcade - You'll find high street names here, but what makes it worth the trip is the bonkers bubble-blowing clock which chimes every half hour.
Beechwood - Further up the High Street a larger shopping centre houses all the big brands you know and love.
Girls About Town - Getting around Cheltenham...
There's no need for trams, bikes or tube stations. Pretty much everything you need in Cheltenham is in easy walking distance. However buses are easy and frequent around the centre of town if you do need to take the wait off you heels.
No matter what kind of weekend you have in mind; all action High Ropes, down and dirty assault course or funky Dance Classes. Alternatively you can let the bride-to-be take it easy ahead of her big day with a spa day, cocktail mixing or Afternoon Tea. When it comes to designing a fantastic weekend the world is your lobster! See more here... or ask our team for details.
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It's time for a hen party in Cheltenham!
Cheltenham is a striking regency town situated in the very heart of the Cotsworlds, making it a stunning destination for any quality hen weekend. With a student population keeping things lively at night and a regal, classic ambiance to the town during the day, Cheltenham combines the best of both worlds! It's also very conveniently located in west central England, making it very easy for all the girls to get to from around the country. Get your Cheltenham hen do started up today.
Why: Reasons to celebrate a Cheltenham hen do
Cheltenham has long had a nightlife which is perfect for a hen weekend but in the recent past, Cheltenham has really raised the bar on its catering and hospitality facilities and that's no bad thing for your hen weekend in the city! The growth of the town has seen the emergence of more bars, restaurants and clubs than ever before - and it wasn't exactly low to start with... ‘Which' magazine recently voted Cheltenham 15th on a Good Food Guide list for the UK's leading towns as ranked by restaurant quality, so rest assured that you ladies will enjoy some very tasty evenings out. It's a gorgeous place to relax and get away from big city stress, and busy enough that small-town girls will have plenty to entertain them, making a Cheltenham hen do a good, solid, group pleasing choice which everyone is sure to love!
What: Planning your hen party in Cheltenham?
Placed in the picturesque Cotswolds, the whole town is in the perfect area to enjoy some of the prettiest scenery in the country, so even if you opt to just take it easy and enjoy the landscape, you'll still feel a little spoilt. For you hen weekenders though, we think that a Cheltenham hen party is ideal for a combination of country sports and classic indulgence. For example, enjoy an energetic outdoor session of quad biking, horse riding or clay shooting to clear the cobwebs, followed by an extravagant session of posh hen weekend pampering to refresh and revitalise. This city is a superb, high quality location and a stunning setting for a top quality Cheltenham hen do.
Shop: Cheltenham shopping areas & recommendations
Cheltenham's shopping scene is relaxed and friendly, with a multitude of independent boutiques, quaint and cosy bookstores, and stylish fashion houses for everyone to enjoy on your Cheltenham hen do. Head to the Promenade, Cheltenham's most stylish shopping area, where you'll find high end, well known fashion stores like Jack Wills, Laura Ashley and Gap. For even more great shops head to the High Street, where you'll find the Regent Arcade Shopping Centre housing BHS, the Body Shop, River Island, and others. Montpellier is home to high class luxury items, with antique dealers, cheese companies, stylish furniture, and independent fashion lines.
How: Getting to Cheltenham
Cheltenham is in the upper south west of England, making it easy to get to from any region of the UK. There's a railway station just outside the city centre which has frequent links to other major stations in the country, including London, Bristol, Birmingham and the North. It's also an easy drive, very close to the M5 if you're coming from the north or south, or the A40 from the east. Buses from local villages are hourly, as well as National Express coaches to London.
Stay: Choosing your Cheltenham accommodation
When choosing where to stay on your Cheltenham hen do, you'll definitely want to be central - around the city centre is where you'll find the best activities, shopping and nightlife. Being near to the centre also means that your accommodation will be easier for the girls to find, with better transport links than most areas outside of the town. We offer a range of great options to suit most groups, from budget-friendly 2 star hotels to the more popular 3 stars and luxurious 4 stars. Alternatively, our self-catering properties are excellent for relaxing in your own space and enjoying a glass of vino or two in the garden! Check out all of our Cheltenham accommodation options.
Party: Where to head after dark
From the great value pubs on Clarence Street to Bath Road's taverns and Queens Circus's bars your Cheltenham hen do is sure to be a success - the spa town really comes alive after dark. How about taking the girls on a whodunit trail with a murder mystery night, or dive right in with a pub and bar crawl around Cheltenham's best choices? Top either off with guestlist nightclubbing and the girls will love it. See all our Cheltenham hen night ideas.
When: The best times to visit Cheltenham
You girls are in for a treat - Cheltenham is the ‘Festival Town of England', hosting more major festivals than any other town in the whole of England. Whenever you choose to head west for your Cheltenham hen do, there's bound to be something on for your group to enjoy. In February, there's the Cheltenham Folk festival and in May, Cheltenham hosts the Jazz Festival. In June, both the Wychwood Music Festival and the Food & Drink Festival occur, as well as the Science Festival. Over summer there's a Fringe Festival, a Midsummer Fiesta and Cheltenham Fashion Week as well as October's Cheltenham Literature Festival and yet another music festival brings the town to life. The year finishes off with the Cheltenham Comedy Festival in November and fantastic Christmas light displays through December. Add some poetry, ballroom and latin festivals to the mix and whenever you head to Cheltenham, the weekend is bound to be a winner!
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